Talk Test Works For Newbies

Talk Test Works For Newbies The talk test is an easy way to measure exercise intensity that anyone can apply to their training. It works like this: If you can comfortably carry on a conversation during your workout, you aren't putting enough intensity into the effort.

It was always assumed that the talk test related to ventilatory threshold, a measure of your oxygen consumption during exercise. A study published in the Journal of Sports Sciences suggests it's also closely related to lactate threshold, the point during a workout where your muscles can no longer remove lactic acid buildup.

True Strength Moment: By having healthy adult volunteers recite the Pledge of Allegiance while exercising at different levels of intensity, researchers determined that the talk test is an effective gauge of intensity for beginners and endurance athletes. Check out today's Performance Blog post at for some assurance that you're never too old to realize newbie muscle size and strength gains.
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