Vo2Max Based on HR only

VOmax – using HRmax and HRrest

Research by Uth et al. (2004)[9] found that VOmax can be estimated indirectly from an individual’s maximum heart rate (HRmax)and resting heart rate (HRrest) with an accuracy that compares favourably with other standard VOmax tests. It is given by:

  • VOmax = 15 x (HRmax ÷ HRrest)

The following calculator will do the calculation for you. Enter your HRmax and HRrest and then select the “Calculate” button.

UTH, N. et al. (2004) Estimation of VO2 max from the ratio between HRmax and HRrest – the Heart Rate Ratio Method”. Eur J Appl Physiol. 91(1), p.111-115

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