Do you wear a heart-rate monitor when you workout? If so, have you ever had that feeling like, “this thing MUST be broken!” or “there is no way I only burned 200 calories!” If you have, you are not alone. I have had those same feelings. In fact the feeling of almost passing out from sprinting so fast and not seeing my results recognized by my monitor have been so frustrating at times that I have finally decided to get a Treadmill Stress Test.

About 3 months ago, I joined Orangetheory Fitness (OTF). It has been a great decision, as every workout pushes me to my max and because it is Interval Training, you have the benefit of experiencing EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) for up to 24-36 hours after your workout. That means prime fat-burning time! However, in order to get that fabulous bonus, research shows you must push past 85% heart rate during your workout. Now, as I said, I know I push hard… but me and my heart rate monitor do not seem to be monitoring the same heart! Needless to say, after my first week at OTF, I ditched my HRM for my own personal monitoring. The problem is, I don’t know if that is the answer. I feel like it should work, especially when it works these things work for a huge majority of the population.

It isn’t like I am training to be a world class athlete, but I would like to understand what my heart is doing while I am working out. And who knows, maybe I can push harder or work with greater efficiency if I could just learn to understand a few things about my physiology. That is where a Treadmill Stress Test (or Cardio-Metabolic Testing) comes in. After noticing I was a little discouraged after an OTF workout one day, one of my awesome Coaches (they are all awesome!) came up to me and asked what was going on. I explained my frustration and she handed me a card. “Go see Ken at Fit Stop Labs,” was all she said.

Before I took the leap to call Ken, I went to the source, his website. Ken Nicodemus is the owner of Fit Stop Labs and when you go to the website the first thing you see is the quote, “That Which is Measured, Improves.” Are you kidding? That was all I needed to make my call. I want to improve. Yes! Who doesn’t want that?

Now, the fun part… this blog post is about to end. What? You barely have any information! I know, I know. But.. the cool part is there will be a Part Two. But first, I will be going LIVE on FB this Thursday, February 2 at 1:45 PST from the Fit Shop Lab with Ken. I will actually be doing the testing and give you an inside look as to what happens during a Cardio-Metabolic Test and just how much this information can help me be stronger, faster, leaner and better in all of my workouts. Plus, I am hoping it helps me to mend my broken relationship with my heart rate monitor.

Here is more information on what I will be doing: Cardio-Metabolic Profile Testing

Plus, learn more about the Fit Stop Human Performance Lab Here!

See you from the Lab!
Peace + health,
Heather