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Fuel Mix Fitness > Heart Rate Monitoring

Motivational training using heart rate as your fitness coach...
Football places a huge demand on the heart - even before the kick off your heart rate is elevated as you get excited, and during the game the heart reaches peaks close to your maximum heart rate. During a game your heart rate fluctuates relative to the intensity and duration of play, and your level of fuel mix fitness. Sharp increases in heart rate occur during sprints and contact and highlight the major anaerobic energy contribution.

Heart rate training is a very scientific and truly accurate method of monitoring the intensities you wish to reach during your sessions. Which do you think provides more accurate information about your workout? The amount of time you train, the ache in your lungs, the soreness in your muscles, or your heart rate?

Benefits of Heart Rate Monitors to Players and Coaches
Heart Rate Monitors allow you to accurately and continuously check your heart rate during exercise.

(1) Using heart rate as your interval target.
While training you can use heart rate as the work target. For example, when running an interval, rather than using the distance or time as your goal, set yourself a heart rate to reach before you stop to recover - it's extremely motivating! You know that you have to push yourself to reach the target heart rate, and the harder you push, the sooner you get there!

(2) Using heart rate for training 'in the zone'.
A heart rate training zone is a training guide for exercise intensity, between two target heart rates.

(3) Conditioned Games
Coaches and players can design highly specific training sessions, such as a conditioned game, to develop fuel mix fitness, by provoking variation in heart rate via variation in work intensity, duration and rest times.

(4) Heart rate for feedback
The Reebok Fitness or Precision models store heart rate data for you to review once you've finished your session. That's great for comparing sessions.

(5) Heart rate for problem players!
Do you trust your players? What better way to ensure that players perform fitness sessions in their own time than to review the Monitor on their return! What's the biggest problem when setting a programme for your unfit players? You can't trust them to do the unsupervised workouts! Problem solved - by using your Reebok Fitness or Precision models, the player has his or her heart rate stored so you can view it later.

Furthermore, during sessions, make the unfit players wear the monitor so you can track their work intensity!


 

 

 
FEATURE PRODUCT - Reebok Heart Rate Monitors
 
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A simple method of calculating maximum heart rate is 220 minus your age - this will give you an approximate value (it may differ by 10-15 beats either way).
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If as a Coach you prescribe a 'fitness session' for a player to perform (while wearing a HRM) in his or her own time, you can review the monitor to assess the intensity the player reached.

© Fitness 4 Football 2008. Fitness 4 Football is owned by Better Football Coaching, trading name of Newsletter Publishing Ltd. The author and Newsletter Publishng Ltd take no responsibility for injuries caused by attempting the exercises presented on this web site. Newsletter Publishng Ltd recommends that you always learn new exercises under the guidance of a professional and consult your GP before you start