Heart Rate Tracking for Accelerated Fitness & Wellness
Fitness results and specifically fat loss or muscle gain is not about calories in vs calories out. Just as calorie intake is irrelevant in nutrition, calorie expenditure during training is obsolete in exercise and doesn’t equate to physical results. It's the hormone response to training (and eating) that will give you the positive or negative change. The quality of what you eat, and how you train determines your success.
We use Polar Heart Rate technology to accurately track our client’s training, and recovery. Heart rate training clearly demonstrates that there is no real split between cardio or resistance training, and that any movement can result in a high or low heart rate intensity. For example we can simply lift weight faster or heavier to generate an interval response. This approach lends itself to selecting movements that clients need or most enjoy to attain maximum results. In addition, tracking heart rate stress live means we can be more specific about the gains we want to achieve, and watch out for over training, or adding too much catabolic stress to a clients body.
Our members love training with our heart rate system as it allows them permission to honor the priceless feedback from their own body. More importantly, it helps them understand their bodies needs much better, and consequently they get faster results. When people first start using heart rate monitors in their training we notice two main trends. We see people either spending too much of their workout in the ‘peak’ zones of 85%+ OR they struggle to hit zones over 80% max heart rate.
Less IS More!
We find that with most clients, increasing recovery and decreasing intensity equates to faster results. Many people come to us with a high stress load, have over trained and under recovered, or are experiencing a general lack of wellness. In these situations, smart movement and great recovery is the factor that determines there success, not training harder and longer. (see daily readiness for more about this topic)
It’s interesting to see that initially new clients tell us how good they feel, but their heart rate during training indicates otherwise. Over time we see people begin to honor their body much more, and appreciate how lifestyle factors are influencing their heart rate. Heart rates do not lie, and an elevated heart rate, or poor ability to recover is a powerful message. Many find this hard to accept as they find it hard to stop, and go against the grain of the old 'go hard or go home mentality,' often at a cost to their wellness.