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How can I find a better value for my Max HR?

When I first used Activio I used the formula "226 - age" and now use a Max HR value of 198 bpm.

In the beginning this was okay but now when I have trained with Activio for a while I sometimes feel that my max HR value is wrong because I'm in the wrong zone all the time. For instance when I'm not feeling tired at all I can be in the yellow zone for 20-30 minutes without any problem.

My instructor say I need to find a better value for my maximum heart rate, how can I do that?

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Magnus Posted 4 years ago

FINDING A MORE ACCURATE MAXIMUM HEART RATE

  1. Strap on the chest belt and start exercising
  2. Check your heart rate on the Activio meter
  3. Estimate your perceived level of excertion, from white to red
  4. Is the meter showing too low compared to how you feel?
  5. Begin by lowering the starting value by 5 beats.
  6. Is the meter showing too high compared to how you feel?
  7. Begin by raising the starting value by 5 beats.

Repeat the routine for a few classes and the system will soon be calibrated with your accurate maximum heart rate.

An example:

  • You have used a max hr of 195 BPM.
  • Start exercising, if you feel that you reach the colored zones to early you need to follow step 6-7 and add 5 beats to your max hr (195+5).
  • Next time you try to use a max hr of 200 bpm and see how that feels.

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