VO2 Max Testing

The VO2 Max Test is the most recognized objective measurement of maximal aerobic power.

It can be performed on various ergometers but the most popular methods are on a treadmill or on a stationary bike. We offer both forms for VO2 Max testing.

It is a test to exhaustion. In other words, athletes are made to push their bodies to the absolute limit of endurance.

The VO2 Max is achieved when there is no corresponding increase in oxygen uptake with an increase in exercise intensity.

Sometimes, it is not possible for an athlete to reach this threshold. We then take into account the heart rate and respiratory exchange rate to arrive at a VO2 Peak.

Given the very strenuous nature of the VO2 Max test, we highly recommend a Pre-Participation evaluation before doing the test. Athletes with any unresolved medical conditions may be barred from taking the test.

On the day of the test, make sure you are well hydrated and not eaten anything at least 2 hours prior to the test. Any heavy meals must be taken at least 4 hours before the test.

Wear comfortable sports clothes and shoes.

Before the test, the medical personnel will brief you on the safety protocols of the test. Pay special attention to the stop button and stop cord on the treadmill. These will allow you to stop the test at anytime if you feel uncomfortable or feel that you cannot go on due to exhaustion.

A face mask will be placed over your nose and mouth. This measures the gases exchanged when you breathe.

You will be allowed up to 10 minutes to warm up and achieve about 75% of your maximum heart rate. From then on, there will be a step wise increment of the intensity of the exercise. On the treadmill this translates to an increase in speed and gradient. On the bike this translates to an increase in resistance with a faster or constant cadence.

During the test, our medical personnel may shout encouragement to you to help you push beyond your perceived limits.

The test is terminated when the VO2 Max is reached or when you terminate the test due to discomfort or exhaustion.

You will be given time to cool down and rest.

A full report will be provided to you a few days after the test.

For further information about VO2max testing at our OUB Clinic or if you would like to book an appointment for VO2max testing, call us at 65366418 or email us at [email protected]

Watch our video on VO2 Max testing below

About Dr. Tan
Dr. Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2001. His residency was in the two largest public hospitals in Singapore; Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.

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