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TRUE Fitness Treadmills - heart rate monitoring

TRUE Fitness Treadmills & Heart Rate Training

Believe it or not, you already own the most effective training tool that can help you personalize workouts to lose fat, get stronger, faster and healthier.  Yes, your heart, or more specifically your heart rate.

“Heart rate training is using your heart rate response to gauge the intensity you’re working,” Declan Connolly, co-author of Heart Rate Training: Increase Endurance, Raise Lactate Threshold, and Boost Power, and director of the Human Performance Lab at the University of Vermont, explained to “Anybody can benefit from heart rate training.”

TRUE Fitness Treadmill Excel 900The best home treadmills make it easy to personalize workouts using one’s heart rate.  Of course it is important to seek a treadmill from a quality brand, powered with a reliable motor, and backed by an extensive warranty.  However, it is also important to choose a treadmill with integrated heart rate programming.  While many manufacturers offer treadmills that show heart rate while in use, TRUE Fitness treadmills take it a step further.  TRUE Fitness treadmills include a full suite of heart rate training programs to individualize training.


About Heart Rate Training

Heart rate training uses your heart rate or beats per minute (bpm) as a guide for intensity.   Instead of training at a specific pace (i.e. treadmill speed in mph), you use a heart rate monitor to train your cardiorespiratory system to work at a specific intensity for a set amount of time.

To get an optimum workout it is important to pace yourself.  You want your heart rate at the proper level for an extended period of time.  If your heart rate gets too high your activity can become counterproductive, if it is too low you are not getting any substantial health benefits.

One of the benefits of a heart rate training regimen is consistency; something that should be desired in all workouts.  With TRUE’s Heart Rate Control (HRC®) System, users always stay within a few beats of their target heart rate while working out on the equipment.


About TRUE Fitness Treadmills

Frank Trulaske - TRUE Fitness

Frank Trulaske, Founder & CEO at TRUE Fitness

TRUE Fitness has remained the leader in both commercial and residential
treadmills since 1981.  The company has been able to rise to the top by building the highest quality treadmills and supporting them with superior service.  TRUE’s goal is not to sell the most treadmills, but rather to sell the best treadmills.  Over the years, the fitness industry has changed, new markets have sprung up and the needs of customers have evolved.  But TRUE’s core principles, reinforced by Founder and CEO, Frank Trulaske, remain constant. (See TRUE’s history >)

While having any treadmill in your home gym is better than having no treadmill, not all treadmills are not created equal.  True Fitness is one company that offers extremely high-quality treadmills.  At Fitness Gallery, we believe in TRUE Fitness treadmills, and have offered them to our customers for over two decades.  Here are some heart rate features that set TRUE apart from the competition:


TRUE Heart Rate Control (HRC)

Heart Rate Control - True Fitness TreadmillsMany treadmills offer systems to monitor heart rate.  Most include contact grips or bluetooth integrated heart rate monitoring.  TRUE Fitness treadmills are unique in that they include a patented feature called Heart Rate Control (HRC).  TRUE’s HRC system allows users to set and stay at a their target heart rate (like setting cruise control in a car).  Once the target heart rate is set, the treadmill will automatically adjust the speed and/or the gradient of the treadmill deck to keep the user at their target.

If users don’t feel like finding that target heart rate on their own, TRUE treadmills feature the Cruise Control button. Simply press the button when a stress level that feels right is attained and the machine will do the rest, automatically adjusting to their selected heart rate. Cruise Control keeps runners comfortable and motivated throughout their workout. It can be said exercising without heart rate monitoring is like driving a car without a speedometer. TRUE offers HRC workouts that are seamlessly integrated into the equipment to ensure the heart gets the exercise and strength training it needs.

HRC programs included on each TRUE Fitness treadmill:
  1. HRC Target
    If you would like to train at a target heart rate, HRC Target allows you to set and stay at your target heart rate.  Once your heart rate is within 10 BPM (beats per minute) of the your target, the fitness equipment takes over and maintains your heart rate for the rest of the workout.
  2. HRC Distance
    Training for a 5k or 10k race?  TRUE treadmills offer specialized HRC programs to help you reach your distance goals.
  3. HRC Weight Loss
    Are you trying to lose weight?  TRUE’s HRC weight loss program generates a personalized workout for maximum fat loss.  The fat-burning zone is approximately 60-70% of your maximum heart rate.  In the fat-burning zone, your body taps into fat stores for energy instead of using basic sugars and carbohydrates.  This results in fat loss.  HRC Weight Loss can help you avoid over-training by automatically keeping you in the fat-burning zone.
  4. HRC Aerobic
    If you are looking to improve your cardio fitness, TRUE’s HRC Aerobic program will keep you in optimum aerobic shape.
  5. HRC Interval
    If you have interest in interval training, HRC Intervals will give you the ultimate personalized interval workout.

If heart rate training is important to you, TRUE Fitness treadmills offer a number of unique training programs for you.  All programming is subject to console selection and product type, so make sure to ask your Fitness Gallery representative for more details.



Regardless of your fitness goal, heart rate training can help you achieve it.  Using your heart rate to measure workout intensity is one of the most effective ways to improve your health.  If you are thinking about buying a home treadmill, consider TRUE Fitness treadmills for their HRC programming.  Fitness Gallery carries a full line-up of commercial and residential TRUE Fitness treadmills.  If you are interested in learning more, then please feel free to give us a call today at 303-399-1000 to speak with a representative today.


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