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.
Thank you for your detailed answer. I agree with you and if you look above you will see that I felt heart rate training is motivating for the serious athlete or determined client who wants to gage their progress.
If you follow the research of Dr. Wayne Westcott, he feels that for seniors and special populations (which we will be serving more each year in our industry) that the RPE and talk test are more effective.