Boost Your VO2 Max

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VO2 max is seen as the ‘gold stan­dard’ in terms of mea­sur­ing aer­o­bic fit­ness in ath­letes. In a nut­shell, it’s the max­i­mal amount of oxy­gen you can utilise and trans­port to your mus­cles in a given pe­riod of time.

While there is some de­bate around whether or not you can im­prove your VO2 max with train­ing, the po­larised train­ing model has been shown to in­crease both your stroke vol­ume and your abil­ity to burn oxy­gen. This comes from ex­er­cis­ing in the ‘se­vere’ do­main (Zone 5), where VO2 max and other metabolic adap­ta­tions are in­duced faster with just a few high­in­ten­sity train­ing ses­sions per week.

“HIIT re­sults in var­i­ous phys­i­o­log­i­cal adap­ta­tions, such as in­creased skele­tal mus­cle ox­i­da­tion ca­pac­ity and hy­dro­gen ion buffer­ing ca­pac­ity,” says Salzwedel. “These ses­sions have been shown to im­prove VO2 max, lac­tate thresh­old, and peak power out­put (PPO).”

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