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HEART RATE TRAINING Fit4Life


evolve and progress every four weeks. Sessions focus on improving fat burn, improving and sustaining fitness levels, power and threshold work, and also include group work with racing simulations to keep them fun as well as effective.


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challenges to keep their members engaged and motivated. “The new system makes heart


rate training easy,” says Liz Shenton, performance and training manager at Polar Electro UK. “Clients don’t need to know the science behind it; they can relate to the different coloured training zones. “The more customers understand


their own performance and how to train at the right levels to reach their goals, the more motivated they are and the more likely they are to return.” Training at the right intensity


is key to achieving fi tness goals and motivating members, agrees Matt Moran, marketing manager at Wattbike. Developed with and for British Cycling, the Wattbike accurately evaluates user performance, measuring power output and pedalling technique as well as heart rate. “Many gym members gauge the


success and intensity of their workout by how much they’ve sweated, but this can leave them under-achieving or over-trained,” says Moran. “The heart is a muscle and needs to be treated and trained as such. By using a heart rate monitor, you can monitor which heart rate zone you’re in – but this is only part of the story. We use heart rate


DLL’s Orangetheory uses HR monitors to individualise its group training classes


and power to precisely measure the intensity, fatigue and recovery of every session. Educating clients on how to train at the right intensity allows them to have more effective workouts.”


Personal, progressive training The Wattbike is one of the ways David Lloyd Leisure (DLL) is using heart rate training to motivate and support its members in getting results. With its cycling experience suitable for general fitness and weight management through to obtaining the optimum results desired by cycling and triathlon enthusiasts – groups that have long used heart rate-based training – Wattbike is already installed at 20 DLL sites, with plans to roll it out to most of the estate. DLL has also introduced the


Orangetheory group training concept – which uses heart rate monitors to track performance and optimise training during the classes – into its David Lloyd Studio high street model. “Heart rate-based training


Wattbike: Training at the right intensity


individualises group training,” says John Williams, health and fi tness expertise coach at David Lloyd Leisure.


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“Instructors can see exactly how hard each person is working and how they’re recovering between sets and intervals, so they can coach them to get the most effective workout. We’re seeing some good retention fi gures as a result.” Heart rate-based training is


also useful for proving the value of good personal training, he says. To demonstrate the point, DLL master trainers used heart rate monitors to collect data on clients’ performance when they exercised on their own and with personal trainers. Comparing the two sets of data, they found that clients burned around 300 more calories on average when working with a personal trainer. It makes a compelling case for personal training, says Williams. “Heart rate-based training allows


clients to see and feel the difference that exercise makes. Working with a class of informed people is positive on all levels. Clients receive effective, progressive training that’s achievable and maintainable, and fi tness clubs are rewarded with motivated members,” concludes Holmes. And so the cycle of feedback continues. ●


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he Fit4Life heart rate-based programme uses interval- based session cards that


“We provide the group with


MYZONE heart rate straps and we project individual heart rates on a visual display. As they work through their zones following the Fit4Life class, the display changes colour. Instructors can accurately deliver their sessions and members know they’re working in the correct heart rate zone for each interval,” says founder Helen Holmes.


Fit4Life uses MYZONE HR monitors


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