Max Valverde, a 39-year-old father and full-time worker, dramatically transformed his fitness levels by integrating Zone 2 aerobic training into his daily routine, using an under-desk treadmill at his home office. By maintaining a steady, moderate pace that allowed him to train without becoming breathless, he successfully transitioned from being slightly overweight to competing as an Olympic hopeful in ski mountaineering.
- Valverde adopted low-intensity, high-volume Zone 2 training, utilizing an under-desk incline treadmill to maintain his physical activity while managing a busy schedule of work and parenting.
- The training method, which involves keeping the heart rate at 60 to 70 percent of its maximum, is credited with improving Valverde’s VO2 max and recovery times, significantly enhancing his endurance capabilities.
- After leaving his CEO position to focus on training, Valverde made a remarkable shift in his physical fitness, allowing him to finish 12th in the 2023 USA Skimo National Championships at the age of 39.
- His methodical approach to training emphasizes starting slowly, avoiding injury by listening to the body’s signals, and resisting the urge to increase intensity to ensure that the majority of the workout stays within Zone 2.
- Valverde highlights the accessibility of his training regimen, suggesting that with an affordable setup, anyone can incorporate these workouts into their daily routine and experience transformative health benefits.