VO2 Max Testing Prepares Soldiers at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

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The 14-member USARAK Army Ten-Miler team went through VO2 Max, or maximal oxygen uptake, and gait assessments at the Health and Wellness Center at JBER, to learn about themselves as runners and how to adjust their training to stay competitive.  Oct. 1, 2014 the USARAK Ten-Miler team traveled to Washington to compete in the Army Ten-Miler, the second largest 10-mile race in the United States. The Health and Wellness Center’s mission is to ensure all active-duty service members are fit for duty by providing a wide range of quality services such as health education, fitness assessments, exercise prescriptions, and prevention and intervention programs.

“This goes well beyond the operation our team is doing, and it’s a way for us to take this data and put it to use in our everyday life,” said Army Maj. Brian Mayer, the signal officer for U.S. Army Alaska’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, and captain of the USARAK Ten-Miler team.

“To have this type of equipment available is a tremendous asset,” said Mayer.

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