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acappy
Thu, January 29th, 2004, 05:36 PM
So, I'm 22 years old and I'm out of shape...I've been going to the gym since about January 3rd at least 4 times a week and doing mostly cardio. Stationary cycle, elliptical cycle and stairmaster. I recently purchased a heart rate monitor so I would know how I was doing. It seems really high, I'll be sweating a bit, but not really giving my all and my heart rate stay between 175-180 for my entire workout...isn't that really bad? I don't know much, but it seems high for me not really seeming to exert much real serious effort. I know that the more you workout the stronger your heart will be and you'll have to work harder to get that higher heart rate, but am I going to harm myself with my current heart rate?
I'm not experiencing any chest pain or anything, I actually feel really good when I'm done exercising, I just don't want to drop dead at 22 from a heart attack ! !

daveo
Thu, January 29th, 2004, 06:05 PM
I've got a related question.

I'm 23 and my resting pulse rate is in the 60's. My blood pressure is awesome. Doctors/nurses always ask if I exercise a lot. The answer is a resounding "No!" but this is changing.

I was looking up my MHR (220-23 = 197) and John suggests not to try HIIT until you can put out 80% of your MHR (197*.8 = 157) for 45 minutes. Looking at that a little closer makes me a little nervous -- that's almost 3x my resting pulse! Am I gonna blow a gasket, or is that the right range?

LaTouche
Thu, January 29th, 2004, 06:21 PM
it is the right range!

about 8 months ago, i started working out again, and i would to the stairclimber kinda light where i would keep a rate at about 160 bpm for somewhere around 40 min. Now! i do HIIT for about 25-30 min and my HR almost never goes higher than 175, and it is not because i don't push myself enough, I could'nt do it even if i wanted to, my legs are killing me. So just give yourself some time and your heart rate will improve even if you only have around 150 bpm. I always try to mix up my cardio, different machines, i think it helps me.

LaTouche
Thu, January 29th, 2004, 06:22 PM
by the way i'm 23 also!

HunkOLove
Thu, January 29th, 2004, 08:04 PM
Hmmm speaking as an old man of 33 who has recently had a complete cardio workup with a Cardiac Specialist I would say ask your doctor.

Your rate does seem pretty high given the moderate level of intensity you are describing but you are young and not experiencing any distress while working out which is good. I would certainly pay a visit to my doctor and explain to him or her the exercise routine you are following and the symptoms you are experiencing.

I would ask to be referred to a Cardiologist for an exercise stress test. It's no big deal and takes only a half hour. They hook up a heart monitor to you and you walk on a treadmill at increasing levels of intensity. While doing so a doctor is in the room the whole time monitoring your heart and an assistant takes your blood pressure every 2 minutes. Nothing to be scared of.

If you have a family history of heart problems you should go, especially if you just started working out, are overweight and have not exercised in a very long time. I don't mean to freak you out and you are probably 100% fine but no one on this board can give you a quality answer.

Only your doctor and a cardiologist can determine that you have a clean bill of health. Best not to fool around. Once you get checked out and everything is A-OK you will have a big worry off your back. :tu:

akm3
Thu, January 29th, 2004, 08:36 PM
The heart can handle very high heart rates. 157bpm is nothing for a healthy young person.

Some people with Tacchycardia experience heart rates up to 350bpm (now THIS is unhealthy (i.e. get the heart to 'convert' back to a normal pulse or die)). But it can do it.

Maybe I should induce my heart into Tacchycardia for some free HIIT cardio...hmmm :)

-Allen.

HunkOLove
Thu, January 29th, 2004, 09:04 PM
Your heart can take a lot of punishment - up to a point - but based on his description:

Age: 22
Perceived Exertion Level: Moderate
BPM: 175-180

It seemed high.

According to simple heart rate calculators that is 90-95% maximum for his age depending on his resting rate.

See what I'm saying? To pump out 90% of max for age and not really feel like you are putting out a strenuous effort means you are either so fit that your heart has to go to 300 before you feel winded or you're beating fast for the effort level you are doing. But that does not make sense because if you were that fit you would be going hard to get your heart up to 175-180. [that didn't come out right but I hope you get my drift]

Like I said no one here is a doctor and even if they were they can't offer you much without seeing you in person. At least phone your doctor and see what he says. One phone call won't hurt you. Do the smart thing.
Doesn't mean you're a wuss or a puss for checking with your doctor.

Evil Hx Coupe
Thu, January 29th, 2004, 09:50 PM
I'm 20 years old and the 3rd day I was running I got my heart up to 199bpms...

For the next few days, it didnt go quite as high but it still hit 193 quite a few times...

I didnt feel pain or anything either, but I was pushing my self really hard which probably explains why It went that high....

HunkOLove
Thu, January 29th, 2004, 09:54 PM
I'm just pointing out that he is getting up there in BPM without working hard. So again - and yes I'll keep nagging - call your doctor and talk it over with him or her. Avoiding it or just saying "Screw it I'll just live with it" Doesn't do anything to ensure you are exercising safely. Being thin and ripped=good. Fat and dead in the gym [no matter how remote the chance]=bad:D

acappy
Thu, January 29th, 2004, 10:12 PM
I'm just pointing out that he is getting up there in BPM without working hard. So again - and yes I'll keep nagging - call your doctor and talk it over with him or her. Avoiding it or just saying "Screw it I'll just live with it" Doesn't do anything to ensure you are exercising safely. Being thin and ripped=good. Fat and dead in the gym [no matter how remote the chance]=bad:D

Not that it matters, but you keep referring to me as "he" and "him"...I'm a girl :tu:

HunkOLove
Fri, January 30th, 2004, 06:35 AM
Didn't realize. :p


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