Portland Personal Training| What training zone should I be in?
There are various training zones that people use. Some individuals like to use heart rate monitors, target heart rate zones and pulse. One of the best and easiest forms of estimating the right training zone for you is by using the RPE scale in combination with your heart rate or pulse. RPE stands for Rate of Perceived Exertion and your pulse can be calculated by counting how many heart beats in 60 seconds. You can either pick a scale from 1 to 10 or from 1 to 20 when using the RPE. The number 1 meaning really easy and 10 or 20 being extremely hard or difficult. When you come up with a number, take your heart rate and see what your pulse it at that time. If you are in a good zone, then that is the pace or training zone you want to be in. When it starts to get easier, reevaluate your RPE and heart rate to go to that next level. The reason I choose this method is because it does not require fancy equipment and the hassle of wearing a chest monitor that always slips or is uncomfortable. It also gives you and the trainer immediate feedback of how you are doing, feeling and if intensity needs to be adjusted, it can be done on the spot.Thanks,KisarPortland Personal Trainer