Athletic Performance: How Fit Are You?
A VO2 max test is a maximal exercise test performed on a treadmill or bike while connected to a machine capable of analyzing your expired air. Your test provides data on how much oxygen you use as you exercise and determines the maximal oxygen you can consume during exercise. This is a gold-standard measurement of endurance.
Along with VO2 max, your ventilatory threshold is also measured from your expired air. We are able to use this information to further analyze your fitness level. This threshold is the exercise intensity that your muscles are fatiguing from lactic acid buildup and the intensity you cannot maintain for long. Essentially, this is just above the level at which you train. With training, your ventilatory threshold will increase and get closer to your VO2 max.
Other testing information useful for an athlete in training includes peak heart rate achieved.
Benefits of VO2 max testing:
- Accurate measurement of current fitness
- Ability to design a more effective training program
- Evaluation of effectiveness of training programs
- Prediction of maximal steady-state running speed or cycling wattage
A resting metabolic rate (RMR) test is a noninvasive, highly accurate way of determining daily calories needed to maintain your current body mass.
It can be challenging for active individuals to maintain or gain muscle, especially while training for an athletic competition.
Measuring RMR is a beneficial first step to determine how many calories you need to maintain your current weight and muscle mass or even gain muscle.
Staff members will be able to provide you with healthy nutritional guidelines for athletes and active individuals.
You may benefit from a general analysis of your current percent body fat to indicate how lean you are due to muscle mass. Body weight alone is not an accurate way to determine your body composition. We use noninvasive techniques, including skinfold calipers, bioelectrical impedance analysis and tape measure circumferences, to determine your body fat percentage.
Cost of Exercise Testing
Exercise testing is not covered by insurance. You can expect the following out-of-pocket expenses for testing.
- VO2 max test: $100
- Resting metabolic rate test: $75
- Body composition analysis: $30
- Package for all three assessments: $175