If you want to improve your fitness, you should do conditioning tests.
Not only is cardiovascular fitness one of the most coveted aspects of health, but it’s also one of the easiest qualities to train. Conditioning tests are one of the ways we measure your cardiovascular fitness.
I recently had an old friend reach out for help. Below is her question and my response.
Last updated: Jun 21, 2021
Use a Polar H10 sensor for most accurate heart rate tracking. It works with your phone. Consider using it with the EliteHRV app to get recovery insights. To upgrade, splurge on adding a smart watch (cheap or expensive) to get more recovery insghts.
Exercise gets more useful (not to mention more interesting) when you turn it into a science experiment.
The easiest way to do that is to get a heart rate monitor.
But there are a ton of heart rate monitors out there. And even if you have one… what are you supposed to do with it?
The process of finding and using a heart rate monitor can be complex, but it’s easier when you break it down step-by-step.
Today we’re going to talk about
- Why you would want to use a heart rate monitor
- Different types of heart rate monitors
- How to use it to measure your body and tweak your training
Warming up is about preparing your body for the things you’re about to put it through. A good warm up makes exercise safer and more effective.
But if you don’t know what you’re doing, your warm up might be a waste of time, or, in the worst case, also detrimental to your goals. I thought it might be helpful if I wrote a basic post about warming up for people just getting into exercise.
This post is for people who:
- Just want a free warm up they can do before they exercise.
- Want to understand how to make their own warm up.
Last updated: September 8, 2021
The other day I got a question from a friend of mine:
“Hey man my hip flexor, mainly my psoas is tight. Need some advice on how to loosen up. Also I think my pubis symphysis is out of line to”
When I asked how he knew his psoas was the problem, he said:
“A. It hurts B. Watching videos of me standing up Oly lifts out of the hole show I don’t hit full hip extension”
I thought I would answer this question publicly because it’s a common misconception in the fitness industry.
This post will show you when stretching is a waste of your time and when stretching is bad for you. And even when you might want to incorporate it. Spoiler alert: it depends.