What are you MONITORING?
Updated: Aug 8, 2018
Technology can be a great thing when reaching for new performance goals. BUT...what are you monitoring, and more importantly, what is that information worth to you?
For most students in group fitness environments, the most important question to ask is not, "What number do you see?”
It's "HOW DO YOU FEEL?"
Perceived exertion is usually more valuable than a monitor, unless you are a high performing athlete with a staff of coaches keeping track of all of your numbers, not just heart rate.
You can raise your heart rate while sitting still.
Many people don't need to raise their heart rate. They need to master control of it, and many need to lower it.
In our opinion, the last thing people need right now for better health is another screen in their life.
Heart rate monitors and other technology can add to motivation and provide some, but not necessarily accurate feedback. A group fitness environment is not the same thing as a scientific laboratory.
We utilize the monitors on the rowers for contrast, comparison and to measure change. They help with motivation, for sure, and assist new rowers with an understanding of pressure levels and efficiency of stroke. However, our focus is always on quality over quantity.
EVERYONE is "level one" some days! Even the most advanced students have days when what they really need is just to move and feel good.
YOU are the best judge of your effort and needs for the day.