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#1 siggin

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 12:16 PM

Newbie here, I mostly run 5 km laps and started training to get to 10 km a week ago. I got myself a HRM and was trying to figure out my maximum heart rate. Most people seem to use the 220 - age formulla and I am 32 years old:

 

220 - 32 years = 188 bpm

 

So my max heart rate would be 188 bpm. I went running with my new HRM today for the first time and sprinted uphil just to see how my heart rate would jump. On a 4 km lap I got an avarage of 160 bpm with a maximum of 196 bpm when sprinting uphil.

 

Is it important that my real maximum heart rate goes over the theoretical 188 bpm? Should I adjust my maximum heart rate (and the heart rate zones) to 196 bpm or is it best to keep it like this?

 

Thanks all!


Edited by siggin, 04 July 2014 - 12:24 PM.


#2 Gavin

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 02:45 PM

Hey siggin! Welcome to TRF :) 

 

Good question. Though I'm not an expert on this, I'd say it's definitely possible that your max HR is 196, or your device is just a little off. (220 - age) is probably less accurate than your HR monitor though. 

 

I'd adjust your training based off of the data that your HR monitor gets - because if it's all relative to your HR monitor... that's what matters!


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#3 siggin

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 03:06 PM

Thanks Gavin. I found this article which confirms what you are saying. Better use your own measurements.



#4 Gavin

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 07:39 PM

Thanks Gavin. I found this article which confirms what you are saying. Better use your own measurements.

 

You're welcome! Happy to help :D


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