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VO2 Max testing question...(4 posts)

VO2 Max testing question...Raven1911
Feb 7, 2003 11:17 PM
I live in southern CA and would like to get tested either VO2 Max or lactate threshold (or are they the same test?). Has anyone had these tests done on them and if so were they worth the price? Do they do them in a cycling format instead of a treadmill? Don't know if they are separate tests but I would like to get an idea of where I stand. Anyone have any links or know of testing sites in my area? Also, how much are they?

re: VO2 Max testing question...merckx56
Feb 8, 2003 6:28 AM
Call around to the various universities (UCLA, Pepperdine...) and see if they have Exercise Physiology departments. Most larger schools do. I got mine done here at the EP department. There is normally someone always doing human performance testing of one kind or another. It may not cost anything, and sometimes, they PAY study participants. I got $150 for four tests over a two week period.
VO2 and LT are different tests that should be performed separately. Mine were done on a spin bike and I was hooked up to every machine they had in the lab. The vo2 was done on am interval type basis where I'd go hard for 15 minutes and spin down for fifteen. It took about 2 hours total. The LT was done as a test to exhaustion with blood samples taken at various time points. Again, about 2 hours.
re: VO2 Max testing question...Jon Billheimer
Feb 8, 2003 7:01 PM
Don't you love what a bunch of freakin' sadists these guys are? I can't imagine a two hour VO2 protocol! Usually they do a ramp test which takes about 15 minutes, and even that is ungodly hard. They could've plotted the heartrate deflection point too to estimate LT, but it's notoriously less accurate.
re: VO2 Max testing question...speedisgood
Feb 9, 2003 8:42 PM
Max VO2 tests are done to exhaustion whereas lactates are done just beyond when the lactate curve breaks, usually before exhaustion. At least that's how we do it on our protocol. Blood samples are taken every 4 min. to allow the lactate to stabilize in the blood.