The Beat on Heart Rate Monitoring

Heart rate monitors have been a popular and effective way to help train your body since the 1980s. It is a safe and simple method to track your total calories burned, maximum heart rate and average heart rate. PEAK utilizes heart rate monitors to ensure that participants are reaching their full potential. Your heart rate is elevated through exercise and tracking this data can help you achieve your fitness goals.  

What’s a normal heart rate? Heart rates vary person to person. The normal resting heart rate is 60 - 100 BPM (Beats Per Minute) for an average adult.  The maximum heart rate is, on average, the highest your pulse rate can get based on your age.  To calculate your predicted maximum heart rate, you can use the formula below:

220 - your age = Predicted Maximum Heart Rate

Your actual maximum heart rate can be determined by a graded exercise test, like a treadmill stress test.  Once you have determined your maximum heart rate, you can construct a target zone for your workout.  Aerobic training is usually between 70% and 90% of your maximum heart rate.  Your heart rate monitor will let you stay in that zone so you can achieve your goal for that workout.

Each of the participants in the training session will have their heart rate statistics displayed on TV’s located throughout the studio.  All heart rate stats for each individual are presented in a colored box.  The box will change color depending which zone your heart rate is in.  The blue zone is 60%< Max HR.  The green zone is 60 - 70% Max HR.  The yellow zone is 70 - 80 % of Max HR.  The orange zone is 80 - 90% Max HR and the red zone is 90%+ Max HR.

Your heart rate offers a more objective look at exercise intensity. In general, the higher your heart rate during physical activity, the higher the exercise intensity.  Studies show that your perceived exertion correlates well with your heart rate. So if you think you're working hard, your heart rate is likely elevated.  One of the biggest advantages to using this approach is the ability to track improvements.  

You'll get the most from your workouts if you're exercising at the proper exercise intensity for your health and fitness goals. If you're not feeling any exertion or your heart rate is too low, pick up the pace. If you're worried that you're pushing yourself too hard or your heart rate is too high, back off a bit.  Listen to your body!