purdy65 wrote:When I had my body fat tested at my club it was 1% I'm alive! What did they use to test you at your club? It though VO2 could only be tested in a lab, and required blood work etc? Maybe I'm wrong.
1%!!!!! That's hilarious. Dead woman running!
My body fat tested suspiciously low too....it read 12%, but my home Tanita reads 13%, so it's probably closer to my real body fat than that VO2 number. I'm pretty lean above the waist, and any fat I can get rid of is in my inner thighs (grrrrrr!), so I can believe the low bodyfat number isn't that far off.
They only had me ride on some exercise bike at moderate intensity for 10 min, and measure my HR and I guess the pace/intensity/etc was plugged into some computerized formula predictor algorithm. I suppose the theory is that if you can go at X intensity for Y time and your HR is only Z, then that predicts some number for VO2 max? My HR was only pushed to 130-135 or so, and I was having a conversation with the trainer the whole time, so it's a rather silly test. I was under the impression that to get a true VO2 reading you'd need a lab, face mask/oxygen thingy, and run/bike till you puked.
All that bike test I did prove was that I have pretty good cardio endurance at moderate intensity.....which, duh, I knew already. It's kinda what runners *do*.