The Advantages of Using a Heart Rate Monitors
By Kate Schnatterbeck
Heart rate monitors should be used to gauge your training. The ultimate goal is to be able to run longer and faster with a lower heart rate. Keep track of your results, and see the progress.
A heart rate monitor:
- Is your own personal coach, bringing objectivity to your training program
- Can keep you from training too hard
- Is a way to assess your fitness level and if you are over training (elevated resting heart rate)
- Is a way to determine if you are training toward your goals (getting fitter)
- Is a link between the mind and the heart.
General equations for heart rate
- Maximum heart rate is "sport specific“
- Subtract 5 beats for cycling
- Subtract 11 beats for swimming
HRMAX = 220 – age (males)
HRMAX = 226 – age (females)
Recovery – easiest workouts
Endurance – ability to talk
Intensive/ endurance – Aerobic
Threshold – increases lactate tolerance and remove lactate from the muscles
Redline – Anaerobic (finish line push)
Kate Schnatterbeck, founder of Tri-umph, Inc. has specialized in athletic training, personal and multisport training and has been training and educating athletes for over 16 years. Kate is a Nationally Certified Athletic Trainer, USA Triathlon Certified Coach, American Swimming Coaches Association certified, Schwinn instructor and previously coached NCAA swimming. Contact Kate for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.tri-umph.us.