Wellness and Fitness

Train smarter with a VO2 max test

VO2 max testing is the single most effective way to measure your cardiovascular fitness and maximize your training.

The test provides you with a detailed breakdown of your unique fitness profile, along with the information you need to reach the next level in your training.

VO2 max testing is offered at our Peninsula location.


To schedule your VO2 max test, please visit the front desk of the center.


Member: $150
Nonmember: $200

How it works

Every person has an optimal training zone, also referred to as target heart rate. Some exercise equipment has a target heart rate chart, but those are just averages based on age and weight. The most accurate way of determining your optimal training zone is with an individualized VO2 max test.

A VO2 max test measures the amount of oxygen your body uses at different exercise intensities. This information is analyzed and used to calculate your personal target intensity zones. Your zones determine the precise heart rate to target at each level of exercise, allowing you to work out with less pain and fatigue.

Before the Test

  • Wear loose, comfortable gym attire to your appointment.
  • Refrain from vigorous activity 12 hours before your test.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco within three hours of testing.
  • A light meal may be eaten one to two hours before the test. Take prescription medications as scheduled.
  • Bring your completed health history and informed consent forms, or arrive 15 minutes early to fill out the paperwork.

During the Test

  • You will be fitted with a heart rate monitor and face mask that's connected to the metabolic analyzer.
  • You'll breathe into a mouthpiece that pulls in fresh air from the room and collects the gas you breathe out for analysis.
  • You'll run on a treadmill during the test.
  • The test starts with a three- to five-minute warm-up at a comfortable pace.
  • After the warm up, your trainer will increase the speed to a comfortable jogging pace.
  • Your trainer will gradually increase the speed and incline of the treadmill after each minute for the duration of the test.
  • The test lasts for six to 20 minutes, or until you're ready to stop. You may stop at any point if you're experiencing chest pain, dizziness, shortness of breath, or if you can't go any further.
  • You'll finish with a three- to five-minute cooldown at a comfortable pace with no incline.

After the Test

Your results are analyzed and reviewed with you by an exercise specialist.