THR Newsletter article

How are you training with your Target Heart Rate monitor?

Since the introduction of the Target Heart Rate monitors at Integrity Fitness, we have seen a shift in client training. Our world class trainers are creating circuits that are able to train our clients harder and smarter depending on the training zone they are in. To ensure clients are not overtraining and they are achieving their desired results, we developed a schedule that allowed you to train on alternate days for maximum fat loss vs maximum strength toning benefits.

The results speak for themselves. Clients are tracking their progress and aiming to get better results every time they show up. They are no longer over or under training their bodies.
Over time, we have been asked a number of questions regarding the results produced from the THR monitors. One important factor that we need to consider is that your results cannot be compared with anyone else’s results. Below we have combined a list of common questions that we get asked regarding the THR monitors.

THR Q and A’s
Q: Why does Jane burn more calories if we are doing the same exercises?
A: There are many factors to consider when looking at your overall results. You cannot, nor should you compare your results with the next person. Your height, gender, age, weight, your fitness level, pain tolerance and any underlying conditions will provide a different outcome. If Jane is an advanced fitness enthusiast who has excelled in endurance training she may have a lower resting Heart Rate than a fitness novice who is just starting their fitness journey. Therefore, your heart rate zones will differ with every workout.

Q: Why am I always in the RED zone?
A: There are many factors to consider why you are always in the red one. Our world class trainers have become knowledgeable in detecting if you are truly in the red zone. If you find that your breathing is very rapid and your muscles are feeling fatigued then you are training in your red zone. Training in the red zone requires less oxygen and increases your anabolic threshold. Training above 90% in this zone will require short but intense maximum effort and fast energy to be able to sustain the work. If you feel that you can keep a conversation going, then we need to adjust your maximum target heart rate which is programmed in both Polar Flow and Polar Beats.

Q: Why can I not get into the RED zone as fast as Jane?
A: Not everyone will get into the red zone at the same time. Again, your height, gender, age, weight, your fitness level, pain tolerance and any underlying conditions will put you into each zone at a different pace. If you are new to training, you need to be consistent and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Our training team will know that once you have reached the top of the ‘yellow zone’ you will most likely cross over into the Red zone within less than 30 seconds.

Q: What is the difference between calories burned and fat burn % of calories?
A: Calories are units of energy and depending on your level of activity you will either burn more calories during exercise or more fat. When we exercise, our energy will come from either our carbohydrates or fat stores. Depending on what your goals are, if you want to improve your aerobic performance and burn more calories, you should be performing high-intensity exercises. If your goal is to burn more fat calories then you should be performing at a lower intensity exercise.

Q: Do I need to have Polar Beats running on my phone if I am up on the TV screen using Polar Flow?
A: No this is not required. When you have registered your workout with Polar Flow, after your workout is complete it will automatically download your app.

Proper Polar Pod and Strap Maintenance
Just like any type of gadget or technology, we need to take care of our items a certain way to ensure a longer lifespan.

For the Polar Pods, it is important to remove them after every use and wipe them clean. Keeping the pods on the strap will drain the battery quicker over time.

For the Polar straps, it is important to keep clean them after every workout. Over time the salt from your sweat will begin to lift the electrodes off the strap. Also, dirt impairs the elasticity and functioning of the heart rate sensor. Rinse the strap under warm water using a mild soap when needed. Hang to dry and do not place your strap in the dryer.

Straps will lose a little bit of connectivity after 6 months. If you find your results on your reports spike high and low, try tightening the strap. If that does not work, you may need to replace the strap only for $25.


Batteries usually last for 4-8 months. We sell replacement batteries at the front.