What exactly is heart rate training?
What exactly is Cowboy Ryan’s heart rate workout?
Heart rate training is the key to losing fat and building muscle. It is the right way to get your body in shape and feel good. Fat loss training involves wearing a heart rate monitor, which will record your pulse through a small sensor on a chest strap that you wear while exercising. How high or low your pulse is is a great indicator of how hard you are exercising. To get the best results and make your training more efficient, you need to train in your zones. It is typically between sixty and eighty percent of your maximum heart rate. Your zone depends on your activity level and your age.
Exercising below your zone does not push your body enough. You are not working hard enough to burn fat. Exercising below your target zone does not train your heart adequately. This will only lead to minimal results.
A lot of people say, “I’m going to do it. I’m actually going to start exercising!” mindset and then hit the gym and push their bodies as hard as they can. Do not do this! When you exercise above your target zone and stay there, you start burning your lean muscle mass instead of the fat you want to shed. It will lead to unnecessary muscle and joint pain. Also, the longer you stay above your zone, the harder it becomes to bring your heart rate back to the correct rate. You are straining your heart if you continually exercise above your zone. When you do this type of training you should stop and let your heart rate drop when it is too high.
Now that you understand the importance of staying in your zone while exercising, you need to understand how to push yourself hard enough to impact your body and help accelerate fat loss. It’s okay to push yourself and stay above your target zone for a minute or two. This pushes your body to the max. Doing this every once in a while will train your heart to pump harder and faster and will eventually lead to a higher tolerance, allowing you to train harder and longer without becoming fatigued.
Don’t get discouraged and rush back to the couch when you try heart rate training and you end up constantly shooting above your zone and getting extremely fatigued. This is normal. If you haven’t been exercising or even exercising normally but aren’t training in your target heart rate zone, your body isn’t used to being pushed that way. It will take time, but if you stick with it, your heart will eventually learn to tolerate exercise and it will get easier. So at first, aim for the lower end of your target heart rate zone and work your way up.
This type of training is a very efficient way to exercise and a great way to get started, get results, and get in shape. However, one must do it correctly or it may end up doing more harm than good. Stay in your zone mentally and physically! Find the mindset to push yourself hard enough to get started and get into that target heart rate zone, but know when to back off and give your body a break until you’re ready for the next level.