Maximal Exercise Test

Definition - What does Maximal Exercise Test mean?

Maximal exercise test refers to a standardized measure used to assess and evaluate the reciprocal proportion of oxygen absorption to carbon dioxide expulsion in the cardiopulmonary system during heavy workout sessions. This test compares the disparity between inadequate oxygen supply and rapid carbon dioxide accumulation in the blood affecting the intensity and duration of muscle activity. Maximal exercise test is also referred to as a stress test.

WorkplaceTesting explains Maximal Exercise Test

Maximal exercise test relates to a practical measure using special equipment to determine cardiopulmonary efficiency in terms of sufficient oxygen intake and proper carbon dioxide removal during exercise. Fitness level reflects the relative amount of oxygen needed to exercise muscles combined with their ability to excrete waste materials simultaneously. An intense workout session can produce burning, tiring muscles due to a disproportion between oxygen reuptake and toxic byproducts in the blood. This means the body has reached its maximal potential to metabolize further energy.

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