Before we were ready to start the test, the medical staff and nurse attached some monitoring equipment (plastic pads or electrodes). It is necessary to remove the clothing from the upper part of your body to do this because a shirt can easily cause the electrodes to fall off. Therefore, if a woman is being tested, the doctor recommends that she wear a sports bra.
Next, the staff fixed the VO2 Max mask to our faces. The mask is also connected to the VO2 Max machine by a tube. This tube delivers oxygen to the person being tested as they breathe in. It, then, collects the air that is exhaled in order to measure the amounts of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the breath and calculate all the relevant parameters.
We also discovered that healthcare professionals use the medical term VO2 Max to describe this measurement of oxygen capacity. The term refers to the maximum amount of oxygen that an individual can utilize during intense or maximal exercise. In short, VO2 Max measures the athlete’s maximum ability to pull oxygen from the air, transport it into the blood, and deliver it to muscles in the body. In theory, those with a high VO2 Max value are better able to perform aerobic exercises. Basically, doctors use this value to indicate a person’s level of fitness and performance endurance.
VO2 Max operates under a protocol which involves gradually increasing both the speed and incline of the treadmill (the intensity of the exercise). When the person being tested becomes too tired to continue, they simply raise their hand to stop the treadmill. The test lasts for 15 minutes.