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Revealing What I Know About the Timex Ironman Road Trainer

10 February 2012 Author: William 956 views No Comment

The Timex Ironman Road Trainer heart rate monitor offers the complete package for improving your overall fitness level. In my review I talk about what features stand out.

I’ve always liked Timex watches. Ever since they decided to enter the sports watch and cardiac pace gauge category I’ve been keeping an eye out for what they can bring to the table. Well, from what I’ve seen so far the Timex quality and workmanship that they apply to their standard watches has carried over into the sports watch category as well.

Timex has a wide variety of different models on the market. Probably the one that offers the best-rounded features and can be used by a wide range of different athletes with different ability levels is the Timex Ironman Road Trainer. I took a look at this monitor and here’s what I found out.

Not all cardiovascular exercises are created equal, and neither is all sports equipment. Some tools can help you reach your fitness goals and add benefits to your workout better than others. When determining the efficiency of your exercise, you need to be able to calculate, with the greatest specificity possible, your heart rate while you are training at different intensity levels. Your pulse rate determines how many calories you are burning off as you exercise, making it integral to how much you need to push yourself and how intense your exercise needs to be. If you are interested in measuring your cardio rate during a workout, Timex has created a product right up your alley – the Timex Ironman Road Trainer.


Go Hard or Go Home

The handy rule of thumb for cardio rate is that any person’s maximum heart rate is approximately 220 minus their age. As such, an intense training session could result in a pulse rate that is two or even three times as strong as your resting heart beat. But this maximum figure is not easy to attain, and the Timex Ironman helps you get up to the desired number by using a number of critical zone charting mechanics. These critical zones emphasize how long you have spent with your heart beat in the moderate to very high ranges. Whether you want to know how much of your run was spent in peak efficiency or you are looking to chart the duration of your maximum heart rate while you biked up a steep hill, the Timex Ironman Road Trainer Watch critical zones offer great information on your workout.

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There are six target training zones based on your maximum pulse rate. Five of these are set automatically by the Timex Ironman, the other can be manually programmed by you. These zones are the basis of your training. More intense workouts will be in a higher zone whereas lighter recovery workouts will be in a lower zone. If your cardiac beat strays above or below the training zone, the watch will beep and let you know. You can then adjust your workout intensity level up or down to get back in the zone.


Rest and Recover and Get Back Out There

How quickly you get to the top is important, but how quickly you come down is just as important. If you have ever watched a pro basketball, football, or ice hockey game, you know that a timeout lasts only thirty or sixty seconds. That is because professional athletes have the cardiovascular endurance needed to get their heart rate down to resting speed in under a minute. While you probably are not ready to compare yourself to pro athletes, you can nevertheless monitor how fast your heartbeat returns to a normal resting level. This allows you to reduce the time you spend resting during your exercise and spend more time training. Chart your average rise and fall and watch the overall figure drop during the course of a few weeks.

Cardiac rate recovery tracking is a feature that is not found on many heart rate monitors and I consider it very important. Knowing how quickly your pulse returns to a normal level after intense exercise is an excellent measure of your overall fitness level. Plus if you participate in any sport that requires a relatively short burst of energy followed by a short rest, having a strong heart rate recovery ability is essential.


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