Post-load pulse

Post-exercise heart rate is considered an indication of recovery ability after exertion. The qualitative level of basic endurance has a significant influence on the recovery time. The postload pulse is thus an indirect indication of the degree of basic endurance. As a rough guide for recovery times after prolonged stress, the following standard values (according to Zintl, 1998):

The following guideline values describe the recovery quality after short-term maximum loads, the heart rate HF was measured five minutes after load termination (according to Böhmer et. al. 1978):

Post-load pulse (HR/min)Recreational quality
130 – 120sufficient
120 – 115satisfactory
115 -105good
105 – 100very good
< 100High Performance Training State

Post-exercise heart rate measurement is quite common in some sports and can be used conditionally in training control. Smartwatches (e.g. Garmin) also measure a postload pulse or recovery pulse value during activities. Garmin specifies how much the heart rate drops within one minute after the end of exercise in the recovery heart rate. Specifically, this means:

Load pulse: 156 bpm
Pulse after one minute: 121 bpm

Then the recovery heart rate corresponds to 35 bpm, since the pulse has dropped by 35 beats within one minute.

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