Originally Posted by sacha
I wouldn't be too concerned over those monitors. You can't be over "maximum" heart rate. If you were AT maximum, as I have been once during a police fitness exam, you would be dizzy, seeing stars, and probably fall down.
+1 I have been to my MHR and the world starts closing in. Tunnel vision.
The charts are an average. Each person has their own true maximum and there are ways to measure it and it is not pleasant.
I haven't measured mine in a while (nor do I intend to) but the last time I did it was about 10 beats higher than the theoretical maximum.
I have an acquaintance who runs about 30 beats higher than the theoretical maximum.
As for the percentages....well for them to really mean anything you need to know your true MHR, and then a more accurate measure is to find your RESTING HR and calculate the difference and then look at your % of HR reserve. yadda yadda. Not to mention that HR monitors on machines are notoriously inaccurate. On elliptical #2 at the gym I run about 30 beats higher at the same pace than ellpitical #3. I dont think I'm in a weird gravity field on #2 that makes me work harder.
I like percieved exertion. Learn it, play around with it. I like to find paces that are faster than I think I can go and say what does 10 seconds feel like, 20? 60?. Oooooohh yeah, that is nearing my maximum ok there.....