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HRV and the Wild Geese Training Methods

Over the last couple of days I was in the company of a group of trainers listening to Joel Jamieson talk about his Bioforce HRV system.

With Joel Jameison of and Bioforce HRV

With Joel Jameison of and Bioforce HRV

Now, I’m still processing this info, i tend to take my time with things like this, not really talking too much about things until I’ve had some practical experience using the tool and/or techniques.

But, after reading Joel’s book, going through his online video course, listening to him talk in person and talking to Alan Sherry of CSP Bray who’s been using it with his athletes for some time. My Bullshit filter failed to go off. Which is a good thing.

So what is it?

And how will affect what goes on in WG-Fit?

First off, Heart Rate Variability is simply the variance in time between the heart beats. The Bioforce system Joel has developed is a way of measuring and tracking this variance.

How is this important?

Well, like I say I’m still processing the info, but in essence, you have two sides of the nervous system which are a bit like the brake and accelerator pedals in your car.

You’ve the Sympathetic nervous system (the “accelerator”) And you have the Parasympathetic nervous system (“brake”)

When it’s go time, performance time, stress time, the sympathetic side kicks in. When it’s chill tome, recovery time, we need the parasympathetic side to work.

And the variance in our heart rate is the best method we have available to us to track which side of the nervous system is working and to decide what to do about it.

If you’ve followed my work for any length of time, or trained with me directly, you’ll have heard me talk endlessly about breathing and how the exhale is attached to the parasympathetic nervous system and is the key to recovery.

You should also know that even though it’s been out of fashion for a long time I advocate low intensity  cardio vascular training as I believe cardio vascualar fitness, not strength, to be the most important fundamental aspect of fitness.

And according to Joel’s research, I’m on the right lines.

But now with Bioforce HRV, we have the tools to track recovery and better determine the training styles, and intensities needed to get the best out of our athletes.

I’ll be rolling this out slowly within the #WgFamily. Starting with our closest members and competitors. I’d also be very interested in taking an online client taking this on for a trial.

Once we have developed a bank of experience with these “test subjects” I intend to roll it out as a standard for our personal training clients and an option for our group training members.

Which will give a service that looks like this:

  1. Client requests personalised programming / training

  2. Session 1: Anatomy in Motion assessment to gauge current posture and movement and highlight areas that require attention.

  3. HRV readings are collected.

  4. Clients wants and needs are analysed.

  5. All information is collected and used to create a training plan.

  6. Plan is guided by continuing HRV information and adjusted accordingly.

Keep your eyes peeled for further info on this topic.

And if you’re interested in becoming one of the few people in Ireland to be trained using HRV, give me a shout.


Dave Hedges

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