VO2 Max testing

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  • with the Tour de France going on and all the coverage of the elite cyclists on TV, I thought I would post a topic about VO2 Max testing.

    For those who don't know, VO2 Max testing is essentially a way to gauge your maximum aerobic capacity. More to the point, it is a way to objectively measure your fitness. Elite endurance athletes, including cyclists, have been using it for years to measure their fitness, guide their training programs and strategy during races.

    Currently, I run an exercise testing lab on Harley Street that specialises in VO2 Max testing. From the test, you get all sorts of variables that are of interest to the more serious cyclists out there: Peak power, VO2 max, Lactate/anaerobic threshold, critcal power and heart rates to match.

    I hope that this thread will give anyone interested in exercise physiology a forum to discuss, ask questions, etc.

  • is it available on the NHS ??

    if not.... how about some idea of cost... pretty please

  • Harley Street: its not going to be cheap.

  • It is available on the NHS but only if you are scheduled for major surgery and you've got a dodgy ticker.

  • I can come up with a letter that says that on it- would that count?

  • in did my phd in this field. those were the days

    finger prick for lactate threshold or do you estimate from ventilatory threshold?

    back in the day i got 70-2 ml/kg/min on both bike/treadmill.

  • There are loads of people doing testing particularly cycling specific tests and even more specifically for triathletes. Most Universities have sports science labs that do them too and you can get in on freebies if they are looking for trial volunteers etc.

    bikeradar.com/forum/viewtopic­.php?p=14770812

  • Why is VO2 max a method to test fitness, I would argue that it captures data of an aspect of fitness. How about anerobic fitness, lactate testing (as mentioned above) or even psychological fitness. There is more to elite athletes than there VO2 max???

  • Why is VO2 max a method to test fitness, I would argue that it captures data of an aspect of fitness. How about anerobic fitness, lactate testing (as mentioned above) or even psychological fitness. There is more to elite athletes than there VO2 max???

    Did you even read the OP?

    " Peak power, VO2 max, Lactate/anaerobic threshold, critcal power and heart rates to match."

  • How much is the test?

  • Yes i read the OP but one bottle of wine is all it takes to pickle my brain - have now re-read and understand there is a far more comprehensive testing regime. Which on Harley st i should have guessed - mucho apologies.
    However, terminology is important and fitness testing is hard to quantify as is intelligence testing! I get fed up with hearing VO2 max is THE fitness test - its not the whole story. I'll try to walk away gracefully now...

  • No, it's not the whole story but when people refer to VO2 max tests they tend to be talking about all the other wonderful information you can grab along the way.

  • I know someone who had one and then follow up, total was about ¬£200.

  • Similar price to PBScience

  • Mind you... I have bee caught out before on this one...

    Which Harley St..? hmmmn

  • From the test, you get all sorts of variables that are of interest to the more serious cyclists out there: Peak power, VO2 max, Lactate/anaerobic threshold, critcal power and heart rates to match.

    Sounds interesting, but once you grab all the information how can this help?

  • You use it for designing your training around.
    You can use it for pacing certain rides/races and you can do blocks of training and then re-test in order to find out if the training you are doing is working for you.
    Quite beneficial but quite costly.

  • yeah..very costly.. I was hoping more in some pills prescription.

  • What sort of pills do you want?

    I hear these new ones I've got called shhhh Tic Tacs are the SHHHIIIIITTTT!!!! WOOO! Bangin'! if ya get my drift?! Want some? I can hook you up, brother. Yeaahaww!

  • If you heard that I trust you, PM on the way.... how much do you charge?

  • First one's free..

  • :d

  • is it available on the NHS ??

    if not.... how about some idea of cost... pretty please

    Yes you can get it done by the NHS but... you need to be going for major surgery at a hospital that has a Cardio-pulmonary exercise testing (CPET) lab as yoav has already said. Dodgy ticker not necessary though.

    Sorry I've been a bit absent guys. It's been a bit crazy in the lab. I'll try to cover everything that everyone has asked shortly.

    As for pricing... PM me. If we get a group I can probably get the rate down with our practice manager.

  • does it hurt much ?

  • As much as you want it to.

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