Are you on our Top 10 “IQ Points” List?

Are you wearing your heart rate monitor? We are! From August 1-24 check out the TOP 10 PSF Point-Earners…

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How do you earn “IQ points”?


Contrary to some beliefs, the goal for your heart rate is NOT to get it as high as you can for the entire workout.  The actual goal is to stay within the “orange and red  zones” as much as possible with – especially surging during high intensity intervals (star jumps, burpees, high knee runs, etc.).

As a reminder, our Performance System uses the commonly-accepted formula to calculate your estimated maximum heart rate 220-age. An example would be a 40 year old’s estimated maximum heart rate as 220-40=180

It then calculates your training zones based on this estimate (blue 50-60%, green 60-70%, yellow 70-80%, orange 80-90%, red 90%+). These are the colors your square turns during class on the laptop of cycle room screens.

The “IQ Points” are the software’s system of recording how much time is spent in each zone.

  • 1 min in blue zone is 1 point
  • 1 min in green zone is 2 points
  • 1 min in yellow zone is 3 points
  • 1 min in orange zone is 4 points
  • 1 min in red zone is 5 points

This gives a better comparison person-to-person since the zones are specifically set to each individual and calories cannot compare because they are gender, age and weight dependent.

Wow! That seems like A LOT of workouts! 

Keep in mind, some times your heart rate strap is picked up as you leave class or arrive early. Registering you as “in” another workout when you are just passing by. That can skew your workout tally but won’t really affect your calories or IQ points.

Why should I care about all of this?

It’s motivating, feedback and creates consistency! Keeping track of your approximate calorie burn or IQ point accumulation for different formats and class lengths can help keep you on track and let you know when it is time to “pick it up”!

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