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Paul Brewer-Jensen 12-02-2004 04:59 PM


Does anybody monitor their resting heart rate first thing each morning? If so, what is your resting heart rate? What effect has CF training had on your resting heart rates?

Mine is usually around 38 to 40 beats per minute at a bodyweight of 215 to 220 lbs and height 6'4". I have not done any official CF WODs as I am new to this, but I have done workouts that follow CF principles. I think supersetting or giant setting interval training is the best way to improve fitness.


David Wood 12-02-2004 05:28 PM

Paul: Welcome to CrossFit!

Wow! 38 - 40 is impressively low . . . but 6'4" and 215 sounds pretty fit.

I don't check mine first thing in the A.M. (too groggy, and the alarm probably sends it sky-high, anyway).

Just sitting, midday, no particular activity or stress, it'll be about 65.


Lincoln Brigham 12-02-2004 06:05 PM


Ben Kaminski 12-03-2004 08:38 AM

I measured mine when I felt like I was running out of gas last month, it was 55. I thought that was low but I guess not. I'll measure it some more next week.

Tanner Kolb 12-03-2004 08:51 AM

right now it is about 43, kind jumping around. a few years ago when i wrestled in college it was 32. i have a guy in my human ekg class that is down to 28, he is a distance runner.

Ron Nelson 12-03-2004 10:38 AM

I'm about the same size as you (6'3", 210-215) and I just measured mine at 55-60. I believe before Crossfit, my RHR was around 75-80. I would love to get it down into the low 50's.

Ben Kaminski 12-03-2004 04:07 PM

I wore my monitor 24/7 for a couple of days - I was rarely below 60 while awake, but overnight my average was 55 - is this the right number for RHR? My waking HR gets down to 60-65 if I focus on slowing it down. You people are worrying me because it seems my RHR is much higher than other Xfitters :-)

Paul Brewer-Jensen 12-03-2004 04:42 PM

Hey all,

I measured my RHR this morning after drinking a glass of water and having a BM but before my morning gut buster (workout). I laid down on the floor and took a few measurements for a full minute each time. 39 was the lowest count and 40 was the highest. Deep, steady breathing helps to bring it down.

Overtraining can raise your RHR so if you are doing heavy/frequent/voluminous training it would be a good idea to monitor RHR over time every morning. If it is decreasing or staying the same then you are not over training but if it begins to creep up then that is a sign to back off on the training (IMHO).

Something I picked up from Gordon Pirie's online book "Running Fast and Injury Free". He was the Brit who won the 5k in the 56 Olympics and had the 5k world record for a while.


James R. Climer 12-03-2004 11:00 PM

I use my RHR value as a means of determining over training. On those days when I am able to wake naturally, without the alarm clock, I will check my RHR before getting out of bed. It is usually 49 to 52 BPM range. If it goes up significantly (>55 BPM) for several days in a row, I take it as a warning to take a week off. Usually overtraining manifests as insomnia for me because I can't sleep when my temperature is elevated.

A final note: this info is unique to each individual and should not be used to compare to other people, just as a barometer of relative status.

Parth Shah 12-04-2004 10:16 PM

I thought normal was between 40 and 100? Anyways, Mine is usually between 45 to 65.

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