Hi Guys, I'm doing a fitness course, and trying to understand an exercise in my text book involving the prediction of a person's volume of Oxygen uptake. The test is done in an indirect way, predicting V02 Max based on physiological responses to exercise. The Procedure goes like this: 1. Record the client's weight in kilograms, and record their resting heart rate. 2. Instruct the client to step up and down to a metronome at a rate of 22 steps per minute. 3. Once 3 minutes has elapsed, measure the client's heart rate for 15 seconds, and multiply that figure by 4, to give a heart rate in BPM (beats per minute). 4. Use the following equation to obtain a predicted V02 Max in l.min-1: VO2 max (mL.kg-1.min-1) = 65.81 - (0.1847 hr bpm) Now note that the -1 in the text book is a small "to the power of" style of printing set to the top right of the character to it's left, just like the 2 in O2 is a small 2 printed to the bottom right of the O. Also, there is a dot over the V, which I know means it is to be expressed per unit of time. ie. it is a rate. Now I'm no math guru, but: 1. Why do we measure the client's weight at all? 2. Why do we take resting and working heart rate and only appear to use one? 3. What does this equation mean in English? Cheers, Art.