The Benefits of Zone Training
Are you tired of the same old workout routine and want to take your fitness to the next level? Look no further than zone training.
Zone training is a type of exercise that uses different heart rate zones to target specific fitness goals. By monitoring your heart rate during exercise, you can ensure that you work at the right intensity level to achieve your desired results.
There are five different heart rate zones, each with specific benefits:
Zone 1: Recovery. The lowest intensity zone is ideal for active recovery and warm-up/cool-down.
Zone 2: Endurance. Training in this zone improves cardiovascular fitness and endurance.
Zone 3: Tempo is excellent for building muscle endurance
Zone 4: Lactate Threshold improves your body’s ability to clear lactate, leading to increased speed and power.
Zone 5: VO2 Max is the highest intensity zone and is fantastic for improving your body’s ability to use oxygen, leading to increased endurance and speed.
So how do you know which zone you’re in? The easiest way is to use a heart rate monitor, which will give you real-time data on your heart rate. You can also use the Karvonen formula, which considers your age and resting heart rate, to calculate your target heart rate zones.
Now that you know the different zones and what they can do for you, it’s time to start incorporating zone training into your routine. One of the best things about zone training is that it’s highly customizable, so you can tailor it to your specific goals and preferences. For example, if you’re training for a marathon, you’ll want to focus on zones 2 and 3 to build endurance and muscle endurance. If you want to improve your speed and power, you’ll concentrate on zones 4 and 5.
There are many fun and creative ways to incorporate it into your routine. At Hybrid, we train zones 1-5 in various classes. Strength class hovers around Zone 2. Sweat and Spin each move between 3-5. CrossFit broadly trains 2-5, and Yoga settles between 1-2.
We build our programming to run our members through the gamut and ensure all zones are trained each week.
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