The fact that you're reading this says a lot about you and your desire to buy and/or learn more about the benefits of heart rate monitors.
Everyone has different goals whether it's to...
Whatever your goals, your HRM...your COACH, will help get you there!
The goal of this website is to educate you about:
It's amazing that even with the advances in technology and nutrition that society is getting fatter and more unhealthy than ever.
If you happen to fall into this category I hope this site and a HRM will be an inspiration to you to change your lifestyle for the better.
I'm not a fancy writer or an established author. But, I am a certified heart rate training performance specialist. I'm also passionate about health and helping people.
I received my certification from the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association. You can learn more about me and my certification in the about me page.
My goal is to write in a manner that will help you understand heart rate training. As if I was right there training with you in person. Then, when you are ready I will pass the baton to you and your HRM.
The HRM becomes your personal trainer...taking you to new levels. Building confidence and pushing you to succeed like you have never done before.
Then, after a few weeks of training. I want you to come back. I want you to come back and leave your comments. I want to hear how your doing.
I hope this site evolves into one of helping each other with stories of success, failures, and recommendations.
I digress...lets move on.
There are many good heart monitors on the market. The best heart rate monitor in my opinion is made by Polar Electro.
Not only is Polar the market leader, but Polar heart rate monitors have many features (translated...BENEFITS) that you will not find in other heart monitors.
One such feature is the Polar Fitness Test. This feature found on some Polar models will evaluate your current fitness level without you having to exert yourself to calculate your VO2Max. (More on VO2Max later)
Do you really know how fit you are?
Maybe you don't want to know. I think you do...or you wouldn't be reading this far.
The Polar Fitness Test is your measuring stick. It will calculate how you compare to other people of the same age and gender.
Don't worry...no one will know, but you and your Polar HRM. :)
The value it calculates will allow you to monitor your progress over time. Isn't that whats important? Progressing.
Nothing is more gratifying than seeing results. Seeing results in the mirror, at the finish line or from your blood work taken during your yearly physicals.
The Polar Fitness Test is a topic that deserves a dedicated page to discuss more in detail. Be sure you understand this feature before buying a HRM.
You will find that I will use heart rate watches and heart rate monitors interchangeably. They are the same thing, but my goal is to appeal to all the different variations.
A major benefit of using a heart rate watch is to monitor the intensity of your workout.
Polar heart rate watches ensure that you are:
Training intensity that is TOO LOW will lead to inadequate results and intensity that's TOO HIGH leads to over training, frustration, and possible injury. Not good, not good.
The runner, cyclist, or general fitness enthusiast will all train at different intensities and at different heart rates depending on the goal of that day and the specific sport.
So, when I talk, um...I mean write, please, please remember I'm writing in generalities. Every person is different. Every goal is different. Every sport is different.
Your heart rate is how the HRM gauges your INTENSITY.
Heart rate watches are very effective for objectively assessing:
Perceived exertion isn't the most accurate way of training. Unlike the rate of perceived exertion the heart shows the response of the body at any moment of time.
A heart monitor is the most practical and efficient way for measuring intensity during cardiovascular training. But it also does much more. With advancing technology certain monitors can:
You can think of your heart rate as a window into your body. The heart does not lie!
You can learn a lot about your body and fitness with heart rate monitoring. The heart monitor is a wondrous biofeedback tool.
It will tell you when to work harder or when to slow down.
These days computer software allows you to monitor your training progress with a snap. Certain heart rate watches can transfer all your training data right to your computer for easy analysis.
New accelerometers and power meters enables runners and cyclists the ability to compare:
Ok, a little exercise 101...
Even if you don't have any experience using a heart monitor you are most likely aware that EXERCISE IS STRESS. Stress is what causes the body to adapt.
Stress must be vigorous enough to cause the body to change.
But change also involves REST. The rest period between sets and exercise sessions (days). It's during these rest periods that the body adapts to the stresses put upon it.
Rest is not the same for the beginner as it is for the advanced athlete. A beginner should take days off to rest between exercise sessions.
However an advanced athlete, with the help of a heart monitor, can train in a low intensity heart rate zone for fitness changes to occur.
After reading through this website, you should have an excellent idea of:
To Your Success.