As you get fitter you may need to train longer and
harder. It is advisable to train at least three times a
week, and if possible space your workouts evenly
throughout the week.
To tone muscle while on your fitness trainer you will
need to have the resistance set quite high. This will
put more strain on our leg muscles and may mean you
cannot train for as long as you would like. If you are also
trying to improve your fitness you need to alter your
training program. You should train as normal during the
warm up and cool down phases, but towards the end
of the exercise phase you should increase resistance
making your legs work harder. You will have to reduce
your speed to keep your heart rate in the target zone.
The important factor here is the amount of effort you
put in. The harder and longer you work the more
calories you will burn. Effectively this is the same as if
you were training to improve your fitness, the difference
is the goal.
Heart rate measurement
(heart rate chest belt)
The most accurate heart rate measurement is achieved
with a heart rate chest belt. The heart rate is measured
by a heart rate receiver in combination with a heart rate
transmitter belt. Accurate heart measurement requires
that the electrodes on the transmitter belt are slight
moist and constantly touching the skin. If the electrodes
are too dry or too moist, the heart rate measurement
will become less accurate.
• If you have a pacemaker, consult a physician
before using a heartrate chest belt.
• If there are several heart rate measurement
devices next to each other, make sure that the
distance between them is at least 1.5 metres.
• If there is only one heart rate receiver and several
heart rate transmitters, make sure that only one
person with a transmitter is within transmission
• Always wear the heart rate chest belt under your
clothes directly in contact with your skin. Do
not wear the heart rate chest belt above your
clothes. If you wear the heart rate chest belt
above your clothes, there will be no signal.
• If you set a heart rate limit for your workout, an
alarm will sound when it is exceeded.
• The transmitter transmits the heart rate to the
console up to a distance of 1 metre. If the
electrodes are not moist, the heart rate will not
appear on the display.
• Some fibers in clothes (e.g. polyester, polyamide)
create static electricity which can prevent
accurate heart rate measurement.
• Mobile phones, televisions and other electrical
appliances create an electromagnetic field which
can prevent accurate heart rate measurement.
Maximum heart rate
The maximum heart rate is the highest heart rate a
person can safely achieve through exercise stress. The
following formula is used to calculate the average
maximum heart rate: 220 - AGE. The maximum heart
rate varies from person to person.
• Make sure that you do not exceed your
maximum heart rate during your workout. If you
belong to a risk group, consult a physician.
50-60% of maximum heart rate
Suitable for beginners, weight-watchers, convalescents
and persons who have not exercised for a long time.
Exercise at least three times a week, 30 minutes at a
60-70% of maximum heart rate
Suitable for persons who want to improve and maintain
fitness. Exercise at least three times a week, 30 minutes
at a time.
70-80% of maximum heart rate
Suitable for the fittest of persons who are used to long-