This is a huge reason why heart rate is a major component of a variety of Tempo classes. Heart rate training makes the sweat worthwhile and teaches you a lot about your body and your personal thresholds.
How Training Your Heart Rate Affects VO2 Max
Know Your Target HR Zones
✓ Zone 3: Here you’ll be pushing it a bit harder and breathing heavy. This zone is where you’ll be improving your endurance threshold and increasing your stamina.
✓ Zone 4: You’re pouring on the intensity and huffing and puffing to the point where you can’t speak in full sentences. In this zone, you’re increasing your anaerobic capacity (think high intensity exercise that requires more oxygen than you’re actually using).
And remember, as much value as there is in knowing how to increase your heart rate, knowing how to decrease it is just as important. Teaching your body how to properly recover from a tough workout means that you’ll be able to hit it just as hard the next time around.
How to Get Started: HIIT & Resistance Training
How To Track Your Heart Rate
- Pick your favorite cardio option whether that’s biking, running, etc.
- Next, warm up for a couple minutes
- Increase your intensity, whether that’s speed, frade, pace, or watts gradually every two minutes until you can't go any longer. That's your max heart rate.