My gym has begun offering VO2 Max testing for a fee. I was their first customer today.
I have not ever had VO2 Max testing done before - but was curious about what my score would be and interested to see what type of "prescription" they provide to me for training to improve performance.
It was fairly straight forward - They had me in a private room with a Woodway treadmill (nice) - had me do a warm up and then attached a mask to my face which had some tubes connected to a device connected to a computer - and they had a blood pressure cuff on one arm and a heartrate monitor strap. I started at 7 mph and every 2 mins they increased the incline or grade by 2% until I could go no further. The tech checked my bp every two minutes and asked me to point on a sheet on a scale of 6-20 (20 being worst) how I was feeling. When I got to 13 mins I was over 180 on my heartrate and knew I had only a limited amount of time left. I thought the test was for 16 mins so I felt like I sucked when I had to call it quits just after 14 mins.
I then cooled down and they continued to monitor my HR and BP and then they went over the data. Much to my surprise my VO2 Max was 72.
I have an appointment next week with the guy who will run the data into a report with a prescription for improving the VO2 max and my performance.