The Observation Workout
All of us have a favorite workout. Sometimes we even name our workouts. If you're a cyclist, it might be the lunch time ride or the river ride or the Tuesday night ride. For a runner it might be meeting your training partner for the Three Miler. Your first workout is to look at your heart rate monitor and just observe it. This is called the "Observation Workout".
Workout as you would normally, and do so comfortably. Don't change a thing. Just do your favorite weight training or cardio or stretching session and just get to know your heart rate monitor. Don't fight with it or fuss. There's a tendency to disagree with your monitor on your first workout and say it's not right or not working. In 98% of the cases the monitor is right and the person is wrong. As humans, we tend to want something different, like a higher or lower heart rate number.
During this workout, just look and be detached from the numbers. They don't really have a lot of meaning until they are all put into relationship with each other anyway. Don't have an opinion. It's called ""training with detachment"". Buddhists speak of loving without attachment and it's the same principle. Be in the present and just look, feel, wonder, think or muse. Don't fight with what you are observing or argue with yourself about it. For now, just accept the information.
When you finish this workout, record into your training log the following information:
Average heart rate: _____ bpm (the average through the whole workout-not available on all monitors)
Peak heart rate: _____ bpm (the highest number you see)
Training time: _____ min. (the total elapsed time during the workout)