What is VO2 Max?
When you are exercising, your heart and your lungs are working hard to pump oxygenated red blood cells around your body to the muscle tissue, where the oxygen is being used. The more oxygen your body can use, the more your muscles can work.
VO2 Max is the maximum amount of oxygen your body can use, or maximal oxygen consumption. Improving it will enable you to increase the time you are able to do moderate or high intensity exercise. It should also make that exercise feel easier, which will definitely help with motivation and keep you wanting to exercise!
Why is it important?
VO2 max is important as it can be used as a representation of how much oxygen your body uses during exercise at a maximum effort. This guides your Health Partner to determine which level class is more appropriate for you. We do not want to put you in a class that works your heart too hard for its capability, making you feel dizzy, over tired and probably not very enjoyable. We want to make sure we do challenge your heart and aerobic capacity in a safe way, so when we re-test we can see a positive change to your VO2 max score.
How can I work on my VO2 Max while training at LEAR?
Our Hybrid Training classes are designed to have a cardiovascular exercise component that will elevate your heart rate and help you improve your VO2 Max. This can come from increasing the pace of an exercise, the number of sets and/or repetitions or reducing the rest time between exercises. We will make sure that you increase your heart rate to an appropriate level and work at the right intensity for your body and health goals.
If you have any questions about our Hybrid Training classes or undertaking cardiovascular exercise with us at LEAR, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!