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Wednesday, 21 November 2007
Smart Heart Rate
I have been running without my HRM so I have had no idea how hard I was working.
I don't believe in the fat burning zone, but I do think that exercising beyond your anaerobic threshold (over 85% of maximum heart rate) for long(ish) periods of time will do more harm than good. It will burn you out and prevent you building decent muscles.
Yesterday and today I ran with my HRM and collected the following data:
Tues: Max 198 | 112% (which is obviously a error!!)
Average 160 | 90%
Wed: Max 170 | 96%
Average 156 | 88%
No wonder I get exhausted, hungry and sore when I run. I tried to slow right down this morning but I am still working too hard (the maximum is due the hill last thing before I get to my front door).
On the subject of building muscle - here's a question ...
You know those girls who say they don't want to lift weights in case they turn into a muscle bound ... um ... muscle type person. Well, have you ever met someone who (a) accidentally got huge muscles from working out and (b) decided that they didn't like how they looked?
You see, all I want is huge muscles and no matter how hard I work, how much weight I lift, they don't really appear to get any bigger. I know it is tied in with the fact that I don't work out for hours a day and how much body fat I am carrying which hides the suckers, but honestly, could I meet the woman who unintentionally built a strong lean body without even trying. Please ... I just need some hints people!