By: Jamie Baffa, NK Customer Service Representative
In order to compete effectively rowers need to log countless steady states to develop a strong aerobic base. The question then becomes how do I maximize my gains during those long steady state rows? The most effective way is by monitoring your heart rate and adjusting the intensity of your work accordingly. By utilizing constant heart rate monitoring you can guarantee your body continues to use its aerobic systems without introducing painful lactic acid into the blood stream. For long steady states you want to stay at 75% of your maximum heart rate throughout the entire workout. For most athletes this will be between 150-160bpm. By constantly monitoring your heart rate you can ensure that you do not transition from aerobic to anaerobic work in the middle of a steady state thereby maximizing your training and giving you a leg up on the competition.