Applying the Science & History of Heart Rate Variability Technology
At the University of Minnesota Andrew Heaton - lead instructor of Life Strength Fitness, studied and applied Heart Rate Variability (HRV) to rapidly improve the performance of the Golden Gopher athletes. Russian strength coaches have been using this technology to train elite athletes dating back to the 1960’s and finally this technology has made its way to the United States.
The technology to track heart rate variability used to be an room full of expensive gear ten years ago, but now a new company and product is on the market, Morpheus 2.0 has refined this technology into a simple and affordable tool that can completely change your results. Life Strength Fitness purchased the Team Software so we can see everyones data remotely and have had great success with increasing strength, speed, and power that far surpassed the results seen from waking up in the morning and making up your program/training that day based solely on "how do I feel?"
With Morpheus 2.0, the goal is to train smarter and get better results in less time. Morpheus compares your Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and resting heart rate against a 10 day average to determine your recovery %, and then adjusts your recovery % up or down based on sleep(hours you slept, how you feel, how sore you are, your fatigue level before you went to sleep, nutrition quality you had that day, and how many alcoholic drinks you had), activity(how many steps you took on the previous day), and training(how much stress your strength, cardio, or mixed training session caused your nervous system).
For you fitness technology users out there, Morpheus 2.0 pulls your sleep and activity data from any fitbit, garmin, polar, apple health app, or googlefit app so you don’t have to enter it. You can also enter all of this information manually if you don’t have one of these fitness wearables.
After you know your recovery % for the day. Morpheus 2.0 shows you what HR ranges to train in to improve aerobic conditioning, anaerobic conditioning, and speed up your recovery.
Product comes with video training, 24/7 support, and an invitation to the Morpheus users facebook group.
Here is how you use Morpheus
Finish your sleep analysis (sleep cycle alarm clock app) or fitbit from measuring your sleep
Put your Morpheus Watch on and turn it on
Open your Morpheus App
Lay down and relax
Click the green button in the middle that says “Recovery Test”
Keep relaxing for 2:30 while your Heart Rate Variability and resting Heart Rate are measured
When it is complete answer the 4 questions
Then you get your recovery % and recovery color
What does your recovery % tell you?
This information helps you decide to train using your structured program as planned (Green)
When to ask your certified HRV trainer how to vary your program to still get results from training that day (Orange)
When to take a day off from your program and train in your recovery range to help boost your recovery % (Red)
What does your HRV and Recovery % tell a certified HRV trainer?
How did your body respond to your previous day of training
Are there any changes needed to your program to send your nervous system and cells the correct signal to improve
When your body has improved from your program so changes can be made
When your body is plateauing from your program so changes can be made
How many days does it take for you to recovery from one of your training sessions
Morpheus 2.0 helps you alter your training daily based on your recovery % and HRV
If you were planning on doing some aerobic conditioning, anaerobic conditioning, or accelerating your recovery Morpheus 2.0 shows you what heart rate range to train in that day and for how long. You can also see your training history which logs calorie expenditure and average HR.
You also wear your Morpheus Watch during your workouts, select the type of training you are doing, and then it will show you your heart rate zones and current heart rate, current calorie expenditure, and then it stores that and syncs it with your app on your phone. When you finish you answer 2 questions about how hard the workout felt, your performance, and any notes you’d like to record about that session. Then Morpheus shows you how much stress that workout applied to your nervous system and how much that lowered your recovery %.
Open your Morpheus app and click on the sleep button
Answer 3 questions about your fatigue, nutrition quality, and how many alcoholic beverages you consumed that day. This information will get factored in to your morning assessment on the following day.