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Precision Heart Rate Training
     

Precision Heart Rate Training

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by Edmund R. Burke (Editor), Geroge H. Sage, Inc. Polar Electro
 

Over the past 20 years, heart rate monitors (HRMs) have gained widespread popularity among fitness enthusiasts and elite athletes. These wireless devices monitor the body's levels of cardiovascular and physiological stress during exercise, so users can adjust their training intensity for the safest, most effective workouts.

While more people are buying HRMs,

Overview

Over the past 20 years, heart rate monitors (HRMs) have gained widespread popularity among fitness enthusiasts and elite athletes. These wireless devices monitor the body's levels of cardiovascular and physiological stress during exercise, so users can adjust their training intensity for the safest, most effective workouts.

While more people are buying HRMs, few know how to maximize their use. Precision Heart Rate Training is the best, most complete resource for anyone who wants to use an HRM to get optimal results. Written by prominent authorities from a variety of sports and fitness activities and backed by Polar Electro, the leading manufacturer of HRMs, Precision Heart Rate Training fully explains why and how to train with a heart rate monitor.

Editor Edmund R. Burke, a former Olympic coach who began working with HRMs in 1983, introduces the basic concepts of heart rate training. He explains how various factors affect heart rate during exercise, then presents several methods for establishing target heart rates.

Burke also introduces the concept of training zones, or ways of describing training intensity, ranging from very light activity to training for improved performance. Using these zones as a framework, an all-star panel of experts explains how to design and use training programs for seven different sports and fitness activities:

- Walking - Therese Iknoian
- Running - Roy Benson
- Cycling - Joe Friel
- In-line Skating - Frank Fedel
- Multisport Training - Tim Moore
- Circuit Training - Wayne Westcott
- Group Exercise - Jay Blahnik

Each chapter contains training suggestions specific to the activity described, including how to find the optimal training intensity, design an effective training program, and adjust workout intensity, plus sample workouts or programs, or both.

For those who want to develop an effective long-term training plan, Jim Dotter, founder of Biometrics, Inc., provides guidelines for setting up a measurable training system using HRMs and explains how to adjust the plan through the season.

With HRMs, athletes and exercisers at every level can use high-tech biofeedback training to develop sophisticated programs for better performance. Precision Heart Rate Training shows them how to use today's training technology to their fullest advantage.

Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Edward T. Howley, PhD (University of Texas El Paso College of Health Sciences)
Description: This book summarizes the use of heart rate monitoring to achieve fitness and performance goals in a wide variety of exercises and sports.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the most current, definitive, and practical information on the use of heart rate monitors as aids in achieving health, fitness, and performance goals. This is accomplished by providing examples of how heart rate monitors may be used in a wide variety of exercise programs.
Audience: The editor indicates that this book was written for health and fitness enthusiasts, athletes, and coaches. The contributors have been directly involved in the use of heart rate monitors in the various training programs presented.
Features: The first two chapters provide a general introduction into the use of heart rate monitoring in training. This is followed by seven chapters dealing with the use of heart rate monitors in walking, running, cycling, in-line skating, multisport, circuit, and group-exercise training. The last chapter focuses on the use of computer technology to help plan and track training programs. Most chapters provide a range of workouts to address participant needs from the low-end to the high-end of the fitness and performance scale. The book summarizes information on a wide variety of exercise modes that may be of interest to a reader wanting an overview on this topic. However, the reader needs to be aware that some contributors use the straight percentage of maximal heart rate method to calculate a "training heart rate zone" and others use the Karvonen (heart rate range) method. This can be confusing for those getting started in this area.
Assessment: The contributors are qualified to write in their respective areas, and the health-related fitness information is consistent with current standards. The brief nature of each chapter limits the detail that can be provided on the various modes of training. However, most contributors refer to other books that provide extensive detail on a particular mode of training. In some chapters the emphasis on the "science" (or number-crunching aspect) of using heart rate data for training purposes takes away from the "art" (or common sense side) of an exercise prescription. The chapter on running programs provides an appropriate balance in this regard.
3 Stars from Doody
Edward T. Howley
This book summarizes the use of heart rate monitoring to achieve fitness and performance goals in a wide variety of exercises and sports. The purpose is to present the most current, definitive, and practical information on the use of heart rate monitors as aids in achieving health, fitness, and performance goals. This is accomplished by providing examples of how heart rate monitors may be used in a wide variety of exercise programs. The editor indicates that this book was written for health and fitness enthusiasts, athletes, and coaches. The contributors have been directly involved in the use of heart rate monitors in the various training programs presented. The first two chapters provide a general introduction into the use of heart rate monitoring in training. This is followed by seven chapters dealing with the use of heart rate monitors in walking, running, cycling, in-line skating, multisport, circuit, and group-exercise training. The last chapter focuses on the use of computer technology to help plan and track training programs. Most chapters provide a range of workouts to address participant needs from the low-end to the high-end of the fitness and performance scale. The book summarizes information on a wide variety of exercise modes that may be of interest to a reader wanting an overview on this topic. However, the reader needs to be aware that some contributors use the straight percentage of maximal heart rate method to calculate a "training heart rate zone" and others use the Karvonen (heart rate range) method. This can be confusing for those getting started in this area. The contributors are qualified to write in their respective areas, and the health-related fitnessinformation is consistent with current standards. The brief nature of each chapter limits the detail that can be provided on the various modes of training. However, most contributors refer to other books that provide extensive detail on a particular mode of training. In some chapters the emphasis on the "science" (or number-crunching aspect) of using heart rate data for training purposes takes away from the "art" (or common sense side) of an exercise prescription. The chapter on running programs provides an appropriate balance in this regard.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880117708
Publisher:
Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date:
03/11/1998
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
575,092
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

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"Heart rate training for me has made the difference between being overtrained and being ready to run on race day. My heart rate monitor helps me gauge my training intensity, making sure I'm going hard on hard days and easy on recovery or long days. It's been the key addition to my training program that I wish I'd had in the early days of my career."
Steve Scott
World-Class Miler

"In my nine years of training and racing with a heart rate monitor, I have come to realize the importance of maintaining a precise level of intensity in my workouts. The heart rate monitor is the only way that I can gauge that intensity and learn more about my body during exercise. I owe my racing success to training at the right intensity level and to my heart rate monitor."
Alison Sydor
Volvo/Cannondale Team
World Champion Mountain Bike Racer

Meet the Author

Edmund R. Burke, PhD, began working with HRMs in 1983, when he used these small electronic devices to prepare the U.S. cycling team for the Los Angeles Olympic Games. Over the years he wrote numerous articles on HRMs and served as a national spokesperson for the Polar Precision Fitness Institute.

Dr. Burke wrote or edited 11 books on health, fitness, and cycling, including Serious Cycling and Complete Home Fitness Handbook. The executive editor of Cycling Science and managing editor of Performance Conditioning for Cycling, he also wrote extensively on cycling physiology, training, nutrition, health, and fitness for Winning Magazine, MTB Magazine, NORBA News, and Bicycling. He consulted with several companies in the areas of cycling, fitness equipment design, nutritional products, and fitness programs.

Dr. Burke held a doctorate in exercise physiology. He was a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, and he served as vice president of research for the National Strength and Conditioning Association, with whom he was certified as a strength and conditioning specialist. Dr. Burke was also a professor in and director of the exercise science program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he lived with his wife, Kathleen. Dr. Burke passed away in 2002.

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I am getting this book to help me do my science fair project. The reason I need this book to do this is because I am doing it on the affects of exercise or your heart rate. So I am going to use this book as a reference to see what my resting heart rate should be and how high it should get. I hope this book will work for what I need it to...