Aerobic Capacity (Maximal Oxygen Consumption, V̇O2 max)
The maximal oxygen consumption test is a measure of aerobic capacity. It is a maximal effort test that is conducted while connected to a metabolic cart that measures oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production. This test determines the absolute maximum amount of oxygen that the individual can consume during aerobic exercise and is useful for prescribing training intensities for endurance athletes, monitoring training effects of aerobic activity, and measuring changes in health across time.
What to expect
Changing facilities are available in the lab. Do not consume any food or drink 3 hours prior to testing (preferably a light meal only at that time). Wear running clothes and shoes for the treadmill, setting up your own bike and CompuTrainer is an option.