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Shaggy
05-23-2001, 06:28 AM
Sup fellas,

I'm trying to loose that last few pounds ready for the summer.

I'm presently doing cardio 3 times a week for around 40 mins a time. Out of interest what would my optimum heart rate be for fat burning.

Cheers...

Spiderman
05-23-2001, 06:34 AM
How old are you? How tall are you? (feet/inches preferably) This would help determine it. ;)

Shaggy
05-23-2001, 06:37 AM
Spidey,

I'm 31 :( and 6' 1.5".

Spiderman
05-23-2001, 06:57 AM
Shaggy,
Your max heart rate is 189. (220-Age). For fat burning the range is 60%-70% of your max heart rate. Therefore, the range you'd like your heart rate at is 113-132 bpm. ;)

Spiderman
05-24-2001, 09:43 AM
Bump so Shaggy sees this. ;)

Anthony
05-24-2001, 10:26 AM
Doesn't maximum heart rate depend on resting heart rate as well?

Spiderman
05-24-2001, 12:13 PM
No, it doesn't Anthony.

Avatar
05-24-2001, 12:40 PM
A persons Resting Heart Rate should certainly influence their max heart rate, but the 220-age equation is just a generalized way of finding your max hear rate.

Anthony
05-24-2001, 01:02 PM
The 220-age is an estimate ... for sedentary people.

Everything I have read suggests the level of athleticism will affect resting & maximum heart rate - and not just age.

Spiderman
05-24-2001, 04:11 PM
You're correct it is a generalized way. There are ways to determine your Max VO2. A number of physical endurance tests exist...ones such as, The Astrand Cycle Test or The Foresty Service Step Test will help to determine ones Max VO2 more accurately.

Shaggy
05-25-2001, 04:25 AM
Thanks Spidey et al....:)