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Myzone, in its most basic form, is a wearable heart rate tracking device. This innovative fitness wearable uses wireless and cloud technology to accurately track and monitor physical activity and quantifies it. Not only that, it encourages users to move more by applying a social competitive element.
Wearing your Myzone belt in Studio Twenty 3 automatically records your personal heart rate ‘tile’ and it appears on the big screen in the studio. This gives us, and you, a tonne of useful information. It shows us how hard you are working, how quickly you recover, how many calories you burn and how challenging your workout is.
Once you’ve finished your workout, the data is automatically loaded onto the cloud and you can access this data via the Myzone App. This app stores all your workout data. It tracks one of the jewels in the Myzone Crown, Myzone Effort Points (MEP’s). MEP’s are an objective measure of effort levels for a given workout. Points accumulate for every minute spent in a heart rate zone, with time spent in higher zones equating to more MEP’s.
It is this measure that allows the comparison of one workout to another and forms the basis of Myzone Challenges, another of the ‘stars’ of the Myzone system.
As a standard, Myzone users are invited to accumulate a minimum number of points (1300) over each month. Continually hitting this minimum standard leads to ‘status’ awards.
1 month gives you ‘Iron’ status. 3 months is ‘Bronze’. 6 is ‘Silver' and so on, leading onto a ‘Hall of Fame’ Myzone user - somebody with 36 months of continuously hitting 1300 points every month.
This system is mightily addictive. You strive to gain a higher status knowing that slipping up for just one month leads to being reduced back to ‘Zero’ status in this game of ‘Fitness Snakes and Ladders’!
The power of social interaction
Myzone has cleverly attached a social element to it’s app. Users can ‘follow’ other users, see their workouts, like them and even comment on them.
In a culture, like we have at Studio Twenty 3, members follow each other offering words of encouragement and congratulations with each workout and status level achieved.
It also allows us, as coaches, to follow your activities outside of the gym and see whether you really are ‘working out on the beach’, while on holiday.
How we use Myzone at Studio Twenty 3
If you decide you want to add all these great features to your workouts, you can purchase your own Myzone Belt from Studio Twenty 3. The big screen at the Studio displays Myzone users heart rate tile (heart rate, calories burned, percentage of maximum heart rate and MEP’s) for every member who is currently working out in the Studio. We use this information, at its most basic level, as a guide to how hard you are working and how quickly you are recovering.
As coaches, it’s important we push just enough. Myzone gives us a quantifiable way of measuring your effort at that moment, and when looking at the session overall.
If you are working too hard, we can dial things back a little. This means the sessions are even more tailored to you and your own, individual physiology. As a result, this will give you better results.
Studio Twenty 3 Myzone Challenges
We run Myzone challenges at Studio Twenty 3 almost every month of the year. These challenges provide valuable motivation and, dare I say it, competition for our members to measure themselves against their own previous levels and against other members.
The month of July will see the introduction of a special Myzone challenge from Myzone. A prize of $30,000 USD going to a Studio like us, with half that amount being given to one member of the winning studio.
The only prerequisite is to ‘hit’ 1300 MEP’s during the month of July. We’d really like you to help Studio Twenty 3 (and subsequently a member of ST3 – maybe even you!) win the cash prize. The more members who complete 1300 MEP’s in July, the more times ST3 will be entered into the draw.
You shouldn’t need any motivation to get started using Myzone and once you’ve started, it’s a great system for helping those fitness habits stick. Hit your 1300 points in July and you never know, it could be you taking home $15,000. As the saying goes, you’ve got to be in it to win it!
If you have any questions on the above and would like some further advice, don’t hesitate to reach out – Give us a call on 02380263687 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gareth Allen - Personal Trainer and Owner.