Principles of Heart Rate Training

Author: Aussie Fitness  

Education around heart rate training has grown enormously over the last few years, however, many people still seem to be confused by the issue. Here are a few of the most important points summarised.
  • As your intensity increases, so does your heart rate.
  • Training to heart rate revolves around exercising at an intensity (heart rate) that is specific to your goals.
  • Scientific evidence indicates that the body responds differently to varying levels of intensity.
  • At low intensities, your body's main source of fuel is stored fats.
  • At high intensities, the main fuel source is carbohydrates.
  • It is generally accepted that intensity levels (Training Zones) can be broken into four main categorites - Moderate Exercise / Weight Management / Improved Fitness / Performance Enhancement.
  • These zones are calculated as a percentage of one's maximum heart rate.
- Moderate Exercise - 55 - 65% of Maximum Heart Rate
- Weight Management - 65 - 75% of Maximum Heart Rate
- Improved Fitness - 75 - 85% of Maximum Heart Rate
- Performance - 85 - 100% of Maximum Heart Rate
  • By exercising in the training zone specific to your goals you are able to maximise your training timew, therefore producing faster results without wasting time or energy.
  • To obtain your maximum heart rate, simply subtract your age from 220 - Eg. A 35 year old would have a maximum heart rate of 185.
  • To ensure that you achieve your fitness goals, ask one of our trained consultants on advice on what piece of fitness equipment will best suit your training needs.
  • Our consultants have had years of training experience and can offer useful tips on reaching your goals using heart rate monitors.