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Easy way to determine your VO2 max
Brian Mackenzie explains how you can determine your VO2 max simply by jogging easily for one mile!
Using statistical techniques, Brigham Young University scientists used the heart rates, body weights, and one-mile jog times from 54 students to create a fairly simple mathematical equation for Vo2max. They then checked the predictive power of the equation by using it to forecast the VO2 max of another 52 runners involved in the study. When these predicted VO2 max values were compared with the runners' real VO2 max, the equation was determined to be remarkably accurate. The equation will be most accurate for athletes aged 18 to 29, but older athletes can still use the formula to monitor gains in fitness and get a ballpark figure for their VOvmax.
Here is what to do:
To estimate your VO2 max you will require your:
Kathy's VO2 max = 100.5 - (0.1636 x 63.2) - (1.438 x 10.25) -
(0.1928 x 132)
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About the Author
Brian Mackenzie is a British Athletics level 4 performance coach and a coach tutor/assessor. He has been coaching sprint, middle distance and combined event athletes for the past 30+ years and has 45+ years' experience as an endurance athlete.
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