New to MYZONE? Read This!
You know you’re sweating buckets and can feel your heart pumping like crazy, but do you know if you’re functioning in an aerobic or anaerobic zone, or what percentage of your maximum heart rate you’re using? Most likely not, since it’s impossible to guess this information without technology monitoring your actual beats per minute.
Heart rate monitors make a world of a difference for improving cardiovascular endurance and tracking how hard you’re actually pushing yourself during a workout. If you always check your calories burned after a cardio session, you should know that a heart rate monitor provides a much more accurate number than a standard summary from a treadmill or elliptical. Because it’s actually measuring YOUR effort and exertion, not just generic information punched into a machine, you’ll find that your actual calories burned is usually a very different number than what a piece of equipment will tell you.
Here at VIDA, we spent a lot of time researching the most advanced heart rate monitoring systems on the market to find the most fully functioning device to recommend to our members. The MYZONE physical activity belt incorporates several unique features unparalleled in the heart rate monitoring world that have been fully woven into your group fitness and personal training experiences here at VIDA.
The MYZONE app allows you to live-track your physical exertion by the second on your phone, with a real-time display of the percentage of your max heart rate you’re working at. You’ll receive a personalized workout summary email after every session, and earn points for time spent in each effort zone which adds a competitive element to your workouts.
So how does it work?
The MYZONE belt fastens around your rib cage with the device placed directly below your sternum. It’s comfortable and easy to adjust, so it doesn’t slip around or get in the way of your movements. The MYZONE app syncs directly with your device via Bluetooth. As soon as you open the app while wearing the belt, your device will beep signaling that it’s reading your heart rate.
When you open the app, you’ll see a colored tile with a big percentage number on it. The percentage is the amount of your maximum heart rate that you’re currently at, which you’ll see go up pretty quickly as soon as you start moving. MYZONE uses different color zones for percentage ranges (blue for 60-70% of your max, green for 70-80%, yellow 80-90%, and red is 90-100%) so you can easily see what range you’re in by glancing at your phone.
In addition to your color zone, your tile also displays total calories burned, your current heart rate and the amount of MYZONE Effort Points (MEPs) you’ve earned. MEPs are what make using MYZONE really fun – since you get more points for the harder you work. For every minute you spend in the blue zone you acquire 2 MEPs per minute. In green, you make 3 MEPs per minute, and in yellow and red you’re earning a whopping 4 MEPs per minute!
The live feedback from the app is perfect for group fitness and small group training classes, as it gives the instructor the ability to make sure each person is performing in the same effort zone. It also means no room for slacking, since your phone will show the rest of the room how much effort you’re actually putting out at that moment. If it shows that you have room to be pushing harder, you can bet that your instructor will point that out.
These tracking features are game-changers for making your workouts as effective as possible, but our favorite feature by far is the social aspect. You add your friends on the app the same way you would on social media, and all of your connections’ workouts will appear on your newsfeed. You can compare stats with a friend after completing the same class together, or check to see what workouts your friends at other gyms are doing.
There’s also the leaderboard – which displays a ranking of you and all your connections total MEPs for the month. For those with a competitive side, trying to get ahead of your friends on the leaderboard can be all the motivation you need to crank out another mile, up the resistance on your bike, or do whatever it takes to push yourself harder during your workout. Trust us, it gets addicting.
The MYZONE belt is available to VIDA members for a discounted rate of $99.99 (usually $149.99), but this month they’re Buy One Get One Free! Stop by any front desk and get one for yourself, and one for your lucky significant other, BFF, coworker, or roomie!
If you need any help setting up your belt or learning your way around the app, feel free to grab a staff member for assistance. And don’t forget to add your fellow VIDA members and instructors as friends, so we can all keep each other accountable for our workouts this holiday season!