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What is a good VO2 max score?(3 posts)

What is a good VO2 max score?eoind
Jun 15, 2001 6:52 AM
I've just had my first assessment of VO2max, and I got a score of 69. Is this average, above average, good, excellent or what? I'm 29 years old, 5'11" in height, approx 160 pounds, and although I would consider myself to be reasonably fit and active, I've never been serious enough about any activity to go as far as getting a VO2max score. Any comments on my VO2max would be greatly appreciated.
re: What is a good VO2 max score?Akirasho
Jun 15, 2001 11:17 AM
... who and why did you have the assesment? What was their methodology? Are they reporting the results to your physician?

Anyway, here is a link to some info that if taken in proper context, might answer your question.

http://www.brianmac.demon.co.uk/vo2max.htm

Be the bike.
I believe you're one point shy of making a national team ...Humma Hah
Jun 15, 2001 4:44 PM
... and that's within your ability to improve. I read somewhere that you need a score of 70 or higher to qualify for one of the US teams.

But be careful ... the test method is important. A good lab actually measures how much oxygen you utilize, but there are other tests that make a wild estimate based on physical output. I did a series of repeat tests at my gym on a stairclimber that purported to test VO2 max, and got results ranging from about 39 (the high end of the couch potato range) to 80 (watch out, Lance, I'm right behind you). The truth is probably more like 50.