Good Afternoon All!
I decided it was about time I talked a little bit about my love for MyZone. I’m sure after this post you will be looking into this super cool technology for yourselves and/or asking for it at your local gym!
I was first introduced to MyZone as a Kosama member. Kosama started implementing the MyZone technologies in their facilities about a year ago.
How Does It Work?
Users purchase a MyZone belt and wear it as they would any other heart rate monitor while they work out
While exercising the user’s data is either stored in the belt’s memory or displayed live if at a MyZone enabled facility.
Stored data can be uploaded wirelessly once a user visits a MyZone enabled facility
After an exercise or an upload a confirmation email is sent to the user.
User’s login to their account to view tracking tools, set up personal goals and participate in competitions.
What Makes It Great
The MyZone technology is really at its best when displayed live at a facility. Each user pops up on the screen when wearing their belt in their own little bubble. Users identifying their bubble with a nickname of their choice the picked during the registration process. So what is so cool about this bubble? The bubble displays the users heart rate, % of maximum heart rate, calories burned and MEPs. The displayed data helps both the user and the instructor.
The user can see where their heart rate is at so they know whether to pick up the pace or catch their breath a bit. Because their belt is individually tailored to their height, weight and gender they get a personalized display of how their body is working. The belt will adjust with the user over time as their resting heart rate adjusts, and their fitness level changes.
The bubbles are also color-coded according to heart rate zones. With gray being the lowest followed by blue, green, yellow and finally red. These color-coded zones help both user and instructor. Kosama has utilized these colors as they write their programing so users know at every point during their workout what color zone they should aim to be in. Furthermore the colors allow the trainer to get an accurate read of how their class is doing. Are they working hard? too hard? or not hard enough? This lets the trainer make modifications as they teach and also allows them to cue different exercises or modifications for those in different zones, so each and every user can get their best workout in.
For any users who are worried about their heart rate info being visible to others, they can choose to remove their bubble from the screen, though I have found while some members were concerned about this at first most are no longer worried. Because the belts are tailored to you and your fitness level, everyone is solely competing against themselves and their own personal best and thus are on a fairly level playing field.
For instance this picture shows my PR for MEPs thus far, but if you look at my calories and MEPs in my PR compared to my calories in MEPs from last night’s kickboxing class you can see that my belt has adjusted since I obtained my PR. I would no have to burn more calories to get the same number of MEPs. This is some really smart technology! Check back in for another post on MyZone this week and their cool scale the Tanita!
Have you used MyZone?
What feature is most appealing?