Post # 1
I just joined the gym today (yay!) However, I’ve joined gyms before, and gotten scared off because of what my heart rate appears to be. To start, my heart rate is about 130, and then I’m at a constact 185ish while working out.
Today, I was at about 185 the whole time, about an hour workout, and I was not really dripping in sweat. The machine shows that I’m always at the maximum (above cardio, fat burn, etc) – is this normal?!
Post # 3
@luli29: I’m in great shape. I have a resting heart rate under 60, I can run several miles, I’m in the lower end of the healthy weight range for my height. And when I’m working out, I’m usually at right around 180 bpm for the majority of my workout.
The cardio/fat burn ‘zones’ aren’t really that important. You burn a higher percentage of calories from fat in those zones than you do in the higher one you’ve been in, but since you burn a higher number overall in the higher zone, you still come out ahead. For example:
If you work out at an easier pace, and burn 300 calories an hour, you might burn 50% of your calories from fat, or 150 calories. But if you work out at a higher rate, say 600 calories an hour, and only 25% of those are from fat… you still burn 300 calories of fat, plus even more from glycogen stores.
Don’t worry too much about going over the ‘maximum’ they post in the cardio rooms! 🙂 Congrats about joining the gym – it’s a great step to take!
Post # 4
Mine is usually around 160-180 depending on how hard I’m pushing it. I wouldn’t worry about it as long as you’re not feeling light headed or anything like that.
Post # 5
Thanks so much – I was so worried something was wrong with me, but it’s literally been like that since as long as I can remember!
Post # 6
Resting HR is around 56. Top of the curve I am around 184 but my average is 165. I am also the instructor. I wouldn’t put too much stock in the machine since they overestimate greatly. I wear a polar monitor – much more accurate.
Post # 7
I work out regularly but carry a good amount of extra weight. My resting heart rate is around 75 bpm. I mostly lift heavy weights and don’t do a ton of cardio, but after a really heavy set my heart rate will go up above 180. Also during zumba it averages in the 160s and spikes above 180 during certain moves.
I agree with other posters, don’t worry about the “zones”