Exercise Workouts: Power or Pace

Power or Pace?  If you’re doing the right thing and investing in your health by hiring or purchasing ‘cardio’ equipment from us, such as an Elliptical cross trainer, exercise bike, treadmill, vibration plate or rowing machine, it’s good to know that your workouts will be varied and challenging.  Here’s a few tips on how to get the most out of your workout with our Power or Pace challenge:
During your ‘cardio’ session try to challenge either your Power or Pace in varied time intervals so that you are elevating your heart rate beyond it’s normal sustainable level as well as placing pressure on your muscles.  If you think of a heart rate or power exertion level on the following scale (1 being the least exertion required to 10 being the most exertion) it might help you plan your training sessions:
1. Waking up in the morning
2. Starting to walk around and getting ready for work
3. Domestic chores, walking to work
4. Strenuous tasks such us mowing the lawn, rushing for a bus, standing for long periods
5. Starting a warm up to exercise, in the first minute
6. Warmed up and ready to increase exertion
7. Heart Rate at ‘training’ level; heat through the entire body, mouth open, generally preferring not to hold a conversation
8. Exertion level that can only be held for a minute at any time
9. Heart rate or exertion level  that cannot be sustained for longer than 30 to 40 seconds
10. Maximum exertion that forces you to ‘pull back’ within 20 seconds
Using the scale of 6 to10 above, apply your intervals to your workout to ensure that both heart rate and muscular strength are taken through each one at some stage during a 40 minute session (optimum).
(Thanks to Jessica Blake for this contribution)