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While Training I cannot keep my HR in zone 2 on my Monitor

diddyfunkdiddyfunk Posts: 252
edited January 2011 in Health, fitness & training
Hi Guys

I read the HR Basics article on here and thought I would give it a go.

I run and cycle but whatever I do I cannot get my Heart Rate low enough to stay in Zone 2 on my Polar HR Monitor.

I have read that zone 2 is the Zone i want for speeding ip the motabilism and burning fat.

Help please?

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  • ride_wheneverride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    Ride slower and avoid hills.
  • verlorenverloren Posts: 337
    How have you determined what zone 2 should be? There's a fair chance it's set much lower than it should be, which will make things tricky!

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  • springtide9springtide9 Posts: 1,731
    Is staying in Zone 2 for weight loss or specific training?

    If weight loss... have a read of....

    But as said above.... Cycle slower and your heart rate will decrease. With the right gear.. you can also get away with steep hills and still keep your heart rate down (it's just that you need to resist going faster!)
  • diddyfunkdiddyfunk Posts: 252
    Hi guys

    Thanks for the replies.

    I really cannot go any slower when training - especially running.

    I have seen on the internet that you can play around with your 'zones' but I have not touched them on my polar so guess they are just polar calculated from my max heart rate.

    I calculated my max HR by running up a hill several times and using the jog down as a recovery.

    Using the 220 minus my age I should be 194 but my max HOUR recorder on my HR monitor it 188

    Any ideas?

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  • robertpbrobertpb Posts: 1,866
    Your Maximum HR will be different for cycling and running.

    Based on the figures you give zone 2 would be approximately 130-140, check to see if this is so.

    The 220 rule is also not very good for working out your max.

    My max would be 160 under that rule but it's 185.
    Now where's that "Get Out of Crash Free Card"
  • MikeWWMikeWW Posts: 723
    I would be amazed if your actual max was below the 220-age,
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