bangers wrote:I am in the small percentage where the 220bpm less your age max heart rate formula doesn't apply.
This is not accurate...
By small you mean around 50% of people that are more than 10 beats off this formula, its a population estimation tool.
It's a shame this formula is so widely accepted. I've had to explain to Honours students in exercise physiology that their calculations are complete crap since they've used this population "average" as the basis for their %MaxHR calculations. The surprising history of the “HRmax=220-age” equation
"This equation is often presented in textbooks without explanation or citation to original research. In addition, the formula and related concepts are included in most certification exams within sports medicine, exercise physiology, and fitness. Despite the acceptance of this formula, research spanning more than two decades reveals the large error inherent in the estimation of HRmax (Sxy=7-11 b/min). Ironically, inquiry into the history of this formula reveals that it was not developed from original research, but resulted from observation based on data from approximately 11 references consisting of published research or unpublished scientific compilations. Consequently, the formula HRmax=220-age has no scientific merit for use in exercise physiology and related fields
Office use only.