heart rate monitoring

We are happy to introduce our new heart rate monitoring system at Mason Community Center. Please purchase your heart rate monitor in symbiosis to use in Studio A or C.

Once you’ve created an account, your Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) will automatically display your selected information on the screen upon walking into Studio A or C.

You can also use your HRM with your own workouts when syncing it with your phone.

Q. Why use a Heart Rate Monitor (HRM)?

Using a HRM helps track your progress and assists in holding you accountable, prevents injury caused by over training by notifying you when you have reached your threshold, and allows you to track progress.

Q. Where do I place my HRM?

The HRM picks up electrical signals generated by your heart. To be effective, your belt must be worn under clothing and make contact with your skin. To wear your HRM, place the transmitter in the center of your chest on top of the sternum with your Mason logo facing out. The belt should fit snug but comfortable.

 

Image showing the correct placement of the heart rate monitoring device.

heart rate monitor position

 

Q. How do I adjust the size of my HRM?

The strap can be adjusted by pulling the metal fasteners towards your HRM to tighten and away to loosen.

Image of the heart rate monitor that is to be used with the City of Mason Heart Rate Monitoring Program.

Heart Rate Monitor

 

Q. How do I track my workout progress?

Data from your workout will be emailed to you about 15 minutes after your workout has ended. You will be able to set your goals and track your progress over time via the fitmetrix site.

Q. What is resting heart rate?

Your resting heart rate is the number of times your heart beats per minute at resting low activity. As your fitness improves, your resting heart rate will reduce. The best time to check your resting heart rate is in the early morning, after just waking up.

Q. What is max heart rate?

Maximum heart rate is the highest heart rate you should safely achieve through exercise. You can find your maximum heart rate by subtracting your age from 220. For example, if you are 45: 220-45= 175. 175 is the upper limit of what your cardiovascular system can handle during physical activity.

Q. How do I know if I’m reaching my heart rate and fitness goals using my HRM?

Continue measuring your resting heart rate over a period of time or by repeating an identical exercise session and comparing your average heart rate in your emailed report. When your resting or average heart rate goes down, your heart is becoming more efficient and you are increasing your level of fitness.

Image of FitMetrix running on an iPad.

Have additional questions or want to learn more? Please contact Michele Stevens at mstevens@masonoh.org or 513-229-8555.