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I don't want to rain on anyone's parade or scare anyone but a low resting heart rate can also be the result of a serious medical condition, such as Sinus Bradycardia or some other Arrhythmia. Unless one has the fitness levels and exercise background to justify a low resting HR they should consult a physician (preferably a cardiologist) to be sure that the ol' ticker is OK. People with low resting heart rates usually end up on atropine as a first course of therapy. If that doesn't do the trick, then patients are usually fitted with a pacemaker.
Hopefully, this is not the case and Big Lug is one helluva fit 350 lb guy.
Also, something else to consider about resting heart rates is that a low RHR is not an indicator of athletic performace. Last year there were quite a few riders in the TdF with a RHR between 55 & 60 BPM. It seems, however, that the ones we remember are the extemely low ones such as Armstrong's and Indurain's.