If you’re serious about reaching your full athletic potential, then you should get yourself familiar with the concept of the VO2 max as well how to apply it in your workout program.

That said, most fitness junkies do not have the slightest clues what VO2 max stands for – except for a few lucky ones.

What is the VO2 Max?

Also known as “peak oxygen intake”, “maximal oxygen consumption“ and “maximal oxygen uptake”, the VO2 max is one of the best metrics for measuring your cardio-respiratory and aerobic fitness level. It’s in fact the ultimate fitness gauging stick.

In simple terms, VO2 max refers to the maximum volume of oxygen your body can use during maximum exercise. The higher your VO2 max score, the more oxygen your body taps into – and the better you perform athletically.

For a full explanation and to learn about how your VO2 max score is determined and why it matters, check out this great article on VO2 max over on Runners Blueprint.

The following infographic is your lazy guide to the VO2 max. Not only does it explain the importance of figuring out one’s VO2 max score, it also shows you how to measure it as well as how to improve it.

Click on the infographic below to view the full-size version, and don’t forget to share!

Infographic – Your guide to VO2 max


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