One of the reasons many people struggle with their weight – despite regular exercise – is that they may not be exercising in a way that brings their heart above its own unique anaerobic threshold.
Your anaerobic threshold is defined as the point when your body has switched from its aerobic (oxygen plus) state, to its anaerobic (oxygen debt) state, which is the point when you will begin to successfully burn fat.
At the Institute of Hormonal Balance, we determine your anaerobic threshold on the same machine that is used at the National Olympic Training Center – and at Duke University, University of Florida and John Hopkins. It’s the Vo2 Max test.
Simply stated, the Vo2 Max test will measure your overall cardiovascular fitness. You may have seen the Vo2 Max test in this Gatorade commercial (the woman on the bike), or in this Super Bowl XLVI commercial (this time, on a treadmill). At the Institute of Hormonal Balance, we have paired our Vo2 Max test with a bike, which you can see Dr. Lee above undergoing the test.
Your Vo2 Max test will last about 10 to 12 minutes. The only uncomfortable thing you may experience is having to breath into a tube while your nose is pinched. This is needed to measure the expired gases. At first, the bike ride will be easy; however, it will become more difficult every several seconds, and you will eventually reach your anaerobic threshold – which is when you begin to generate certain levels of lactic acid and carbon dioxide. Once you reach that anaerobic threshold, the Vo2 Max test is nearly done. From that point, you will simply continue for as long as you can. You may only last for another 30 seconds – and that is okay – but you do need to give it your 100 percent effort.
Then, with the results of your Vo2 Max test, we will create a customized workout for you that will be 20 to 25 minutes long, three times a week, that will burn fat and help you lose weight. (The rest of the week you can do other activities, but just be sure to do your customized Vo2 Max workout three times a week.)
Although the test is about 10 to 12 minutes, expect to be onsite for about 45 minutes – to warm up and cool down. A customized workout schedule will be provided after your test. To effectively complete your workouts, you will need to have a heart rate monitor for tracking your high-intensity cardiovascular workouts. Should you want to track your improvement, you may repeat the Vo2 Max test every three months.
Call the office at 407-363-9665 to set up a Vo2 max test.