The beneficial target heart rate

Beneficial HR target selection and progression assumes that the patient has developed the skill and confidence to exercise at these recommended intensities. The target range for the recommended physiologically effective heart rate, as summarised in Table 3.1, is directly linked with the training status of the individual. The more training an individual has done, from the perspective of frequency (times per week) and longevity (>4 weeks), the greater the percentage of maximum (HR, HRR or VO2) at which that individual will need to work in order to gain further benefits (Ekblom, et al., 1968). This leads to the concept of considering intensity progression relative to both work rate and heart rate.

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