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Can your V02 Max be enhanced or is it genetic?

Old 07-15-05, 11:06 PM
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I'm not really sure what VO2 Max is - something about how your body processes oxygen - but I read that the Average Joe's is like 40 (?) and Armstrong, is 80-ish and Greg Lemond has the cyclist's record a at 92.

Is this rating something that can be increased by hard training or is it something your born with?
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http://www.medicdirectsport.com/exer...?step=4&pid=47

maybe this can help you.
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Essentially genetic, although it can be increased more than most people on if the situation is right. Meaning, a 40 year old who has been seriously riding or racing for 2 decades most likely won't see any improvements. However, a 16 year old who just started riding could possibly see 15%+ gains.
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Originally Posted by flyingasics
Thanks for the link. Is there a comprehensive list of all the pro cyclists' VO2 levels?
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Originally Posted by Sincitycycler
I'm not really sure what VO2 Max is - something about how your body processes oxygen - but I read that the Average Joe's is like 40 (?) and Armstrong, is 80-ish and Greg Lemond has the cyclist's record a at 92.

Is this rating something that can be increased by hard training or is it something your born with?
VO2 max can definitely be increased with training, BUT the training is over time. "Hard training" would be an inappropriate explanation, because I think people would think that meant that they would have to train at a high intensity all the time, and that type of training is counterproductive, and it will also burn you out quickly.

The amount that VO2 max can be increased, though, is not that great- I think it's like 15- 25% increase from your starting VO2 max tops, depending on how well trained you already are and how you carefully structure your training program.

I think a lot of people make the error in believing that if they have a low VO2 max, then all is lost, and/or they spend all their time fixating over VO2 max. There are other factors that will determine performance- VO2 max is just one of those factors. If you're geneticallly limited by VO2 max, you can still work on other performance factors like lactate threshold, endurance, strength, etc. It's a combination of many factors that will affect performance, not just VO2 max.

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http://www.cptips.com/exphys.htm

Good explanations there.
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lose some weight, and your number will come up.
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Originally Posted by Smoothie104
lose some weight, and your number will come up.
I have already lost 10 lbs due to riding (3 months now) and eating a little less and I notice one thing already: my legs don't noticeably burn uncomfortably like they used to at the beginning of a ride -it's so negligible that I don't even feel it.

What change has occurred in my body that has caused a sizable reduction in lactic burn?
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Probably better conditioning as you ride more and more. This is typical for people when they begin exercising.

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[QUOTE=koffee brown]Probably better conditioning as you ride more and more. This is typical for people when they begin exercising.

Koffee[/QUOT Now that I don't get that burn , I can't wait to get out there! Think I'll terrorize the MTB- riding overweight rent-a cops (security guards) on The Strip tonight!
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well, i just had mine tested with a big complicated machince at some university, i maxed out at 350 watts, i think that was after like... 10 minutes? i think my HR was 191 i duno, anyways, my VO2max is 58.2, is that good? i still have 10 lbs to lose down to my target weight i want so hopefully i can improve that a bit along the way. I'm 81.7kg, 177cm tall.

Anyone have a good list of sporting vo2's ? i'm kinda curious now as to everyone's.. like lance, basso, ulrich,... racer's on this message board?
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The average is 40. The Best of the Best is between 80-90. Do the math and remember you could probably have VO2 of 100 and it wouldnt do you a damn bit of good if you don't concentrate on what matters.
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