: the maximum amount of oxygen the body can utilize during a specified period of usually intense exercise

Examples of VO2 max in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many apps and wearables now help track your VO2 max range, which is the best way to measure cardiorespiratory fitness. Nick Blackmer, Verywell Health, 29 Feb. 2024 As far as health and fitness features go, the OnePlus Watch 2 can track more than 100 sports and will have advanced running metrics like ground contact time, ground balance, and VO2 max. Victoria Song, The Verge, 26 Feb. 2024 All this info is readily available in the Garmin Connect app along with other fitness metrics such as heart rate, VO2 max (a measure of oxygen uptake), sleep quality, blood oxygen and heart rate variability (HRV). Jon Bitner, wsj.com, 22 Sep. 2023 But know this: Accurately tracking your VO2 max requires lots of fancy equipment and is best done in a lab setting. Alyssa Sparacino, Men's Health, 28 July 2023 What’s more, lifting weights can even help such athletes improve VO2 max, according to University of Oklahoma researchers. Men's Health, 29 June 2023 The average person's VO2 max is approximately 35-40 ml/kg/min. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 13 Oct. 2022 Like most athletes who want to perform at their peak, Pétursson had done all of the advanced (and expensive) aerobic endurance tests—VO2 max, lactate threshold and running economy—to obtain that data. Cassie Shortsleeve, Robb Report, 26 Mar. 2023 For instance, research suggests that hormonal birth control decreases aerobic capacity: studies from the early 2000s found that VO2 max may be reduced by roughly five percent compared to those who are not on oral contraceptives. Christine Yu, Outside Online, 23 Mar. 2023

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Word History


volume of O2 maximum

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of VO2 max was in 1970

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“VO2 max.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/VO2%20max. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

: the maximum amount of oxygen the body can use during a specified period of usually intense exercise that depends on body weight and the strength of the lungs

called also maximal oxygen consumption, maximal oxygen uptake, max VO2

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