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A Beginner’s Guide to VO2Max

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Let’s talk about VO2Max. What is it? Why should I care? What can I use it for? I am guessing these are questions you might have, as they were all questions I had in the not so distant past. After some Google and YouTube deep dives, I felt like I had a better understanding, but most of the information was overly scientific. I wanted the practical information, simple and straightforward. But it just wasn’t there.

Without further ado, here are the basics of understanding VO2Max.

What is it?

VO2Max stands for the Volume of Oxygen – maximum. It is literally the maximum amount of oxygen your body can use. This matters because the more oxygen your body can utilize, the greater your fitness level.

VO2Max is considered the gold standard to measure fitness. The bottom line is this: a higher max equates to an increased ability to intensely exercise. In order to achieve a high VO2Max, an individual must have a healthy heart, lungs, and well-conditioned lean muscle mass.

Why should I care?

Each person has two ages – a chronological age and a fitness age. In terms of your lifespan and quality of life, your fitness age is actually more important. In other words, healthy and fit individuals will have a fitness age lower than their actual age. An example of this would be the ageless beauty (actually 50) Jennifer Aniston.

Safe assumption: High VO2Max

Each person’s fitness age is based on their VO2Max. A study conducted by the journal for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise found that People with a low VO2Max (and high fitness age) had an 82 percent higher risk of dying prematurely than those whose fitness age was the same as, or lower than, their chronological age. 1

So again, for simplicity’s sake: if you want to add more years to your life and more life to your years, improving your VO2Max is the best thing you can do.

What are the factors that affect VO2Max?

Age, gender, genetics, body composition, and fitness level all play factors in determining VO2Max. Like many things related to health, some factors are outside of our control. But there are always ways for individuals to improve their VO2Max.

How do I improve my VO2Max? 

In short, exercise. Any regular aerobic workout can help, but the most effective form of exercise to improve VO2Max has been High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).

Why should I take a VO2Max Test?

  1. To get a snapshot of your current fitness level, and how you compare to others your age.
  2. To have a baseline number that you can work on improving through training and healthy lifestyle. If you want to lose weight, you first weigh yourself. If you want to save money, you look at your current bank account. If you want to improve your fitness, measure your VO2
  3. A VO2Max Test gives you specific information on Target Training Zones based on your goals. In other words, the type and intensity of workouts you should do if you are trying to burn fat vs trying to build your speed and power are very different.

So there you have it for an introduction to VO2Max. I will leave you with a quote from a Tim Ferriss Podcast interview with Dr. Peter Diamandis: “There are two elements that tie very much to human longevity: Those people who floss…and those people who have a higher VO2Max”. 2 Food for thought…

Interested in our VO2Max service? Click here for more information and to schedule an appointment: VO2Max Information

7 Coolest Things About Completing a 3D Body Scan

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  1. It tells your Body Fat %

This is incredibly useful information to have. Your Body Fat Percentage tells you one very important thing that a scale doesn’t – how much lean mass and how much fat mass you have. The key to your health isn’t losing weight, it’s losing fat (and gaining muscle/lean mass).

  1. It Shows a 3D Image of your Body

See yourself in a whole new way, from whole new angles

The 3D Image allows you to see your physique from every beautiful angle. It is certainly a trip the first time you see it. But it is you, real and unfiltered. It allows you to see if there are particular areas you want to improve.

  1. Can compare your progress over time as you complete additional scans

Track your progress by the numbers and visually!

One of the coolest benefits of the Fit3D is the built in user interface that allows you to track progress. When you complete multiple scans, you can see changes and improvements in your Body Fat Percentage, body measurements, and other metrics. And of course, you can see a side by side comparison of your 3D self!

  1. All the information is at your fingertips

Another benefit of the Fit3D Body Scan is that you can log in to your free user account from anywhere. That makes it easy to go back and look at your measurements or metrics at any point, keeping it in the forefront of your mind.

See where you stack up against others of your age and gender!

  1. You can see how you compare to your peers

There have been hundreds of thousands of Fit3D Body Scans completed. When you log into your account, you can see how you compare to your peers for different health and fitness metrics. Definitely a cool feature for anyone with a competitive streak!

 

 

 

  1. Advanced metrics such as Balance Report, Posture Analysis

Most machines that measure body composition provide you with essentially just that, your body fat percentage. The Fit3D scan is awesome because it provides many additional measurements. You can view reports that show you specific information on your balance and posture, along with much more.

 

 

  1. It Motivates You!

I would say about 90% of the people that have come in so far and completed a body scan left saying some version of the same thing: “Time to get to work”. Completing a scan can give you a much-needed kick in the butt. And that’s a good thing. I know when I did my first scan, I couldn’t wait to hit the gym and make improvements for my next scan. Motivation is a powerful tool that helps us improve!

Interested in possibly scheduling a Body Composition Scan? Check out our page for more information: 3D Body Scan