In this podcast I interview Ayla from MYZONE education department…

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MyZone is a wonderful system.  That was a hurry monitoring system that was originally designed to be a member engagement tool for members to use within a fitness facility. But now they’ve diversified the product so that it’s Bluetooth and folks can use it both inside a fitness facility. Then, it’s compatible with a smartphone so you can use it outside of the facility.  I think there are a lot of things about the MyZone system that make it unique has a heart rate monitor and a physical activity tracker.  We know wearable devices are the number one trend in the fitness industry.  I think that the founders of Myzone did a really good job of making their product unique. When you’re in the fitness facility and you’re wearing your heart monitor I’m sure that you have this facility Debbie on a TV or on a display you get real time feedback of your exercise intensity in terms of percentage of max heart rate you get your actual heart beats for a minute.

The total number of calories that you’re burning during your workout and then a system that’s unique to MyZone is called the MyZone effort point system.  I love it because it incentivizes consistency and it incentivizes meeting at minimum the recommended physical activity guidelines that are put out by the World Health Organization and the American College of Sports Medicine.  You get your bubble after your workout and it says, here are the number of months and effort points you earn. Here are some of the calories you burn. How much time you spent in each target intends on.  Then once you’ve met it’s the physical activity guidelines the minimum recommendation so you get an e-mail saying, “Congratulations you met the guidelines this week” And I think that’s something that makes MyZone really unique and cool.

Debbie: Yes. I definitely found that I’ve used heavy monitors for 20 years for traffic on training in MyZones marathons and it’s so great to have a tool that people that don’t do races can do as well sit or both. I have clients now that I’ve never used a heart monitor before and they had no idea this is always my dream teaching spin class years ago and having people control the bike or their pace and exercise by seeing their heart rate on the wall. Now it’s so great to have an opportunity to see what’s really going on? Are you giving me all that you can. Are you seeing a Robeck and how to design workouts based on their heart rate.  Now we’ll go into there’s five zones and they’re colored tiled tell a little bit about that, the zones colored in the purpose of them?

Interviewee:  It’s also a wonderful feature of the MyZone system and not only can you now see that live in a spin class or inside the fitness facility but because it’s compatible with a smartphone. Now you can see this when you’re working now outside the facility. You can see your tile and based on the percentage of maximal heart rate that you’re at that tile will turn color.  When you’re between 15 and 59 % of max heart rate your title is gray 60 to 69 % of max heart rate your will be blue 70-79% max heart rate your tile will be green 80 to  89 % yellow and then 90 % and above up to 100%  of max heart rate is red.  Your tile turns color as you migrate through the different intensities zones.

We try to respond live to as many of those as we can and then we always go back… respond to questions or comments later on.  We’ve got a YouTube page, the MyZone YouTube channel. Folks can subscribe to that. That’s got all of our videos that we’ve done, are on there. And they can go back and that’s training tools and tips with MyZones and you we’ll have a podcast coming out probably in a month or two.  I’ll be recruited you to be on our podcast.

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MyZone_rowingI know I have talked many times over my 25 years in the fitness industry as a coach, trainer and athlete about the benefits of training with a heart rate monitor… BUT here is another new article on the benefits of heart rate training in the fitness studio or gym.

Last fall we started implementing the MYZONE heart rate training program in Fitness Forward Studio.  The MYZONE heart rate belt is bought online (click here to order your heart rate monitor and use facility code FITFORUS001) and worn by clients for their personal training sessions or group training sessions.  Now we can see their heart rate on the big screen T.V. and their colored tiled zone is visible on the screen or big board.  As a trainer and a coach, I have been waiting for almost 20 years to have this type of technology available to us in a fitness studio or gym!  After many years teaching spin class by heart rate and pace with half the clients pushing the pace and the others just enjoying the social environment, now we have visible evidence of each client’s effort level.

What does this mean to the trainer?  Well… now we can design workouts for each individual client that will keep their heart rate when appropriate in their recovery (blue zone), aerobic (green zone), tempo (yellow) or anaerobic (red).  myzone_tile_image-341x497My clients can keep their heart rate aerobic during strength training exercises as we can now experiment with strength movements and visibly see what happens to the heart rate or effort level when they sit or lie down as compared to a total body functional strength movement.

I focus on functional strength training movements for clients for life movement patterns as well as sport specific so we don’t use the machine circuit that you see people resting over in the big box gyms and completely losing their posture and alignment.  A total body movement or a functional strength movement pattern would be integrating the entire body instead of a single muscle group exercise.  For example, instead of sitting on the lat pull machine, we now stand in a lunge position or a squat while we pull the bar to our chest.  We often stand on one leg or an off-set squat position when doing upper body movements or a standing chest press on the cable machine.  I usually do single arm and single leg movements in combined with another movement.  Also we don’t do all of our “core” exercises on the mat… we do more standing as on the cables or with tubing.

Now combine the total body movements with a heart rate monitor.  We can measure the effort level required by the client with the MYZONE effort level points program (MEPS). This provides a more time efficient workout for the client as well as metabolically efficient as we can add more cardio blasts or “HIIT” (high intensity interval training) sets into the workout to drive metabolism up post workout (EPOC).  Get more out of your workouts in less time by combining movements and exercises while wearing your heart rate monitors…you won’t need to do your “Cardio” workout on the machines after your strength training session.  You now will do what I call an “all in one” workout…we can get our cardio, strength, core, mobility, agility and sport specific movements in one workout session in 30 minutes!  Ask me about our 30 minute sessions if you live in Bellevue, WA at

Next we can work on programming the ideal workout routine for the week based on the heart rate in the previous workout or the MYZONE workout report. My goal as a trainer and coach is to avoid overtraining my client (including myself!) by only training in the yellow and red tiles or zones every two to three days.  We should not train in red zone back to back days.  We need recovery time in between hard high intensity workouts.  kettle-bell-592905_1280

If a client does a “HITT” type of workout then then the following day they need to do a low intensity recovery workout and stay in the green or blue tile or zone.  If we rotate hard workouts then we are rested and ready to go hard on the specific scheduled day instead of being fatigued and exhausted everyday.  We need to work hard but recover harder.

Try using MYZONE into your workouts and use our FITFORUS001 facility code to join our community…see the MYZONE app on your phone or login to your account on their website.  Order your monitor here…get started this week on changing or improving how you train or how your trainer trains you!

myzone_belt2Don’t you want to get results in less time and become a fat burning machine?  Join our MYZONE community at Fitness Forward Studio or online!

Coach Debbie Potts

The WHOLESTIC Method to improving fat loss, health and performance for life and sports by working from the inside out. 

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