In the News: How Revving Up Your Heart Rate, Even A Bit, Pays Off – NPR 2/1/2010

I read the following news piece from NPR the other day and wanted to share it with Koko Nation. It does an excellent job explaining why boosting your heart rate is beneficial throughout your lifespan, and it also covers a topic we often hear questions about from Koko FitClub members: Target Heart Rate Training.


Target Heart Rate Training is just one of many tools used to combat a lazy habit of the average exerciser known as Steady State Training. (No, I’m not calling you lazy. You aren’t the average exerciser!) Basically, Steady State Training is working out at the same level of intensity for an entire workout and it’s just not the most efficient way to improve cardiovascular fitness.


Steady State Training is not a problem for Koko FitClub members because Koko Cardio combats Steady State Training for you. Koko Cardio uses Interval Based Training, the scientifically proven, best way to strengthen your cardiovascular system. Each program is designed to automatically push you through multiple stages of intensity so you get your heart rate up. For those of us who aren’t Olympic athletes, it’s much simpler and no less effective than strapping on a monitor for some Target Heart Rate Training.


Hope you enjoy this article. Let me know what you think!

Michael Wood, CSCS


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About Michael Wood, Chief Fitness Officer

Michael Wood, CSCS, is Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub, driving the development of integrated strength and cardio training and nutrition programs for Koko members nationwide. A nationally acclaimed fitness expert, Michael has conducted research as a Senior Exercise Physiologist at the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and has lectured at Boston University and the University of Connecticut. He has been named Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” Personal Trainer, and made the Men’s Journal “Dream Team” list of the nine best trainers in the U.S. Michael and his family live in North Attleboro, MA.

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