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Dec
6

5 Key Components of a Group Class

ELEVATE Row

5 Top Tips That Make Your Classes Enjoyable, Your Members Coming Back

When designing a new group fitness model for your clients, there are a few key components that create the right type of atmosphere for a successful training environment. With so many studios and gyms popping up every single day, it is absolutely critical that your group fitness program is top notch and can stand out in your local community.

You can be as creative as you want, when it comes to the exercise programming, but here are 5 key components that you can implement to make your program really successful:

Energy

This is a biggie. Clients have to enjoy you, your class and your facility.   And when they keep coming back, they will also refer people to you and grow your business. How do you create that buzz and excitement? You do so by creating unmatched energy. I don’t care if your entire exercise program is built around brooms and mops, make it the most energetic broom and mop program EVER.

Creating energy in your program is not nearly as difficult as some would suggest. In fact, you can do so in a number of ways, that include:

(1) Hire (or be) an energetic instructor.

(2) Have energetic people work for you at the front desk. They will create excitement the moment your clients walk through the door.

(3) Have energetic people participate in the workouts.

(4) Switch up the workouts, so clients don’t get used to the same routine.

(5) Select GOOD top 100 songs, so clients get lost in the rhythm and forget their heart rate is up.

Build Camaraderie

Like most things in life, it is better to do things with people that you know and care about. When that bond is formed, people tend to do those things more often. In the fitness industry, we do have a rare opportunity to build relationships that create camaraderie. Shockingly, most people actually don’t like to work out on a regular basis, if at all.  So, it is extremely important for us to provide as many ways as possible, to encourage our clients to consistently attend the gym and spend time working out with their friends.

Motivation

Motivation is hugely important and very critical because it is usually the driving force as to why someone will or will not join your program.

Even though, as we said earlier, most people don’t like to work out,  many do work out on a regular basis. They do it for an internal reason or goal.  They do it because it could be life or death for them.  Maybe they do it to have more energy for their kids or maybe they are doing it to relieve some back pain. What is important, is that these people provide the most insight to the mindset of those who don’t want to work out.

Whatever the reason may be, they are motivated by some THING and that is our job as fitness professionals to figure out what that THING is.   Everyone is driven differently and everyone needs to be treated accordingly.

Don’t be afraid to ask your clients lots of questions to figure out where their motivation levels lie. Whether that be physical appearance, health related, or something completely different, the more data you collect, the better.    The more you can use that data to build successful programs the more you will create motivation.

Accountability

This is another biggie.  If you look at gym statistics in the fitness industry, you will notice that the new client acquisition period is January and February and again in April and May. You will also notice that the majority of these newbies will quickly either cancel their membership in a month or two or just keep paying and not show up.

One way to get around these no-shows, is to create a contract.   I’m not talking about a financial contract but an accountability contract that identifies their goals. State what you expect of them while they are under your tutelage.  You will have to do some work now, because you will have to actually hold them to it. You will have to assess them regularly, do pop-up visits to their workplace or home, meet with them quarterly to discuss their goals, and you will need to stay in constant contact via text, email, social media and phone.

Some clients will need more accountability checks, than others which means it is up to you to create the right type of accountability system for each individual client. Some will need daily monitoring and others quarterly, but the bottom line is that everyone will need some level of accountability.

Fun

Of course, clients must have fun while they are in your facility. It doesn’t matter if your program is 110% guaranteed to hit every single client goal, if you or your instructors are boring, it’s a given that a new client just won’t last very long. People always look reasons not to work out and being bored just makes it easy for them.  So take it upon yourself to make sure that your facility eliminates those potential excuses.

Aim to be buzz-time energetic, camaraderie built, highly motivating, accountability driven, and the most fun facility in the world!

About the Author

Mike Z. RobinsonMike Z. Robinson is the owner of the highly successful personal training facility, MZR Fitness as well as Mike Z. Robinson Enterprises which features & highlights a myriad of options to help fitness professionals grow their businesses and careers. Mike was the 2015 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, is the author of the E-Book: “Fitness Up, Everything Up”, and he is also a Media Spokesperson for both the American Council on Exercise & IDEA Health & Fitness Association.

Nov
30

Trainer Harley Pasternak Uses ELEVATE Pull-Up

 

ELEVATE Pull-Up

The ELEVATE Pull-Up, designed on an adjustable incline, helps users perform the exercise.

With seven incline levels to select from, the ELEVATE Pull-Up rivals most lat machines. It allows users to lift anywhere from 35 percent to 65 percent of their own bodyweight.  Lifting only a portion of one’s own bodyweight helps a user perform an exercise they could not have previously performed. The adjustability of the unit strengthens the muscles gradually, allowing the user to progress and eventually perform the exercise without assistance.

The incline design of the ELEVATE Pull-Up also allows for plyometric or one-arm pull-ups and engages all the muscles of the upper body to efficiently and effectively enhance muscle definition and improve overall strength.

Harley Pasternak

Harley Pasternak

Toronto born, celebrity trainer and nutritionist Harley Pasternak, has been training his Hollywood clients with the ELEVATE Pull-Up, for some time now.  In an online article by Self.com, Harley breaks down the assisted pull-up, while working with actress Jordana Brewster.  Click here to read the article.

Pasternak is a bestselling author whose books have attained worldwide recognition and have been translated into 14 languages in over 25 countries around the globe.  His clients have included Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Halle Berry, Katy Perry, Megan Fox and Robert Downey Jr., to name but a few.   Harley has appeared on numerous TV shows such as,  The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Oz, Access Hollywood and Extra.  He’s also been featured in The Washington Post, Shape, Men’s Health,  Elle,  Seventeen and Marie Claire.

Harley Pasternak holds a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto.   He has an Honors Degree in Kinesiology from University of Western Ontario. He is also certified by The American College of Sports Medicine and The Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology, and served as an exercise and nutrition scientist for Canada’s Department of National Defense.

With all that in mind, we’re thrilled, here at Total Gym, that Harley is training his celebrity clients with the ELEVATE Circuit and that they love his training.

For more information on the ELEVATE Pull-Up or ELEVATE Circuit, call 858 764 0034 or visit TotalGym.com

Nov
16

CHEK Institute Brings ELEVATE Row ADJ Into The Mix

Paul Chek has Ben Greenfield demo the new ELEVATE Row ADJ

Paul Chek

Paul Chek

For over three decades, the C.H.E.K Institute in San Diego has been offering fitness and healthcare professionals an integrated approach to holistic well-being.  The C.H.E.K Institute’s founder, Paul Chek, is a Holistic Health Practitioner, Neuromuscular and Sports Message Therapist.  He views the body as a whole, to consider physical, hormonal, mental, emotional and spiritual components all together, within a system of systems.

Chek, a huge fan of Total Gym products has collaborated with Total Gym over the years.  DVD, How to Look and Feel the Way You Want is a total-body transformation from inside to out that features Total Gym workouts.   High Performance Training with Paul Chek helps a trainer determine their client’s level of readiness to exercise, relative to their goals, as well as balance work/rest ration for optimal recovery and performance gains.

In a recent blog written by Paul Chek, he talks about his interview with Ben Greenfield, coach, biohacker, best-selling author, blogger, Iron Man competitor, you-name-it-he’s-done it-kind-of-guy – voted in 2015 as one of the world’s top most influential people in health and fitness.

In the blog, Paul takes Ben on a tour of some key C.H.E.K Institute training programs which includes a demo on the new Total Gym ELEVATE Row ADJ, now with seven levels of resistance for a more challenging workout.

The ELEVATE Row ADJ (Adjustable) is the only rowing machine that works on an incline and has recently been professionally evaluated to improve muscular fitness as well as satisfying both cardiovascular aerobic and strength training requirements simultaneously.

To learn more about the ELEVATE Row ADJ and how it works watch the video below.

ELEVATE Row ADJ

Total Gym CEO, Jesse Campanaro shows how tough an ELEVATE Row ADJ workout is.

To read Paul Chek’s blog with Ben and learn about Ben’s reaction to the ELEVATE Row ADJ, click here.

For more information on the ELEVATE Row ADJ, call 858 764 0034.

 

 

Nov
7

Make Your Gym A Media Magnet

3 Ways To Become The Go-To-Person In Your Local Media Market

In any business, marketing is a huge deal. It is not just when you start your business, but the entire time that you ARE IN business.  Think about it for a moment, how are you going to get business if you don’t consistently market yourself or your studio?

As far as which marketing technique works best for you or your company, that will depend on a number of things.   The type of business you are in, your budget, your target market and what your marketing objectives are, will all play a part in the marketing avenues that you choose.

Marketing, in general, enables you to show off your knowledge and build credibility.  But it can be expensive.  Free marketing, however is good for everyone, but especially for us, in the fitness space.  Because we are in a service industry, paid marketing can make customers skeptical, since they know that the advertisement was paid for.  When marketing is free, you will build your client base.

However, your marketing efforts will be far better when you’re able to get testimonials from clients.   When you also get the platform to really show how unique and awesome of a fitness professional you are and how incredible your fitness studio is, then that is when you will really shine.

One of the best ways to do this in your own community, is to create a relationship with your local media, such as TV news and radio stations, magazines and newspapers.

Each one of these media outlets have opportunities for you to pay for advertising too. But did you know that, if you provide great content for them, then each one of these companies will feature you for free? Then you will become a reputable resource for them and they will continue to turn to you for more.  All for free as well.

Below I’m going to describe 3 ways to help you to become the go to person in your local media market that will help you to inspire your community while also marketing your studio and getting more clients to train with you, all for free!

Create Newsworthy Content – Unless you live in a really big market such as Los Angeles or New York City, then your local media will always be on the search for new stories to place in their media circulation. The media is always looking for a great interview about a trending topic or an unique perspective about a potentially controversial topic. Sometimes they are just looking for something that is simply really, really cool.

One of the most successful media pictures that we have ever made at my gym, MZR Fitness, to our local market was a few years ago when we offered an essay contest during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month for parents to write essays with their kids about the importance of health and fitness.

It was for families with kids that were between 8 – 13 years old and the family with the best essay won 3 months of private training for their family at my gym. It was hugely successful, as we inspired our entire community, and we received over 300 essays for the contest. The family who won still works out with us and we also got well over 70 new clients from that contest and it was all because of the media coverage from our local news station. Talk about impact! To date, that segment is still one of highest rated non-political segments of all time for our local news station.

Be Available and Ready – Once you establish a relationship with your local media, it is imperative that you continue to nurture that relationship by being very consistent and never being too busy for them. No matter what, make yourself available because the local media can easily replace you and get another fitness source to come on camera and speak to them about any number of fitness topics.

The upside of being consistently available is HUGE because once they feel that you are a credible and reliable source, they will begin to seek you out for your expertise when they need a source for a fitness topic. But if they feel that it takes a long time for you to respond to them or you consistently don’t meet their deadlines, then this relationship can quickly deteriorate. So again, make it a point to quickly respond to every request and if they end up giving you a deadline, ALWAYS deliver the content as early as possible and never wait until the deadline date to submit it.

Be Presentable and Prepared – This point piggy backs the other point listed above about being available and ready.

You also have to make sure that you are always presentable in every interview situation. Make sure that you shirt is tucked in and that your hair is combed. Make sure that you are not flashy with dark shades and jewelry on. You also want to make sure that you can speak and convey your fitness message confidently and with a relatable voice and tone. Make it your business to know the target audience of every media outlet before you write anything for them and/or are interviewed by them, so that you can customize your message to their readers, viewers, and followers.

By being committed to the above points, your local media will love you for taking your role seriously and will continue to seek you out for the foreseeable future for your expertise on all topics related to health and fitness!

About the Author

Mike Z. RobinsonMike Z. Robinson is the owner of the highly successful personal training facility, MZR Fitness as well as Mike Z. Robinson Enterprises which features & highlights a myriad of options to help fitness professionals grow their businesses and careers. Mike was the 2015 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, is the author of the E-Book: “Fitness Up, Everything Up”, and he is also a Media Spokesperson for both the American Council on Exercise & IDEA Health & Fitness Association.

Oct
27

10 Minute Total Gym GRIT Workout

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Although the standard GRIT routine is 30 minutes, here is a 10-minute Total Gym GRIT workout to keep your clients’ routines refreshed.

When you want to stay cutting edge in the fitness industry, you have to keep your ears and eyes open all the time, because new programs pop up every day and we, as fitness professionals need to stay informed for our clients.

One of the new trends that seems to be making waves is GRIT training, not to be confused with HIIT training. GRIT is a Les Mills 30-minute program that features a variety of classes, primarily focusing on plyometrics, cardio and strength training. Ask around in the industry and you’ll find that GRIT is the real deal and many fitness professionals are falling in love with this program because it works.   You can use it with little, some or even no equipment at all.  Here’s a great way to combine your Total Gym workout with GRIT training to keep your workouts refreshed and your clients engaged.

Total Gym Workout Routine (maximum effort on each exercise for 1 minute)

One Legged Squat Jump – Sit upright with your butt as close as possible to the bottom of the glideboard.   Keep one leg on the squat stand and leave the other leg to the side of the glideboard. Slowly squat with one leg until you feel engagement in the quadriceps region of your leg, then explode up to lift your body back up to complete the rep. Repeat this sequence to complete the first rep and then you repeat the movement to complete the set. Don’t forget to switch sides. Repeat 15 times.

High Knees (Active Recovery) – Stand up straight and place your feet about hip-width apart. Place your hands palms down, facing the floor, hovering just above your belly button. Quickly drive your right knee up to meet your right hand and back to the ground.  Immediately bring the left knee up to meet your left hand and back down again. As you alternate knees, you want to do it with a hopping motion, staying on the balls of your feet the entire time. Make sure you are engaging your abdominal muscles as each knee comes up to meet the hands.  Repeat 15 times.

Alternating One Legged Squat Jump  – Sit upright with your butt as close as possible to the bottom of the glideboard. Keep one leg on the squat stand and leave the other leg to the side of the glideboard. Slowly squat with the one leg until you feel engagement in the quadriceps region of your leg, then explode up to lift your body back up to complete the rep but instead of landing on the same foot, switch your legs in mid-air so that the other foot lands on the squat stand. Repeat this sequence by alternating legs to complete the first rep and then you repeat the movement to complete the set. Repeat 15 times.

Squat Jumps (Active Recovery) – Start in a deep squat position with your hands by your side. From this position, explosively jump up as high as you can and reach up with your hands as you jump. Repeat 15-30 times.

Incline Spiderman Push-Ups – Stand facing the tower. Place hands on the edge the squat stand, slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Position forefoot back from the squat stand with arms and body straight. Lower yourself down slowly and as you do, be sure to raise your knee up to your elbow on the same side of your body. Push your body up until arms are extended to complete the first rep, then you repeat this sequence on the other side of the body.  Repeat 15 times.

Incline Mountain Climbers (Active Recovery) In the same position as the Spiderman Push-Ups, begin in a push-up position so your hands are directly under your chest at shoulder width apart.  Place your hands on the top of the squat stand. Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. Lift your right foot off the floor and slowly raise your knee as close to your chest as you can. Return to the starting position and repeat with your left leg. Repeat 30 times.

Dips – Facing away from the tower, position your hands shoulder-width apart on the squat stand. Slightly move with your legs extended out in front of you. Straighten your arms, keeping a little bend in your elbows to keep tension on your triceps and off your elbow joints. Slowly bend your elbows to lower your body toward the floor until your elbows are at about a 90-degree angle. Be sure to keep your back close to the squat stand. Once you reach the bottom of the movement, press down to straighten your elbows, returning to the starting position. This completes one rep. Keep your shoulders down as you lower and raise your body. Please note that you can slightly bend your legs to modify this exercise. Repeat 15 times.

Butt Kickers (Active Recovery) – Stand up straight and bring one heel off the floor towards your butt – then as that foot is dropping back to the ground, bring the other foot up while moving arms in a running motion.  Repeat 30 times.

Reverse Lunge and 1 Legged Power Jump – Standing away from the tower and with the squat stand removed, place one foot back on the glideboard. Squat down on the leg that is on the ground, while the other foot is reverse lunging slowly on the glideboard up the incline. As you return to the starting position, hop up on the foot that is on the ground. Repeat this sequence to complete the first rep and then you repeat the movement to complete the set. Switch sides.  Repeat 15 times.

Jump Lunges (Active Recovery) – Stand up straight with your feet staggered, with your left foot in front of your right. With your core engaged, push off the bottom of both feet into a jump, switching the position of your feet in midair, landing in a basic lunge with your right leg in front. Without rest, repeat this movement alternating which leg is in front. Repeat this sequence to complete the first rep and then you repeat the movement to complete the set.  Repeat 30 times.

About the Author

Mike Z. RobinsonMike Z. Robinson is the owner of the highly successful personal training facility, MZR Fitness as well as Mike Z. Robinson Enterprises which features & highlights a myriad of options to help fitness professionals grow their businesses and careers. Mike was the 2015 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, is the author of the E-Book: “Fitness Up, Everything Up”, and he is also a Media Spokesperson for both the American Council on Exercise & IDEA Health & Fitness Association.

Oct
20

The Importance Of Mentors In Fitness

Why You Need A Mentor

A good mentor will help you get somewhere faster, make less mistakes along the way, and expedite your chances of success.

Seriously, who wouldn’t want that … because that is exactly what a good mentor will do for you?

men-tor

noun – an experienced and trusted adviser.
verb – advise or train (someone, especially a younger colleague).

A mentor will help YOU, by providing insight from their own experiences to help you grow as a person.  They will challenge your state of mind, help you create a clearer picture about where you want to go in your business and your life. They help you save time and money by being that voice of reason at the exact right time that you need to hear it. They don’t coddle you, they give it to you straight because they want to see you succeed. They challenge you on levels that you didn’t realize that you could be challenged. They want YOU to be better and they want YOU to hopefully be a mentor for somebody else in the future too.

Let’s imagine the following scenario:

Mark is a single 19 year old who lives in Los Angeles. He randomly decides, at the last minute, that he wants to do something spontaneous and fun and figures that a road trip to Chicago the next day would be great, especially as he’s never taken a road trip before. He has a little time off before school starts back up in January. He’s never been to Chicago and doesn’t know much about it but he quickly packs up his shorts, t-shirts, tank tops and sandals before he goes to sleep, and then he wakes up early the next day to start his trip at 6am.

He’s about 5 hours into his trip when his gas light comes on.  He starts to freak out when he realizes he doesn’t have his wallet or any cash or his AAA Road Side emergency card!  Eventually, his car runs out of gas and now he’s sitting on the side of the road, in tears, in the middle of nowhere.

He calls his parents to come and help him out, even though they live 6 hours away. In the meantime, to stay busy until his parents arrive, Mark starts to look at stuff for Chicago on his phone that he probably should have done before his trip. While sitting on the side of the road, he gets even more frustrated as he realizes that he didn’t plan very well for this trip, at all.

Initially, Mark didn’t look at a map to see what would be the most efficient route to Chicago. He didn’t ask anyone for directions, so now he is looking at a map on his phone and he sees that he went 2 hours the wrong way.  He also didn’t check to see what the weather was like in Chicago and what clothes would be best for that time of year. He then quickly gets upset at himself because he realizes that there will be heavy storms all along the way to Chicago and he has only brought clothes for warmer weather.

Mark also didn’t look to see what were the best things to do and see along the way to Chicago, nor did he look for things to see and do while he was in Chicago. Poor Mark!  What a disastrous trip?  But Mark didn’t know any better because he had never been on a road trip.

Had he spoken to someone who has been on  a road trip before, especially one from Los Angeles to Chicago, they would have definitely given him a lot of insight and a huge checklist of things needed to take.  They would have recommended the most efficient and/or most scenic route and they most likely would have recommended not driving from Southern California to Illinois in the month of December.

I know that the above was a lengthy example, but imagine how that would apply towards your fitness business right now. Are you constantly trying to reinvent the wheel? Are you sometimes frustrated with how to deal with your clients or even your staff? Are you disappointed with where you are professionally?

Well, guess what, you are not alone, because every successful person has been through ups and downs in their life and you be surprised how much knowledge they are willing to give you if you just ask them.

Mentors come in all shapes and sizes and could be right under your nose.  They could be someone:

(1)  in your family

(2)  in the fitness industry

(3)  outside of the fitness industry

(4)  that you may not perceive to be successful but have a lot of experience.

The point is that you can learn something from just about anybody when you humble yourself and are open to being taught.  In the example above, Mark could have spoken to someone who could have made his trip a whole lot more enjoyable and saved him tons of time.

A strong mentor will help you be the best fitness professional and would do the same for you. They will also challenge you, save you time, save you money and help you avoid pitfalls.

Skip the big headaches on your journey to success, in your fitness business! Take the short road and find a mentor!

About the Author

Mike Z. RobinsonMike Z. Robinson is the owner of the highly successful personal training facility, MZR Fitness as well as Mike Z. Robinson Enterprises which features & highlights a myriad of options to help fitness professionals grow their businesses and careers. Mike was the 2015 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, is the author of the E-Book: “Fitness Up, Everything Up”, and he is also a Media Spokesperson for both the American Council on Exercise & IDEA Health & Fitness Association.

Oct
4

Which Heart Rate Monitor is Best For Your Clients?

Are You Missing The Opportunity to Improve Your Clients’ Results?

As trainers, how apt are you to use heart rate monitors with your clients?  It’s a tool that takes a lot of guess work out of how well they are responding to your training program.  At two gyms I work out of, I don’t see many trainers using them and they may be missing an opportunity to improve their clients’ results and consequently return as repeat customers.

Heart rate monitors provide objective information regarding cardiac physiology.  They allow trainers to monitor intensity and work to rest ratios. And provide feedback to ensure training targeting specific adaptations are properly administered.

Trainers have the advantage of understanding the importance of determining three types of heart rates for clients to safely get the max results from their workouts. Understanding a client’s maximal, target and recovery heart rates and how to measure and track them using heart rate monitors, allows us to provide superior results.  When we’re working with someone whose physical condition is compromised and should be tracked, i.e. hypertension and heart conditions, this is especially important.

Industry Background

The use of heart rate monitoring devices for exercise and other aspects of life has increased sharply over the past 10 years and will continue to grow.  TechNavio, a tech market research company indicates that the market will grow another 13% over the next three years to almost $3 billion. The growing sophistication of these devices to monitor life activities like floors climbed, steps taken, calories burned and active minutes, and an increased desire by individuals to take control of their health and reduce illness, are prime reasons for growth. Also many of these devices now connect with third party apps like local gyms and MyFitnessPal, making them valuable tools for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Chest straps and optical heart rate wrist bands are the two most common types of heart rate monitors available, and they both use similar methods to measure a pulse.  During 2015, the global heart rate monitoring device market was led by the chest strap segment which accounted for more than 51% of the market because they provide more accurate results compared with wristbands.

Along with or because of market growth spurred by individuals wanting to take more control over their exercise performance, the fitness industry is experiencing growth in exercise outlets like Orange Theory, that focus on monitoring heart rates using these devices. Per Fitness Professional Online, these heart rate monitoring outlets allow the trainer and clients to access individual and group heart rate data in real time during a workout and afterwards via access to the data which is recorded and stored on the web.

MyZone MZ3Cost Effective?

Is it cost effective for gyms to invest in a system that can track every client’s heart rate when they step into your facility?  I spoke with Melanie Wilson at FitMetrix, a company that services the gym market. FitMetrix helps gyms utilize data for member retention bringing technology based best practices from outside of the fitness industry.  The startup cost to employ a heart rate monitoring system entails a onetime purchase of a receiver and then a monthly $149.00 maintenance fee.  A receiver that can service a 2000 square feet area costs around $600.00. What’s nice about these systems is that they can be paired with a client’s own heart rate monitor from industry leaders including Fitbit, Polar and Garmin. If you’re looking to outfit your gym to service multiple clients, investigate Myzone, MyPerformance, Polar Club and Heart Zones.

What Are The Advantages Of Using Heart Rate Monitors On Your Clients?

> The trainer can monitor intensity and work to rest ratios, and provide feedback to ensure training targeting specific adaptations are properly administered.

> Monitors provide data or information that could indicate a problem such as atrial fibrillation or heart rates exceeding max heart rate.

> If connected to an app like MyFitnessPal.com, the trainer can track client’s workout data outside of gym times which can provide more customized training programs.

> They give personal trainers the ability to teach and educate the client about the rate of perceived exertion (RPE) and understand how hard or easy they are working guide the intensity of sessions.

Trainers should heed the call to incorporate heart rate monitors and other technology into their training tool box.  The fitness industry is growing, but so is its sophistication. The trainer who embraces how technology can improve results is the trainer who will survive.

Top Heart Rate Monitors

Below are current, top, chest strap monitors per Gadgets and Wearables.com. Note that they all track heart rate and calorie burn and have built in memory for use without a smart phone.  They all are compatible with proprietary and third party fitness apps through Bluetooth and ANT+ dual ban technology.  Polar H10 boasts that it can monitor heart rates in water.

 

Wahoo Tickr

Polar H10

MyZone MZ3

Garmin HRM Tri

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About the Author

Benita PerkinsBenita Perkins is a widely acclaimed health and wellness branding expert focusing on the fitness needs of women and the special demands they must overcome to step into a lifetime of healthy living through fun, interactive lifestyle events. Her company, Bennie Girl Health & Wellness Branding & Events, works with businesses and organizations to associate their brands and products with a healthy lifestyle, by identifying opportune events to participate in and activities that will best define and communicate the organization’s mission.

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