VVO2max (velocity at maximal oxygen uptake) is the speed associated with VO2max and is the key speed to train at to improve your maximal oxygen uptake. It is calculated from VO2max and running economy.
It is a good predictor of performance over 1500 – 5000m. So if you are training for sprint triathlons, this variable is important for you. It is also important for you if you need to improve your VO2max as it is the key speed to train at to improve this variable.
As velocity at VO2max is calculated from running economy and VO2max, improvements in either of these two areas would see an increase in this variable.
With regards using this variable to improve your maximal oxygen uptake, sessions would involve repeated efforts from 40 seconds up to 4 minutes at this intensity. Recovery would be relatively short, and at a medium intensity as opposed to complete rest.
The aim is to accumulate time spent exercising at VO2max.Home › Physiology › VVO2max: Top of Page