Most of you have probably tried to get better at running or rowing or whatever it is that you think you struggle at. As the old saying goes “There’s a million ways to skin a cat”. Same thing when it comes to capacity or “cardio”. Some people believe in getting miles under your belt and just doing more work will help. Others believe you should be pushing your pace and going faster than you normally would to build that capacity. Others rely on heart rate monitors and changing your pacing or performance based on your heart rate.
All of these options will work, but it depends on what your goals are and what will work best for YOU. The video below is more on the heart rate realm, but there still is some good information. The only problem is you may not be able to get this kind of information unless you have one of these machines. The good news though is it starts to make you think about maybe what tests could you perform to get an idea of where you’re good and bad?
Just like it says in the video, you could do a 1 minute or :30 sec test on the rowing, increasing pace each round seeing where your heart rate just spikes and you struggle and then figure out a percentage off of the highest heart rate you hit. There is ways to figure out this method without fancy equipment. Either way worth a watch and might learn something new
Max Strict Pullup
Max Strict HSPU
*Score is total reps
20 min clock. Go in any order. Each for time. Rest as needed between efforts:
50/40 Calorie Row
50/40 Calorie Bike