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Un-safe Heart Rate during Insanity?
I just started doing insanity and I'm a bit worried because whenever I do it, my heart rate is constantly in the mid to high 180's, and I am 24 years old.

Should I stop the program if I am going to be in this un-safe training zone? What can I do to slow it down? I take breaks throughout the workout but once is goes down it immediately jumps out when I start working out again.

Thanks.
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RE: Un-safe Heart Rate during Insanity?
2/2/10 12:13 PM as a reply to doogs949.
Brad,

I don't know the scientific answer to this, but I will say that MHRs are difficult to maintain, and besides that should not be attempted to maintain. My MHR also gets in the 180s during Insanity, but it's a spike during intervals and often goes back down to the 140s - 150s during the water breaks.

Interval training will cause your HR to do exactly what you said- it will spike during the workout and reduce at rest.

If you feel dizzy, sick, light-headed and / or you're sucking wind harder than usual, then yeah- it's a safe bet that you might need to step out for a minute. Like Shaun says, it's not about hurting you, it's about making you better.

Hope this helps.

Kim
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RE: Un-safe Heart Rate during Insanity?
2/2/10 12:15 PM as a reply to doogs949.
Also, if you feel it's getting too high, stop watching the people on the tv and go your own speed/pace
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RE: Un-safe Heart Rate during Insanity?
2/2/10 1:05 PM as a reply to doogs949.
Brad-
Insanity consistently makes people our age reach the 180 HR mark, and that is not unsafe. Here is why...

Your "Max Heart Rate" is 220 - your age. For round number's sake lets say that means your MHR is 200. The type of exercise Insanity focuses on requires a target heart rate between 80-90% of your MHR, which is 160-180 bpm. That being said, 180 is a little high, but definately not unsafe, barring any history of health problems.

I'm not a doctor so check with yours if you are uncomfortable....just spilling what I know!
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RE: Un-safe Heart Rate during Insanity?
2/2/10 1:29 PM as a reply to rowmalibustatch.
rowmalibustatch:
Brad-
Insanity consistently makes people our age reach the 180 HR mark, and that is not unsafe. Here is why...

Your "Max Heart Rate" is 220 - your age. For round number's sake lets say that means your MHR is 200. The type of exercise Insanity focuses on requires a target heart rate between 80-90% of your MHR, which is 160-180 bpm. That being said, 180 is a little high, but definately not unsafe, barring any history of health problems.

I'm not a doctor so check with yours if you are uncomfortable....just spilling what I know!


Hmm...what does that say for me? I am 41 and my heart rate spike to 179 during the fit test last night. When excercising at the gym I normally maintain a heart rate ov 158-162 when doing cardio type workouts. Am I going over the top or is it just what my body is used to? I felt mostly fine last night until the point where I was gasping like a fish out of water (no dizzy, etc) and I took a short pause.
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RE: Un-safe Heart Rate during Insanity?
2/2/10 6:02 PM as a reply to doogs949.
Skalded,

I think you're fine. I think people put too much stock in numbers (scales, HR monitors) when really, the key is to listen to your body. Your body will tell you better than any piece of technology when you need to kick it up a notch, or alternately when you should step out.

Kim
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