What is Zonefit?
Harnessing the principles of VO2 Max training, Zonefit represents an easy to follow, indoor cycling interval programme, based on heart rate zones; with Watt and Music BPM alternatives.
The core programme consists of 13 cards, which can be run over 6 or 12 months and takes participants on a journey from base, to power, to HIIT training, with explosive race cards that capture both track and outdoor events. Uniquely, the programme has been created to deliver personal and progressive workouts within a class environment.
VO2 is the volume of oxygen consumed, which can be utilized in the lungs after inhalation of O2 and exhalation of CO2. Your VO2 Max is the highest rate at which your body can transport oxygen to your muscles, which your muscles can then use to produce energy. As with most physiological measures your current VO2 Max is determined by your genetic potential and your training status but with the right type of training i.e. Zonefit, you can increase your VO2 Max up to your genetic potential. Fitness can be measured by the volume of oxygen you can consume while exercising at your maximum capacity. In essence, those who are fit have higher VO2 Max values and can exercise more intensely than those who are not as well conditioned. Numerous studies show that you can increase your VO2 Max by regularly working out at an intensity that raises your heart rate to between 65 and 85%. The Zonefit programme has been designed to do just that and the carefully calculated work and recovery intervals build a strong aerobic and cardiovascular base.
Cards 1-3 build strong foundations through base training and working primarily in two heart rate zones. During cards 4-6 participants are challenged with power training and through more sustained gear work, increasing strength. The base and power work now provide the ability to work on endurance in the HIIT card, where the Anaerobic Threshold is pushed, creating the ability to maintain intensity for longer. Capitalising on the growing awareness and trend for heart rate training, the core programme works with intervals designated by heart rate. Participants are encouraged towork across 4 zones and by utilising, where possible, heart rate monitors instructors and participants know exactly the level they are required to reach through out the session. Whilst heart rate monitors are preferable, the basic programme can still be followed using RPE, the rate of perceived exertion. Cards are run on a 4 week cycle and each come with an optional, specially commissioned music profile to create an atmospheric and inspiring environment to engage and deliver results.