Heart Rate and Tennis

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by jon44, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. jon44

    jon44 New User

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    I finally broke down and bought a heart rate monitor to try to answer the question of how much of an aerobic workout I"m getting during tennis.

    I just played doubles and the results were bizarre. All but 8 minutes of an hour match were at heart rates in my training zone. 10 minutes were in my "Level IV" or interval training zone. And this was easy, socials doubles.

    I'm not sure what to make of this other than "nerves" caused the elevated heart rate even though not much actual work was being done (e.g., heart rate was still at 120 even when partner was serving and I mostly walked from side to side.)

    Jon
     
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  2. chess9

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    Those results suggest you are not fit. I can't say definitely without knowing a host of variables, but I'd guess that's the case. For instance, I average about 118 to 123 range playing singles. I have hit 170 on extend rallies however. In doubles, I average about 100-105.

    -Robert
     
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  3. rbq4h4

    rbq4h4 Rookie

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    thats exactly what I was going say. you may want to see a doctor to make sure you don't have a heart infection or sonsuch.
     
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  4. jon44

    jon44 New User

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    Well, this seems like a unique result since I did a hill workout the day before and heart rate is exactly what I would have expected (between 150 and 160 going up, dropping down to 100 to 110 going down) and resting heart rate is norma (55).

    Getting into this stuff, I recently also got a blood pressure monitor that checks for irregular heart beat and that's all normal too.

    Helpful to get another data point--I wonder if my result is just something wierd due to the chest strap being too loose or something when sweathing a lot...
     
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  5. chess9

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    Heart rate monitors are subject to stray signal interference. You will notice it in the car, next to a cell phone, etc.

    You are right to get more data points. Do you have logging software?

    -Robert
     
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