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.
If you’ve followed me for… pretty much any length of time, you know that I tend to prioritize quality movement before most other things. That’s why I’ve been releasing one video a day on various exercises for the last 239 days and counting.
So I care about good technique. It’s not always the answer, but biomechanics is interesting to me.
Some clients, though, come in with blatant disregard for technique. This is commonly the recovering Crossfitter or college athlete. They don’t feel like they’ve done a workout unless they’re lying in a puddle of sweat by the end of it. They might do 2 hour workouts for fun. They’re usually addicted to the burn.
I recently had a distance client of mine ask me:
What is the goal with the regenerate section?
For those who don’t know, this is in reference to my programs, which I break into seven sections based on what we are trying to accomplish. For example, any foam rolling work you do is always first (though I won’t prescribe it for everyone). After that, we do exercises to “reset” your nervous system. After that, you do a more dynamic warm up to prepare your body for training… you get the idea.
This post is not meant to be thorough and exhaustive, but instead to give you some ideas to help spark your own thinking.
Working out is about finding a balance. Train too hard and you break down, but don’t train hard enough and you won’t get anywhere.
Those who tend to train too hard are people I call “fitness junkies”. They usually enjoy Crossfit, screaming, and a burning sensation in their muscles.
Let’s talk about why you need some easy days if you really want to get strong.
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