Sports Competition for Adults Over 40: A Participants Guide to 27 Sports
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Every Breath You Take: What is VO2 Max Anyway? by Phillip Whitten Swimmer July-August 2010
This article explains what VO2 Max is and notes the controversy regarding its importance as a marker of athletic performance, even among endurance athletes. Includes a table with VO2 max targets for men and women at various ages (an abbreviated version of the table is shown below). The article also includes a "field test" for estimating your VO2 max. Here is the test: Run or walk as far as you can on a 400 meter track for 12 minutes and record the distance ("D") to the nearest 100 meters. Then apply the following formula -- VO2 Max = (D-504.9/44)/.73 Take the test every week or so and note your progress, or lack of same.

Target VO2 Max for Men and Women Over 40 (Source: The Physical Fitness Certification Manual. The Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research; Dallas, Texas; Revised 1997
Gender and Age Very Poor/Poor Fair Good Excellent/Superior
Men -- 40-49 <33.5 33.6 - 38.9 39.0 - 43.7 43.8 - >48.0
Men -- 50-59 <30.9 31.0 - 35.7 35.8 - 40.9 41.0 - >54.3
Men -- 60+ < 26.0 26.1 - 32.2 32.3 - 36.4 36.5 - >44.2
Women -- 40-49 <24.4 24.5 - 28.9 29.0 - 32.8 32.8 - > 36.9
Women -- 50-59 < 22.7 22.8 - 26.9 27.0 - 31.4 31.5 - > 35.7
Women -- 60+ < 20.1 20.2 - 24.4 24.5 - 30.2 30.3 - > 31.4

Other interesting articles appearing in the last few months:

て「 Fitness for Orienteering: Part 1 - Understanding the Physiological Demands of the Sport by Paul Murgatroyd from the British National Orienteering Magazine and reprinted in Orienteering North America August-September 2010
Discusses the range of VO2 max, maximum heart rate, and blood lactate levels in competitive orienteers.

て「 Points About Lactate Threshold: The Role of Training Volume & Rest by Owen Anderson Orienteering North America August-September 2010
Discusses the advantages of increasing training volume to increase lactate acid threshold while noting that rest and recovery must also be incorporated.

て「 Understanding Training Volume by Matt Russ Triathlon Life Summer 2010

て「 The Tyranny of Raw Times by Don Lein National Masters News July 2010
An explanation and defense of the use of age-graded tables for Masters Athletes

て「 A Long Road Back: Rehabbing A Masters, Putting Back What Once Was by Randy Sturgeon National Masters News February through July 2010
A six-part series by a "mediocre" distance runner trying to make a come-back from knee surgery. His goal is to compete "without embarrassment" in the men's outdoor pentathlon at the USA Masters Nationals in July 2010.

て「 Physical Activity and Years of Healthy Life: Results from the Cardiovascular Health Study by Hirsch, Deihr, et al; Journal of Aging and Physical Activity July 2010
More evidence of the benefits of exercise and physical activity, especially for men over 75 years of age.

て「 Custom Partial Knee Replacements Offer Hope by Bob Snyder Handball August 2010
A personal account to seeking successful for a knee injury.

て「 Core Beliefs by Bob Kaehler RowingNews September 2010
A brief primer on training for abdominal strength

て「 Eat to Win by Nancy Clark RowingNews September 2010
A series of observations for the meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine.


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