Exercise Test
(Treadmill, Bike, or Rower)

Exercise tests are used to determine an individual's cardiorespiratory and aerobic fitness. There are two types of exercise testing: Maximal Exercise (VO2Max) Test and Submaximal (SubMax) Exercise Test.

What is a Maximal Exercise (VO2 Max) Test?

Maximal exercise testing is currently the gold standard for determining your exercise capacity and is one of the best indicators of cardiorespiratory and aerobic fitness. Poor cardiorespiratory fitness level is associated with an increased risk for obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular health.

What is a Submaximal Exercise (Submax) Test?

The submaximal exercise test is designed to provide an estimate of your cardiorespiratory and aerobic capacity for exercise, without undergoing maximal exercise testing conditions (maximal heart rate).  This test is beneficial for those who are unable to complete the maximal exercise test. 

Why you should perform an Exercise Test at Atlantic Exercise Physiology?

  • We use the most comprehensive, cutting-edge metabolic analyzer on the market: PNOĒ Metabolic Analyzer Systems.

  • The PNOĒ Metabolic Analyzer Systems provides not only your aerobic fitness but also automatically analyzes your data and provides visualizations for your records.

  • Each client receives their OWN anti-bacterial and anti-viral filter when using the PNOĒ Metabolic Analyzer Systems.

  • Our certified exercise physiologist can then provide you a comprehensive exercise plan based on your VO2 Max and other physiological variables in order to achieve your fitness goal.

  • Exercise with purpose and confidence.  

  • Higher cardiorespiratory fitness level reduces the likelihood of developing chronic illnesses or disease.

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How do I prepare for an Exercise Test? 

  1. Do not eat, drink (except water), or smoke at least 3-hours before your test.

  2. Avoid exercise 12 hours before the test.

  3. Properly hydrate over a 24-hour period before your test.

  4. Wear comfortable running shoes, and activewear/workout clothing for your test.

  5. Arrive 10 minutes early to your appointment to get checked in.

  6. Your appointment will be 1 hour long:

    1. Check-In (mBCA, PFT, & Release Form)

    2. Warm-Up

    3. Test

    4. Cool-Down & Recovery​​​

What to expect during an Exercise Test? 

  1. You will be running, cycling, or rowing depending on your preferred exercise.

  2. You will conduct a parameter check to create your custom protocol.

  3. For the test, you will be asked to wear:

    1. PNOĒ Breath Analysis Device

    2. Polar Heart Rate Monitor (chest strap). ​​

  4. The test involves exercising at increasing intensity until exhaustion.

  5. The test lasts between 9 and 12 minutes (not including warm-up & cool down).

What happens after an Exercise Test?

  1. You will perform a short cool-down immediately after the test, for at least 5 mins, to safely recover to pre-exercise heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure levels.

  2. Equipment will be removed and you will be invited to our recovery area. 

  3. Your fitness report will be available 24-48 hours after test, except on weekends.

  4. Results of the test will be reviewed during a follow-up consultation appointment.

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