In the Zone! Heart Rate Training
By Rachel Suson, EPThere was a time when only professional cyclists, runners, and triathletes wore those funny plastic straps around their chests to monitor heart rate when they exercised. Now heart rate monitors are common tools found in many recreational athletes’ equipment bag as well. Heart rate monitors come in all price ranges and have varied capabilities to help guide your training, i.e. tools that monitor everything from altitude to the number of steps taken. Their main function is to give the user an immediate look at their heart rate response to exercise intensity. With the proper knowledge, the information heart rate monitors provide is your most powerful tool to maximize results in fitness and performance. The ability to monitor and manipulate exercise intensity is essential to creating precision heart rate training zones which are the anchor of all effective training programs.
The Numbers GameThere are numerous calculations available to estimate proper heart rate zones. The most common being 220 – Age = Max Heart Rate (MHR). Percentages of MHR are sometimes used to determine the various heart rate training zones to work within for maximum fitness results. Unfortunately, this and other formulas don’t work because they are based on a general premise and not your personal physiology. Differences in age, sex, genetics, and training background make heart rate information as individual as a fingerprint. The only accurate and efficient method to arrive at personalized heart rate training zones is via metabolic testing called VO2 analysis. This simple, and now affordable testing procedure takes a snap shot of your working physiology as you exercise and will not only diagnose the efficiency of your energy production systems but also illuminate the path to better fitness and health. This test will tell us the how efficient your energy production systems are functioning in terms of the aerobic and anaerobic pathways used by your body to make energy for exercise, and for life. With this information we can direct you to train at the most productive heart rate to increase fitness, performance and manage your body weight! For athletes, fitness enthusiasts and weight loss clients the initial goal is simple: exercise at a heart rate that teaches your body to burn fat as the primary fuel! Becoming a “Better Butter Burner” will also reduce the production of lactic acid and therefore fatigue when you exercise and improve energy levels every day. In addition, metabolic testing provides valuable information relating to the calories burned during exercise and at rest. Empowered with this information we will be able to find with precision the realistic goals for adjusting your daily caloric intake to help decrease body fat and put on more muscle. Without testing, any estimation of your personal calorie needs is just a guess. Take the guess work out of your training and replacing it with personalized scientific data. This assures that your workouts are 100% productive and your calorie consumption will help you attain your goals faster!
Heart Rate Training Programs
At PHASE IV our team of experts assess and train athletes in two broad areas of athletic performance: structural preparedness and metabolic energy production. The ability to produce energy efficiently to meet the demands of your sport is paramount for success. At PHASE IV we utilize scientific data culled from physiological assessments including RMR and VO2 testing. From these results we create a customized measurable Periodization Heart Rate Training Plan, and it has consistently produced the best athletic performances across all sports for the past thirty-five years! Pictured here is World Champion PHASE IV athlete Helen Maroulis, the first woman wrestler in USA history to win Olympic Gold. Call PHASE IV 310-582-8212 or send us a message