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Max heart rate: is it bad to train in Zone 5 for 30 mins?

First every HR monitor will read your HR differently. To get an actual reading you will need to do a Vo2Max test at a Doctor. 2nd You are listing quite a large range for 30 minutes. There is a ...
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Redline heart rate running

220 - Age for maximum heart rate is one of the worst myths in sports. Your maximum heart rate may be less than 179, or it may be much more. For example, I am currently in my late 40's, and I regularly ...
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Max heart rate: is it bad to train in Zone 5 for 30 mins?

If you enjoy it and feel great (and still do, after a week) then you aren't doing damage. But you may not be optimising your results either... Perception of effort is a better guide to exercise ...
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How can control my heart rate during running?

The primary way to reduce your heart rate is to reduce the pace. The other way is to improve the technique, which will increase the efficiency, however this is not easy and the result is not likely to ...
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Redline heart rate running

I agree with doing a self-administered test. The tough ones aren't fun, but you'll know the truth. Run a 5k race or time trial hard, running the last 1k-800m increasingly faster. Sprint hard to the ...
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Question About Max Heart Rate?

A little while ago I was playing Dance Dance Revolution and finally managed to make it through the most intense song I'm currently capable of without dying. That is, running out of health meter in the ...
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Heart rate monitor compatibility

Heart rate monitors can be broadly classified into thee groups based on how they communicate with the fitness equipment. They are - Bluetooth - Most latest HRMs these days use bluetooth to ...
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Max heart rate: is it bad to train in Zone 5 for 30 mins?

There is a simple answer that lies in both your question and in the chart you provide. Your question says, “…is it bad to train...”. Training implies you are trying to improve. Zone 5, is not ...
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How to measure Recovery Heart Rate

According to this article: heart-rate recovery is defined as the decrease in person's heart rate, measured 1 minute after peak exercise with "peak exercise" described as being as strenuous as ...
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Is keeping my HR greater than 185 for 15 min safe?

Outside of viral internet stories, cardiac arrest during exercise is exceedingly rare. It is estimated to occur between 1 in 40,000 to 1 in 80,000 athletes per year. Even then, it's usually caused by ...
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When is the "220 - age" formula valid to check the HR max?

In my opinion (especially since it is my answer you linked above) :), the 220-age should never really be used. There is a better generic formula (See the bolded parts of the study conclusion below), ...
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Healthy Resting Heart Rate

Heart Rate is an individual measure. I have 60. My colleague, who is much fitter than me has 80. Some ultra marathon runner I know has 30. The range is unhelpful huge because RHR is an unhelpful ...
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Why does my heart rate become much more elevated only AFTER a hard effort?

The heart rate monitor is losing track of your heart rate. I suggest to look at the operating instructions to try and help it function correctly, and check the battery since it may be running low or ...
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Why does my heart rate become much more elevated only AFTER a hard effort?

Jason is correct in that the spikes into the 190's are probably artifacts and errors due to poor readings from the monitor. However, also on longer efforts, you may be seeing the effects of cardiac ...
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(How) Can I use pulse as a fitness measure?

The relationship between your: resting, maximum and recovery rates has been shown to correlate with your bodies ability to consume Oxygen (VO2max), which itself correlates with the conversion of fats ...
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How can you determine each running heart rate zone using data from your runs or from specifically designed workouts?

There is a rule of thumb that anything below 80%HRMax is working within the aerobic zone, whereas above you are heading towards threshold and anaerobic zones (being able to sustain these harder ...
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How can you determine each running heart rate zone using data from your runs or from specifically designed workouts?

As Julii alludes to, "zones" are pretty much arbitrary, as you are burning fat as a fuel in all zones, just the percentage to which it contributes to the whole is different for different ...
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Plan for 120 km bicycle race

Option d) Get lucky and find a bunch of slightly overweight but otherwise well trained and motivated guys who took it really easy uphill for the majority of the course and some huge teams near the end ...
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Can you run at your maximum heart rate?

In my personal experience, "maximum heart rate" is a bit of a wildcard but the Mayo Clinic describes it as: ...the upper limit of what your cardiovascular system can handle during physical ...
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Why do elite cyclists seem to have higher VO2 max tham elite marathon runners?

I'm not positive about the premise here. There are certainly cases of runners having cyclist like VO2 levels. Also, cyclists are way more testing conscious. The fact of the matter is elite cycling ...
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Running, high HR, VO2max decreases overtime

VO2max is not super important for 10k. It's correlated with performance, but it's not a good predictor. (Source) Don't worry too much about HR or VO2max. You should focus on performance. If you're ...
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Temporary drop in heart rate 2 minutes into a run, every run

I would suggest to setup hypotheses and test them systematically. 1 Do you shift from walking to running very abrupt? Perhaps you should consider it as a spike just before the drop rather than just a ...
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Is there a standard indicator for heart rate vs. running speed?

If the heart rates from the smart watches can be trusted, then a short analysis of Strava Leaderboards would suggest a clear no. For the segments I've got a high position, I've seen people above me ...
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Why do you have a lower heart rate while training in the pool?

Heart rates can trend lower in a pool, because your body is horizontal and your heart is not fighting gravity to get blood back up from the extremities. It's along the same principle as your heart ...
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Bizarre heart rate while running

There are times when your heart rate monitor will not measure the correct rate. For example if you chest is too dry or two wet or it is moving around and you loose connection. My Garmin HR monitor ...
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Effect of exercise on overall heart rate

Your gross oversimplification is roughly OK when you are comparing one species against another. It breaks down completely when you try to apply it individually. To provide a parallel, BMI correlates ...
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Effect of exercise on overall heart rate

I had the same thought when I watched some documentary about that. Unfortunately I couldn't find any references either. What I did, though, was to start studying medicine, and things started to make ...
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Why does my max heart rate not go above 140 bpm?

The stroke volume increases if you exert yourself more. The better trained you are, the more the stroke volume will increase as you exercise harder, which means that the heart rate will increase by a ...
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Max heart rate over 190 at 51

Your max heart rate is the maximum your heart will beat at and can be determined with a stress test designed to push your heart to that level. All of the formulae are for estimating a maximum heart ...
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Max heart rate: is it bad to train in Zone 5 for 30 mins?

I'm basing a lot of this on my own personal experience so, by all means, take it as anecdotal if you'd like. I started exercising the week of my 34th birthday (about 8 months ago) after having ...
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