Deve Swaim has worked with heart rate monitors since 1991 and taught health and physical education at the middle school, high school, and college levels since 1972. She has spoken of educational uses for heart rate monitors in presentations throughout the United States and in Australia.
Swaim is an instructor in the graduate teacher education program at Portland State University at Portland, Oregon. In 2001, she was elected the northwest representative to the board of governors of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. In 1997, she was awarded Honorary Life Member of the Oregon Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She also has served as a member of the Oregon Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sport and was a founding member of the board of directors of the Oregon Health Promotion Foundation.
Swaim earned her master's degree in health and physical education from the University of Oregon in 1975.
Sally Edwards is a long-time physical educator and the creator of the heart zone training system introduced in this book. She is the author of five books on heart zone training, including the bestselling The Heart Rate Monitor Book. Edwards, a professional athlete, is a 16-time Ironman Triathlon finisher, former Master's world-record holder, and a member of the Triathlon Hall of Fame. In 1984, Edwards was an Olympic trials marathon qualifier. She is a former trustee and officer of the Women's Sports Foundation and founder of USA Triathlon, the governing body of triathlon. Since 1990, Edwards has served as the national spokesperson for the Danskin Women's Triathlon. She also founded the Heart Zones company, where she is currently head heart.
Edwards earned her master's degree in exercise physiology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1970 and her MBA from National University in 1986.