Why Using a Heart Rate Monitor Makes Training More Effective

There’s a saying that’s often used by personal trainers “if you’re not assessing, you’re guessing”. In a nutshell, it means that unless you’re actively measuring and assessing performance improvements, you’re just guessing whether or not your training programme is working.

There are lots of ways of measuring progress and different training outcomes need specific outcome measures, but one of the most effective ways of measuring general training performance is with a heart rate monitor. Using a heart rate monitor is the quickest, easiest and most effective ways of monitoring training output there is. It’s a way of collecting a lot of accurate data quickly and without the need for expensive lab equipment.

With the data you collect from your heart rate monitor, you’ll be able to make adjustments to your training – you’ll be able to find out truly how hard you are working and whether or not you’ve actually been slacking in your workouts! By assessing your training you can’t hide from the truth – your data paints a picture that you can’t ignore!

With that in mind, here are 5 reasons a heart monitor makes training more effective…

It’s immediate…

In a lab environment, data collection and results delivery can take a long time – in the case of gas analysis it can be minutes or hours, in the case of blood chemistry it can be days. One of the great things about a heart rate monitor is that it delivers results in real time, so simply by checking the monitor you can see if the programme is effectively delivering the required outcome at that moment in time.

Real time data is the best data because it allows you to make changes immediately, so you don’t waste any time. If something isn’t working, it can be changed there and then.

It’s specific…

You would use a heart rate monitor to measure cardiovascular intensity at particular points in a workout, then track the data over the entire session, allowing you to track the overall cardiac output during the workout. Thanks to the ability of modern heart rate monitors to track this data, you can have very specific results from the workout.

A heart rate monitor is also configured with the user’s data, making it more accurate. When you set up a monitor you’ll be asked to input the user’s age, height, weight etc, making the data such as calorie burn and intensity specific to the individual using the monitor.

It’s accurate…

Heart rate monitors have developed to such a level of the last few years that they are very accurate – even the wrist-based monitors that use a radial pulse rather than a chest strap are good enough for most people to use. If you’re going to track data, you want it to be accurate! Thanks to technological advances, heart rate monitors mean that you don’t need to fork out thousands of pounds on lab equipment to get accurate training data.

It’s also accurately and safely stored on the app support that most monitors now come with. Your training history will be stored for as long as you need!

It’s user friendly…

In terms of the set up for use, heart rate monitors are a doddle – they can be set up and ready to use in minutes. They are also interactive – the big brands now also have app support, so when you upload your data it you’ll be given graphical representation of the work you have done and the effect is has had on your fitness.

Not only that, it will historically chart your workouts, so you’ll be able to see your progress over a given amount of time.

Thanks to the explanations given by the software and the apps, you won’t need a Sports Science degree to be able to interpret your own training data, so you’ll know exactly what you are doing and how your training is improving your fitness!

It’s versatile…

A heart rate monitor can be used anywhere in the world! You can take it with you on holiday and it’ll fit easily into your luggage – even your pocket! If you wear a wrist-based heart rate monitor, it’s your watch!

It’ll also be suitable for all sports – whether you are running, cycling, lifting weights, playing football, netball, hockey, doing yoga etc, it’ll be able to track your data. In the case of the higher-end models, they can even be used to monitor your swimming performance, making them truly able to monitor every sport you do!

Kick start your training and results with a heart rate monitor…

If you’ve been looking for something to help you kick start your results, or if you’ve found your training has stagnated recently, this explanation of how a heart monitor makes training more effective could be all of the convincing you need in order to pick up this simple but incredibly useful device.

For a relatively small investment you’ll be able to track and monitor your training, learning more about you, your workouts and how to make your training time more effective overall.

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