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Old 10-30-15, 02:47 AM
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Cheapest VO2 test equipment?

A lot of fitness/health testing equipment has become quite cheap in the recent years. I'm wondering just how cheaply I can find a proper VO2 testing unit, for home use.
By that, I mean one where the test subject wears a mask that covers the nose and mouth, and the air is sampled continuously, and VO2, VCO2, RER are measured.

My google skills don't seem to cut it. I have found almost nothing.
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Old 10-30-15, 08:18 PM
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$1050 used on ebay for a Korr Cardio Coach: https://www.ebay.com/itm/160851202009

No idea how accurate these are or what they are worth new but I think it's far more cost effective to get tested at a local lab. I don't think there's value in frequent VO2Max testing.
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Well, I disagree. Note also that I never wrote "VO2max", just VO2 (you can get a lot of valuable data at low and medium intensities as well). Frequent testing is very effective for evaluation of training plans (I already do that using my power meter and my lactate tester). And with a proper VO2-testing setup, it becomes possible to test a lot of things that no test lab will be able to provide. I'd have to part with the equivalent of US$250-280 for a masked VO2 test around here. So I'd reach break-even after just four self-tests with that used Korr. If that were my only goal.

Sadly, though, I doubt that they can be had for as little as $1050 over here, even used. I was more interested in getting a better overview of the various devices that are on the market, to be able to search for them better.
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