Which do you think is more effective?
There are so many factors that can influence heart rate. Medications, stress, fatigue, not to mention that the formulas they use to figure MHR are not considered accurate. Research has shown that RPE/Talk test to be just as effective as monitors although, I do feel that monitoring has a place in training.
Hi Kim. The talk test is a good tool to use for low-intensity exercise. However, if you plan to progress the client to a higher intensity aerobic exercise, you will probably need to resort to something else, such as the monitor. In my experience one problem with using the “talk test” is that there is such a wide range of exercise intensity in which a client can exercise and talk. So, in reality, this method will not really serve to accurately challenge the client aerobically if that is your goal. That being said, the talk test is fine if your intention is to keep your client’s work intensity at a low level.
Absent an agent that will effect the client’s true heart rate (such as medication), I think that a heart rate monitor is a great tool.