So many great fitness tools exist to help maximize the results of your workouts. We have Bosu balls for stabilization training. We have Garmin Forerunners for running. We have various apps and websites (hello, Pinterest!) for workout ideas at our fingertips. We have TRX bands, kettlebells, medicine balls, and more for our weight training. I love them all and use them all. Now, I plan on sharing with you two other great pieces of fitness gear with all of you!
HEART RATE MONITORS
It might seem unnecessary to train with a heart rate monitor. Who wants to wear a strap under their sports bra or check his/her heart rate regularly during a workout? While it is not necessary to do so, heart rate monitors certainly have their benefits.
Heart rate monitors can help you zero in on the particular goals you have for an individual workout. Do you want more endurance? More intensity? Recovery? Steady state? Intervals? A heart rate monitor can help ensure you are working out at the optimal intensity for your goals.
There are 3 different heart rate training zones:
- Zone 1 = 65-75% of Maximum Heart Rate This zone is a great goal for recovery style workouts, the warm-up and cool-down phase of a workout, and for beginners to exercise.
- Zone 2 = 80-85% of Maximum Heart Rate This zone gets closer to the anaerobic threshold (when your body no longer produces energy with normal oxygen intake) and, over time, can help increase the threshold.
- Zone 3 = 86-90% of Maximum Heart Rate This zone cannot be sustained for long periods of time (usually no more than a minute) and is usually coupled with zones 1 or 2. Zone three training helps to improve the current fitness level.
You can certainly use a 1-10 scale rating your perceived exertion, but going by heart rate will provide more accuracy to the different cardiorespiratory workouts. It will tell you if you need to adjust your intensity to pace yourself better or pick it up a notch.
You may wonder how I can lump these two together. Well…you don’t want sweaty hair flying in your face while rocking some killer intervals between Zones 2 and 3, do you? I didn’t think so!
The Sparkly Soul headbands are designed to not slip, not cause headaches, not cause hair damage…and look fun while exercising. I’m a fan of that! Especially with my uber-fine hair.
Ever train with a heart rate monitor? Any other fitness fashion gear you love?
A huge THANK YOU to EB Sports and Sparkly Soul Headbands for contributing prizes for this week’s Best Body Bootcamp! This week’s luck winner will receive a Sportline 660 heart rate monitor and two Sparkly Soul headbands.
Best Body Bootcamp Week 4 Winner: Congrats to Michelle C. for winning the case of Chobani Greek yogurt and bags of Love Grown granola! I will email you shortly so you can claim your prize!