T bought me a Fitbit in Feb I used it for a bit but then I decided to exchange it for the vivofit with a heart rate monitor because I wanted something that could help me push myself more, another reason I wanted a heart rate monitor was to improve my running speed and I was also pretty excited about seeing how much I burn in my circuit and my RPM classes but the first day with my heart rate left me confused. I barely burn around 300-350 calories in 45 minutes (some people burn 500-600) but my legs always feel crazy tired.
Now the confusion I have is when I go for a run for the same amount of time I burn more and I am less tired. My legs are mostly never tired after a 60 minute run and 45 minutes of RPM I can feel my muscles in pain within the first 5 minutes but I still burn less. Now I have got a new way of challenging myself but this gadget keeps me guessing all the time...this is what I am thinking in my RPM class
Today I am going to keep my heart rate around 160 for all my intervals and rest I am going to not let it go below 125..(class starts: warm up heat rate goes up to 106 then slowly goes up to 120 stays in the 120’s till the first interval then it shoots up to 140) Tanvee push yourself, you can do it..you are still at 140....but my legs hurt...no push yourself...you have to get it higher (heart rate goes up to 150..then to 158, interval ends...and my heart rate comes down in a few seconds to 120) Oh no don’t come down my legs are still hurting (next interval starts) common Tanvee 160 this time...you have to do it again I reach 158/160 just in time for the interval to end and my heart rate drops to 120. This cycle goes on for the entire class.
Trust me when I say my legs constantly feel the workout and it’s not easy but somehow my heart rate and muscles don’t seem to go hand in hand. I am still trying to figure it, actually it’s a challenge. I enter every class with a hope of burning more calories than the previous.
Have you ever used a heart rate monitor? Does it confuse you or am I the only one?
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