Woo hoo!!! Four days in a row so far.... =)
I decided to do the treadmill again today, since I think it was a pretty good workout yesterday.
Yesterday when I was setting the machine, I needed to put in my target heart rate. Well, I had NO idea what to program in, since I have NO idea what it is. Back when I first joined the gym a year ago, I had a meeting with the personal trainer, and we used some formula to figure it out. I thought mine was around 145, so be in the "fat burning zone," so that's what I put in yesterday. But, I vaguely remember having to use your age and weight to get the number, and since I'm about 40 lbs lighter than I was when I first joined, I thought that just might be right.
So, when I got to the gym today, I asked the girls at the counter if they new the formula, or if they could find the worksheet we used. The gym manager found a sheet, looked at it, and told me, "Oh, it's 220 minus your age." Hmmm...ok. I guess. That would make my target heart rate 175. Ok, great.
I got on the treadmill, set it for "fat burn," and punched in 175 when it asked for target heart rate. Well, HOLY HELL, I think that broad was trying to kill me!! Yesterday, when I had put in 145, it was already quite a workout. This? This was HARD!
The machine kept upping the incline, in order to get my heart pounding, and so I'd hit that number. Yesterday, I said I wasn't sure if 11.4 was a high incline. Well, hell's bells, the machine went to 15 today!
I tried to keep up, I promise I did. But, it was just a little too much. I ended up only doing 35 minutes, instead of 65. BUT, I didn't stop there. I simply reset the machine for a target rate of 150, and did another 35 minutes. With that, here are today's numbers:
Treadmill (set for a target rate of 175)
Treadmill (set for a target rate of 150)
And, just because it makes me feel better to see the totals...
Isn't it interesting how I went less distance, but burned more calories, at the higher setting? I guess it makes sense, though, since my heart was working harder.
I added back one more machine today, too.
Ab crunches 2x30@65
Ab coaster 2x(30/30/30)
Because I did an "extra" five minutes on the treadmill, and I added back a machine, I figured I finally earned a massage. Man, oh man, did I enjoy the hell out of it, too. =)
Ok, I went online and searched for the formula to figure out this heart rate thing. And, yes, according to this, that girl really WAS trying to kill me! According to what I read here, my target fat burning heart rate should be between 108.6-126.7!!! 175 my ASS!!