Monday, June 14, 2010

Milliliters of oxygen per Kilogram of bodyweight per Minute

Ml/Kg/Min is the units expressed in measuring VO2max */nosebleed*
Fitness can be measured by the volume of oxygen you can consume while exercising at your maximum capacity.  VO2max is the maximum amount of oxygen in milliliters, one can use in one minute per kilogram of body weight.  Those who are fit have higher VO2max values and can exercise more intensely than those who are not as well conditioned (source:

I used a race time predictor to learn my VO2max from my last 5km race.  It came out with 33.8 ml/kg/min.  Using the table below, it is rated as "Poor" in my age range.  Using the same Daniels and Gilbert formula for VO2max calculation, I needed to have a 53.5 ml/kg/min in order for me to create a racing condition to hit a sub-40 in my 10km race on December

Lance Armstrong has been measured to have an 84 ml/kg/min VO2max.  How about yours?

source: The Physical Fitness Specialist Certification Manual, The Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research, Dallas TX, revised 1997 printed in Advance Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription, 3rd Edition, Vivian H. Heyward, 1998.p48


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