when I do cardio my average hear rate for 1 hour is 160bpm. My bp at doc last week was 123/71 with 60bpm heart rate. What I would like to know is – is it ok to train at say 95% of max heart rate? sometimes when i go flat our for a less than a minute etc I can get my heart rate up to 180 but can’t sustain it… am I doing damage to my heart if I train at say 95% o f heart rate 3 days week?
I had an 80 year old client who would regularly train at 95%. Why? Because the 220 – age thing didn’t apply to him. He did a medically supervised stress test and they wouldn’t let him go past 80%. He had to get a doctor’s note saying it was okay to take it further. By the way, at 80%, he wasn’t breathing hard. Just one more reason I take heart rate training with a grain of salt.