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This is an exellent introduction to Heart Monitor use
on 3 August 2011
I have been looking for a book to give me some information on using a Heart Rate Monitor.
By doing a search on Amazon in the UK, I found no-one had yet reviewed it, so I checked the American website and the review comments there were favourable. I then decided to take the plunge and buy it.
Since getting it, I have since been pleased with it. The book is in reasonably understandable form to exercise numbskulls such as me.
It starts with what a monitor is for, what problems you may have from it (such as incorrect readings due to electrical interference) and then how to use it in a variety of exercise situations.
Heart Monitors can benefit in sports where you exercise aerobically (i.e. so you have enough air in your lungs to talk!) and not getting heavily out of breath. Sports such as football (soccer in the book) are not really applicable, as there is a lot of sprinting involved, and your monitor would be always trying to catch up with your body. Since I run a variety of distances - largest being Half Marathons - a Heart Rate Monitor is of value to me.
I wanted a book which would give me some scientific basis for training to improve my overall performance. A Heart Rate Monitor gives you feedback on what your body is doing so you can apply some science !
The importance of determining your maximum heart rate, and then setting training zones to get the best out of yourself, is stressed. There is no gain, without pain, is the essential message of this book if you want to be an athelete. If you are happy jogging just to keep fit, without breaking world records, then this book is also for you.
There are good sections on training schedules for Rowing, Swimming, Cross Country Skiing as well as Walking and Running. The Running chapter includes a training plan for 5km , 10km,, Half and Full marathons. It also has a plan for people who do not want to race, but want to keep fit and trim.
I feel that this book has helped me understand how a Heart Monitor will help me in setting a training schedule for my particular sport. I would recommend it.