Expert Tips on How to Increase Your VO2 Max – Women’s Running

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A question I hear a lot is: How exactly can I improve my aerobic capacity, or VO2 max? Can I do it on an elliptical, stationary bike, while weightlifting, etc.?

Whenever I am asked a question of this sort, I respond initially with a question of my own: Why? In this case, why do you want to improve your aerobic capacity? My hunch is that you want to do so to improve your running performance. If this hunch is correct, then what you really want is a training program that will improve your running performance, not one that improves your aerobic capacity only.

This clarification is important, because running performance has numerous physiological contributors, and VO2 max is just one. Too often, runners fixate on a single contributor, mistaking the means for the end, hence training in a one-sided manner that yields less improvement than would a more well-rounded program…

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