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The Heart of Exercise: Zone Five
In this article, we’ll cover the fifth of the five targeted heart rate zones for Effective Exercise.
“The Max” zone utilizes 90 to 100% of your maximum heart rate. If you’ve found that your HR max is around 180 BPM, then you’re looking to achieve at least 162 BPM with The Max. Because of the sheer intensity of this zone, it is only used for short bursts of time (2-3 minutes). It’s simply not safe to push too far with this zone.
The Max is only for those who know what they’re doing in terms of training. Even marathon runners and cyclists cannot stay in this zone for long. It’s a zone they’ll rarely reach in training, in fact, because it’s only used as an interval method.
The physical exertion is used in order to build up overall fitness levels and stamina, and is really only used by professional athletes.