VO2 max is interesting why?
Because guys, we see austronauts getting it in movies, or boxers from russia, and we want to rise to the top also. Now that the VO2 information is so well documented, it has become reading fodder for almost every trainer, including top level sports trainers.
However, there is always going to be a Rocky, a Messi, a Lafleur, a Jordan who can perform better because they train for hours on end with a ball, with a puck rather then without one. There vo2 max is just fine. That’s because movement, rest, nutrition and mentality are the main performance indicators.
The resources that are being improved here have functional purposes to help stabilize your oxygen intake, such as by increasing your breathing rate, increasing lung size (total capacity), or losing a bit of weight. The measurement part is mL/Min/Kg.
Note: Deep breathing over time supports lung capacity.
Breathing through your nose is proper for oxygen to cardbon dioxide conversion.
Chest breathing is shallow. chest and abdomen in unison are deep breathing.
Back muscles should be 30% stronger then abdominal muscles. “Trunk”
VO2 max testing references two different tests that both have in mind that the goal is to send fats and glucose to the muscles, get oxygen to the muscle systems in order to create energy and expel waste.
1. The first is for you absolute number (plateau) and it is the stabilizing of oxygen intake and will be based on the lifestlye and is unlikely to change. sedentary vs athletic is the most important part here. The meausurement can give you an aerobic threshold before you peak and go into oxygen debt/ anaerobic excercise.
2. Excercise Metabolic Rate Test uses the rate of air consumption, a % of oxygen, % of CO2 (differs for body fat vs body sugar)
Breathing Excercise: Lie flat on your back and bend your knees, keeping your feet flat on the floor about 8 inches apart. Place one hand on your stomach and the other across your chest.
Breathe in and out through your nose, slowly and deeply, so the air you breathe in reaches your abdomen. Continue breathing this way until you feel yourself start to relax.
Smile slightly and breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, taking long, slow and deep breaths each time. Repeat this breathing technique for about five minutes to increase blood oxygen levels and relax your body.