Fitnescity VO2 Max Test
Optimize your training with expert insights from a VO2 Max test. Using indirect calorimetry, the VO2 Max test measures your fitness level by identifying your body’s maximal oxygen uptake during exercise.
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More about this test:
What is tested?
VO2 Max is the maximum amount of oxygen the body is able to uptake during exercise and has been shown to be a strong indicator of cardiovascular fitness and overall wellbeing.
Who is this for?
This test is for anyone who wants to measure their VO2 Max and better understand their cardiovascular health. You must be 18+ years of age to purchase.
How is the test performed?
Respirated Air (subject will breathe into a mask that will measure inhaled and expelled air).
How do I prepare for this test?
Before taking this test, we recommend you discuss with your physician first. Do not exercise for 24 hours prior to your appointment. Ensure you are properly hydrated and do not eat a heavy meal 2-3 hours prior to testing. Wear clothing and shoes you would normally exercise in.
About the Test
VO2 Max is the maximum amount of oxygen your body is able to uptake during exercise and is considered the gold standard for assessing cardiovascular fitness. By running or cycling at an increasing intensity until unable to continue, your maximal oxygen uptake, Aerobic and Anaerobic Thresholds, and heart rate recovery can be determined.
Training for a big race? Getting in shape for the first time? Performing regular VO2 Max tests can help individuals of any fitness level optimize training and monitor progress, no matter your goals. Use science-backed data to optimize your training and track progress over time with Fitnescity’s nationwide network of test partners and personalized digital dashboard.
What is Tested:
- VO2 Max
- Maximal Heart Rate
- Aerobic VO2 and Heart Rate
- Anaerobic VO2 and Heart Rate
- Heart Rate Recovery
Individual location results may vary.
Getting your results
After testing, you’ll receive access to your personalized Fitnescity dashboard. Review your numbers and find out what your data says about you. Please note that your test results will not be shared with or available from Quest, and PWNHealth services and fees do not apply to this offering.
Still have questions? No worries. Book a complimentary 20-minute follow-up call with a Fitnescity staff physician.
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- Do not exercise for 24 hours prior to your appointment.
- Ensure you are properly hydrated before the test.
- Do not eat a heavy meal for 2-3 hours prior to the test.
- Wear clothing and shoes you would normally exercise in.
You will arrive to the test center 15 minutes prior to your appointment having followed the proper pre-test protocols. Upon arrival, the center will provide any necessary paperwork and bring you back to their space where the test will be conducted. Depending on location, the test will be on either a treadmill or stationary bike. After a warm-up, the test administrator will secure the VO2 mask over your nose and mouth and attach a heart rate monitor. Starting with a slow jog/low resistance, the test administrator will increase the treadmill or bike’s speed/resistance until you signal you cannot continue and wish to stop. You will rest for 2-3 minutes to ensure a safe recovery. This is a maximal exertion test and is highly strenuous.*
*Individual location process may vary
A VO2 Max Test is a maximal exertion test, meaning that it places a significant amount of stress on the cardiac system. This test is not considered safe for anyone with the following conditions: high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart/lung problems, a family history of heart attack, injury, or dizziness, shortness of breath, or rapid heart beats during exercise.
Individuals with any of these conditions may require signed permission from their physician. Before taking this test, you must discuss with your physician.
Fitnescity offers testing and helps you track your wellness over time on their secure, personal, digital Fitnescity Dashboard. Quest has collaborated with Fitnescity to offer Body Composition, Resting Metabolic Rate, and VO2 Max tests through Fitnescity’s network of 400+ trusted partners. Understand your data to make more informed decisions and put you in control of your own wellness.
Fitnescity offers DEXA, RMR, and VO2 Max tests.
The DEXA Scan is widely regarded as being one of the most proven and reliable technologies for measuring body composition. A standard DEXA Scan with Fitnescity involves lying still on the DEXA scanner for about 15 minutes while the machine’s arm moves back and forth to develop a full body image. The DEXA scan can be used to obtain an initial body composition assessment and to understand how your body is changing over time.
The RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate) Test measures the number of calories required by the body to maintain basic functions such as heartbeat, breathing, temperature regulation, and brain activity. This number varies widely from one person to another. A standard Fitnescity RMR Test involves using a metabolic cart and indirect calorimetry, the clinically recommended and industry reference standard of testing, to measure the number of calories burned per day at rest. Whether your goal is to lose, gain, or maintain weight, this information is highly valuable for designing a personalized weight management program.
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Fitnescity is the provider and facilitates testing services and physician oversight for this test. Purchases occur on Fitnescity.com. Quest Diagnostics does not provide laboratory testing services for this item. Fitnescity test results will not be shared with or available from Quest, and PWNHealth services and fees do not apply to this offering.