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I've signed up at the gym to do this zone testing--one of those tests where they put you on the treadmill and you have the mask over your mouth and I think they monitor your HR and some other things--that's about all I know about it. I think they show a guy doing something like that on a Gatorade commercial <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">. I'm told that it will measure exactly what your HR zones should be and I think it determines your VO2 max as well. I'm just wondering if anyone here has had this done before and if you found it useful. If you had the opportunity to do it, would you? What exactly does VO2 max tell you anyway?<br><br>
For additional cost they can also do a basal metabolic rate test but I am at the point where I really don't need to lose weight so I don't think that would be as useful at this time.
 

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Gives you more information on training ranges... because the estimated percents are flawed formulas. I'd love to have it done... probably will one day.<br><br>
I've had the basal metabolic rate test done. Very cool.
 

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I will probably do it one of this days as it's another tool, but I believe blood lactate testing to be more accurate, so I will continue to train that way. Plus, I don't have to go far to get the test done
 

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Vo2 Max tells you how much oxygen you use per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of bodyweight.<br><br>
The higher the number the more oxygen your body can process = you are in better shape.<br><br>
Lance Armstrong is in the vicinity of 80. Good college atheletes around 65.<br><br>
Couch potatoes I think around 15 to 20. I am guessing but think a mid pack runner would be in the mid 30's to low 40's.
 
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