How does your heart rate compare to professional athletes around the globe?

Check your Fitbit! Finding your resting and maximum heart rate is now more accessible than ever.


Heart rate monitoring, step counting and fitness trackers aren’t only a trend. You can use these great pieces of kit to measure yourselves up against the fittest professionals athletes.



Your resting heart rate is the number of times your heart beats per minute to flow oxygenated blood around the body in a normal, rested state. For years the resting heart rate has been used as an accurate measuring tool for health and fitness. This is because a lower number of beats per minute, generally means that the heart is stronger and more efficient, therefore does not need to beat as fast in order to regulate blood flow around the body.

Working out your resting heart rate is a great way to gauge your overall fitness level. The normal resting heart rate range for a male adult is 60 to 100 beats per minute. However, for fitter individuals the average is between 50 and 70 beats per minute.

Finely tuned professional athletes can expect a resting heart rates of between 40 and 60 beats per minute. This is the average level expected of a professional football player.

Elite athletes in other professional sports have been know to have even lower scores. The Olympic Gold Medal winning cyclist, Miguel Indurain, is reported to have had an exceptional resting heart rate of just 28 beats per minute.

How to measure it? If you don’t have access to a heart rate monitor, don’t fear! Measuring your heart rate is both simple and easy. Place your index and third fingers on the side of your neck, beneath the chin and either side of your windpipe (you can also check your heart rate at your wrist, by placing the same two fingers between the bone and the tendon over your radial artery, which is located on the side beneath your thumb). Once you feel the pulse, count the number of beats that occur over a 15-second period. Multiply this number by 4 and you have your beats per minute. It is important that you do this while your body is in a resting state. This means that you’re seated and have had time to relax without any sudden movements such as standing up or walking.