Can I Exercise in the Danger Zone (above 85% Max Heart Rate)?
Heart Rate Training can be a challenging thing to figure out. While there are charts and guidelines available in numerous resources, we are all unique individuals and what’s right for one person might not be right for you. The BuiltLean team sheds some light on your questions about heart rate, fitness, and nutrition in this week’s Q&A Roundup.
- Am I exercising in the “danger zone”?
- When should I do HIIT?
- What should I do to gain weight?
- Are lentils healthy?
- What type of protein shake should I get?
Question #1 – Am I exercising in the danger zone?
In your chart “The Fat Burning Zone Myth
,” heart rate zones over 85% are considered in the ‘danger zone.’ How does that fit in with doing HIIT? I can get my heart rate up to 182-184 (which is over 100% according to the max heart rate calculators) and always do when doing HIIT. A few times I got it up to 194! I thought it was an error the first time, but it happened a second time and both times I was so tired afterward I slept for the rest of the day. – Kristin
Hey Kristin, I think the “danger zone” should probably be a separate article! I think intensity really depends on fitness level and age. For someone who is fit and athletic, 95% of max heart rate is what is expected in a tough workout. 85% of max heart rate is definitely NOT the danger zone for a 20 year old sprinter in great shape. For someone who hasn’t exercised in a few months and is in their 70’s, 85% of max heart rate may cause nausea etc. and is likely dangerous. I wrote an article about max heart rate and how it can be highly variable => How to Calculate Max Heart Rate?
. In my opinion, if you are concerned about your workout intensity, I would wear a heart rate monitor
and cross reference how you feel with your heart rate. Also consider as you get in better shape, it will be harder to maintain a higher heart rate.
– Marc Perry ( Marc Perry, CSCS, CPT)
Question #2 – When should I do HIIT?
Question: Hi Mark, just a quick question regarding HIIT — if I do strength training 3 times a week, should I do HIIT after this session or on the resting days? I read overtraining can have side effects. Thanks! – Tommy
That really depends on your schedule and what works best for you. In the BuiltLean Program, HIIT is completed after the strength portion of the workout, which helps burn extra fat and reduce workouts to only 3 days per week, which is manageable for most people. With that said, opposite days are also acceptable. Frequency vs. duration of workouts is a topic that has been researched a lot, but the research is tougher to come across when mixing strength and HIIT. Generally, what the research says is that more frequent workouts can elicit better gains. At the end of the day, what I’ve found is that the quality of your results will come down to exercise adherence. If doing HIIT is easier for you on separate days, then do that. Alternatively, if you prefer doing HIIT after a workout, then that can work very well.
– Marc (Marc Perry, CSCS, CPT)
Question #3 – What should I do to gain weight?
Question: Hi – could you recommend some exercises to gain weight? – Swolacius
I’m assuming that by “gain weight” you mean “gain muscle.” There is an article on the BuiltLean
website called Best Exercises to Build Muscle
that discusses exercises you’ll want to include in your program: squats, deadlifts, and kettlebell swings. Focus on fewer reps with heavier weights. Working the larger muscles in your body with a will induce the biggest testosterone boost and muscle growth. Also be sure to eat enough protein, eat a slight excess of calories, and rest between workouts.
– Kristin (Kristin Rooke, CSCS, CPT)
Question #4 -Are lentils healthy?
Hey BuiltLean.com team, I had a quick question for you. Is there something I’m missing about lentils?
The reason I ask is I recently started making lentil soup and it is a) delicious b) perfect for the winter c) seem really good for one (protein, fiber and other vitamins). Is there anything bad about lentils that I’m missing? – Alexander
Lentils possess a wide variety of beneficial nutrients, which you’ve already mentioned. The only downside to lentils is that they contain phytate acid, which reduces the availability of dietary minerals from digestion and can cause gastrointestinal issues. But, phytates can be reduced by soaking the lentils in warm water overnight.
– Kwesi (Kwesi Peters, CPT, Community Manager)
Question #5 – What type of protein shake should I get?
Question: Is a blend protein with ingredients like: whey concentrate,isolate, hydrolyzed,egg albumin, casein, etc good for post workout? For instance, Nutrex Muscle Infusion black. Or should I buy a hydrolyzed whey isolate? Ex. Dymatize Iso 100. I mainly consume protein shakes post-workout. – Himanshu