USING A HEART RATE MONITOR TO MAKE PROGRESS!

Cardio training... a heart rate monitor can help you make progress.

By measuring your cardiac activity and physiological data, a heart rate monitor can help you optimise your sports training to better plan your progress. Here are a few explanations to help you understand the many possibilities offered by heart rate monitors.

1. USING A HEART RATE MONITOR TO CALCULATE YOUR MAX HR

A heart rate monitor measures your heart rate. This information must be compared with your "Maximum Heart Rate during effort" (or Max HR), which is your highest possible heart rate.

2. NOVICE SPORTSMEN AND WOMEN, USE A HEART RATE MONITOR TO BUILD UP YOUR ENDURANCE

Once you have identified your Max HR, you can begin... gently ! When you begin a sport, above all else you need to build up your endurance. To achieve this, work in the target zone of 75% of your Max HR. Do not exceed this level when you train.

 

You can program your cardio watch to sound an alarm when you exceed this level of effort. This function enables you to gradually build up your endurance during physical effort.

 

This preparation can then be used to practice a variety of sports including football, basketball, rugby, but also running, hiking or even cycling.

3. EXPERIENCED SPORTS PEOPLE, USE A HEART RATE MONITOR TO IMPROVE YOUR SPEED

The heart rate monitor will also help you prepare your training in the form of interval training sessions. These sessions combine fast intervals followed by active recovery phases. Each interval corresponds to sustained effort in the target zone of between 80% and 95% of your Max HR.

 

Some heart rate monitors offer an "interval" function. This enables you to program an alarm to inform you of the starts and ends of intervals, as the monitor stores the data from each interval in its memory.

4. A CONNECTED HEART RATE MONITOR TO VIEW YOUR TRAINING

By connecting your heart rate monitor to a computer or a smartphone, you can view sessions and analyse them thanks to a sports app. Your data can then be viewed in the form of graphs or tables, helping you to optimise and adapt the rest of your training.

ADDITIONAL ADVICE

Some cardio watches, such as the ONmove 220 watch, enable you to synchronise all the details from your training with your sports app thanks to the Smart Bluetooth function.

 

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