At the core of Spivi’s heart rate training software is customer benefit. User exercise data consistently plays a huge role in benefiting customers by allowing them to monitor progress based on this this data. Specifically, a fitness studio customer or an instructor at a fitness club can use the data in multiple ways. They can utilize the data as means for motivation and increased engagement, which usually leads to an overall good attitude about their own or someone else’s personal health. But furthermore, they can choose to use the data for training and tracking purposes. That’s the power of Spivi’s heart rate training software; you hold the power to get as granular as you want with the data because it’s all easily accessible and at your fingertips. To effectively measure heart rate for training purposes, it’s important to know the basics of heart rate training and knowing what to look for.
Heart Rate Training and How to Define Maximum Heart Rate
Maximum Heart Rate or MHR is the maximum rate your heart can beat per minute. As an example, if a customer’s heart beats at a maximum rate of 3 times per second, or 180 times per minute (3 x 60 = 180) then that customer’s “Maximum Heart Rate” would be 180. MHR helps to measure the limit your cardiovascular system can handle during a workout. It is commonly referred to as the most efficient fitness measurement when setting goals which is why it is tracked on an individual level in Spivi’s heart rate training software. Using HR monitors for large classes can help an instructor design a class profile based on the Max HR zones. A good standard to follow would be to have instructor’s direct their class to exercise within 55%-88% of their Max HR for at least 20 to 30 minutes.
How Would A Member Determine Their Max Heart Rate?
If a fitness studio member were to ask a fitness instructor how to determine one’s own individual max heart rate, the answer would lie within a standard formula. The standard formula to estimating an individual’s Max heart rate is “220 – the customer’s age”. However, the standard formula will provide only a rough estimation of member’s Max HR. To get an accurate answer to this question one would have to perform a “Max Hear Rate Test”. There are multiple methods to perform Max Heart Rate Test outside the club. Some of them suits better to beginners and some are aimed to members who train regularly and are in good fitness shape.
With a Spivi system in your fitness club you can run Max Heart Rate Test for multiple members at the same time independently of the actual activity.
To perform such a test, studio members should work as hard as they can during the entire test period of time (1 minute for beginners). Detailed workout instructions depends on the actual workout activity (I.E indoor cycling, indoor running, HIIT, step class etc).
The Max heart rate value will be determined by the highest heart rate recorded during that test. While the test runs the system monitors the heart rate data of each member in BPM (beats per minute) units. The BPM of each member is sampled and compared to the current Max Heart Rate value that was established with the first baseline test. Each time a higher value is detected the system updates the Max Heart Rate value of that individual.
Spivi’s system interface makes these statistics easy to digest and analyze, thus making instructor’s jobs easier and member’s workout sessions more engaging.
Instructor’s have the ability to toggle views on the interface as well. They can switch over to a specific heart rate view that uses easy to read color codes for more in-depth analysis. From here, one can find their “Max Heart Rate Zone”, which is a designated area the member wants to keep their heart rate in throughout the duration of the fitness test or workout. This zone, becomes a usable guideline to help direct the member during the workout and keep them engaged.
All of the same benefits previously mentioned are for instructors or members that love to use the data to their advantage. In addition, members or customers can find intangible benefits to intuitive software. Spivi’s software keeps members engaged because they are able to track their progress and see how far they have come. They are rewarded with a sense of accomplishment and a craving for more. Holding members accountable for their progress will help them to realize if their current strategies are working or not. Maybe it leads to new strategic conversation, which leads to the instructors and members building more of a relationship. Teach a member about their maximum ability so they aren’t being pushed to the point of exhaustion or burnout. They want to fall in their ideal heart rate zone so the most benefit can be provided to them while they are at the fitness studio.