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Why higher VO2 max isn’t always better | Outside Online

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Oskar Svendsen recorded the highest ever value in a VO2 max test at age 18 where he went on to win the world junior championship. However, he retired before he turned 21 after a failed attempt at a pro career. The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences conducted a study on how Svendsen wasn’t the fasted despite having the best aerobic abilities. They found that while he had a Ferrari engine, he guzzled fuel wastefully with horrible gas mileage. Previous data pulled from other athletes showed that “high VO2 max values are incompatible with excellent running economy.”

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