Heart Rate Monitoring for Improved Training

By Heather Willett

As technology advances, so do our options in wearable technology and using technology to get into shape has become a convenient and familiar concept among most. There are sleep-monitoring watches, electronic pedometers, activity trackers and more. Heart rate monitors are among some of the most functional and effective technology offering users enhanced fitness benefits. Knowledgeable personal trainers use heart rate monitoring to analyze performance and custom tailor programs in order to provide clients with the best results possible. However, heart rate monitoring alone will not drive results, it is only when the data from each workout is analyzed that an experienced personal trainer will be able to see which types of movements keep the client in their target heart rate and for the most time while also working out the proper muscles. “Heart rate monitoring allows the personal trainer to quantifiably monitor and provide feedback for the intensity of aerobic exercise,” said Nate Brookreson, Director of Athletic Performance for Olympic Sports at NC State University.

As a top personal training studio in Chicago, we are always striving to deliver truly personalized fitness training programs to help our clients achieve their health and fitness goals. Heart rate monitors are a powerful tool to assist in this quest. As a new add-on feature at DMSfit, clients will have the option to integrate MYZONE heart rate monitoring into their personal training sessions and/or classes.

The heart rate monitors will allow our trainers to get accurate and personal readings for each user and will determine the effort exerted by each client throughout the training session. The MYZONE system works by having clients wear a heart-rate monitoring belt that sends their readings to our studio’s screen in real-time. A series of personalized, easy-to-read, color-coded tiles are streamed to the screen showing users what heart-rate zone they are in at any given moment during their workout, allowing them to put in optimum effort to obtain maximum results. This data is recorded within the user’s online personal activity report, accessible either through the MYZONE website or the free MYZONE smartphone app, which allows the user and our trainers to review the data, analyze results and make necessary changes or improvements to workout programs.

The colored tiles represent the heartbeat-range and the users’ current effort. The ranges are based on each individual’s measurements, age and lifestyle. When users’ fitness capabilities improve with training, the system automatically adjusts to keep them challenged. Each user will have their own personal tile, which will change color depending on their current exertion, and the title will display their name, calories burned, effort, current heart rate and the MYZONE Effort Points (MEPs) earned.

Tile Colors:

  • Gray: A gray tile indicates the user is at their resting heart rate and is only exerting about 50% effort.
  • Blue: The blue tile will show that a little more effort is being exerted (60-69%), but the effort is still minimal and should be easy to perform.
  • Green: Green tiles indicate the intensity has increased and the user should be putting forth between 70-79% effort.
  • Yellow: This heart rate range suggests the user is exerting 80-89% effort and is pushing their self further.
  • Red: A red tile signifies the maximum heart rate zone for each individual and means they are exerting 90-100% effort.

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In addition to the personalized information a heart rate monitoring system can provide, MYZONE allows users to participate in fitness challenges with a unique point system that rewards effort, not weight loss, strength or fitness ability. The more time spent exercising, and the higher the intensity of the exercise, the more MEPs users earn. Users will be able to challenge their friends and use the technology to exercise together, creating a sense of camaraderie and a sense of encouragement.

Since heart rate monitors have proven to assist in improving fitness aptitude, we believe we can integrate the technology into our already successful personal training programs to further customize workouts and drive efficient results. To learn more about MYZONE and our heart rate monitoring offerings, please contact us at dmsfit1@gmail.com or call 773-531-2288.