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heart rate monitor really help at all? i got one for christmas and i am a little skeptical about it.
if its a dumb question don't get mad im just wondering. i know some of you are pretty egotistical and cranky all the time coughCrazycough
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Well... Do you care what your heart rate is while running?
If the answer is yes, than a HRM would help, if the answer is no, than a HRM would not help. Just knowing your heart rate is pointless if you don't know what to do with the information.
Exactly, unless you know what to do with it, then it's not going to help you at all. If you want to use it as a training tool, then you need to find your MHR (Maximum Heart Rate). To do this, go and run a really intense workout (hill reps, intervals, whatever strikes your fancy) and see what the highest number that comes up is. That number is your MHR and you can use it to base your training on. I don't know the exact figures, but I think it's something like: easy runs should be 65-75% of your MHR; long runs about the same; recovery runs slightly less; tempo runs 85-95% of MHR. Personally I prefer running by feel, but that's mainly because the HRM (heart rate monitor) that comes with my Garmin FR 301 isn't very good and always slips off.
If you want to improve your training, then running with a HRM can be a good thing, but you have to learn how to use it. Read up on it on the internet, I'm sure there are heaps of resources around.
Originally posted by bruncle:
you need to find your MHR (Maximum Heart Rate). To do this, go and run a really intense workout (hill reps, intervals, whatever strikes your fancy) and see what the highest number that comes up is.
Make sure this max reading is something that you held for more than 3 seconds though. There are more accurate ways to determine MHR. Google it and you'll get a few ideas. I just say be cautious of the highest reading you get on the monitor because I once hit 260 while doing strides before a tempo workout. Maybe I'm some freak of nature and that's my MHR but I think not.
Yes and no.
Yes. It allows you to train at a certain level which is good.
No. Your heart rates isn't good for sprints or anything to short. You can become addicted to it. Don't solely rely on it. If you think it doesn't reflect the effort your putting into it then it probably isn't.
Try it for a couple of runs but don't where it for races.
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