Know Your Zone

October 26, 2017

Imagine you are driving your car on a long trip. You will notice that after you’ve reached your destination, the engine of your vehicle stays warm as it gradually cools to a resting temperature. Did you know that the same thing happens to your body after a workout? As you return to your daily routine, your body’s metabolism can continue to burn more calories as you cool down. This physiological effect is called Exercise Post Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) which some people call the afterburn.

Through the newly installed WIRED system, the fitness experts at the JCC can now offer effective guidance and support for clients who want to systematically track their heart rate to lose weight, gain muscle and accelerate their metabolism.

Understanding your heart rate allows you to target your work for EPOC and can keep your metabolism elevated 12-36 hours post workout which means you will be burning calories while resting.

To capitalize on EPOC, and increase the afterburn effect, you will want to maintain 70-90% of your maximum heart rate for 50-60% of your workout.

On the JCC’s WIRED system, this means you will see your tile in the yellow-orange zone. Being able to visualize your heart rate during exercise will push you to reach and maintain that zone in order to maximize your afterburn.

Now through November 15, JCC members can purchase the WIRED chest strap or the Mio Slice watch at the introductory price of $35 for the strap (reg. $50) and $99 for the watch (reg. $114). JCC Fitness team members will help clients register on the system and learn how to use the equipment.

Members who want to start working with a personal trainer to learn more about how their own personal heart rate data can be used to increase the effectiveness of their workouts can purchase a Try Pack of 3 training sessions for $99.

If you are interested in learning more about how WIRED can work for you, contact JCC Fitness Director, Katie Nickel at 414-967-8269 or or stop by one of our customer service desks at any time.