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Heart rate monitor training terms

Anaerobic energy delivery

Energy supply with insufficient oxygen. There is an accumulation of lactic acid.

Aerobic energy delivery

Energy supply with sufficient oxygen. No accumulation of lactic acid.

Aerobic Threshold

Under this threshold the energy need of the muscle is mainly processed by the aerobic energy supply. The aerobe threshold heartbeat is approximately 75% of the anaerobe threshold.

Aerobic-anaerobic area

The energy supply in this area is both aerobic and anaerobic. Lactic acid shaping increases by there faster running. The increase of the lactic acid shaping can be neutralised still mainly elsewhere in the body.

Anaerobic Threshold

Beyond this border the lactic acidification will increase rapidly. Estimate: 80 % (beginners) to 90 % (advanced) of the maximum heart rate.

Conconi (test of)

Test to stipulate the break-even point without pricking blood.

Heart rate

The number of heartbeats per minute. The heart rate is a good measure for the intensity of the training effort, because there is a linear relationship between heart rate and intensity.

Heart rate limits

The desired heart rate zone (lower and upper heart rate limits) can be set set on a heart rate monitor. This feature makes it easier to achieve the objective of the training.

Recover heart rate

Determining your recovery heart rate immediately after a workout is a great method for determining your fitness.


See lactic acid.

Maximum heart rate

The maximum achievable heart rate during maximum effort.
220 - age.
Is independent of the training condition! Decreases after the fortieth about 1 beat per minute per year.

Maximum oxygen uptake (VO2max)

The maximum quantity oxygen which the body take during maximum effort.

Lactic acid

Accumulation of waste products in the muscles during exertion above the anaerobic threshold.

Turning point

See anaerobic threshold.

Rest heart rate

The number of heartbeats per minute at rest. An elevated resting pulse may not be sufficient mean recovery or are indications of an emerging cold, flu or infection.

Training zone

The area in which you train. Also see heart rate limits.