Is Apple Watch’s VO2 Max Accurate? My Test vs. Sports Lab

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘I Tested Apple Watch’s VO2 Max (vs Sports Lab)’ by Shervin Shares

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Apple Watch and Garmin test VO2 max accuracy in a lab, with close results.

Key Insights

  • The video is about testing the accuracy of VO2 max numbers on the Apple Watch and Garmin watch.
  • The testing takes place in a special sports lab with blood samples taken throughout the test.
  • VO2 max refers to the maximum amount of oxygen the body can intake and use.
  • Higher VO2 max indicates better athletic performance and longevity.
  • The lab equipment used is more expensive than a Tesla car.
  • The test is performed on an empty stomach, without caffeine or calories consumed.
  • The participants undergo progressively harder running stages while wearing a heart rate monitor and face mask.
  • Various results are measured, including VO2 max, oxygen intake, calorie burning, and fat to carbohydrate ratio.
  • Both participants achieve good VO2 max results compared to their respective age groups.
  • The lab results are compared to the numbers on the Apple Watch and Garmin.
  • The Apple Watch and Garmin numbers are fairly close to the lab results, with a difference of around 3.
  • The test provides valuable information about fat burning, ideal heart rate zones for training, and performance improvement.

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Transcript

[Cut 1]
The Apple Watch and the Garmin watch have this metric called VO2 max. So today we’re going to go to the special sports lab with my friend and test to see how accurate are the numbers on the Apple Watch. You get to see the stuff you don’t see in the mirror. It’s an early 5.30 am. 25 degrees outside, that is Fahrenheit. It’s below freezing, it was a minus 3, minus 5 Celsius. Shervin signed me up to do some tests. Let’s take a wand jack in here. Let’s go. Go Shervin.

[Cut 2]
Alright. To be honest with you, I don’t even really know what this test is. All I know is I’m being hooked up to some mask and I’m running until I can’t run anymore. Oh, and they’re pricking blood from my fingers. Shervin, you signed me up for all these random tests. I’m thankful, I’m grateful. I feel like you make me do things that most people won’t, but this has got to be the scariest one for me. Thanks. Thank you.

[Cut 3]
Now, what is VO2 max, you might ask. VO2 max stands

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘I Tested Apple Watch’s VO2 Max (vs Sports Lab)’ by Shervin Shares