It may be coming up to Christmas and things are a bit hectic but but I\’m still keeping up with my exercise routine. I\’d normally have gone down to the Oval for a tuesday class but Tina had hurt her wrist or arm from what I can gather, so it was West Kirby instead. For those that do a google search and come across this site I use local council facilities, I\’m not a member of one of the fancy gym chains.
Barbara takes the classes at West Kirby, she hasn\’t seen this site yet but 974 others did last month. 42 of them visited the spinning section, 2 were from America 1 of which lives in California. So there is worldwide interest in her class.
I had a short session in the gym before the class as I had set out early because of fog. I was logging the session with the Garmin Edge 305 being used as a heart rate monitor. The only thing this doesn\’t do is count calories indoors. I\’m aware a lot of you are doing google searches of calories burnt while spinning as this site has a high google ranking for such a search. I now alternate between the two as I don\’t want a Polar HRM just yet.
Barbaras classes are as hard as you make them but I do think the Schwinn bikes have something to do with it. These have a heavy flywheel and these take some getting up to speed. The thing is lets say youv\’e just completed a hillclimb section and have backed off the tension to level 1 for a sprint section, as your not getting a breather because your still turning a heavy flywheel your heartrate doesn\’t drop. It remains at a high level.
For the record I set a new maximum heart rate of 192 BPM in tonights class. I was pushing high numbers for most of the class, the log has me at 21 minutes in zone 5, 14 minutes in zone 4 and 15 minutes in zone 3. Now for a bloke my age the numbers are not starting to add up. The commonly used formula is 220 BPM – Age.
For me this would be 220-47 = 173 BPM. I\’ve just seen 192 and wasn\’t on the verge of keeling over. It was tough but by no means 100%, 100% is me in a heap.
I\’ve been close to a heap and it was 166 bpm lets say 18 months ago.
I don\’t consider myself above average, 10 months ago I was well below it. It is something I am going to look into. I\’ll have to ask Barbara what routine it is. There must be some logic to it. Any way it\’s done me a lot of good. The fan also helped, I\’ve been absolutley soaking after some classes. I stopped the clock when my pulse went down to 106 BPM.