Continuing the VO2max series, we take such a close look into the Fick equation we only cover one of its terms: the arterial-venous O2 difference.
We break apart the factors that affect diffusion of oxygen into our muscles, limiters of oxygen utilization, and whether these factors are trainable to potentially improve VO2max.
Determinants of endurance in well trained cyclists
Hemodynamic adaptations to exercise
One-legged endurance training: leg blood flow and oxygen extraction during cycling exercise
The Fick Equation:
VO2 = Cardiac Output (A-V O2 difference)
Rate of diffusion for a gas across capillary wall: