VO2 Bike Testing

VO2 testing is the single most effect way to measure your cardiovascular fitness and maximise your training.

I believe that with the professional and scientific services provided by the team at Health Matters you will not only receive a first class service but you will be able to take that first decisive step towards building your fitness, well-being and confidence. – Stephen Gallagher, Director of DigDeep Coaching and Ex professional cyclist

What is Vo2 Testing?

Vo2 testing will measure your ability to transport oxygen from the air and deliver it to the working muscles. It provides you with a detailed breakdown of your unique fitness profile and also gives you the information you need to reach the next level in your training.

Most professional athletes undergo regular cardiovascular testing at hospitals or universities, which is very expensive and time consuming. Our new testing technology gives both the seasoned athlete and the beginner the advantage of comprehensive testing at a fraction of the price.

VO2 Testing on a bike

How is the test done?

The test will be performed on your own bike on our Le Monde Turbo. You will be hooked up to our equipment via a mask and also you will be wearing a heart rate monitor. The intensity will increase at 1-2 minute intervals through watts in order to raise both oxygen consumption and heart rate. The minimum the test can last is four minutes and the maximum the test can last is 20 minutes. The time on the bike is up to you, we want you to keep going until you have reached maximum effort and wattage begins to fail. Times will vary depending on fitness levels. Once you cannot go any longer we will do a 2 min recovery while you stay hooked up to the equipment. After that we will get you off the bike and go through your results.

My Vo2 test gave me a very unique and detailed look at the many different aspects to my performances and how I should go about improving them - Michael Darragh MacAuley, Gaelic footballer for Dublin

What will I get from the test?

Everybody that does the test will receive a printout of their unique fitness profile and the information you need to take your training and performance to the next level. In the 7 Page printout you will be given a Vo2 score, we will be able to identify your max heart rate, Aerobic and Anaerobic thresholds to the exact beat and watts, your 4 unique training zones, recovery times, calorie expenditure to suit all zones. We will be able to get a very detailed look at your fitness profile and how efficiently your heart and lungs are preforming, breathing patterns and ventilation. We will also track all watts and cadence throughout the test and work out your FTP and max wattage.

Where can I avail of these services?

Health Matters works out of Westpark Fitness in Tallaght which is just of the M50 at exit 11 where full use of the facilities are available. If you are outside Dublin, Health Matters can travel to you but minimum numbers will apply. Numbers will be determined by location and access to power and basic amenities will be required.

VO2 Testing on a bike

Options available

A single consultation will last 45 minutes from start to finish including a full Vo2 test and results reading. You will leave with a detailed report on your unique fitness profile.

Group testing is also available. If groups are interested in availing of these services discounts are available. We frequently travel the country and spend a number of days testing cycling and triathlon clubs. If you are outside Dublin and want Health Matters to travel to you, minimum numbers will apply. Numbers will be determined by location. On the day of testing each client will use their own bike, we simply take off the back wheel and hook it up directly to our Le Monde turbo. Adequate space, a power source and basic amenities are required.

Day of testing!

In order to achieve the most accurate results you will be required to adhere to certain criteria prior to your Vo2 test:

  • NO Food, Tea, Coffee or any other stimulants to be consumed (which includes cigarettes) 2 hours prior to your test (water is fine)
  • NO exercise at all on the day. Try not to have a major workout the day before either as the body may still be recovering when we are testing and your performance may be affected.

No portable card facilities available on the day so payment will be cash.