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Old 07-26-08, 04:54 PM
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Heart Rate Training

Do many of you use heart monitors? Do many of you use the standard 220-age as max HR? how do you decide what rates to train at? I don't believe this basic formula is correct for all of us, whether you're an atlete or not. I seem to train at different HR's for different sports or activities. Running and rowing gets my HR higher with less effort than cycling.
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I just hold my thumb to my neck and count...1001, 1002....
If I can't keep count, I slow down a bit. I could see why running and rowing at the same time would elevate your HR.
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Originally Posted by bklein View Post
Do many of you use heart monitors? Do many of you use the standard 220-age as max HR? how do you decide what rates to train at? I don't believe this basic formula is correct for all of us, whether you're an atlete or not. I seem to train at different HR's for different sports or activities. Running and rowing gets my HR higher with less effort than cycling.
I train with a hr monitor and my hr tends to change on a daily basis depending on lots of things. I mainly use it to ensure a constant intensity in a workout. And hr's change from person to person vastly. My lt hr is around 178-180 while another person my height/weight has an lt of only 160.
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Running and rowing....the new biathlon.
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Originally Posted by bklein View Post
Do many of you use heart monitors? Do many of you use the standard 220-age as max HR? how do you decide what rates to train at? I don't believe this basic formula is correct for all of us, whether you're an atlete or not. I seem to train at different HR's for different sports or activities. Running and rowing gets my HR higher with less effort than cycling.
Buy or borrow a heart rate training book. HR training programs are way too complicated to explain in a paragraph or two on an internet message board.

I recommend "The Cyclist's Training Bible" by Joe Friel. But there are other good training guides out there.

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