Our heart’s physiological response to changes in exercise intensity during physical activity can be both monitored and measured to better manage a cardiovascular training (CVT) experience. A heart rate monitor is an accurate tool for measuring these changes. According to cardiovascular expert Sally Edwards of Sacramento, California, author of The Heart Rate Monitor Guidebook to Heart Zone Training (Heart Zones Publishing 2010), “You only need two pieces of gear to work out: a good pair of athletic shoes and a heart rate monitor.”
Anyone who grew up as a runner in New Jersey, as I did, would tell you that running during the summer in the Northeastern United States is no ordinary challenge. Some days are downright sticky; stepping outside your air-conditioned house can feel like walking into a steam room. Similarly, many places in the country experience harsh summer conditions that carry thermal and cardiovascular challenges. Knowing how to handle these will protect your clients.
Many athletes like to “psyche up” as part of their precompetition ritual, but does this really make a difference? And is one psyching-up method more effective than another? According to new research, imagery—visualizing oneself performing a task to the best of one’s ability—seems to be the most effective approach, at least for running sports.
Within the fitness industry, many professionals recognize that cardio programs built around the mathematical concept of maximal heart rate (HRmax) have inherent limitations. newsletter_teaser: Check out this great article from the IDEA Online Library, and learn why the talk test may be a breath of fresh air for future measurements of intensity.
Interval training can be a very effective way for clients to increase sports performance, lose weight faster and make workouts more enjoyable.
The benefits of interval training include the following:
more calories burned in a shorter amount of time
increased compliance thro...
Various research organizations suggest specific amounts of weekly physical activity for losing and managing weight and improving health. A study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2011; 43 , 1884–90) says that men who do at least 3 hours of vigorous-intensity exercise per week can reduce myocardial infarction (MI) risk by as much as 22%.