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Maximum heart rate and fitness
« on: 07/09/2005 14:37:18 »
According to the instruction book that came with my polar heart rate monitor, my max bpm for training purposes is 177. As i get fitter will my max increase?





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Re: Maximum heart rate and fitness
« Reply #1 on: 12/09/2005 02:56:51 »
what no doctors out there.
 

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Re: Maximum heart rate and fitness
« Reply #2 on: 12/09/2005 12:31:05 »
Only fund managers!






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Re: Maximum heart rate and fitness
« Reply #3 on: 12/09/2005 22:40:43 »
I think it will increase to 1467 !

Seriously...good question though...on one hand as you get fitter you'd think that the heart will be able to beast more faster and become more flexible...on the other hand....you might think it will become more efficient and therefore require less beats..........oooooh !!...me want to know too !!

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Re: Maximum heart rate and fitness
« Reply #4 on: 13/09/2005 10:48:16 »
It reached 199 as I puffed my way up a big hill recently. Maybe 199 is the highest it will display?



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Re: Maximum heart rate and fitness
« Reply #5 on: 17/09/2005 19:07:55 »
How old are you Ruzz? and how would you rate your fitness?




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Re: Maximum heart rate and fitness
« Reply #6 on: 19/09/2005 01:09:19 »
I am not an expert here, but from my readings, the lower the heart rate, the better condition you are in. You cannot do this overnight and if you are an old codger like me, there may not be much hope.

The super athletes have large (not enlarged) hearts and very developed lungs as well as the muscles and low body fat to be used. Their resting heart rates are down as low as 50 (Aggessi). So when they start a real workout, it takes a lot more work to get their heart rates up high.

For such things as distant running, once muscle and body weight have been optimized, it is the runner that can supply the most oxygenated blood to those muscles that wins. Oxygen becomes the limiting factor for world-class athletes.


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Re: Maximum heart rate and fitness
« Reply #7 on: 19/09/2005 09:07:57 »
David's explanation is exactly why some competitive athletes do what is called blood doping.  This involves having a pint or two of your blood drawn and stored.  Then, after your body has replaced the lost serum and hemoglobin, the drawn blood is transfused back into the body.  This adds extra hemoglobin and allows greater amounts of oxygen to be carried by the blood to the muscles.  I'm not sure what the health repercussions of doing this are, but I would guess that it would be an increased risk of thrombosis due to excess platelets and increased blood viscosity.  

This is frowned upon in the sports world, but I'm not certain of its legality.  Technically, you're not taking any enhancement drugs...



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