If you’re looking to understand the training values associated with Heart Rate Training…
…here we go:
Lactate Thershold (LT), also called Anaerobic Threshold (AT), is the marked point in training where lactate production rates begin to exceed lactate removal rates. If you’d like me to work with you to determine your Lactate Threshold, be sure to visit my LT Analysis web page.
LT is achieved for most athletes between 60 and 95% of VO2 Max.
Breathing rates are labored, muscles feel tired, heavy and sluggish and increases in pace are limited by fitness.
LT is a trainable value.
VO2 Max is literally defined as “maximal oxygen uptake” or the maximum amount of oxygen an athlete can take in and utilize during exercise.
VO2 Max is also a trainable value.
Maximum Heart Rate (MHR) is the absolute highest attainable heart rate value for an individual.
The rudimentary formula for estimating MHR is 220-age = MHR.
However, this formula provides only an estimate and athletes looking to maximize training responses should have MHR determined either clinically by a sports physician or in the field by a trained exercise physiologist.
MHR is useful for training purposes but is not a trainable value.
Resting Heart Rate (RHR) is exactly that, what your heart rate is at rest. RHR is very easy to determine and is a valuable warning system and predictor of overtraining and/or illness.
To determine RHR, simply take your heart rate first thing in the morning after waking. By checking your RHR regularly, you will quickly establish a norm value for yourself and be able to detect any adnormalities or spikes in RHR and/or when there may be need for concern.
Do you have any questions about what I’ve reviewed in this blog post? If so, feel free to contact me, or give me a call at (239) 246-2920.
Remember: always be sure to practice with purpose!