VO2 Max Estimator
Your body derives energy it needs by oxidizing the food you eat. You need more energy
when you are exercising, thus you breathe faster to take in more oxygen. Running is
primarily an aerobic sport. How fast you run is limited by how much oxygen your body
can consume, which is expressed as VO2 max.
The higher your VO2 max, the more oxygen your body can
utilize, and the faster you run. Much of this value is deterimined by your genes.
However, your oxygen consumption can be improved through training. The estimator below
can give you an idea of what your VO2 max is.
Enter the distance and time from a recent race to calculate your VO2 max.
Your true VO2 max can be calculated by running on a treadmill
while hooked up to instruments that measure your oxygen consumption. Obviously, it can only
be done in a physiology lab. You can read more about it on