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Zoology and Physiology Department

First Advisor

Dr. Henry Harlow

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Human aerobic performance has adapted throughout the evolution of the Homo sapiens (human) from persistence hunting in order to survive to becoming a social way of exercising. Some modern day runners want to achieve the highest aerobic capacity possible, matching the VO2 maximal capacity of elite athletes. To achieve this goal, the runner chooses a training plan that will help increase their aerobic capacity. This involves increasing the mitochondrial density in the cells, increase lung volume, and increasing the heat capacity. This research looks at scientific reviews, as to how to increase aerobic capacity, as well as two participants long-distance training to improve their own aerobic capacity, measured by VO2 maximum performance test.

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Oral Presentation, UW Honors Program

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Maximizing Human Aerobic Capacity

Human aerobic performance has adapted throughout the evolution of the Homo sapiens (human) from persistence hunting in order to survive to becoming a social way of exercising. Some modern day runners want to achieve the highest aerobic capacity possible, matching the VO2 maximal capacity of elite athletes. To achieve this goal, the runner chooses a training plan that will help increase their aerobic capacity. This involves increasing the mitochondrial density in the cells, increase lung volume, and increasing the heat capacity. This research looks at scientific reviews, as to how to increase aerobic capacity, as well as two participants long-distance training to improve their own aerobic capacity, measured by VO2 maximum performance test.