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MET: What are METS?

a "met" was derived from the resting oxygen consumption (VO2) for a 70kg, 40-year-old male and its value is 3.5 ml/min per kilogram of body weight. Therefore, a person working at 5 mets would have a VO2 of 17.5 ml/min/kg.

Some laboratories estimate maximum METS from the maximum work rate achieved using the "Bruce" protocol without actually measuring VO2, which may lead to inaccurate results.