Measuring your VO2 max by indirect calorimetry provides information regarding your cardiovascular system and how well your heart, lungs and muscles work together to extract oxygen. This provides valuable information regarding your health as it is a key predictor of long term health outcomes and longevity (1). From a sports performance perspective it is consider the gold standard for aerobic capacity measurements which is a strong predictor for endurance performance (2).
(1) Ross R, Blair SN, Arena R, Church TS, Després JP, Franklin BA, et al.; American Heart Association Physical Activity Committee of the Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health; Council on Clinical Cardiology; Council on Epidemiology and Prevention; Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology; Stroke Council. Importance of assessing cardiorespiratory fitness in clinical practice: a case for fitness as a clinical vital sign: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association.Circulation. 2016; 134:e653–e699
(2) Basset DR, Howley ET. Limiting factors for maximum oxygen uptake and determinants of endurance performance. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2000; 32: 70–84
Lactate threshold testing requires blood sampling at increasing intensities to identify the most accurate point at which individuals begin to shift from aerobic to anaerobic metabolism (3).
You will learn about your individual aerobic zone, lactate threshold zone, and the zones above your anaerobic threshold, which you or your coach can use to determine training intensity, status, or progress.
Testing can be completed separately or together, with results explained directly after the test in approximately 60minutes.
(3) Goodwin ML, Harris JE, Hernández A, Gladden LB. Blood Lactate Measurements and Analysis during Exercise: A Guide for Clinicians. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. 2007;1(4):558-569