Page 1 2 3 Training slow has always been considered a sign of weakness or laziness. However, if you want to run, bike, or swim faster, a successful and intelligent approach is to slow down! Along the way, you'll get healthier, prevent injury and burn more body fat too.
Traditionally, it is thought that only anaerobic training - speed work - builds speed. However, developing the aerobic system first, before attempting hard work, is ideal: you get faster without the wear and tear - and injury - that often accompanies anaerobic training. Using a heart rate monitor, a basic biofeedback device, makes it even easier.
Heart rate monitors are really just simple biofeedback units. But without interpretation of the data they provide - heart rate changes - their true benefits cannot be realized. Dorland's Medical Dictionary defines biofeedback as "the process of providing visual or auditory evidence to a person of the status of body function so that you may exert control over that function." In practical terms, using a heart monitor to control workout pace can help build aerobic speed, improve overall health and burn more body fat.
By the early 1980s, all the athletes I trained used heart monitors. These were cumbersome but accurate, and unlike today's monitors were large, bulky and not made for athletes but cardiac and other inactive patients. (While more user-friendly, modern monitors still use old technology.)
Working with beginner to professional athletes in all sports, I developed applications for heart monitor use in three key areas: 1) training, 2) self-assessment and 3) competition.Page 1 2 3