Maximum Heart Rate

Update (22nd February 2011) – This post has now been updated with Maximum Heart Rate – Part 2.

In order to train effectively for my 3,471 km ‘Tour de France or bust’ adventure in September, I’ve decided to use elements of the 5 level training programme as described in http://www.timetrialtraining.co.uk/default.htm.

I now need to work out my maximum heart rate, in order to work out each of the 5 levels of training intensity.

There are a number of formulae for working out your Maximum Heart Rate (MHR). The most basic formulae is MHR = 220 – Age. There are other more complicated formulae such as:

  • MHR = 208 – (0.7 × Age)
  • MHR = 206.3 – (0.711 × Age)
  • MHR = 217 – (0.85 × Age)
  • MHR = 206.9 – (0.67 × age)
  • MHR = 202 – (0.55 × age)

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