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Calculating heart rate zones..(2 posts)

Calculating heart rate zones..Snyder
Feb 18, 2003 8:42 PM
How do you calculate your HR zones? Do you take a straight percentage of your measured max?
I read of a study that suggests taking your max, subtracting measured resting HR, then multiplying the result by the percentage, then adding back in resting HR. Anyone use this method? Have an opinion?
re: Calculating heart rate zones..PEDDLEFOOT
Feb 19, 2003 6:20 AM
That is the Karvonen method for establishing HR zones.It's widely used and seems to be fairly accurate for most people.Some discrepancies occur at the lower percentages ie. 65%-75%.The higher percentages usually are within a few beats from the standard 220 minus your age method.Try it both ways and see for yourself how you feel at differnt levels.Finding your resting HR is the key to getting the most accurate calculations.Make sure you take an average from at least three consecutive mornings.Five would be better but may only change the average a beat or two.