HR Zone Advice

by Swami Dave   November 20, 2012  

Hi,

Having a bit of difficulty establishing 'correct' heart rate zones on a Garmin Edge 500 (5 zones available). As is usual with the internets, there is a wealth of conflicting advice out there. Garmin suggest zone 1 starting as low as 50% of MaxHR which seems to contradict the majority of sources that place the start of zone 1 at around 60%. Garmin's own manual cites the five zones as being 50, 60, 70, 80 & 90% of MaxHR, which seems oversimplified.

Anyone have any advice on percentage values? Thanks!

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Just checked Garmin's site again and it quotes its zones as %HRR values (using Karvonen) not MaxHR, which makes a bit more sense. I may not have read the manual properly.

*cough*

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posted by Swami Dave [48 posts]
20th November 2012 - 12:15

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i just put my rest and max into my 800 and let it sort out the "mess" Smile

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [677 posts]
20th November 2012 - 14:10

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I also use her karvonen method as I have a low resting heart rate.

This gives a percentage using working range max-min,

Just use as a very rough guide and see how it feels?

Steve

posted by Cycleoptic [19 posts]
20th November 2012 - 15:31

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Yep, karvonen or slight variations of it which take into account your resting heart rate. Basically it's 220 - your age. your maximum hr is 80% of that figure. Have a look at www.pponline.com (you don't have to subscribe). A normal interval session for me takes me slightly over my max hr
but less than 5%.
Enjoy

To slo to live, to slo to die! ::-}

posted by OldnSlo [122 posts]
21st November 2012 - 8:25

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