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Elite Cardio Training


First Cardio Performance is a mobile training facility that improves the athletic performance and overall health of athletes, teams and programs

through cardiovascular testing and training. Started by trainer Paul Drake, First Cardio utilizes individual bio-markers, data, science, and technology to craft custom training prescriptions. Dynamic testing and personalized training programs are designed to safely train and condition athletes of all levels to increase overall athletic performance.

Similar to dyno testing for cars, First Cardio will use data to determine an athlete’s optimum output potential, then develop programs to help reach that potential. Paul is highly passionate about cardiovascular fitness and is fiercely committed to helping all his athletes and teams achieve their performance goals.

Data driven

Peak Performance Training

Data-driven training prescriptions help athletes increase their level of performance. First Cardio Performance personalizes these training prescriptions, tailoring them to help each individual athlete achieve their peak performance.

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Cardiovascular Conditioning Coach

First Cardio Performance founder Paul Drake pulls from years of experience as an endurance athlete and working with many high-level competitive athletes. He helps athletes piece together the performance puzzle, beginning with a foundation of cardiovascular fitness.

who can benefit

Colligiate Sports Programs

First Cardio Performance will partner with athletic departments and teams around the country. Working with the team’s individuals and training staffs to create individualized training prescriptions will improve each athlete’s performance and overall cardiovascular fitness.

Athletes wanting a competitive edge

Cyclists. Runners. Triathletes. Anyone who wants to improve their athletic performance and health. First Cardio Performance will create personalized training prescriptions that help achieve peak performance.

Performance focused training

Peak athletic performance begins with cardiovascular training. The goal is to gain maximum performance per athlete for the betterment of the team.

VO2 Max Testing

Body Fat Assessment

Power Assessment

Lactate Threshold Testing

Rest & Injury Management

Daily Monitoring

Zone Assessment

Hemoglobin Testing


“FCP’s groundbreaking cardiovascular training has helped my team gain in fitness already this season. Their science-based workouts are highly individualized and highly effective. In addition, the workouts are varied, fun, and build real camaraderie among the players. Highly recommended.”

Geoff Macdondald

Women's Head Tennis Coach, Vanderbilt

“Paul is one of the few people I keep a direct link with for any training solutions. He’s an extremely dedicated trainer and coach that any team or person will greatly benefit from.”

Eddie Borysewicz

Coach 1980 and '84 Olympics, Team USA

“If you want to maximize your ability, FCP can do it for you. Winning a State Time Trial Championship was no accident. I was mentally and physically prepared for everything my competitors threw at me.”

Bryan Wierzchuki

US National Time Trial Tandem Champion and a 3x California State Champ

Train to increase your teams ranking

  • 20-21 NC State Women’s Tennis Rank up 11th to 4th (NCAA Final Four) 60% 60%
  • 19-20 NC State Men’s Tennis Ranked up 23rd to 6th 40% 40%
  • 18-19 NC State Women’s Tennis Rank up 29th-11th 28% 28%
  • 18-19 USC Women’s Ranked up 13th to 3rd (SEC Champions 2019) 70% 70%
  • 17-18 Vanderbilt Women’s Tennis Ranked up 11th-2nd (NCAA Finalist, SEC Champ- 2018, 2019 & Reg Season Champ- 2018,2019) 80% 80%

Athletic Programs that improved

First Cardio Training has helped these programs increase their rankings 10 places*

* On Average


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We can help design a cardio program that works for you!