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Cardiorespiratory Fitness Assessment

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that cardiorespiratory fitness, quantifiable as VO2 max, be regularly assessed and utilized as an indicator of health. There is mounting evidence that lower fitness levels are associated with a high risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality rates stemming from various forms of chronic disease.

Why have your VO2max assessed?

Knowing your VO2max enables you to:


  • Tailor your training to improve your performance.

  • Evaluate whether your aerobic capability matches your goals and ambitions.

  • Establish baseline measurements to monitor the effectiveness of your strength, conditioning and nutrition program.

  • Be proactive about your health and take action to reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol.​

  • Compare yourself to the professionals.

  • Monitor body fat loss and increased muscle mass with training, without compromising power and aerobic performance. 

VO2 max measurement by Exercise Physiologist at Trench Health and Fitness

What is VO2max?

VO2max is the maximum rate of oxygen consumption measured during exercise of increasing intensity.

Maximal oxygen consumption reflects the cardiorespiratory fitness of an individual and is an important determinant of their endurance capacity during prolonged exercise.

When embarking upon any fitness or weight-loss program, having a baseline with which to assess your progress is essential and VO2max testing could be the motivation you need!

Why should performance measures be restricted to professional athletes?

Our state of the art Cosmed Fitmate Pro measures your cardiorespiratory fitness giving you a holdfast indication of where your aerobic capability lies.

How does a VO2max test work?

Fitness can be measured by the volume of oxygen you can consume while exercising at your maximum capacity.

VO2max is the amount of oxygen (ml), one can use in 1 minute per kilogram of body weight.


Those who are fit have higher VO2max values and can exercise more intensely than those with a lower VO2max. VO2max can improve with fitness training. 

VO2max Pre-Test Checklist (anaerobic threshhold)

Price: $200


No unaccustomed exercise the day before the test.  Training sessions should be light recovery workouts for the 36 hours leading up to testing.


2 days and leading up to test

Normal diet for the two days leading up to the test as you would eat in preparing for a race. 

The two meals prior to the test should be high in carbohydrates.

Consume lots of fluid in the 12 hours prior to testing.


On day of test

Morning testing:   Light snack 1-1.5 hours prior to test is acceptable

Afternoon test:      Normal breakfast and mid-morning snack      

(14:00 -16:00):    Lunch 3 hours prior to test (“Pre-event” meal)


Avoid the following from midnight prior to the test:

  • Smoking

  • Caffeine

  • Alcohol

  • Supplements that can affect aerobic performance (eg:  Bicarbonate, cold medication, etc)



No respiratory illness for the preceding two weeks. 

For other types of acute illness, clear this with the testing centre on a case-by-case basis. 


Wear the shoes you train in.

Vo2 max measurement by an Exercise Physiologist at Trench Health and Fitness
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