|Do you know where your optimum level is between under & overtraining?|
The goal of training is to make the heart more efficient and increase its power output.
Using the Indoor Sculler with the RP-Mate achieves a special feature for monitoring progress - the Performance Factor. When a chest strap is used, the RP-Mate uses the heart rate and the power generated by the rower to calculate the energy dissipated per heartbeat (Performance Factor).
The performance factor is a very powerful tool for optimising the performance of a rower and a crew. Like an engine, a rower has a certain combination of work per stroke and stroke rate where his body works at its highest efficiency. At too heavy a gearing, the rower will not be able to exhaust himself, because his muscles give up prematurely, and at too light a gearing the rower cannot use the force of his muscles to their full extent. His optimal performance lies somewhere in between.
To obtain the best possible performance, it is therefore of prime importance to determine the optimal gearing/stroke rate combination for a rower and a crew.
This can be done most efficiently by the RP-Mate, measuring the power output / stroke rate relation at various levels of gearing, and optimising for maximum performance factor, subsequently transferring the same "feel" of gearing to the boat.
So, are all heart rate monitors the same?
No, the RP-Mate can very accurately predict heart rate training zones for on-water sessions—yet another advantage that the co-ordination pattern used is the same as the boat. However heart rate determined on a single action machine may be quite different to on-water due to the different muscles used.
Heart monitoring also provides an early warning system for health problems or over-training.
Bilateral Deficits – A Story of Unequal Halves
A Bilateral Deficit is simply unequal strength or coordination of opposite limbs. We nearly all have one arm stronger than the other and we know which one. What we often don’t now is that the same may be true for our legs and trunk – we use our legs unequally, perhaps stand unequally as a result, leading to lower back and other postural problems over time.
By rowing using ONE LEG AT A TIME (with the other foot resting on the floor) in combination with the RP-Mate and qualified supervision, Bilateral Deficits can be identified and corrected. The implications for those with back pain or postural problems may be highly significant.
Recovery after Injury/Surgery
This same unique Rowperfect Indoor Sculler feature – the ability to row one legged – has been successfully used by those recovering after injury or surgery to one leg, keeping the uninjured leg strong. Remarkably, even the injured leg benefits – maintaining strength in one limb actually results in nerve stimulation of its pair, a phenomenon known as cross-education.