Exercise Questions | Target heart rate seems to low for me.

Hi I am a 43yr old female. I am overweight by about 25lbs. I go to the gym and do cardio and wieghts. When I put my age and weight into the eliptcal trainers computer it tells me that I am already in my cardio zone way above fat loss zone. I feel no stress on my heart or lungs at this point. Am I that far out of shape or is my heart rate unusual.


Posted by Reply
7 Posts
1/22/2008 1:29:12 PM
Good question!
One thing to keep in mind, also, is that machines don't consider muscle mass versus fat mass. Maybe you're more muscular than the machine thinks?
The most recommended way to determine your "zone" is an intensity level that fits your fitness level. You want to be working hard and breathing hard, but you want to avoid gasping.
Keep up the good work! jr

Personal Trainer
1/15/2008 10:00:51 AM
The "Fat loss Zone' is based on 60% of your MHR. Please read this article I think it will help explain the answer you're looking for:

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