How To Understand Your Heart Rate Monitor - Mayweather Boxing + Fitness

How To Understand Your Heart Rate Monitor

One of the best parts of the Mayweather Boxing + Fitness workout is the integration of technology with heart rate monitors. Heart rate monitors help you stay realistic with your workouts and set goals to push you harder than ever before. While the first step is simply wearing a heart rate monitor, it is important to understand what all the numbers that you are looking at actually mean.

 To begin with, there are five basic heart rate levels for every person. Zone 1 is 50-60% maximum heart rate, which is a very comfortable effort. Zone 2 is 60 to 70% maximum heart rate, which is the average effort given during warm up and cool down. It is still easy to maintain a conversation in this zone and is a good zone for training aerobic maintenance. Zone 3 is 70 to 80% maximum heart rate and is ideal for training for improvements in your aerobic capacity. Your body begins to burn fat and carbohydrates simultaneously during this zone. Zone 4 is 80 to 90% maximum heart rate and is characterized as a hard effort, but one you can keep up for more than a short burst. This is the best zone for maintaining anaerobic capacity. Finally, Zone 5 is 90 to 100% of your maximum heart rate and occurs when you are working as hard as you can, which is not sustainable for a long period of time. This is an all out effort to receive maximum results in your training.

 Wearing a heart rate monitor allows you to track in real-time how much effort you are giving and which zone you fall into. While your Mayweather Boxing + Fitness instructor gives cues throughout class on what the ideal work effort and energy exertion should be, you can hold yourself accountable for staying on track. Heart rates will fluctuate depending on a member’s age, weight and level of fitness, but the monitors provide an overall solid understanding of work effort throughout class.

 One important thing that happens in your body while you work out is Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption, or more commonly known as EPOC. EPOC is achieved in Zone 4 of your heart rate. After a successful workout, your body continues to burn more calories because of ‘oxygen debt’, as more oxygen is required to restore your body to its normal, resting level of metabolic function. During EPOC, your body uses the extra oxygen to help repair damaged muscle tissue, restore oxygen levels in the blood and restore your natural body temperature. What does this mean for you? Your body burns more calories when EPOC occurs for over 24 hours after an effective workout. Properly monitoring your heart rate can help you achieve EPOC and burn more calories during and after your workout.

 Finally, who doesn’t like some friendly competition with your peers? Heart rate monitors are a fun way to push yourself and those around you, helping everyone in the room achieve their fitness goals. The amount of calories burned and points scored, which are displayed on the heart rate monitor screen, can be fun and effective ways to push yourself throughout the class. Following each Mayweather Boxing + Fitness class, members will receive a comprehensive email with all of the stats from the workout, making it easy to keep track of long-term progress. Floyd Mayweather’s mantra has always been to train smarter, and the use of heart rate monitors truly helps each Mayweather Boxing + Fitness member train smarter and better than ever before.