• Is the Talk Test a Good Indicator of Training Intensity
    Translation of exercise testing to exercise prescription using the Talk Test. From the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
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  • Talk testExercise intensity for endurance training is often determined by target heart rate, percentage of maximal heart rate, metabolic percentages or rate of perceived exertion. Each of these methods has its own advantages as well as disadvantages associated with them ranging from a lack of individual precision to testing equipment.

    In a recent study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, the Talk Test was used to define running intensity during an incremental exercise test as it was thought this method may be a strong representative of ventilatory threshold in the absence of more expensive equipment.

    The Talk Test underestimates the level of actual training intensity determined by respiratory gas exchange analysis. However, if the goal of the coach or personal trainer is to merely suggest an appropriate intensity to base training on, than the Talk Test appears to be an adequate and inexpensive method of doing so. If a more accurate training intensity is required, than the Talk Test is not recommended when access to metabolic equipment is available.

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