Explanation of Cardio Test Results

This test is designed to give you an idea of your cardiovascular fitness. Please pay particular attention to the right hand column of values.

MET capacity is your body's ability to expend energy compared to resting values. One MET is equivalent to your body's metabolism at rest.

VO2 Max is an estimation of your body's ability to utilize oxygen for energy; measured by the volume of oxygen per body weight per time (mL/kg/min).

Population Average is the average VO2 Max value for people of your age and sex.

Score of your VO2 Max can also give you an idea of how you compare to your population. 50 is the mean score.

Rating of your VO2 Max can be, "Excellent", "Good", "Average", "Fair", or "Poor". If you fall in these latter categories, don't despair. Regular exercise, if performed properly, can improve your fitness at any age.

VO2 (ml / kg / min)
  Men (18-22 yrs) Men (40-50 yrs) Women (18-22 yrs) Women (40-50 yrs)
Untrained 43 36 38 27
Active 50 46 43 39
Trained 57 52 53 44
Elite 70 >60 63 >50
World Class >80   >70  

An appropriate training intensity can be selected based upon your goals, available time, fitness level, etc. See aerobic components.

Fitnesss Level Low Moderate High Very HIgh
% Max Heart Rate 50 60 66 70 74 77 81 85 88 90 92 100
% VO2 max 28 42 50 56 60 65 70 75 80 83 85 100

It is recommended to consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.

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