What do I do with my resting heart rate?

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suffolk rider
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What do I do with my resting heart rate?

Postby suffolk rider » Mon Feb 18, 2013 18:25 pm

No doubt a really stupid question to some: but I have read so many references to how important it is to work out your RHR, but then nowhere - so far as I can see - does it tell you what to DO with it, i.e. in terms of setting your HR zones. Can someone please enlighten me? :?

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Re: What do I do with my resting heart rate?

Postby Imposter » Mon Feb 18, 2013 18:32 pm

Are you sure you've got that right ? RHR is largely irrelevant as a performance measure. It would be more logical to set zones using your max.

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Re: What do I do with my resting heart rate?

Postby mamba80 » Mon Feb 18, 2013 18:37 pm

suffolk rider wrote:No doubt a really stupid question to some: but I have read so many references to how important it is to work out your RHR, but then nowhere - so far as I can see - does it tell you what to DO with it, i.e. in terms of setting your HR zones. Can someone please enlighten me? :?


Karvonen method

The Karvonen method factors in resting heart rate (HRrest) to calculate target heart rate (THR), using a range of 50–85% intensity:

THR = ((HRmax − HRrest) × % intensity) + HRrest
Example for someone with a HRmax of 180 and a HRrest of 70:

50% Intensity: ((180 − 70) × 0.50) + 70 = 125 bpm
85% Intensity: ((180 − 70) × 0.85) + 70 = 163 bpm

Google Machinehead heart rate zones for various methods of zone intensity, including Karvonen and BC, ABCC etc Down load the s/w and play away!


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