First off, hi everyone, my name’s Jeff. I’m 18 and I’m fairly new to training beyond casual things like bench press and sit ups.
I just had a question about cardio goals. When I’m doing steady-state cardio to get my heart rate up (I’m in a weight-loss phase), most machines I use have ranges that go, from slowest heart rate to fastest, “Below, Fat Loss, Cardio, Above.”
I understand completely that exercise machines have their flaws in many ways, and that shouldn’t be a work out bible by any means, but in terms of my “target” heart rate in other exercises, which should I be aiming for typically?
At the moment, I’m following Chad Waterbury’s RFFL plan, and my heart rate during most of it is 150 or above (I figured that was the “intense” part, and the point of low rest periods). Treadmills and bikes and such estimate my “Fat Loss” optimum at about 135 and my “Cardio” goal at 160. Most of the time I use these machines in the ways I’ve looked into, it climbs into the Cardio range anyway.
Should I just disregard these range labels?