by Dana Cavalea November 20, 2017

Have you ever been to a local gym and watched people work on the cardio equipment?

Treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, and steppers..

How are all of these people training?

How do they know what they are doing?

Most don't...

They are guessing..

They are using TIME as the metric to drive POTENTIAL RESULTS... 

They are using TIME as they way they judge a bad workout vs. a good workout vs. a great workout..

But other than TIME.. they really have no clue as to what they are doing.. or how hard they are working..

I mean we can watch the BOGUS CALORIE COUNTER on the machine.. but we all know that that doesn't actually work because it doesn't consider your weight, height, and metabolic rate.. it is based on assumptions.. 

So..after having a great conversation at my gym yesterday, with a very successful Hollywood Make-Up Artist..

I disclosed the secret..

The Talk Test.. 

It is actually a scientifically validated test, that measures rate of perceived exertion.. 

So.. as you are doing your cardio.. if you want know you are WORKING HARD ENOUGH.. You should not be able to speak in full, uninterrupted sentences..

Your respiratory rate should be working at such a rate, that the formation of clear sentences should be hard to difficult..

This would mean your heart rate is above 80-85% of max and you are truly maximizing your caloric burn.. and not only that.. your METABOLISM will be higher long after your training session..

This is known as EPOC or After-Burn..

It works.. and since you will be working harder than NORMAL..You can actually get away with a shorter training session..

Instead of an hour of cardio.. You can now do 20-30 minutes and feel wiped... yet alert and worked!

I encourage you to TALK AT THE GYM.. and see if you are working hard enough to make a difference..

Do not be like the other folks.. walking at 3.0mph on a treadmill at ZERO INCLINE thinking it works..

They call it CARDIO because it is supposed to challenge your CARDIAC MUSCLE.. Pushing Blood through the heart.. and forcing strong circulation..

That is how you BUILD HEALTH.. 

That is how you build endurance and lean out...

This is the conversation that needs to be had.. Not some infomercial selling trickery to viewers..

It takes work to MAXIMIZE PERFORMANCE.. 

Now.. Let's Do It TOGETHER!



Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the World Champion Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a High Performance Speaker & Consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. Book Dana to Speak at your Company Event or Conference Today!

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