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Old 11-16-2004, 10:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What is your Resting Heart Rate?

I used to run a lot like 3 years ago, i'd run marathons and at least 40 miles a week untill i started having trouble with my knees, an hereditary condition which makes my knees too vulnerable to shock. So, i stopped doing exercise at all. At that time my RHR was of 50 beats per minute. Two months ago i started exercising againg and was shcoked to know that my RHR was of 83!!!, i've been working out since then and managed to get my RHR back to 60 beats. So, i was wondering what is the average RHR for the fellow TFPer.
It's easy to calculate your RHR, you sit for a while and then count your heart beats for 15 secs and then multiply it by 4, the result is your RHR.
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Old 11-16-2004, 01:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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resting heart rate - 63-64
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Old 11-16-2004, 01:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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70 when i last checked.
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Old 11-16-2004, 02:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Mine was 64.
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Old 11-16-2004, 02:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It's always been about 80, from the first time I measured it 30 years ago. I've been in good shape and bad shape in that time, and it's always about the same. Must be designed in.
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Old 11-16-2004, 04:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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my resting heart rate is about 52
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Old 11-16-2004, 05:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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RHR is 60

Just checked and it was 60 as measured ove a WHOLE minute... it actually makes a difference if you like to interpolate from 10 - 15 or 30 seconds it can seem higher or lower by 4 - 6 beats just because of the odd extra beat.

remember that your heart isn a clock and it does speed up and slow down from moment to moment as the CO2 load changes.

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Old 11-17-2004, 09:32 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Used to be 50-, now around 54, last checked at a health screening a month ago.
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Old 11-17-2004, 09:43 AM   #9 (permalink)
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55-60 usually
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Old 11-17-2004, 08:58 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Count me in for 68.
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Old 11-17-2004, 08:59 PM   #11 (permalink)
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last time i checked it was 49. that was when i was running about 3 times a week. it's probably higher now.
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Old 11-19-2004, 10:56 AM   #12 (permalink)
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46 in the am but around 57 midday. I consider myself an active triathlete with cardio 4-5x a week
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Old 11-19-2004, 11:47 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Around 62 during the day. I'm no super-athlete..

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Yeah, I just checked today for a full min for the hell of it, and I got exactly 62!
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Old 11-19-2004, 12:40 PM   #14 (permalink)
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im in the 55 range.
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Old 11-19-2004, 12:42 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Keep in mind, having much lower then 60 is very rare and generally found among "elite athletes", IE a professional basketball player. Im not questioning what anyone is saying is their heart rate, because it's the internet and I really don't care , but to have anywhere near 50 would require quite a bit of training and good genetics..
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Old 11-19-2004, 01:00 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I'm odd. My resting heart rate is 40. It used to be 32, but that was when I was training with my collegiate cycling team. Now that I have graduated, I don't have the time for cycling. I've also gained some weight, so that increases the rate.
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Old 11-19-2004, 01:40 PM   #17 (permalink)
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After three separate measurements, I average about 67.
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Old 11-19-2004, 03:53 PM   #18 (permalink)
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~84. Many years ago, down about 60...but I was doing Taekwondo and actually doing stuff other than sitting on my ass earning a paycheck.
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Old 11-19-2004, 05:30 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Keep in mind, having much lower then 60 is very rare and generally found among "elite athletes", IE a professional basketball player. Im not questioning what anyone is saying is their heart rate, because it's the internet and I really don't care , but to have anywhere near 50 would require quite a bit of training and good genetics..

i don't see why anyone would lie about it. it's not as if having a low resting heart rate brings one lots of prestige. IMO you don't have to be an "elite" athlete to have a rhr below 60. i'm sure not one. i just work out often, and eat right.

btw, i used one of those polar heart rate watch things that you strap around your chest. that's where i got my results. i would assume those are pretty accurate. i slept with it on and just tried to remember to look at the watch when i woke up.

during midday or any time where i haven't been at rest for more than 15 minutes or so, my rhr is around 57.
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Old 11-19-2004, 05:40 PM   #20 (permalink)
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btw, i used one of those polar heart rate watch things that you strap around your chest. that's where i got my results. i would assume those are pretty accurate. i slept with it on and just tried to remember to look at the watch when i woke up.
I'm interested in picking one of those up. What model do you have and what would you recommend?
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Old 11-19-2004, 05:50 PM   #21 (permalink)
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well, i'm not any kind of elite athlete, so I guess I have some great genes... I'm about 49-54
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Old 11-19-2004, 06:50 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I have the Polar S150 unless you are in some serious cycle training it covers most everything you could want. Keep in mind heart rate is not the only way to measure which training zone you are in. Your L2 cycling is going to be different than your L2 heart rate running. I think they have some newer models out that do power now. I paid 110 bucks for mine. Do a search for it on the web.
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Old 11-19-2004, 07:47 PM   #23 (permalink)
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My point is its less likely that your heartrates are down around low 50's and more likely that the counting of the beats is off.
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Old 11-19-2004, 08:30 PM   #24 (permalink)
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i used to be in the 55 range, but im not in as good of shape now... maybe sometime soon i'll get back to that
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Old 11-20-2004, 11:48 AM   #25 (permalink)
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To put things in perspective, Lance Armstong's resting heart rate is 32 beats per minute. Thats so low that were a doctor unfamiliar with him to hear it, he would call for ambulance immediately. Cycling will whip your ass into shape, fast
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Old 11-20-2004, 11:50 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I have the Polar S150 unless you are in some serious cycle training it covers most everything you could want. Keep in mind heart rate is not the only way to measure which training zone you are in. Your L2 cycling is going to be different than your L2 heart rate running. I think they have some newer models out that do power now. I paid 110 bucks for mine. Do a search for it on the web.
I have the S120, the same model without the cycling specific functions. Works pretty well for me--I already had a pretty nice cyclecomputer, so I didnt want to sink anymore money into this thing that I had to. I tell you what though--I still havent figured out how to use all the functions of this thing.
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Old 11-20-2004, 05:05 PM   #27 (permalink)
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My resting heart rate is usually around 50. I've measue it at 48 once or twice while still lying in bed in the morning (I always measure over the course of a full minute).
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Old 11-20-2004, 07:25 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Mine was 49 at the doctor's the other day. I run 3 times a week, though.
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Old 11-22-2004, 12:10 PM   #29 (permalink)
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54 last I checked it. This isn't elite athlete stuff -- just pure genetics. Highest I've measured it was about 60-62, and that was when I was completely non-atheletic.

I have no idea if this is useful or not useful, or how it changes what your max heart rate targets should be. Anyone have any data?

(the rule of thumb of (220-age) as max heart rate, and those endurance/calorie targets of 65% and 70% and 85% etc).
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Old 11-22-2004, 05:04 PM   #30 (permalink)
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54 last time I checked, set off an alarm at the dentists office, said I was "too healthy" heh
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Old 11-26-2004, 06:10 PM   #31 (permalink)
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56-60 ussually... exept during finals month when it goes up to about 72
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Old 11-27-2004, 07:12 AM   #32 (permalink)
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It took me over a minute of frantic searching just to find the pulse! About 60 beats/minute, I have vague memories of it being down to 50 back when I was in shape. Drats.

A funny memory just surfaced: A few years ago I was at a tech expo, in one of the booths you could try a heart beat meter for fun. I put it on, my heartrate was at about 80 from running around on the expo. But it was climbing fast, because I was a bit nervous, and the climbing rate made me even more nervous! So somehow I scared myself to a shocking 220 bpm in less than a minute, when I just ripped the thing off. I didn't even know my heart could beat so fast. It was freaky.
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Old 11-28-2004, 06:37 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Mine was around 80 before I began exercising heavily, is now around 65. I walk and strength train for about an hour 3 times a week, and cycle about 15 miles two times a week.
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Old 11-28-2004, 07:10 PM   #34 (permalink)
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I got 70 beats per minute, i guess that means im really out of shape.
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Old 11-30-2004, 09:03 AM   #35 (permalink)
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So somehow I scared myself to a shocking 220 bpm in less than a minute, when I just ripped the thing off. I didn't even know my heart could beat so fast. It was freaky.
No you didnt, the machine was out of wack. If you were at 220bpm, you would die--or at the least collapse and be carted off to the hospital. Seriously. Professional endurance athletes can't get their heart rates up that high, you surely didnt do it just from being nervous. Me, a very low amateur riding 2 hours a day, five days a week, have never managed to get my heart rate beyond 193, and Im only 19. Trust me, the machine was reading it wrong (which happens all the time--if the contacts get dirty or cant get a good read, or even in surrounding electrical fields from things like power lines or even a TV, the reading can get all whacked up). If your heart rate was even at 200, you wouldnt even be able to see the meter you would blacking out so hard.
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Old 11-30-2004, 02:48 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Oh. *blushes* Well, there was a lot of electronic gadgets around (it was a tech expo after all!) and a lot of people had played with it. So yeah, it was probably faulty. Still, it scared the crap out of me.
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Old 11-30-2004, 04:12 PM   #37 (permalink)
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I'm interested in picking one of those up. What model do you have and what would you recommend?
I just purchased the new Polar S625. It's a nice HRM. It collects altitude (albeit barometric pressure which is less accurate) running speed and distance, and all the Cycling add-ons you would want (Power, Cadence, Speed, etc.)

My RHR is about 56. When I was in college it was in the 40's, but I was a very serious runner then (it paid for my education) and 10 pounds lighter, now I only do Tri's for the fun of it and to stave of those extra few pounds that can creep up on ya.
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Old 11-30-2004, 04:19 PM   #38 (permalink)
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No you didnt, the machine was out of wack. If you were at 220bpm, you would die--or at the least collapse and be carted off to the hospital. Seriously. Professional endurance athletes can't get their heart rates up that high, you surely didnt do it just from being nervous. Me, a very low amateur riding 2 hours a day, five days a week, have never managed to get my heart rate beyond 193, and Im only 19. Trust me, the machine was reading it wrong (which happens all the time--if the contacts get dirty or cant get a good read, or even in surrounding electrical fields from things like power lines or even a TV, the reading can get all whacked up). If your heart rate was even at 200, you wouldnt even be able to see the meter you would blacking out so hard.
Yup, reading a 220 is common. It means the sensor lost contact. Probably because the sensors were not wet, you weren't sweating enough, or you didn't use any kind of contact gel. Just lick your finger and run it over each sensor and turn it off, then back on. Should work like a charm.

Sailor, I hit 191 the other day in a trail race and I'm 38! Eeek. ;-)
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Old 11-30-2004, 05:57 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Oh. *blushes* Well, there was a lot of electronic gadgets around (it was a tech expo after all!) and a lot of people had played with it. So yeah, it was probably faulty. Still, it scared the crap out of me.
No problem, and I could see how that would be pretty freaky

Nazggul, anything over 190 is awesome for someone your age
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Old 12-03-2004, 05:18 PM   #40 (permalink)
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For the guy looking at getting a monitor: http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/cm...?articleid=340 . This is a guide I came across for finding the right one for you.
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