vo₂ max score

What is a good VO₂ Max score?

In June our company was asked to assess the fitness level of the 2015 Pro Hockey recruits at their national Combine. The VO₂ Max test has the reputation of being nothing short of torture. I watched these young boys as they gasped and staggered off the ice, having given every ounce of effort to impress. “What was your time?” was the inevitable question they asked each other.
I found this question odd since time is irrelevant to their results. This lack of understanding was disconcerting – these young athletes obviously didn’t understand a VO₂ Max score because what they should have been asking was, “What was your max?” So what constitutes a “good” VO₂ Max score?

heart rate zones training

Keeping Clients in the Zone: Why Heart Rate Based Training is Effective

Heart rate monitoring has always been an accepted tool used by trainers. With the exploding market of heart rate monitors, should we consider how and why trainers ought to consider incorporating heart rate based training zones into routine workouts? Here are some ways this type of training could help you.

metabolic rate and caffeine

Effects of Caffeine on Metabolic Rate

The weather is getting colder and to many, cold weather is synonymous with a nice, steaming cup of coffee. In fact, we all have clients that cannot seem to function without their morning fix of caffeine. Which prompts the oft posed question, what are the effects of caffeine on a resting metabolic rate test? A look at the research reviewed by the American Dietetic Association can give us some insight [….]

watching tv and metabolic rate

TV Viewing & Resting Energy Expenditure

It is intuitive to assume that children burn fewer calories while watching TV than if they were involved in more physically active pursuits.   But is it possible to burn fewer calories than a coach potato?  Research suggests that TV viewing can cause just that. In a study performed at Memphis State University, researchers examined just […]

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