How Heart Rate Monitors Can Guarantee Results From Any Exercise Program

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New book from Human Kinetics outlines reasons why heart rate monitors are the simplest way to individualize training so that it fits perfectly with ability, level of fitness, and goals

When you understand your heart rate, you are on your way to a scientifically designed exercise program, individualized just for you, that will guarantee results.

According to exercise scientist and distance-running coach Roy Benson, the biggest problem with most current exercise programs is that they are not based on a person’s unique body shape, size, physiological response, and, most important, current level of fitness. To get the most out of a program he believes a person needs to make his or her efforts individualized, and the easiest way to do that is to track their cardiac response to their body’s movement of choice.

Benson, author of "Heart Rate Training" (Human Kinetics, 2011), says that individualization must be based on current fitness level, general ability, and goals. The good news is that modern technology has produced a wide selection of affordable heart rate monitors that provide instant, reliable feedback about a body’s response to a chosen exercise and intensity. Says Benson, “When you understand your heart rate, learn how to measure it, and have a reliable monitor, you are on your way to a scientifically designed exercise program, individualized just for you, that will guarantee results.”

Whether someone is a beginner, intermediate, or advanced athlete, Benson believes there is a heart rate monitor with all the bells and whistles they need. And once they find the best way to make a heart rate monitor work for them and learn to apply the principles of exercise physiology in order to get in the best possible shape, they will benefit from training that fits perfectly with their ability, level of fitness, and goals. “Progressing through each of these steps is a cinch when you use a heart rate monitor because it allows you to easily individualize your training,” explains Benson. “The principles are broad, but your response is as narrow as your ability, shape, and goals require.”

In "Heart Rate Training", Benson and co-author Declan Connolly take the guesswork out of training and explain how, when, and why heart rate monitors should be incorporated into training and conditioning programs. Their comprehensive guide for endurance athletes explains the merits, factors, and techniques of training with a heart rate monitoring system. For more information on "Heart Rate Training" or other books on running and endurance sports, visit or call 800-747-4457.


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