Assessing Cardiovascular Strength

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Assessing cardiovascular strength requires you to take an honest look at a few different things. Learn about assessing cardiovascular strength with help from a strength and conditioning coach in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Barbara Brenseke and I'm from Train For The Game on Long Island. Today, we're going to talk about assessing cardio strength. The way to start is you want to start with your feet shoulder width apart, you're going to swing your arms gently and warm up for two minutes. After the two minutes when you're warmed up, we'll be doing jumping jacks. Three minutes of jumping jacks and then, after the three minutes we will take our pulse from our wrist or from our neck and the basic unit of measurement to get your heart rate is to 220 minus your age. And you want to work it about 75 to 85 percent of your intensity. The best way to measure the intensity of your workout is with a heart rate monitor. This particular one is a GPS; it's for the athlete who does triathlons, but they are very basic models and you can search for them online. The heart rate monitor measures the intensity of your workout. You wear it around your waist and it reads your heart rate, so you know you're working in, within the zone you need to work in as far as the intensity of your workout.


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