I realize this is conditioning related, but I'm interested in getting information from guys that train or compete in combat sports.
I fancy myself a good athlete, have been naturally since youth, and I work very hard on my conditioning. Something about being exhausted when another man is trying to choke me or punch me in the face gives me pretty good incentive to work hard in this area.
Now, I read that a normal person's resting heart rate was anywhere from 60-100 bpm, and elite athletes could be as low as 40 bpm. This prompted me to check mine, and it was 60 bpm. It was a bit disheartening. I hold my own on the mats in the conditioning department, but still, something about being in the normal folks range irks me.
Which brings me to my question, if you don't mind, could you guys tell me what your resting heart rate is just for the sake of my curiosity? If you guys are all considerably lower then maybe I need to rethink my training, or just work harder possibly.
I'd also like to know if any of you have had success with doing specific heart rate training, like using a HR monitor to stay in specific ranges for specific times. I've never done this, I just wrestle, box, lift, run (sprints and distance), and cycle. I'm wondering if I need to get more specific with my training to get to another level. I think I work hard enough, but maybe not smart enough.