If your 2018 resolutions included running faster, staying injury-free, or improving overall health, some expert advice might be helpful in staying on track. Seabrook’s Slow Twitch Niche is presenting a free seminar on using heart rate monitoring to achieve those goals.
Slow Twitch co-owner Jeff Currier is a longtime advocate of heart rate monitors as a training tool for runners, cyclists and triathletes, and has seen the hardware evolve from expensive chest strap monitors to phone apps and watches.
“Basically, they’re all good nowadays,” Currier said. “Smart watches work well for running, but cyclists may not want to be looking at their wrist all the time. We’ll talk about some options, and if people already have one, they’re welcome to bring it and learn how to use it to its capacity.”
One of the most important topics covered at the seminar, scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, is determining the appropriate heart rate range for specific activities.
“I’ll be explaining the five heart rate zones, and also something not as well known, which is that different sports have different thresholds for the same athlete,” Currier said.
Currier noted that runners have a higher heart rate threshold in each of the five levels of activity.
“When running, the heart rate threshold for an individual is 10 beats per minute higher than when cycling, just because of weight bearing,” he said.
While heart rate training helps to maximize performance, Currier pointed out that tracking heart rate is useful in other ways as well.
“Knowing your expected heart rate and seeing a big difference can indicate dehydration, and it can tell you when it’s time to take a rest day,” he said. “It’s a good way to gauge improvements in your fitness level, since most people will see their resting heart rate slow down as they get more fit.”
Currier’s presentation is geared to all skill levels.
“Heart rate training is for everyone,” he said. “It’s great for beginners, because they can see such a big improvement when they learn to work in the different zones.”
The seminar will be held at Slow Twitch Niche, 1506 Main Street in Seabrook, at 6 p.m. Saturday.