Monday, November 01, 2010

VO2 Max testing for master's athletes

You may notice that I'm taking a bit of the "zing" out of my headlines, but it's for a good reason.

A friend who is highly successful in online web content publishing told me every headline should best represent what a potential customer would Google as a search term...hence, you'll see more descriptive headlines from me.

Sorry that the shot above is a bit blurred, but this is master competitor taking his best shot at a VO2 max reading.  The blur came from maximum man pushing so hard his brains almost blew out his nose.  I tried to cap the test with the best effort I could, treadmill maxed and some level of incline.  I pushed a 51.6 and that's all she wrote.

Check out the following table from http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/fitnessevalandassessment/a/Bruce_Protocol.htm.  This site defines VO2 Max as "the maximum amount of oxygen an individual can utilize during intense or maximal exercise.  It is measured as millimeters of oxygen used in one minute per kilogram of body weight."

Looking at the 50-59 year old bracket, I pushed the superior button.  But young stud athletes record VO2 Max readings from 70-80.


VO2 Max Norms for Men - Measured in ml/kg/min
AgeVery PoorPoorFairGoodExcellentSuperior
13-19<35.035.0-38.338.4-45.145.2-50.951.0-55.9>55.9
20-29<33.033.0-36.436.5-42.442.5-46.446.5-52.4>52.4
30-39<31.531.5-35.435.5-40.941.0-44.945.0-49.4>49.4
40-49<30.230.2-33.533.6-38.939.0-43.743.8-48.0>48.0
50-59<26.126.1-30.931.0-35.735.8-40.941.0-45.3>45.3
60+<20.520.5-26.026.1-32.232.3-36.436.5-44.2>44.2


I'm into this study to help determine the correlation between sleep patterns (independent variable) and heart rate (dependent variable).  So to that end, I have a headband rig for at night and am also wearing a blood pressure sleeve for 24 hour periods.  It's pulling a reading every 20 minutes during the day and 45 minutes at night.

I've been told that research indicates most victims stroke out when blood pressure elevates upon waking up.  I'll keep you posted on how this turns out.

1 comment:

  1. Very cool study to be part of. Would love to do the VO2 max test, but am scared it would be close to zero.

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