Yes .. numbers .. again :) We have already wrote and talked a lot about MAP, FTP, muscular endurance, how to increase maximal strength, intervals, pace, which numbers are important, which do you have to know if you want to train properly and progress. But still, I got lots of questions about the heart rate, FTP and MAP. These numbers are important if you want to train properly and if you want to achieve good results on the competitions. But there is one more thing you have to take into consideration if you want progress: INTENSITY ZONES.
VO2 max (or maximal aerobic capacity, maximal oxygen consumption,…) is the maximum amount of oxygen, a body can consume in one minute. This volume can be expressed as absolute rate in litters per minute (L/min) or as relative rate in milliliters per kilogram of body mass per minute (ml/kg/min). As oxygen consumption is linearly connected with the consumption of energy, by measuring the oxygen consumption, we indirectly measure also the individual’s maximal aerobic capacity. Maximal oxygen consumption reflects the aerobic physical fitness of an individual, and is an important determinant of individual’s endurance capacity during prolonged, sub-maximal exercise. The ability of our lungs to supply the blood with oxygen is measured with a test called VO2max, on ergo meters like motorized treadmill, ski ergo meter, C2row or air bikes. Source: Wikipedia