Sustained self motivation is the key determinant to achieving nearly anything in life, and exercise results are no different. Motivation, studies show, is driven by feedback. Feedback that delivers instant recognition, feedback that provides a sense of achievement, and feedback that provides a sense of progress over time. Imagine going through school with no report card, or imagine martial art tuition with no belt grading system, or a football game with no scoreboards. How do you measure success without a metric? You can’t.
So, how is MYZONE different than say, a Polar belt or other calorie monitoring system? Well, MYZONE doesn’t just measure calories. It measures effort. Meaning that it measures how hard you’re working when you’re working out. To get the most out of a workout, your heart rate should fall into a targeted range between your resting heart rate and your maximum heart rate.
There are a few ways to measure targeted heart rate, but the easiest and most basic is to subtract your age from 220. While not one hundred percent accurate, it gives you an idea of what your max heart rate is, and your targeted workout range should be 80-90% of that number. Studies show that the longer you work in that heart rate zone, the more effective your heart rate is. Now, MYZONE doesn’t subtract your age from 220 to get your heart rate, it actually calculates your actual max heart rate by taking your heart rate during exercise. The more you use your MYZONE, the more accurate your zoning charts become, and ultimately, the more effective your workouts become.
MYZONE also provides a system that allows you to compete with yourself or with others that have MYZONE within Hockessin Athletic Club. In addition to measuring how many calories you’ve burned, MYZONE also provides you with MYZONE Effort Points (MEPs). What this means is that MYZONE takes how long you spend in each of your five heart rate zones, and converts that to a point score. What’s cool about this, is that it levels the playing field for people competing against others, and changes the way users think about competing with themselves.
When comparing one workout session to another in calories, you’re measuring just how many calories you were able to burn. When comparing based on MEPs, you’re not only looking to see how many MEPs you earned as a guideline, but also comparing how long you were able to work out in your targeted zones. That’s a measurement of how effective your workout was and how good you are at working out in a set amount of time.
Within your MYZONE account, you can set challenges for yourself, as well as invite others to compete against you or with you, or you can join a club wide challenge. You could try a personal exercise goal for the year, or even invite your friends to hit a team MEPs goal each month that is rewarded with happy hour when the goal is met.
So, is MYZONE for you? Well, that’s something only you can decide. In fitness facilities around the country, MYZONE has proven to not only increase the effectiveness of users’ workouts, but also the frequency, leading to many healthier hearts and bodies.