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Arc Trainer Exercise Series: Heart Rate Recovery

  
  
  
  

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The Cybex Arc Trainer can have direct impact on Improved Heart Rate Recovery. This refers to the ability of the heart to quickly recover during interval training, to a level were it can repeat the next interval at a fairly high intensity.
 
High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT has become a very well accepted way for athletes to train at a very high level for extended periods of time. This type of training really mimics the most demanding periods of sport, where an athlete may sprint at full speed, change direction and repeat this speed several time in 30-60 second bouts. These bouts are usually followed by a 30 – 60 second rest interval where the athlete will walk to recover, or even stand and rest (think time outs, free throws or slow jogs as the ball is being played into another area of the field).
 
But interval training is not just for competitive athletes. Fitness enthusiasts have seen the benefits of this type of training to promote both aerobic and anaerobic training within the same workout (circuit training). This promotes the maintenance of muscle while also strengthening the cardiovascular system. This type of training is awesome for both fitness and fat loss!
 
Because of the Arc’s ability to build strength and endurance, we are able to challenge both of these aspects in cardiovascular strength training intervals. One noticeable benefit will be heart rate recovery, or the ability to train at a high intensity over a short interval and then adequately recover the heart rate to a level where you can repeat the interval at a similar intensity. This shows up as more work (higher intensity), more sets (able to repeat this intensity) in less time (shorter workouts).
 
Here is an example of how you might begin a program to improve heart rate recovery and increase fitness on the Arc.
 
You should start off with a pre-test of 1 minute on at 100-120 strides per minute, with a 1 minute rest of less than 15 strides per minute. Focus on increasing the resistance by 5 each set until you:
1.    Can’t recover your heart rate to 75% of projected max (220-age)
or
2.    Can’t keep the pace (100-120 strides per minute) for the working interval

At that point you should decrease the resistance to a level at which you can complete the interval at the set pace. Each week will progress as follows in the table below where we keep the same focus of increasing the resistance at a set pace (100-120 strides per minute). Starting in week 5 we will go back down the program ladder, repeating the workouts from weeks 2-4, but with an increase in pace to 120-140 strides per minute while keeping the same resistance strategy and recovery time.
 
Week 1:            1 minute on 1 minute off                       15 sets or 30 min – Pre Test
Week 2:            2 minute on 1 minute off                       10 sets or 30 min
Week 3:            3 minute on 1 minute off                       7 sets or 28 min
Week 4:            4 minutes on 1 minute off                      6 sets or 30 min
Week 5:            4 minutes on 1 minute off                      6 sets or 30 min – Increased Pace
Week 6:            3 minutes on 1 minute off                      7 sets or 28 min – Increased Pace
Week 7:            2 minutes on 1 minute off                     10 sets or 30 min – Increased Pace
Week 8:            1 minute on 1 minute off                       15 sets or 30 min – Post Test
 
Make sure that you record your ending heart rate after each working set as well as your recovery heart rate at the end of each rest interval. This will help you monitor your heart rate recovery improvement. We are looking for a recovery of around 30 beats in 1 minute.
 
CASE STUDY:
 
42 year old male tennis player, looking to build endurance on the court. Started off in week 1 getting his resistance up to 55 and had an average heart rate recovery of 29 beats in 1 minute. In week 8 during the post test he had improved to 65 resistance and had an average recovery of 33 beats per minute.
 
This program was run 2x per week in conjunction with some light functional resistance training, and he continued to play tennis 2x per week. He had a noticeable improvement on the court where he felt he could play harder during each set and had more energy at the end of each match.

Scott Moody
Founder and CEO Soccer F.I.T. Academy
www.soccerfitacademy.com

 

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Comments

I belong to a gym with Cybex Equip. Can you give me an idea re a workout to firm up; sets/reps etc. Which equip. would you recommend for legs,chest, arms etc.  
 
I am seventy-four and in good shape, but realize I won't be able to bulk up. Thanks for any advice.
Posted @ Wednesday, October 27, 2010 9:39 AM by Tom Buser
I'd just like to say I love the Arc. There are Cybex Arc Trainers at my gym. This machine is the only one I really use for my cardio workout. I am on the heavy side and the treadmills and ellipticals where hard for me to do. After getting on the Arcs a few times I could feel my thighs and butt tighten and after a few weeks I was shedding pounds. I lost a total of 40lbs in 3 months just using the Arc and following a good diet. I recommend this machine for anyone who wants to work out and not feel pain afterwards.
Posted @ Thursday, February 10, 2011 12:25 AM by Amanda
dear sir  
 
ilike to workout on arc trainer do you have a weight loss programme i can follw thanks
Posted @ Saturday, March 12, 2011 11:52 AM by nahid
I love the Arc Trainer, I am able to get a heart rate response that is unparalleled. The only problem is people are so de-conditioned that their heart rate won't stay down no matter what resistance/speed I put it at. I have had to do intervals with the client stopping completely to recover. Others don't get a good enough workout if I do it by heart rate. Anyone else experience this?
Posted @ Tuesday, January 24, 2012 7:36 PM by Lee
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