The reality for most of us when exercise enters the picture is that we’re triggered somehow into believing we suddenly need to get into better shape–it could be that pair of jeans fitting way too tightly, the beach vacation we just booked, or even the doctor telling us we have hypertension, putting us at a higher risk of heart disease.
Whatever the trigger, we know we have a problem, so we gather our running shoes and start sweating it out: 20 minute jogs that grow to 40 minutes, group classes at the gym, weights, P90X in the basement, boot camp on the beach, whatever it is – we get at it.
Invariably our motivation wanes and within the first 6 weeks most of us have thrown in the towel. Giving up means our best intentions of a firmer body and a stronger heart are never realized.
The solution is not more inspiring music or reading self-help books – the solution is understanding the human reward system and playing into it. Simply put, humans need feedback and instant gratification in order to be encouraged to modify or create a given behavior. Without reward, without a sense of gaining something, why would you want to do anything?
Myzone tracks every ounce of effort you put into exercise by the beat of your heart. This data is then used in a very simple point system, called MEPS (Myzone Effort Points), to give users a sense of satisfaction and achievement. It ensures all of your effort is rewarded.
Myzone uses a chest strap for one important reason: accuracy. Wrist-based devices are simply not accurate for exercise that is non rhythmical, at a high intensity, or when the wearer tenses their forearm muscles. Therefore, the data that comes from these devices is inaccurate when boxing, jumping, lifting, or moving in different ways, and inaccurate data is irrelevant. This is why Myzone uses a chest strap - the information collected is 99.4% accurate to an EKG machine and is fit for the purpose of exercise. We believe that you deserve credit for all your effort – so we make sure all of it counts.
Myzone doesn’t measure speed, cadence, or weight lifted - it measures the effort put in. This levels the playing field so that beginner effort can be comparable with the effort exerted by elite athletes. Everyone can control the effort they exert, and it is the control of that factor that makes Myzone so fun and engaging.
The Myzone system easily integrates with other technology. It’s able to sync with cardio equipment at the gym, 3rd party smartphone/smartwatch apps, and even able to connect to your favorite bike computer or sync with Apple Health. One of the key benefits of Myzone is that it has a memory chip, so if you want to forget your phone, it’s ok! Go running, horse riding, or rake leaves for the afternoon and let your belt count every beat! Hassle-free.
Myzone gives real time feedback during each workout to encourage effort in the moment via in-gym monitors or your smartphone. The Myzone smartphone app then stores that data in the form of a logbook. This helps you set and attain goals. In order to enhance the sense of satisfaction, the platform also enables you to compete with friends and to communicate for fun and encouragement. Social sharing, leaderboards, and community add real power to the motivational forces you can expect from Myzone.
Myzone’s mission is to motivate you to put in the effort required to get the health and fitness results you want. We do that by driving a sustained adherence to exercise by using a relevant device, a specific metric around effort, and an active online community. Because the reality is if you hit your numbers, you’ll hit your goal.