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I use my polar hrm for a cal count. I did body combat and it showed my max being 225 with average 132.. i was alarmed to see 225.. my max is usually 150ish. i didnt feel anymore worn down or ill during class.. would i feel odd if it really climbed to 225? just for record i am 42 yrs old and probably body combat is my toughest class and i dont do it weekly.. probably cpl times a month. but i do other classes.

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  • cwolfman13
    cwolfman13 Posts: 41,868 Member
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    Most likely just an error in the reading...it happens. If you were actually at 225 I'm pretty sure you would know it.
  • NorthCascades
    NorthCascades Posts: 10,968 Member
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    I see two possibilities here. You got a faulty reading, or you're a mouse.

    PS Heart rate monitors don't know calories. You might as well roll dice.
  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 32,702 Member
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    I've gotten occasional crazy 200+ spikes from my HRM, but personally don't worry about them if I don't feel even remotely odd at the time - figure they're HRM anomalies. But . . . I've been tested for actual heart issues in the past, have decent-ish base fitness, and have been dealing with workout intensity and HRMs for more than a decade. If you're not *100%* sure you're OK, talk to your doctor, not random strangers on the internet. If you're even remotely worried, do it - really. Hearts are not a thing to fool around with.

    Oh, and: Check your HRM battery. My previous Polar would start giving me occasional whackadoo data when the battery was getting low - watch or chest belt battery, either one.
    I see two possibilities here. You got a faulty reading, or you're a mouse.

    PS Heart rate monitors don't know calories. You might as well roll dice.

    I think that's going a little far, but NorthCascades has a point: They're not gospel for calories, especially when you're doing something other than good ol' steady state cardio. It's an oldie but goodie, so I'd suggest reading this and giving it some thought: https://www.myfitnesspal.com/blog/Azdak/view/the-real-facts-about-hrms-and-calories-what-you-need-to-know-before-purchasing-an-hrm-or-using-one-21472

    They should be givng you an accurate heart rate, mostly, though. Chest belt > wrist only, especially in something that involves a lot of crazy arm gyrations. I have a Garmin Vivoactive 3, now, but wouldn't trust the wrist based HRM for rowing on-water; for that, I'm going chest belt all the way.

    Best wishes!
  • Azdak
    Azdak Posts: 8,281 Member
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    In a he absence of symptoms or any medical history that suggests you are at a higher risk for some type of arrhythmia, I would go with monitor malfunction. If your strap is dirty, it can cause these high numbers.