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Cortisol Testing Makes the Most of Your Training

Updated: Feb 14, 2022

Our goal is to help everyone perform better in life. That’s why the Pardigm team revealed how cortisol testing allows you to make the best of your training.

After looking at extensive research materials, and talking with Professor Chris McLellan, we’ve found that adding cortisol testing into your training schedule provides significant advantages to training and recovery.

Professor McLellan, who has tested the cortisol levels of thousands of elite athletes, told us: “Cortisol testing provides coaches, trainers and health & fitness professionals with increased capacity in conjunction with existing performance monitoring methods to establish preparedness for training and competition and optimize recovery. With cortisol, what gets measured, gets managed.”

With that in mind, we wanted to give you a unique, behind-the-scenes look at some of the research comparing HRV and cortisol testing:

In a nutshell: This paper finds that new innovations in real-time salivary cortisol analysis make cortisol a useful method for monitoring overall health, recovery and training preparedness. After all, if individuals can monitor cortisol in a rapid, non-invasive manner, then they can better direct their daily exercise and health.

Ultimately, we should all care about recovery. In fact, no matter if you’re an elite athlete or just trying to bring your performance to the next level, it’s important to understand the science of stress. That way, you can make the best decisions about when to push yourself and when to rest. That’s the path to performing better in life.

With that in mind, we have one more question for you: How can we get better? Here at, our goal is to gather the best information to help you understand the science of stress. If you think we missed anything in our research, please let us know. You can reach us here.


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