Most cardiologists and physiologists maintain that a human’s maximum heart rate is calculated with a mathematical formula: subtract a person’s age from 220. But some leading doctors are now questioning the established academics, which trace their origins back to 1970, claiming that a simple formula isn’t accurate for people of all ages, in particular those who are older. Rather than endorse the time accepted calculation, this progressive group argues that maximum heart rate equals 208 minus 0.7 times age.
While medical science continues its debate, I recently discovered a more elementary approach that disregards age and physical condition, and it requires no math.
To reveal a human’s true maximum heart rate, I propose strapping test subjects into the driver’s seat of a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and then firing up its ferocious V12.