Mastering your VO2 max: what is it and how can you find yours?

If you are into fitness, you may have heard the term VO2 max at some stage or another. When you’re exercising (behind the beads of sweat on your forehead!), maximizing your workout and getting your best performance may be on the back of your mind, and that’s where knowing the basics of VO2 max can be useful.

VO2 max is a useful indicator when it comes to understanding your body. Basically, the term refers to the maximum amount of oxygen a person can consume and use in one minute during exercise. VO2 max is measured in milliliters of oxygen per kilogram of the body per minute (mL/kg/min). The higher the number the better. But why is this so important to fitness?

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