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What is VO2max and why is it important for my training?
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VO2max is the maximal oxygen consumption your body can actually use during a physical endurance activity or workout. Most people think it's the amount of air you can breathe, but it's the amount of oxygen your body can actually extract from your system and actually use for its advantage. We have different ranges for VO2max starting anywhere from maybe 20 milliliters of oxygen per kilogram of your bodyweight every minute all the way up to possibly close to 94 or 95 milliliters of oxygen per kilogram of your bodyweight every minute. We tend to see cross country or Nordic skiers: world class athletes who can achieve that high level. A very popular icon who has extremely high VO2max is Lance Armstrong. He's been tested at around 84 milliliters of oxygen per kilogram of his bodyweight every minute. It's impossible for most humans to exceed 95 milliliters of oxygen per kilogram of their bodyweight every minute. However if you're a strength trainer it doesn't have much indication, but the benefits of strength training actually elevate VO2[max] for a little while. There are bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts who are lifting weights who will elevate their VO2[max] through strength training. If you want to gauge your VO2 you need to get an exercise specialist and get on a particular treadmill or bicycle protocol and figure out how much oxygen you can actually extract from your system during the level of overly fatigue. Of course everyone will have different levels and genetics are slightly involved too, but if you want to know your physical working capacity level รป that is VO2max.
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