Elevate is pleased to announce the installation of a state-of-the-art heart rate monitoring system designed to help members take their training to the next level.
The system uses ANT+-compliant heart rate chest straps or wrist-based monitors which automatically recognizes members in the building as soon as they power-up their device. Big screens around the facility display session heart rate, calorie burn and fitness “points.” This allows clients and coaches a way to monitor exercise intensity and recovery in real time.
Heart rate monitoring helps Elevate coaches understand, modify, and maximize clients’ performance. It also gives members a way to monitor progress toward their goals — whether they are professional athletes or people who are courageously exercising for the first time in 30 years.
After the workout, members receive a summary email of the session and can track progress over weeks and months from their private account on the Elevate website.
Elevate is the first facility in the state to offer heart-rate training to its entire membership at no additional cost. Members are invited to bring their own device or they can purchase one from Elevate or a sports retailer starting at about $50.
Elevate coaches are excited to watch how this system helps our members shed pounds, break their personal records, track their results and achieve their goals.
Watch Partner/Coach Jay English Talk about heart rate monitors and how they’re integrated into the Elevate training philosophy:
Why use heart Rate?
It is great tool for helping your coach to understand, modify, and maximize your performance and help you achieve your goals. This is true for world class athletes, to people who are courageously exercising for the first time in 30 years. Simply, it allows us to understand the stress your body is under. For athletes it may mean using intervals to simulate competition stress and recovery periods. For all of our community it provides us a better opportunity to understand what is happening inside the body to make sure that your workouts are safe and provide the most benefit.
Why would I want to compare my heart rate on a screen? Heart rate is not easily comparable because our heart rate is fairly unique due to genetics, cardio vascular fitness, and age. In other words looking at someones heart rate tells you nothing about that person, but it can be motivating to see that many others are working towards their goals in concert with you.
What are the points? The points are a reflection of how demanding your workout has been cardiovascularly. Although it is great to work hard and burn calories, a drop in your score while performing the same workout over a series of weeks or months could actually show improved cardiovascular fitness. It means that you are producing the same amount of energy with less effort.
How do I maximize my caloric burn to lose weight? Changing body composition is part exercise and part nutrition. Working as hard as you can, all the time will neither burn the most calories, nor will be the best way to change your body composition. Although you burn more calories at a higher heart rate, it is really hard for most people to sustain zone 4 efforts (nobody can sustain long bouts of zone 5). The best way to burn the most calories is to start with sustained cardio efforts of mostly zone 2 and 3, in conjunction with your strength program.