VO2 Maximum

Updated 1 month ago by Peter Li

What is VO2 Maximum?

Your Atlas Multi-Trainer 3 provides a VO2 max estimate to help you track your overall cardiovascular fitness directly from the watch and from the Atlas smartphone app.

VO2 max is the maximum volume of oxygen your body can consume per minute per kilogram of bodyweight. VO2 max is used as an indicator for aerobic fitness. As your fitness level improves, your VO2 max should increase. Typically this indicator is measured using a metabolic cart and breathing tube. However, Atlas estimates this metric by using the optical pulse sensor.

Why is VO2 Max an important metric?

Your VO2 max is a key indicator to understanding and managing your personal fitness. A high VO2 max reflects efficient aerobic energy production and oxygen mobility. Your VO2 max score is dynamic and reacts to your lifestyle and training regimen.

A regular workout routine will improve a lower VO2 max value over time. Elite athletes are least likely to see an improvement in the VO2 max metric because they are already in excellent shape. VO2 max values for different exercises and workouts may be different because each exercise activates different muscles and have different oxygen requirements. Your body may have different maximums for each exercise.

What is a good VO2 Max

You can use these relative VO2max scores to estimate your aerobic fitness level.

Women (ml/kg/min)

Age (years)

rating

18-25

26-35

36-45

46-55

56-65

65+

excellent

> 56

> 52

> 45

> 40

> 37

> 32

good

47-56

45-52

38-45

34-40

32-37

28-32

above average

42-46

39-44

34-37

31-33

28-31

25-27

average

38-41

35-38

31-33

28-30

25-27

22-24

below average

33-37

31-34

27-30

25-27

22-24

19-21

poor

28-32

26-30

22-26

20-24

18-21

17-18

very poor

< 28

< 26

< 22

< 20

< 18

< 17

Men (ml/kg/min)

Age (years)

rating

18-25

26-35

36-45

46-55

56-65

65+

excellent

> 60

> 56

> 51

> 45

> 41

> 37

good

52-60

49-56

43-51

39-45

36-41

33-37

above average

47-51

43-48

39-42

36-38

32-35

29-32

average

42-46

40-42

35-38

32-35

30-31

26-28

below average

37-41

35-39

31-34

29-31

26-29

22-25

poor

30-36

30-34

26-30

25-28

22-25

20-21

very poor

< 30

< 30

< 26

< 25

< 22

< 20


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