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VO2 max Norms
VO2max is a measure of a person's aerobic fitness (see more on Measuring VO2max). The table below categorizes VO2max scores for adult men and women of various ages. These are relative VO2max scores, in the units of mls of oxygen per kilogram of body weight per minute (ml.kg-1.min-1).

Maximal oxygen uptake norms for men (ml/kg/min)
Age (years) rating excellent good above average average below average poor very poor 18-25 > 60 52-60 47-51 42-46 37-41 30-36 < 30 26-35 > 56 49-56 43-48 40-42 35-39 30-34 < 30 36-45 > 51 43-51 39-42 35-38 31-34 26-30 < 26 46-55 > 45 39-45 36-38 32-35 29-31 25-28 < 25 56-65 > 41 36-41 32-35 30-31 26-29 22-25 < 22 65+ > 37 33-37 29-32 26-28 22-25 20-21 < 20

Maximal oxygen uptake norms for women (ml/kg/min)
Age (years) rating excellent good above average average below average poor very poor 18-25 > 56 47-56 42-46 38-41 33-37 28-32 < 28 26-35 > 52 45-52 39-44 35-38 31-34 26-30 < 26 36-45 > 45 38-45 34-37 31-33 27-30 22-26 < 22 46-55 > 40 34-40 31-33 28-30 25-27 20-24 < 20 56-65 > 37 32-37 28-31 25-27 22-24 18-21 < 18 65+ > 32 28-32 25-27 22-24 19-21 17-18 < 17

source: these norms have been derived from several and now unknown sources.

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