Calculate Your VO2max!

The objective of The Cooper Endurance Test (Dr. Kenneth Cooper, author of 'Aerobics') = calculate your VO2max!

Calculate Your VO2 Max!

The objective of The Cooper Endurance Test (Dr. Kenneth Cooper, author of "Aerobics") is to help you determine VO2 Max with reasonable accuracy, and without the need of expensive equipment. A more accurate test might cost you hundreds of dollars, and this is good enough for the purpose of determining roughly in how good shape is your oxygen processing capacity.

VO2 Max is defined as the maximum amount of oxygen that your body can take in, deliver, and use in one minute. It is limited both by the amount of oxygenated blood the lungs and circulatory system can process, and by the amount of oxygen the muscles can extract from the blood. It is estimated that VO2 Max decreases about 1% per year.

It Is Estimated That VO2 Max Decreases About 1% Per Year.
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It Is Estimated That VO2
Max Decreases About 1% Per Year.

This makes VO2 Max a critical sign of aging, and it is one we can measure and reverse somewhat with proper aerobic training. To do this, Dr. Cooper advises that you must raise your heart rate to between 65 and 85 percent of its maximum through aerobic exercise for at least 20 minutes, three to five times a week.

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The test consists of seeing how far you can run/walk in twelve minutes. Record the total distance covered to the nearest 100 meters. Do not even attempt this test unless you have been running and training beforehand, and you know you can run 2 miles without stopping.

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So this one I don't get now. When I first came across this I hadn't tried it yet but was sure I could do at least 13 kph for 12 minutes, so I entered that (2600 meters) and it said "46 - excellent". Later I tried if I could do 14 kph on the treadmill at the gym, succeeded and entered that value (2800 m) and it said "51 - excellent".
Now today, having done 15 kph for 12 minutes, I proudly entered my 3000 meters and what it says is this:
"55 - about the same as a college student".
WTF DOES THAT MEAN??? ANY college student??? This sounds f'ing AVERAGE and makes me feel like an idiot - my lesser performance was "excellent" and now that I improved it I'm average?????

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