Heart Rate Training

An introduction to HRT the most efficient cardio training EVER

By Paul "Batman" O'Brien 

B.A., N.C.E.H.S., Dip. Acu., Cert Clin. IMed., Dip. Adv. OBB, Dip. CHM, Pn1, PN-SSR, PN-NCA, M.AFPA., M.C.Th.A.

Heart Rate Training is the best method to lead you to your fitness goals. If it is less weight, a greater lung capacity, or the cardiovascular fitness to climb up the Zugspitiz (the highest mountain in Germany - that’s what I trained for August 05), you can do it.

It really depends on your goals and what you want out of life. Everybody wants different things. The advantage of heart rate training is that it makes sure you get there, safely and efficiently. How does this apply to you? And how does this get you in to tip – top physical condition?

What is Heart Rate Training (HRT)?

The short answer is that HRT uses the beats of your heart per minute to measure the intensity and effort of your current activity. HRT allow you to measure the intensity of your workouts, that way you can make sure you are not pushing yourself too hard, or not pushing yourself enough. It takes the guess work and subjectivity out of training. You may feel like your pushing yourself harder than the day before and not be, but the numbers don’t lie even if your body might! 

Heart Rate Zones

Heart Rate Training is based on different “Heart Rate Zones”. These “Zones” represent a percentage of your Maximum Heart Rate (the fastest your Heart should be pushed). You can find out your maximum Heart Rate using various formulas like the Karovonan method.

Subtract you age from 220, this is your max Heart Rate. If I am forty my max Heart rate will be 180 (220 – 40). Now I know not to go past 180 beats per minute (bpm). To find out my training zones I want to find a percentage of this number.

As part of my online personal training I work out the optimum heart rate level and cardio program to get you in excellent shape depending on your goals.

Each zone has a different effect on your body and briefly they are as follows;

1). 50 – 60% of your max HR Zone

2). 60 – 70% of your max HR Zone

3). 70 – 80% of your max HR Zone

4). 80 – 90 % of your max HR Zone

5). 90 – 100% of your max HR Zone

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