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Heart rate

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Jan 2007
11:00pm, 1 Jan 2007
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I'm being challenged by HRM gift and need to learn how to use it.<br><br>What is my base heart rate - should I take this when I am absolutley still and doing absiolutely nothing (except breathing), it's about 54 - and 63 when I am typing !!
Jan 2007
11:02pm, 1 Jan 2007
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KinkyS
First thing in the morning, lying down, before you have done anything at all, even before you get out of bed :)
Jan 2007
11:03pm, 1 Jan 2007
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Your resting heart rate is best taken when you first wake up in the morning. You can either take your pulse for a minute or for 30 seconds and double it or 15 seconds and multiply by 4.

Your max is 220 minus your age :-)
Jan 2007
11:03pm, 1 Jan 2007
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Blimey Kate - taking my pulse is not the first thing I think of in the morning - must leave myself a note !
Jan 2007
11:03pm, 1 Jan 2007
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x post katie !! (something I know about ;-))
Jan 2007
11:04pm, 1 Jan 2007
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Thanks Emmi - I found several bits of advice on max, and plumped for a figuire in the middle of all my calcs !
Jan 2007
11:06pm, 1 Jan 2007
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Mykey
There are other equations out there to help calculate the max but best way is a max heart rate test...have a look at the articles/threads on here or on RW for the exact advice but basically running fast until you can run no more...throwing up is optional.... ;-)
Jan 2007
11:07pm, 1 Jan 2007
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KinkyS
The max calculation is only very approximate. Mine is at least 10 beats higher than 220-age, so if you can do a test to find out what it really is.
Jan 2007
11:07pm, 1 Jan 2007
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you can work out your 'zones' from your max 60%, 70% etc etc it depends on how specific your training is but if you take your resting etc over a period of weeks the fitter you get (not saying you are not already!) you should see it reduce
Jan 2007
11:09pm, 1 Jan 2007
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I think mine stops!! Hi Mykey!!

About This Thread

Maintained by Elderberry
Everything you need to know about training with a heart rate monitor. Remember the motto "I can maintain a fast pace over the race distance because I am an Endurance God". Mind the trap door....

Gobi lurks here, but for his advice you must first speak his name. Ask and you shall receive.

A quote:

"The area between the top of the aerobic threshold and anaerobic threshold is somewhat of a no mans land of fitness. It is a mix of aerobic and anaerobic states. For the amount of effort the athlete puts forth, not a whole lot of fitness is produced. It does not train the aerobic or anaerobic energy system to a high degree. This area does have its place in training; it is just not in base season. Unfortunately this area is where I find a lot of athletes spending the majority of their seasons, which retards aerobic development. The athletes heart rate shoots up to this zone with little power or speed being produced when it gets there." Matt Russ, US International Coach

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