Can Your Watch Estimate Your VO2 Max? - Deepstash
What is VO2 Max?
  1. VO2 max is basically the definitive measurement of aerobic fitness.
  2. It tells you the maximum rate at which you can take oxygen from the air and d...

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Can Your Watch Estimate Your VO2 Max?

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How to Measure Your VO2 Max?
  1. The best is to directly measure oxygen consumed while u exercise to exhaustion; eg. based on the distance during a 12-minute run.
  2. There are also “sub-maximal” exercise protocols that e...

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Garmin vs. Polar vs. Lab Tests
  1. The most comprehensive study came from Bryan Smith and his colleagues at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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Garmin vs. Polar vs. Lab Tests (cont.)
  1. The Polar measurements appear to be less accurate—not surprisingly, given that they’re estimating a characteristic of maximal exercise while at rest.
  2. But the deviation seems to be com...

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Chest Strap vs. Wrist Sensor
  1. Another analysis from the same group took a deeper head-to-head look at the data from the two Garmin systems.

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Garmin vs. Lab Tests
  1. Rebecca Moore and her colleagues at Eastern Michigan, led by grad student Andrew Pearson, used a treadmill test and a...

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Polar vs. Lab Tests
  1. Finally, Kent Johnson and Jenny Beadle of Lipscomb University compared the values produced by Polar’s FT60 Fitness Te...

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Conclusion
  1. The best accurate test to measure your VO2 Max is still the lab test.
  2. However, that's only necessary for elite athletes who want to improve their sports performance.
  3. For gener...

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