1. How Garmin charts your VO2 max score
  2. Viewing VO2 max on Garmin Connect
  3. Viewing VO2 max on Garmin watches

How to view VO2 Max Estimate on your Garmin watch or Garmin Connect

Keep your eye on your cardiorespiratory fitness with this metric
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Keeping track of VO2 max on your Garmin is a great way to monitor your aerobic fitness and cardiorespiratory efficiency, and viewing this figure is possible both on the watch and in Garmin Connect

We already have a huge guide that covers everything you need to know about VO2 max on wearables, including what it is and how accurate estimations are, but below we'll be focusing on simply finding your score on Garmin.

You'll need to ensure you have a Garmin watch that offers the VO2 Max Estimate in the features list - most do, but not all - and then you'll be ready to view your number. 

How Garmin charts your VO2 max score

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Every wearable manufacturer who estimates your VO2 max will have a slightly different take on which category your figure sits in, but a higher number always signals a better aerobic capacity.

As shown above, this is also very contingent on whether you're a man or a woman.

Garmin splits these figures up into five sections: Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent, and Superior.

Viewing VO2 max on Garmin Connect

WareableGarmin Connect VO2 Max

1. Open the Garmin Connect app on iOS/Android.

2. Select the 'More' tab in the bottom right.

3. Find 'Performance Stats' and tap it.

4. Select 'VO2 Max' from the next list.

5. Your current VO2 max score will then appear.

Tip: Garmin Connect is the place where you can view historical VO2 max trends that go back more than four weeks - this isn't possible on the watch itself.

Viewing VO2 max on Garmin watches

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On your watch, your current VO2 max is visible in two Glances: Training Status and Performance.

In Performance, your VO2 Max will be one of three main metrics alongside your lactate threshold estimation and predicted race times. It's viewable from the Glances dashboard on your watch, as shown above.

If you tap through, you won't see any additional information. 

For that, you'll have to go into the Training Status section. Here, VO2 max again makes up one of the metrics alongside Load Focus, Acute Load, HRV Status, and Recovery Hours.

If you tap through here, you'll see a trending line of the last four weeks - shown below. And if you press the 'Start/Stop' button then you'll also receive a brief breakdown of how the trend has fluctuated over that period.

 WareableGarmin vo2 max trend

Add a VO2 max glance to your Garmin watch

The Training Status and Performance widgets should be part of the list by default, but, in case you've removed them in the past, follow these steps to add either or both back:

1. From the watch, press the 'Up/Menu' button and then the 'Down' button to bring up the 'Edit' option on-screen.

2. Scroll past the list of current glances and tap 'Add' at the bottom.

3. From the list of glances, find Performance or Training Status and tap the 'Start/Stop' button to add. 

4. Once added, return by pressing the 'Back/Lap' button and configure their place in the list by pressing 'Start/Stop'. 


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Conor Allison


Conor moved to Wareable Media Group in 2017, initially covering all the latest developments in smartwatches, fitness trackers, and VR. He made a name for himself writing about trying out translation earbuds on a first date and cycling with a wearable airbag, as well as covering the industry’s latest releases.

Following a stint as Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint, Conor returned to Wareable Media Group in 2022 as Editor-at-Large. Conor has become a wearables expert, and helps people get more from their wearable tech, via Wareable's considerable how-to-based guides. 

He has also contributed to British GQ, Wired, Metro, The Independent, and The Mirror. 

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