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  • Max Heart Rate Increasing??

     Gunner updated 11 years, 7 months ago 3 Members · 5 Posts
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  • Anonymous

    Member
    8 October 2009 at 11:00 am

    I’ve been using a HRM on and off for a couple of years now. In a kind of unscientific way, I got my Max heart rate to 182 bpm by pedalling as long & hard as I could on the turbo.

    Recently, I acheived a max of 185 whilst out on a MTB ride, and last night whilst stupidly racing a mate up a climb, it peaked at 191 bpm.

    The question is, was my first reading incorrect, or as I have improved with my fitness, has my Max increased?

  • Gunner

    Member
    8 October 2009 at 6:59 pm

    I would interpret that as your initial readings being inaccurate.

    I would also find it difficult to get a max heart rate reading on a turbo, too much like hard work.

    The stupid race up a climb being much more reliable.

    Common sense dictates that as fitness improves the heart becomes more efficient, therefore the work required to acheive climb A might be 180 BPM.

    As fitness improves Climb A would be acheivable, with all other factors constant, at say 172 BPM.

  • HarryB

    Member
    12 October 2009 at 5:46 pm

    OK I’ve been travelling back from Majorca all day and I’m in a foul mood. And God knows why I am wasting my time on here when I could be unpacking cases or stuff like that.

    So, apologies for the brusque tones of my reply.

    Listen up. The only way to find out your maximum heart rate is by finding out. There are a variety of ways of doing this.

    220 minus your age is a VERY rough rule of thumb.

    EVERYONE is different. Some people have massive maximum HR but that doesn’t mean they are fitter than someone with a lower max HR.

    A low resting HR is generally a sign of fitness but not necessarily so. You can be very unfit with a low resting HR and VERY, VERY fit with a fairly ordinary resting HR.

    Whenever we get round to discussing HR training or heart rates in general I offer lots of pearls of wisdom but is anyone REALLY interested?

    Now, do you want to know how to find out what your Max HR is? Also why do you want to know?

    See, I did say I was in a foul mood.

    My next post will be me back to my usual helpful self

  • HarryB

    Member
    12 October 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I would interpret that as your initial readings being inaccurate.

    I would also find it difficult to get a max heart rate reading on a turbo, too much like hard work.

    The stupid race up a climb being much more reliable.

    Common sense dictates that as fitness improves the heart becomes more efficient, therefore the work required to acheive climb A might be 180 BPM.

    As fitness improves Climb A would be acheivable, with all other factors constant, at say 172 BPM.

    Gunner, 100% accurate comments. Good fella.

    But he’s still no closer to knowing what his max HR is and I’m no closer to knowing why he wants to know 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

  • Gunner

    Member
    12 October 2009 at 6:43 pm

    But he’s still no closer to knowing what his max HR is and I’m no closer to knowing why he wants to know 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

    I think the answer lies in Lemmings first sentence “in a kind of unscientific way”…………….No such thing where the HRM is concerned.

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