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HEART RATE TRAINING staying upbeat


No longer the exclusive domain of elite athletes, heart rate monitors are now increasingly user-friendly – so how can we best use the data to motivate people? Kath Hudson reports


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eart rate monitors can boost motivation in three main ways: measuring progress, training optimally


and recording achievements. So says Julia Dalgleish, master trainer at Cybex, adding: “Clarity of goal and the ability to view training progress increases intrinsic motivation, helping us to stay on track to reach our goals. Motivation comes from setting goals and seeing progression towards them, and heart rate monitors present this progression.”


Historically, heart rate monitors were highly complicated, reporting on the likes of lactate infl ection point and anaerobic threshold. However, manufacturers have worked hard to make them more user-friendly, using parameters such as percentages or colour zones to help people understand what they should be aiming for. And now that apps are also becoming available, heart rate monitoring is heading for the mainstream. So how can operators make the most of the motivation potential it offers?


Rewarding effort


“MYZONE has changed the game on heart rate monitors by focusing on effort rather than fi tness,” says CEO Dave Wright. “MYZONE Effort Points (MEPs) are accredited to minutes spent in specifi c effort zones, so the system offers an inclusive approach for people of all ages, shapes, sizes and levels of fi tness: an unfi t person can earn as many points as a fi t person, provided they put in the effort.”


“I like the way MYZONE creates a level playing fi eld for members,” agrees Sol Gilbert, MD of ZT Group. “We run regular MEP challenges, with the


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