Aquatic Exercise ClassBy Joanne Maybeck - Part
Monitors Make a Splash!
This is the first of three articles about
using a Polar heart rate monitor as a fitness tool in aquatic exercise classes
and personal training.
Article Two · Article Three
Its a Monday morning aquatic
exercise class in AnyPool, USA.
Folks are jogging and jumping in the water, wearing webbed gloves. The boom box is blaring their favorite
music. Then the instructor calls,
Time for a pulse count! Jogging
stops. Gloves are peeled off. Wet
hands slide over wet wrists and throats, seeking that elusive pulse.
Eyes search the chart hanging on the wall for what their heart rate
should be. When asked to call out their pulse, some people say a number
from the chart. Others curiously
report a heart rate that is the same beats per minute as the music thats
And, during this short period of time,
every participants heart rate dropped quickly, due to faster recovery in
the water than on land. So, even
an accurate manual pulse count is not a true measure of the intensity of the
Theres got to be a better way! Well, there is.
Its called a heart rate monitor.
Whats a Heart Rate Monitor?
A heart rate monitor is a piece of
equipment worn by an exerciser, to measure their heart rate in beats per minute
accurately and effortlessly. It
has two parts: a thin strap worn around the chest at the level of the heart,
and a receiver that is worn like (and looks like) a
The electrodes in the chest strap measure your heart
rate. Your heart rate displays on the wristwatch receiver. With just a glance at your wrist, youll know your true heart
rate instantly. This is a
wonderful convenience for workouts in the pool or on land!
do you use it?
Look at the inside of the chest strap, and find the
electrodes. They are two grooved areas in the molded plastic. Wet them with tap water, and put on the chest strap,
adjusting the length of the strap for a snug, yet comfortable fit at heart
Then, hold the wristwatch-receiver against the chest
strap, right next to your heart. Within a minute, youll see a heart
flashing on the face of the watch.
That is your heart beating!
Next, the beats per minute will display. You are ready for your workout!
Can you use it in the
Virtually all heart rate monitors on the market are waterproof. Women wear the chest strap under their swimsuit. Men simply wear it around their
Its great for use in class, and its also a
great tool for personal trainers who need to know the heart rate response of
Where can I get
Click on any of the links on this page or call 1 866
797-7336 for the guaranteed lowest price.
Joanne Maybeck is a fitness instructor and personal
trainer in New York City. She is
certified by ACSM, ACE, AEA, and AAAI/ISMA. Joanne presents the CEC workshop
Aquatic Heart Zone Training and will soon offer on-line heart monitor
education. She believes in training with heart! For more about Joanne, please visit her
Internet web site www.FitNYC.com