Peak Performance Starts With Cardio

First Cardio Performance is a company that improves athletic performance and overall health of athletes and teams 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.

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Who Can Benefit?

Individual Athletes

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.

Sports Teams

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.

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.

“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 MACDONALD

Vanderbilt woman’s head tennis coach

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.

“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 MACDONALD

Vanderbilt woman’s head tennis coach

“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 to USA team at 1980 and 1984 Olympics

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.

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.

“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 to USA team at 1980 and 1984 Olympics

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. Through testing and assessment of bio-markers using mobile testing equipment on-site, daily monitoring and intensity recommendation, and data interpretation, First Cardio will develop training prescriptions to help teams and athletes implement a training strategy. This process leaves the athletes with a better training strategy they can implement and apply moving forward. Every aspect of training with First Cardio Performance uses data and technology to focus on increasing athletic achievement. Nothing more, nothing less.

Cardiovascular Testing

Dynamic cardiovascular testing is one of the primary tools of First Cardio Performance. By really honing in on the heart of each individual athlete, they can reach their goals in a safe and healthy way.

VO2 Max Testing
  • VO2
  • Anaerobic Threshold
  • Ventilatory threshold
  • Max Heart Rate
  • Resting Metabolic Rate (kCal/hr)
Body Fat Assessment
  • % Body Fat
  • BMI
  • Lean Body Mass
  • Fat Mass
Power Assessment
  • Watts/min
  • (45 minute test)
  • Maximum Power
  • Output in Watts/min
  • Total Watts
  • (30 s. test)
Lactate Theshold Testing

A bike test with analysis of blood lactate (from finger-prick) at each workload to accurately determine the workload that exceeds your aerobic capacity

Rest Management & Injury Prevention
  • Trains athletes to understand recovery is key to increasing performance
  • Helps avoid Overtraining Syndrome
  • Utilizes Intensity Factor control
Daily Monitoring

Pulse rate comparisons with training workload

Zone Assessment

Individualized heart rate zones 5 heart rate zones determined from testing each zone represents a specific metabolic stressor.

Hemoglobin Testing

Finger prick sampling to determine hemoglobin and hematocrit counts for assessment of key nutrients and red blood cell count.

“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 Cham