Paul Drake, MS, has been training and coaching with heart rate since 1991. Paul’s focus is very specific: Cardiovascular testing, conditioning and Cardio-fitness prescriptions. Soon after his degree, Paul started working as the team trainer and coach for the DePaul University’s Men’s and Women’s Cycling Teams. Paul learned many of his heart rate training techniques from two major sources: the infamous Eddy “B”(Borysewicz), 1984 US Olympic Cycling Coach and the amazing Sally Edwards (US Triathlon Hall of Fame-er, founder of Fleet Feet Running Stores and author of dozens of books on endurance training). Paul has a Master Degree in Exercise Science from Northeastern University in Chicago.

In six years of coaching Paul produced six regional champions (Mid-West Collegiate Conference), two state champion’s and one current National Champion (Master’s Division). Also Paul worked specifically with two athletes producing one gold medal and one silver medal in cycling and two golds in swimming for the 2013 World Transplant Games.

Working with heart transplant recipients Paul was able to produce astonishing cardiovascular results. Working closely with the athlete’s cardiologist and understanding heart medication (Beta Blockers) effects, Paul was able to produce heart rate responses unseen in lab tests at the Minneapolis Mayo Clinic. Paul is now the official assistant team manager and trainer for Team USA World Transplant Team. Over the past several years Paul has received advanced certifications as an Exercise Specialist (ACSM-American Council of Sports Medicine) in VO2 Max Testing and Prescriptions. Paul is also a Certified EKG Tech through the National Healthcare Association focusing on heart rate diagnostics and recognition.

Paul’s greatest highlight is bicycling across the United States 6 times for The Ability Experience’s Journey of Hope: National Service Project of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He has personally bicycled over 35,000 miles for children with disabilities.

Cardiovascular Conditioning Coach
EKG-NHA (EKG-Tech), CPR/AED, ACSM-Exercsice Specialist


Where We Train

From individual athletes to elite university sports teams, First Performance Cardio can help to improve athletic performance and overall health. Our custom-tailored training prescriptions work for every athlete, regardless of discipline.

University of Illinois

Baylor University

University of South Carolina

Vanderbilt University

Depaul University

Purdue University

Dartmouth University

Clemson University

Northwestern University

“I saw significant changes in my fitness and was able to go farther in my senior season than any previous year. I have no doubt it was due to the hard work and expertise Paul put into my training”

Sydney Campbell

2017 All American Tennis Player