Heart Rate Variability

Recently we’ve incorporated a couple of new technologies at Okanagan Peak Performance Inc. This supports our goal for you which is to get you better results in less time. And by incorporating these technologies we know that we will be able to help you recover from your injury, lose more weight and compete at a higher level.

So what are these new technologies?

They are Bioforce HRV units and Polar Heart Rate monitors. And I know what you’re thinking. There’s nothing new about heart rate monitors. And you’d be right. But how many of the people who know the benefits of training with a heart monitor actually use one? Very few. It’s kind of like back when people owned VCRs but nobody ever programmed it and instead it flashed 12:00.

So we’ve made a bulk order with Polar to be able to supply all of our clients with heart rate monitors.

And the heart rate monitors came about as a result of a need to be able to use the Bioforce HRV units. So what exactly is a Bioforce HRV?

Well HRV stands for heart rate variability and is a measure of magnitude of change between heart beats. This was developed by the Russians in the 60s when they would send cosmonauts into space and needed a way be able to monitor their health. Some of the only data coming back from space was heart rate data which the scientists were able to break apart and determine that there is valuable information contained within the heart beat.

When there is a lot of variability between heart beats we could say an individual is fit or well rested and recovered. On the other hand if the variability between heart beats was minimal this could be indicative of someone in poor shape or someone who needs a rest day.

This is not the same as simply measuring the pulse of an individual. Taking your pulse provides heart rate data but doesn’t give any info as the level of stress or the state of recovery. While it is true that a resting pulse that gradually creeps up over time is correlated with increasing levels of stress this not nearly as effective as effective or accurate as using an HRV unit.

So how does this helps us ensure better results in less time?

Well when performing any energy system training we will know how taxing a particular workout is. And with lactate and VO2 max thresholds we can program specific intervals for training. How many people know what heart they should be at on the bike? How long should they in a particular zone? How frequently can they train in that zone?

Couple this info with feedback from the Bioforce unit and we will be able to tell when a client should be reigned in, when they can train as planned as when they have the green light to push a little harder.

Let me know if you are interested in either a Polar heart rate monitor or a Bioforce HRV unit. As a colleague was fond of saying ‘if you’re not assessing, you’re guessing’. These tools take the guess work out of training and ensure you train to your appropriate level at every session.

Chris [fb-like]


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