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Q&A

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I measure my maximum heart rate with the app?

By connecting a heart rate monitor when you complete an interval session with the app, you should be able to calculate your maximum heart rate. (All heart rate monitors that has Bluetooth connectivity kan be used in the app). As you complete. Read more here

How does the app measure VO2max and my biological age?

The app calculates your VO2max og biological age by determining how much work you are able to carry out during a standardised 4x4-minute high-intensity interval session. It differs slightly, depending on wether you complete it outside, inside on a treadmill or on watt-based exercise equipement.

  • Outdoors the app will use GPS-data og barometric data, together with data from altimeter maps to be able to calculate the speed and incline you have during your intervals. On a treadmill the app uses the inclince and speed you enter in the app to calculate how much work you have completed.

On watt-based exercise equipment ike a rowing machine, exercise bike or elliptical trainer you have to enter the watt you kept during your intervals as well as you body weight.

How does the app measure VO2max accurately, without me entering my weight?

As opposed to direct mesurement of VO2max with a mask on, where the measurement gives you the body's total maximum oxygen uptake that has to be divided by your body weight to be able to determine your VO2max i millilitres per kilo body weight, the app measures the work you are able to complete during a standardised test og measures directly to VO2max i millilitres per kilo body weight. Considering you when you walking or running carry your own body weight with you, it has already been considered in the equation.

When utilising watt-based equipment you have to supply your body weight to be able to calculate your VO2max. Through the use of our method, you will sacrifice some accuracy in the calculation, (93% against 97% by direct measurement), however it makes it possible to test yourself with an acceptable level of discrepancy, without the use of expensive medical equipment.

How to you evaluate your physical shape on other exercise equipment?

Some prefer to utilise exercise equipment that measure watts. You can easily measure your biological age with such equipemnt as well, however make sure you choose a type of equipment that sets both your legs in motion. Recommended equipment:

  • Rowing machine
  • Exercise bike
  • Elliptical trainer

Using Myworkout GO you can carry out a bio-age test on a watt-machine by starting the activity and follow the voice-instructions in the app. The goal is to find a watt level that you are able to maintain for 4 minutes, 4 times. Målet er å finne et Watt-nivå du kan ligge på i alle de 4 minuttene i de 4 dragene. (You should sweat and feel your breath become heavy, but you should not stiffen up og experience any other discomfort). When the activity is over you will be asked to enter the wtt level you kept during the 4 intervals. We will also need your weight to be able to accurately determine your bio-age based on watts.

How do you evaluate your physical shape on a treadmill?

On a treadmill, the app will use the level of incline and the speed you register for your high intensity intervalls to calculate the work carried out and based on this, your physical shape, measure in VO2max. (During the intervals you should sweat and feel your breath become heavy, but you should not stiffen up og experience any other discomfort). When you are done, you will be asked to manually enter the incline and speed you have held during your intervals.

How do you evaluate your physical shape outdoors?

When used outdoors, the app utilises GPS-data and barometric data, together with daat from sammen med data fra altimeter maps to calculate your speed and elevation you have during the high intensity intervals. Based on these data the app is able to measure your physical shape very accurately, by finding your maximum oxygen uptake (VO2max).

Why is it not necessary to measure your heart rate?

Some prefer to use a heart rate monitor when they exercise, others do not. With Myworkout GO you can choose wether or not your would like to use pulse as a guide, however it works perfectly without the use of a heart rate monitor. Without it, you will use your own shortness of breath to control the intensity. During intervals you should be breathing heavy, without feeling unwell of any kind. To be able to utliise a heart rate monitor, you need to know your maximum heart rate. If you do not know your own maximal heart rate, a heart rate monitor is useless. Remember, there is no shortcut to find you maximum heart rate and there are large discrepanices in the methods used.

I cannot connect my heart rate monitor, what do I do?

All heart rate monitors which are placed around your chest (a belt) or overarm, sending their data via Bluetooth work with the app. Some of them are only open for sending to one device at the time, so you might have to remove the connection from one of your other devices to connect to Myworkout Go.

Exercise watches with optical monitors on the wrist, rarely send send pulse data and will not work.