Zone training and HR

Hi all, a question for people who zone train. I’m 56 with a resting HR of 50bpm. During a sprint circuit I can regularly see a HR of 180+. Do I take my max HR to calculate my zones or 220- my age. Is my true max hart rate being much higher than my perceived HR a good thing or bad thing.


  • YnnecYnnec ✭✭✭
    There's no need to worry about your HRmax being higher than the 220-age calculation as it's just a rough approximation to an average. Use your highest recorded HRmax to derive your training zones. In fact, if you do a maximal HR stress test (click), it's probably a few beats higher than you think.
  • GobiGobi ✭✭✭
    49 this year and saw 187, use the true data and consider Karvonnen formula for creating zones as this also includes your Resting Heart Rate  
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