I imagine the hear rate monitors on cardio machines have some margin of error, but typically while I'm working out, my HR is reading in the 150-175 range. BUT, after doing a little research, I've read that my target heart rate is actually much lower, 114 - 133.
To me, this sounds like a really light workout. I can keep the pace I'm doing for at least 15 minutes, and will change machines every 20 minutes or so to give different muscles a break. Does this seem odd to anyone? I feel like I will have to make an effort to keep my HR low enough to stay within the target zone, and I worry I will feel like I'm not even working out!
Snapshot of me and my workout:
I'm 5'5", 194lbs, 29yo, and I am sitting much of my day, however I go to the gym at least 3-6 days a week. I do weight training MWF, with short cardio sessions on the off days. I haven't lost much weight so far with this routine, but I'm losing inches, so I'm fairly certain I've gained several pounds of muscle.
| Pounds lost: 23.4