Archive for the ‘Heart rate monitor’ Category

Bodies react not always the same to workouts and to measure the training intensity you need a heart rate monitor. So you can control your various workouts perfectly. You don’t go too fast in your workouts, and not too slow. The same is true for competitions.

Furthermore you can perfectly control your shape, because you i.e. have an average heart rate of 145 instead of 155 at a 10 km (6 mi) run in 50 minutes. Many heart rate monitors have a distance-tracker and other comfortable functions for your workout control.

If you don’t own one, it’s time to invest in one:

During a sport workout your body builds lactic acid, which is then removed by your tissues. At a certain amount of stress your body is no longer able to process all of the lactic acid it produces, thus accumulating more and more of it. The point, where more acid is produced than removed is called “lactate threshold”.

The lactate threshold marks our starting point to derive your training heart rate zones from, so you should update it frequently. It’s also important to note that the value is specific to each sport, so it has to be determined separately for biking and running.

There are two ways to determine your lactate threshold:

  1. Complete your test workouts, which will give you a good approximation of your lactate threshold value
  2. See a sports physician, who will test (and charge) you

After completing a test be sure to update your lactate threshold in your training info.

You need a unit, for how hard you train and that’s TRIMP – this stands for the english term “TRaining IMPulse”. TRIMP is known as a factor for training stress / exertion during a workout (training exertion factor). It’s calculated with the time in a heart rate zone.