TAKING the guesswork out of: “How hard am I supposed to be training?”
Taking some of the guess work out of training is not easy but when you actually know how hard you need to push yourself and precisely how much time it takes you to recover in order to burn fat calories, that is pure gold!
There are various ways of determining how hard you are working when training some of them being:
- Borg’s scale of RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion)
- The Talk Test
- Target Heart Rate training
BORG’s scale of RPE:
It ranges from 6 to 20, where 6 means “no exertion at all” and 20 means “maximal exertion.” Choose the number that best describes your level of exertion. This way of testing is based on honesty and as such is quite subjective.
The Talk Test:
Basically, if you can carry on a light conversation while exercising, then you are in a good intensity range. Very subjective.
Target Heart Rate Training:
The goal of knowing what your target heart rate is is to determine your body’s ability to train at a pace that would be ideal for you but also to regulate how to adequately recover. We use Polar technology (the leaders in heart rate technology tracking), and we project the heart rate on a wall so we can coach you accordingly.
There are coloured zones (red, orange, green, blue, and grey…hardest to easiest). The goal for fat burning is to get you exercising using your body and trying to get you into the red zone (muscular fatigue) and then starting again when you hit the green recovery zone. This will optimize fat loss. If you are looking for fat loss, this is ideal. Athletes’ demands are different so their profile would change.
We encourage you to come and try one of our POLAR HEART RATE training classes, and see how you can take the guesswork out of fitness training and fat loss! You will know where you stand and what measures need to be taken to get you to optimize fat loss!