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Performance Testing Can Help Athletes Get Ready For Big Race

St. Petersburg, Fla., (February 3, 2011) - Want to get on the right track with fitness goals? With the results of a new performance test, advanced athletes can work out smarter, not harder. Advanced performance testing is now available at St. Anthony's Carillon Wellness Center and just in time for advanced athletes getting ready for races such as the St. Anthony's Triathlon or other athletic events.

The performance test measures a person's maximum oxygen uptake while exercising. It is the measure of aerobic power in athletes and shows at what heart rate the person's anaerobic threshold (AT) occurs. Knowing the heart rate at which the AT occurs allows individuals to systematically train, leading to enhanced athletic performance for faster times, improved recovery and avoidance of overtraining.

"While connected wearing a mask to the performance testing equipment and running on a treadmill for about 15 minutes, heart rate and maximum oxygen uptake are measured and then the results are reviewed to develop a personalized training plan to benefit the individual athlete, " said Jay Downing, MS, ACSM-HFI, certified personal trainer. "Scientific feedback from lab tests is integrated into an individual's program allowing us to not only identify their physical concerns, but also to create a training program to address and correct any limitations."

The test is for more advanced athletes and not recommended for recreational athletes with health problems, injuries or low fitness levels. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (727) 953-6993 or visit the Carillon Wellness Center at 900 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg, FL. 


About St. Anthony's Hospital

St. Anthony's Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and is the first and only faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. As St. Anthony's celebrates its 80th year in 2011, the hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care.  St. Anthony's has received the 2010 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement award.  St. Anthony's Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center received accreditation from both the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the American College of Radiology. For superior energy efficiency, St. Anthony's earned the EPA's ENERGY STAR two consecutive times.

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient's lifetime. With more than 195 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare's family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Women's, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at



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