Here at Hyatt Strength + Wellness, we’ve always prioritized ways to optimize and measure your progress with intelligently designed programs as well as extra tools like the InBody scanner. We’re adding a PNOE VO2 Max testing unit, we’re excited to bring another level of precision to measuring your cardiovascular health. The test includes both resting and max metabolic results plus a data sheet that your tester will interpret for you to help you understand how to best progress your cardiorespiratory fitness.
Why is VO2 max testing important?
It’s important to understand why you would want to do the VO2 max test in the first place. VO2 max is a measure of how much oxygen your body can use at a time and is widely regarded as one of the best predictors for heart health and all cause mortality. In fact, a 2008 study found that increasing your VO2 max can reduce your all cause mortality risk by up to 15% for every point you increase it by.
The short version is that a higher VO2 max means you have a strong heart and efficient lungs, and this contributes to overall health. VO2 max is more traditionally used by endurance athletes to help measure their progress in their programs. However, you don’t need to be an athlete in order to benefit from some tools they use to optimize your health and workout time. Knowing your VO2 max can be a helpful tool in regards to what to prioritize in your fitness program.
I’m not an athlete, why should I do a VO2 max test?
Just because you’re not competitive doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know where you’re at. Knowing your VO2 max can tell you how much work you’ve done in regards to slowing down or reversing aging. The Washington Post recently wrote an article about a 93 year old man who’s as fit as a 40 year old! What’s amazing about this case is that he only started exercising in is 70s. We talk a lot about age related muscle loss, but it can’t be understated how important your cardiovascular fitness is. Aside from being one of the strongest predictors of all cause mortality, better cardiovascular health also lead to improvements in body composition, blood pressure, heart health, mental health, physical ability, and mobility to name a few.
Similar to having the InBody scanner to precisely measure and track progress in body composition, the PNOE Testing unit allows us to do the same with cardiovascular fitness. Whether you’re a competitive endurance athlete looking for another performance metric or you’re a weekend warrior wanting to see how you can take the next step in your conditioning, there is value in knowing what VO2 max can tell you about yourself. Interested? Let us know if you want to be in the first round of testing times at the end of the month!
What makes the PNOE test unique
As far as what makes the testing we plan to do here different, the PNOE test has a few advantages over the typical lab style test. One of the advantages of the PNOE testing unit is that we don’t have to use a traditional bulky lab with loads of tubes and wires set up to measure your VO2 max. This is not that kind of test. While there is a facemask and fancy tech involved to measure oxygen consumption, it’s not as dramatic an affair.
Another advantage of the PNOE test is its accuracy compared to field testing. The PNOE test gives you an actual score and not an estimate. Some field test will have you put your age and time into a calculator to estimate your VO2 Max. The problem here is that a lot of these running tests don’t factor in things like height and weight, two things that play a major factor in how fast you can run a mile and a half.
The laster major advantage of the PNOE test is that you don’t have to do your test while running on a treadmill. An efficient runner might “show” a better VO2 max than a less efficient one when a similar test using an airdyne might show different results. Good news for those of you who don’t like running; you don’t have to use the treadmill. You can do the test on a treadmill, a spin bike, a rowing machine, or even the airdyne. This can help remove some of the issues with the specific skill involved in running while still doing the test. It also accounts for injuries or other limitations that makes running difficult.
Author Travis Robe, CSCS, is a Personal Trainer at Hyatt Strength + Wellness with a BA in Kinesiology. In addition to his experience with strength training, he is also a lifelong martial artist. He believes in using fitness as a way to build discipline and confidence to overcome any challenge life may present you. Learn more about Travis, or get in touch with him by emailing us at Go@HyattTraining.com.
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