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VO2 Max Norms for Women

Normal values and rankings for VO2 Max for Women


Updated February 27, 2008

V02 Max and Women

Many elite female athletes have higher VO2 max values than most men. But because of differences in body size, composition, blood volume and hemoglobin content, a woman's VO2 max is generally about 20% lower than a man's VO2 max.

What Your VO2 Max Score Means

Your VO2 max value is a good indication of your aerobic endurance potential, and it can be used to help monitor your training routine over time. It is also a way to compare yourself to other athletes.

These VO2 max values and norms from the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research are ranked from very poor to superior.

Also See
VO2 max Norms for Men
What is VO2 Max?


Vivian H. Heyward, Advance Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription, 3rd Edition, The Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research, Dallas TX, 1998.

VO2 Max Norms for Women

VO2 Max values for Women as measured in ml/kg/min
Age Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent Superior
13-19 <25.0 25.0-30.9 31.0-34.9 35.0-38.9 39.0-41.9 >41.9
20-29 <23.6 23.6-28.9 29.0-32.9 33.0-36.9 37.0-41.0 >41.0
30-39 <22.8 22.8-26.9 27.0-31.4 31.5-35.6 35.7-40.0 >40.0
40-49 <21.0 21.0-24.4 24.5-28.9 29.0-32.8 32.9-36.9 >36.9
50-59 <20.2 20.2-22.7 22.8-26.9 27.0-31.4 31.5-35.7 >35.7
60+ <17.5 17.5-20.1 20.2-24.4 24.5-30.2 30.3-31.4 >31.4
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