Enter your age and sex to find out what the most-popular maximum heart rate calculators estimate your maximum heart rate to be.
Note that none of the calculators is particularly reliable since each individual's maximum heart rate will vary according to a variety of factors aside from age and sex, such as genetics.
The formulas used by the calculators are described below.
Most people are familiar with the
220 - age calculation. This is slightly more accurate for men than women, and the age-adjusted calculator here uses
226 - age for women.
A paper published in The American Journal of Cardiology in 2001 by Tanaka et al suggests that a good prediction of maximum heart rate is achieved with
208 - (0.7 × age).
Londeree and Moeschberger
In 1982 Londeree and Moeschberger studied national-level athletes and determined that
206.3 - (0.711 × age) yields the best results. They also claimed that the maximum heart rate will be slightly higher among well-trained athletes.
An examination of the 30 most-popular heart rate formulas, published in the Journal of Exercise Physiology in 2002, claims that the best is provided by Inbar (1994), whose formula is
205.8 - (0.685 × age) .
Whyte et al
Whyte et al's approach from 2008 is interesting because it claims that a different formula is more appropriate depending on whether we are considering male or female athletes. In this case the formula for men is
202 - (0.55 × age) and the formula for women is
216 - (1.09 × age).
Several other formulas have been proposed, but none is reliable at determining the true maximum heart rate for any individual and they are probably only useful to demonstrate trends and to help indicate the types of result that might be expected so that erroneous results from tests (e.g. a spike from a heart rate monitor) can be easily identified. Read our article on training by heart rate and find your true maximum heart rate with a maximum heart rate test.