When you first start a new workout program, it’s important to record your pulse every 15 minutes and take note of how many beats per minute (bpm) you have. If the beat rate increases significantly over time, then this indicates that you’re getting stronger and can adjust your workout intensity accordingly. However, if the beat rate stays steady or decreases slightly over time — especially in cases where there is no change in exercise intensity — then this may indicate that you are plateauing and need to make changes such as increasing rest periods between sets or adding extra weight to the barbell for squats.
How do I know when my heartbeat pauses?
If after performing an intense set of lower-body exercises like squats and deadlifts with heavy weights, your heart stops beating for 1–2 seconds during one rep (for example: “My left leg went up into the air next rep . . . but my heart stopped!”), then be sure not to try another rep. Instead, immediately stop exercising and wait about 30 seconds before resuming activity without any additional resistance or weight added on top of what was used during the initial set. In addition to pausing briefly between reps because of cardio efficiency training benefits from breaking down muscle tissue triggered by working against resistance at high intensities, resting will allow blood back into capillaries so that delivery system function returns fully prepared for a subsequent bout of intense exercise later on in your session.