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30 Jan 2004

heart rate
what would the right way be to measure my max heart rate.I am 49 years old,fairly fit,mostly spinning,and I have a resting rate of +-45(before I get up in the morning).I ask because my rate seems to be low during a class(110-130)
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Mickey

The classic method is to use the age equation, which is 200 minus age. So in your case, it would be 171 bpm. However, this is so broad an estimate, that it is quite frankly worthless in many people. I have come across people of the same age who can reach maximum heart rates that differ by up to 20 to 25 bpm. it's really an individual characteristic, and many other factors affect it. Now, in your case, the fact that your heart rate is only 130 during your sessions seems to indicate that your heart rate is just naturally low. However, I don't know how hard these sessions are to you. It may sound like an oversimplification, but the best and most accurate way of finding your max heart accurately is to just go out and exercise as hard as you can over a period of about20 minutes. In otherwords, a time trial on the bike of 20 minutes, or a 5 km running trial, where you push to absolute limits would give you a pretty good maximum. It needs to last at least 10 minutes to be true reflection.

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