Back on Wednesday

Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Back on Wednesday
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Wed, 10-23-2013 - 7:45am

Yesterday was so busy - early morning yoga followed by a very busy workday!  Jean, your silks challenge looks awesome!  Karla, I am sore like you after doing physical therapy AND two challenging nag yoga classes on consecutive days.  Today is my rest day.  GR, why the EKG?  Check-up because of your family history?  SJ, the dance venues are few and far between.  EL, what fua outdoor activities do you have planned today?  It is literally FREEZING here today, with a warning of black ice on the roads.  :(. Tons of work today, along with poop pickup duty.  Yuck...at least it's frozen.  Maybe I will do some training with the pup just to get some weight walking in today.  What's going on with your all today...oops, I might be Linedancing tonight!  I forgot!

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Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 10-24-2013 - 7:57am

I'm reposting this in parts because I'm getting a profanity filter...???

Honestly, I don't believe in heart rate training unless you've had the VO2/ max test because the formulas out there are so general that they're meaningless.  I read an article recently from one of the bigger fitness organizations that recommended going away from the Karvonen formula because of that. To me, I always use the analogy of how many miles a gallon a car gets.  We could say 25 miles but what does that mean to one car?  






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 10-24-2013 - 7:58am

Part 2. apparently, it didn't like l@ctate threshold

You can tell if you're anaerobic because you can only do that for so long (up to 3 minutes) and after you finish, you're breathing hard like Darth Vader.  Generally, if you're doing a long ride, you want to be able to talk but not sing a song. If you're working closer to your anaerobic zone for a shorter workout, you can say a sentence but not more comfortably.  After all that, if you do want a general range:






iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 10-24-2013 - 8:52am

Jean, you have such a potty mouth.  Wink

I hadn't heard that about the Karvonen formula.  I use heart rate training more as a measure of how hard my workout is compared to how I feel.  Of course, you have to use a HRM regularly so you know what heart rate feels like what.  I've been able to tell via HR if I'm overtrained or if I'm getting sick.  I also use it to monitor my workouts - if I'm working at a lower than usual heart rate for a tough workout, that's a sign that it's okay to step it up a notch.  

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 10-24-2013 - 8:56am

Darn I was going to say that if you know your body and how it corresponds to a heart rate, then it can work (my memory!).  At the same time, you can also judge that by how you feel, once you know your body well.  And, heart rate can be affected by so many things, beta blockers, anti-histamines, caffeine, even using your arms or holding your breath too long.  Fear. I've always joked that if it's about heart rate, just have a horror movie marathon,






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Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 10-24-2013 - 7:37pm

Thanks ladies for the HR info. I always wear the chest strap so I have a pretty good sense of my HR# vs effort--but I've never had the VO2/max testing. I use the Darth Vader/perceived exertion method when I'm doing HIIT but on Wed I wanted to just do something sustained that would be effective but not leave me wiped out. I was feeling it in my legs by the end, more than anything. 

Jean, even lowering my heart will raise the HR. If I ride in the drops it goes a lot higher than if I'm on the hoods, which is about a 6-8 inch difference in height--but apparently that body angle makes a big difference.

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