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The Heart Rate Monitor Guidebook to Heart Zone Training Paperback – February 1, 2010

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"...contains information that will enable you to maximizethe performance of your heart rate monitor and your exercise program..." --Neil Craig

"[This book] is the most complete aid yet to assist getting full value from heart rate technology." --Mike Nunan

About the Author

<DIV>Edwards has raced for 30 years and won the women's divisions at the 1997 RAAM (Race Across America) and the Western States 100 Miler, and formerly held the master's world record at the Ironman Triathlon and the Iditashoe 100 Mile snowshoe race. She is a professional triathlete, having finished all 55 of the Danskin Triathlons over the past 10 years, and serves as the national spokesperson for the event. She has had top finishes at the Eco-Challenge Adventure Race, the Outdoor Quest in China, and the Olympic Marathon trials. She is a professional speaker who gives speeches on both fitness and success in life to audiences around the world.</DIV>
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Heart Zones Publishing; 5th printing edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970013027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970013026
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,116,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sally Edwards, MA, MBA, Athlete, Author, Speaker, Entreprenuer

Sally is one of America 's leading experts in business, exercise science, fitness training, and lifestyle living. She created and developed HZT, the Heart Zones Training patented and branded training system. She was the National Spokeswoman for the Danskin Women's Triathlon Series for 22 years. Sally has completed over 150 all-women's triathlons and 16 Ironman races during the past 35 years volunteering to finish most as the "final finisher" so that no other person has to finish last.

Sally is a best-selling author with more than 20 books and 500 articles on health and fitness including the popular books ZONING-Fitness in a Blink, The Heart Rate Monitor Guidebook and The Complete Book of Triathlons. This professional triathlete was recently inducted into the Triathlon Hall of Fame and has won races from 1-mile to 100-miles. She is the past winner of the ultra-marathon, the hundred mile Western States Endurance Run.

Edwards is the founder of a half-dozen businesses. She founded and franchised America's largest chain of retail sports shops, FLEET FEET Sports. Sally is a sought after professional speaker delivering dozens of speeches and performances each year. Today, she uses her passion for getting America fit to lead The Sally Edwards Company, a media company dedicated to uncommonly vibrant lifestyles, and Heart Zones USA , an international training, education, and coaching company. Her latest entrepreneurship is to launch an iPhone App development company, UpBeat Workouts with two apps (available in the iPhone App Store: UpBeat Workouts for Runners and The Urban Cow Half Marathon Training Program.)

She is an example of what she teaches - living an active healthy lifestyle in Sacramento, California.


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on heartrate monitoring, the monitors themselves, and on principles of training. Also suggests submaximal and maximal tests to determine maximum heartrate and provides suggestions about putting together training programs for everyone from those seeking weight loss to those who are competitive athletes.
The first five chapters present basic heart zone training principles and also outline some useful tests of max heart rate. This section presents a mainstream understanding of heartzones and the training effects of different intensity levels. The percentages used to define the various zones are "simple" percentages rather than percentages based on the difference between resting heart rate and max heart rate--the Karvonen method. This section is somewhat repetitious, but the occasional organizational lapses didn't get in the way of my understanding the material.
In the next few chapters, Edwards treats the zones one at a time, explaining the usefulness of training in each zone. As someone interested in high performance, she pays good attention to the highest zones, but stresses the dangers of overtraining and suggests ways of avoiding it. Unlike authors such as Maffetone ("The Maffetone Method") who recommends more time in lower zones she recommends Zone 3 (70-80%) as the best all-round zone, the one that gives you "the most bang for your buck."
Other important parts of the book are the "Ten Step Program"--designed to help you create your own training programs using a point system of Edward's own, a weight loss training plan, a chapter for highly competitive athletes, and even a chapter on "Sex and the Heart Zones." All of these are useful or interesting, although none of them are outstanding for their organization or the clarity of the details.
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As a 40 something physician/triathlete/marathoner I found this book to be full of common sense advice, very informative and an easy read. I had used a heart rate monitor for about 6 months before I read this book and feel I have a much better understanding of how to get the most out of my monitor and train smarter rather than harder. This is an excellent book not only for the competitive athlete but for anyone interested in fitness. After reading the book I'm not sure it would be necessary to attend Sally Edwards' well known weekend seminars given around the country.
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I was dissapointed with this book for a number of reasons:

1. Way too much fluff. The material in this book could have been provided in a couple of chapters. The book is filled with a lot of unnecessary filler that does not serve to improve the reader's understanding of training with a heart rate monitor.

2. The basics of heart rate training was repeated over and over again without telling the reader significantly more or new information.

3. This book contains so many careless typos I felt like I was reading an early draft copy of a mauscript prior to submission to an editor.

I don't doubt that the author is knowledgeable on this topic since she has a number of other heart rate training related books. However this one appears to have been rushed to press in an incomplete form and is one to avoid.
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I LOVED this book! I have been competing in Triathlon and running for 4 years and have read quite a few books on Heart Rate training. I have always had a hard time understanding heart rate training completely. This is the first book that put everything simply, and is for the person who is just starting an excercise program to elite competitive athletes. I'm very impressed, totally psyched to start my own Heart Zone training program. I started reading this book and couldn't put it down. Before I was finished, I had to order 2 more copies for friends. If you are interested in learning about training with a Heart Rate monitor, this is the book for you!
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Very light on content. The book repeats itself every other page. How many times can I see the zone table repeated? Either the author is senile or she thinks us readers are! Reading some of the pages I had a feeling I already read them. Not very informative, and does not have enough practical advice.
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This book is an extremely wordy book and I did not get a clear direction for a practical training program, unlike Heart Monitor Training for the Compleat Idiot, which I would highly recommend.
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Sally Edwards has done another great job on her new book, "The Heart Rate Monitor Guidebook to Heart Zone Training." I have a degree in Exercise Physiology and this is a well written book for fitness trainers and athletes who want to learn more than the same old basics. This book, I've heard, is used as a manual for seminars that teach coaches how to coach. Regardless, it's among the best on the market because it teaches information a college text would give but in an exciting and interesting format.
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How much self-promotion can one author write in a book? Apparently, this author knows how much! Like other books by this author, this book is very simply written and presents some important information in a simple and straight-forward manner.
On the other hand, the book states some things as truisms that are not necessarily scientific facts.
But, the part of the book I found most annoying is the author's propensity to promote herself shamelessly.
I can live without it, there are better books on the market.
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