Concepts about VO2max and Trainability Are Context Dependent

Michael Joseph Joyner, Carsten Lundby

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Some individuals show little or no increase in maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) in response to training programs consistent with public health guidelines. However, results from studies using more intense programs challenge the concept that some humans have limited trainability. We explore the implications of these divergent observations on the biology of trainability and propose a new set of twin studies to explore them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-143
Number of pages6
JournalExercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018


  • cardiorespiratory fitness
  • exercise
  • gene variants
  • trainability
  • twins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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