New Fitness Technology Means Better Results

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Are you getting the most out of your workout? You might be surprised to find that with new fitness monitor technology, you can measure the effectiveness of your workout and get better results faster.

Let’s face it. Exercise has become a science. If your workout is not taking full advantage of the great exercise technology that’s available, you can be sure that you’re not maximizing your workout’s efficacy. Now, if you’re serious about increasing the efficiency of your workout, here’s an overview of some of the key variables measured by today’s exercise technology.

Heart Rate is the measurement that almost every fitness monitor will feature. Knowing your heart rate is a basic necessity for any runner. If you’re going to work out for any extended period of time, you might even want a monitor that alerts you when your heart rate falls below a given level. Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) is a good indicator of whether or not your workout achieved positive results, it measures the amount of oxygen your body is consuming after you have finished exercising. This indicates whether your workout was not rigorous enough, rigorous enough to get results, or if it was too excessive for your current fitness level. Respiration Rate is simply the number of breaths taken in a minute. This increases directly with your heart rate, as more oxygen is required in the bloodstream. Ventilation Volume is the amount of air your lungs can displace. As you progress as an athlete, your ventilation volume will increase, as you strengthen your lungs. Energy Consumption is the amount of energy you have expelled during your workout. It is generally measured in calories.

Besides all of these biological factors, which are accurately measured by exercise monitoring technology, there are also speed and distance measurements to take into consideration. Monitors placed on the shoe can give you an accurate readout of not only your speed and the distance traveled, but your stride length and vertical speed, as well. Depending upon which monitor you use, you may have the ability to upload all of the information from your workout into your PC or Mac. From there, you can enjoy graphical readouts of all information collected during your workout, and analyze your results – per workout, as well as over time.

So what monitor is right for you? Currently, the high-end model for the fitness-minded is the Suunto t6, available from, ( an authorized dealer for SuuntoUSA. The Suunto t6 is a watch that can do it all - besides measuring all of the variables discussed above, it also keeps track of temperature, altitude, and barometric pressure. It is modular, allowing the user to add what are known as Peripheral Observation Devices, or “POD's.” These handy devices can attach to your bike or shoe, depending on your fitness activity, and transfer real-time data to the watch for a complete analysis of your exercise. Suunto also carries several other fitness monitor watches, most have less features than the Suunto t6, but may have just the specific functions that you’re looking for.

Nike is also out in front of the pack, with their Triax Elite HRM/SDM - available from ( The Nike Triax Elite even offers wireless information transfer to your computer for workout review. Other Nike monitors with similar functions include the Nike Triax V-10, the Nike Triax CV-10, and the Nike Triax C-10.

Both and offer free express shipping on all orders over $79.99, and have a 30-day “No Worries” policy for returns and exchanges. Their customer service staff is knowledgeable and available to help you decide which model is the right one for your exercise needs. So when you’re considering which fitness monitor is best for you, take into account the features you desire, and remember that and are great sources for all of your exercise science needs.

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