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zone (heart rate or speed)

Zone is a term that's sometimes used to describe a person's heart rate or speed relative to their maximum ability.

Heart Rate Zones

For heart rate, Garmin and Polar both use a 1 to 5 scale to describe your level of exertion (1=lowest and 5=highest). Polar defines the ranges as follows:

Zone
Description
% of Maximum
1
very light
50-60%
2
light
60-70%
3
moderate
70-80%
4
hard
80-90%
5
maximum
90-100%

Forerunner 301 has an AutoLearn feature that automatically adjusts ranges for your heart rate zones by monitoring your workouts over a period of time.

Speed / Pace Zones

Garmin includes a similar concept for speed/pace in Forerunner 301 that uses descriptive words instead of a numbered scale. Here are the speed/pace zone descriptions that are built into Forerunner 301:

Running Biking "Other" Sport
  • slow walk
  • walk
  • fast walk
  • slow jog
  • jog
  • fast jog
  • slow run
  • run
  • sprint
  • max speed
  • Climb 4
  • Climb 3
  • Climb 2
  • Climb 1
  • Flat 3
  • Flat 2
  • Flat 1
  • Descent
  • Sprint
  • Max Speed
  • Snail
  • Turtle
  • Squirrel
  • Elephant
  • Rabbit
  • Greyhound
  • Horse
  • Lion
  • Antelope
  • Cheetah

 

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