What Is Your Lowest Heart Rate ever?

Well, if you can’t win the races, you’ve got to focus on other competitions. One of my personal favorites is the physical parameter: Low Resting Heart Rate. As I have described previously, your resting heart rate gets lower as your conditions gets better.

You will probably already have noticed that your resting heart is lower when you are in good shape. This is because of a larger stroke volume or more correctly a bigger parasympathic drive on the sinus node. It is easy to monitor your resting heart rate, just put on your Polar rim when you wake up and relaxe for a couple of minutes.

Now I want to know: Who has had the lowest resting heart rate ever?


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  • yannick goulet

    i am 33, i play tennis 5 times a week and hit the gym 3 to 4 times a week!!!
    my RHR is consistently 50 to 55 and tonight i hit a all time low of 48!!!
    Since i am not a runner or a cyclist will or can my RHR go lower then 48?????
    believe it or not three years ago my RHR was 88, scary but true,drastic lifestyle change has done me wonder!!!!! please replied…..thanks

  • yannick goulet

    matthew my blood pressure use to be 150/100 and i have changed big time my lifestyle and i mean BIGTIME. now my bp will go has low as 112/69.thats like minus 30 40 points so maybe you had 130 85 norm and now you like me dropped 30 to 40 points. i hope this helps to sooth your mind. CONGRATS on the RHR i am am still behind in that department !!! 48 is my record but my norm is 54……

  • Bryan Robert

    My lowest was just this morning @ 35 BPM. I freaked out and did it again. I started cycling and jump roping in January and have lost 40 lbs. I track my resting heart rate once a week and have watched it go down significantly. Now when I work out I use a HR monitor and have started to see how fit I have become. I also started to notice how fast it goes down after and intense work out, is that normal and is it also normal to take longer to get my HR up.

  • Paul

    Bryan, I also have a low HR and a few months back added interval training to my routine. I noticed a definite difference in how long it takes to get my pulse up. At first I was hitting a peak of 98% quite easily. Now I struggle to get to 90%, and it takes longer to get there. Also noticed a shorter recovery period.

  • Joe Gloster

    Today was the first day my rhr was ever recorded. It was a 59 which was good ive been told. considering i started working out less than a month ago. But seeing all of these peoples scores is definately inspiring. I am now personally going to see how much i can lower it. thanks

  • yannick

    good luck joe!!! In order to get low 50s or high 40s you must really really do some serious cardio!! 4 to 6 times a week , keep us posted and well compare!!

  • Krishnan Thyagaraj

    I am 70 years old & have been running daily long distances last 40 years, averaging 450 kilo metres/month, besides running up 8 flights of stairs& weight training. I have run the full marathon distances too. My RHR early mornings, on the wrist strapped heart monitor, was between 36-38 & i had for long accepted this figure. However, a fracture injury & enforced bed rest gave me an opportunity to manually count the beats on clearly visible beating pulse against stop watch on my moibile & was very surprised to see my RHR early mornings at between 28-30. Not quite believing what I saw, i have since carried out hundreds of such measurements & the figures seem correct. Have used the 15 seconds multiplied by 4 model & find that over a minute, the actuak beats could vary from below the times 4 figure to more or less exactly the same & on occasions more than this limit. I add too, that my BMI is 20, Hip: waist ratio 0.77(waist size of 28 inches), have never been overweight ever, with a high BMR of around 1800 calories. Seem to be having great fun tracking my heart rate on the mobile stopwatch timer.

  • mickey whitrid

    Hi, my resting heart rate is 38, i work out 3-4 times a week with 5-aside once a week, hope to get it lower but not to low??

  • Geoff

    I am a 52 year old male with a resting heart rate of 42. I have had a low RHR ever since I can remember. I was a very competive runner through high school and then broke my ankle in University resulting in a 10 year lay-off from running. I took running up again in my 30s and over the next 10 years ran an average of 1 marathon every other year with plenty of 10k fun runs in there to stay active. 3:00 best. I’ve had my fair share of medical mis-diagnoses to do with my heart as I have a congenital heart murmur and have had many EKGs with inverted waves of some sort. In my best shape my RHR was 35-38. So, in the last 10-15 years I have been plagued by muscle injuries which have prevented me from getting into peak shape. Finally, I got orthodics and have been training OK for the past 4 months slowly building long run mileage back to 10 miles where I have been holding (9 min pace). During the week I alternate bewteen cycling and 30-40 minute tempo runs 3-4 times per week. I also swim once a week. My intensity varies between 125 and 165 bpm. Weight doesn’t seem to drop much and I am still overweight by at least 5-20 lbs with a BMI of 25.8. I just had my annual physical and my doctor is obviously worried about my HR. It was 43 in his office. My reaction was the usual “athletic heart ” response that I have used for years but he’s not buying it! So I’m off to see a specialist and who know what kinds of tests. I’ve never been dizzy or short of breath and if I feel different now than I did when younger its only that the amount effort it takes now to maintain a 9 minute mile for 10 miles feels about the same as a 7 minute mile did when I was in my 30s. Is this a reality check where I’ve actually had something wrong all these years or is it possible to have a RHR of 42 even though I’m not highly trained? I read that this athletic heart condition will revert back to a normal rate within a month or so once the training is stopped. Thyroid function was a concern a few years ago and I did go on Synthoid for a year but then my GP took me off and for the past 2 years my levels have been normal. Not sure what to make of all this but I will get a heart specialist to check me out and also make sure my thyroid function is still normal. If all is well I’ll be planning another Marathon for next year!!!

  • Kingsley Smith

    I’m 67 with a min of 55 and a max of 175.

  • connor

    my lowest is 30 flat and it wasnt even in the morning.

  • jimmy

    my resting heart rate is 43 beats peer minute! starting my royal marines training soon!!! so i wondeer wat it might be if i make i through training- ive been doing alot of training andwhen i first started 4 months ago my RHR was 54 beats per min, 😀

  • Tracy

    Oh, I have read through a lot of these posts and I am still left with questions. I am not a runner nor a conditioned athlete. I am simply a 34 year old woman who is a little overweight (maybe 15lbs) and live a very very stressed lifestyle. I raise my two kids on my own who also have very demanding schedules. I also have an extremely demanding career. most weeks I can work 65-70+ hours. I get little to no sleep (avg 2-4 hours if I am lucky) yet my heart rate is in the low 40’s. Last night 42. I do taebo fitness bootcamp about 4 nights a week but I would think with the stress I would have a normal or very high rate. Any insight would be welcomed.

  • Chris

    wow you guys are lucky! i dont know what it is with me, but ive been training with cardio 3-4 times a week with pretty high intensity for over a year and my RHR is 64. im hoping its genetics thats keeping it high like that, because i thought i was in better shape than that

  • Chris

    by the way, Tracy, i would say it’s your genes that keep your RHR so low. a lot of stress would increase your RHR but it’s also possible that it just does not phase you. maybe the exercise that you do overwhelms your stress. good for you

  • Michele Corona

    I am a petite, 115 lb., 40 year old woman who has started running, incline walking and hiking about 18 months ago. I perform some combination of above for about 5 hours per week. Basically, I kill myself to get into a 85% MHR zone which is lending to injuries. My low RHR varies but has been an issue for 5+ years even when I was not exercising, but I notice it go even lower when I am fit.

    Let’s face it – the cardio is good for the heart but when you are a smaller woman, the calorie burn is the real motivation as I have noticed it harder to keep the weight down past age 35. However, my calorie burn on my HRM sucks due to the lower heart rate. I hiked the Grand Canyon and burned only 1/2 the calories my girlfriends did even though I was leading the pack. I expected some variance but not half of theirs. It is pretty discouraging and wondering if anyone else had any insight.

    BTW – I had a 24 hour Holter Monitor test done and will review results with cardiologist in 2 weeks. He thinks I am obsessive but I am of normal weight for my height and just want to keep it that way. When you are small, 5 lbs. means the difference between fitting in your clothes or absolutely not. My stats are Max HR 179 (2 mile sprint at end of 1/2 marathon) RHR usually 50 bpm but goes below 30 bpm when I sleep.


  • Damian

    My lowest resting heart rate was 23 BPM, and that was sitting up in the middle of the afternoon I have had stress tests and echocardiograms done to see if there is any problem, but I seem to have a very low natural heart rate and I do tons of cardio workouts.

  • Tom

    Well, my lowest heart-rate I know so far is somwthing about 39. Depends on how much I train. When I sleep the rate usually go under 28 bpm.
    When my doctor found out that I’ve got such a low heart-rate she was like: “Oh, you are really sick”. So I started attending many cardio-doctors. After about 2 weeks full of check-ups doctors told me that my heart-rate is racial and I had born with it… Lucky me … 🙂

  • Mike S.

    Well, mine isn’t as good as some of those I have seen posted here. My resting heart rate was measured at the doctors officer this morning at 52. And honestly, I don’t think that is too bad for a guy who is 40 years old and until a year and a half ago weighed 325 pounds (I am 5 foor 8 inches tall) I now weigh in at 170, am fit, muscular, and in very good shape. 15% body fat and dropping. All thanks to riding my bicycle at least 20 miles a day! And going to the gym and lifting weights.

  • Ben

    I’m 20, and run mostly every day – my peak volume is about 70-80 miles/wk. Just sitting around at work in the morning today, mine hit 37 bpm. My max I recorded several years ago at 212 bpm during a hard run, but I think that’s gone down over the past few years.

  • stewart

    I started training again regularly in February after several years off. My WHR had risen to over 70 but it dropped very quickly to 60 and has been edging down since. It’s now usually 49-52. It’s been 45 on 3 separate occasions, which is a bit weird since it’s not been 46, 47 or 48 even once!

    It doesn’t surprise me to see people reporting such low rates since I consider myself to have very poor natural fitness (best half-marathon time barely 1:45 despite having focused on training for it for 18 months, and having started that training from a reasonably fit state! OK I had 50 pounds of muscle (mostly ;)) more than ideal running weight, but even adjusting for that it’s still a poor time)

    When I was young, I remember being told 60 was “athletic”. I doubt it now!

    One thing I’ve always wondered – what happens if you end up in hospital after an accident unable to tell the doctors your low heart rate is normal for you? Is there any danger they’d end up causing you further damage trying to medicate it?

  • John Doe

    0 bpm, a winner, I am Dead Sure

  • F en F

    checked out my HR with a pulse oximeter last night I woke up to check my HR and it was 34bpm. I bike about 200 miles a week but I don’t even want to know what my max has been. I know I almost puked I pushed so hard the other day and my friend who also is an avid rider actually did puke. Good Stuff! haha

  • Josiah

    I’ve taken mine down from 65 bpm to 44 bpm with unstructured training over a period of rougly 3 months.

    It’s likely that there are many variables that will influence resting heart rate aside from genetics, being: diet, sleep patterns, stress levels, geographic location (altitude and climate), as well as how many toxins your immune system is currently combating. (Note that are immune systems are always fighting something even if we don’t consciously notice the affects.)

    What might be more important in terms of fitness is recovery of heart rate. If you can exercise and have your heart rate high relative to your max, or LT, for long periods of time yet have it drop quickly when the intensity is lowered, this is a more important sign of fitness IMHO.

    I’ve had my heart rate up around 190 (I’m 23 years old, did that when I was 22) for an hour in a time trial and it dropped to 130 within a minute after and 110 within two minutes while doing light spinning. In situations like this it is possible we get a better guage of how well our bodies are actually handling loads.

  • Steve Hatzakis

    im 27 years old 155lbs and maybe 10% body fat -On july 19th I ran 10.5 mile in 2 hours 39 minutes (I walked the first 1.5 miles to warm up and elevate my heart rate gradually). I ran at an average heart rate of 130 and max of 155.

    I purposley ran very slowly to make it more aerobic and also because it was 95 degrees farenhiet in NYC that day. I drank plenty of water during adn after with alot of electrolytes and had no major soreness (I also went for a 1.5 hour massage later that evening and took a bunch of antioxidants).

    I went to sleep with my heart rate monitor on later that night and woke up at around 430am with a recorded average heart rate of 38 for the 4 1/2 hour nap (the max heart rate was 77 during the sleep and then from 4am -8am the avg rhr was 50). Im assuming it went lower then 38 since that was the average (from 1am -430am). However, I wonder did I over train? Ive heard that very high RHR or very low can result from overtraining. But I dont think i did, because I wasnt very sore and the next day I did a recovery ride on my bike with an average HR of 113 and then again in the 95 degree heat outside (on sunday)- did 280 pushups/100 pullups/ 120 dips /130 leg raises in 1 hour 22 minutes( avg hr 118 max 161) and I feel great now 2 days later!

    I remember being able to keep my heart rate at 185-190 for 45 minutes non stop a few years ago (cycling at sub maximal effort)and hope that this is just my body getting back into shape and nothing more/less.

  • k Schultz

    My resting heart rate is 29-30. I am overweight, do not work out, but I do climb up 40 steps to get to my house three times a day and I am gardening constantly and lugging 80 pound buckets of sand or rocks at all times (to make stairs) and I am always gardening. Had numerous heart tests and wore a monitor, though the heart rate was low, the hear rythmn where normal. All tests came back negative. (though one the false positive nuclear stress test which lead to a heart catherization gave me a blood clot which I am currently being treated for) Wore a heart monitor for 24 hours. No problems, never heard the lowest my heart rate got to. I am a 42 year old female.

  • jason croteau

    I do a fair bit of hard running and managed to get my resting rate to 29-30bpm. That was tested with my Timex monitor at 9:00 am after I’ve been up for 2 hrs and had already eaten breakfast. Max rate is 195bpm and I am 34 years old.

  • M962

    I’m 30 years old and run trails, hills, intervals and cycle a lot of mountains…been doing it for a bit over a year after I started running to lose 3-4kg. I ran some cross-country and track in high school but never took it seriously.

    I am about 60kg weight and 164cm height, so small. Compared to my friends I have a lower max heart rate than they do at 185. My resting HR is 48. I want to get it closer to 40 and try to hit a higher max, though I’m not convinced going higher is actually going to benefit me. I can reach 95-97% HR (5K running race pace) easily and drop back to 100bpm quickly as well so I’m happy with my fitness.

    I think for cycling/racing I’m looking to improve lactate threshold so I can do more repeated climbing/sprints. Other than that I worry more about nutrition and not getting injured running!

  • Badz

    I was a runner as a youth – then a right lazy b from uni onwards.

    Last couple of years have started cycling to work – 28 mile round trip, and last couple of months have started doing some running.

    I use a Garmin 305 with HRM and have a resting rate of 38 and a max of 204 (I am 34). I am only just getting into the running aspect, but with plenty room for improvement (5ft 11 and 200lbs) I reckon the resting part has room to go lower.

  • Keith S

    I am 66 and have always had a very low pulse. I have just purchased a Garmin 405 but it cuts out when my pulse drops below 30. My old Polar measured 28 on occasions. In my case low pulse goes with good performance as I am still running 10 km in 41 minutes and 10 miles in 67 minutes. My GP has kittens about it.

  • Dan L

    Hi, I am 31, 5 ft 9 about 190 lbs. I have been running most of my life, cross country in high school, bad nicotine addiction in my 20’s, but kept running occationally. Now i have been training pretty hard for the past year or so, and am running races with a half marathon planned for this weekend. My resting rate has always been in the high thirties, low forties when i am training. This is about where it is now. Recently, i have had some chest heaviness a couple of days after hard runs. Not 100% that it’s my heart, could be a pulled muscle or something, but am a bit worried. I believe I was diagnosed with a heart murmer when i was very young. My working theory right now is that the heart is a muscle, and it gets sore and tight like every other muscle. Anyway, i know is should see a doctor, and am wondering if i should do the half marathon. anyone else have any stories or similar experiences would be much appreciated.

  • Paul

    Wow some of you are incredibly full of crap. RHR of 23? I don’t think so. High 20’s is INCREDIBLY rare, even for top of the pinnacle athletes, yet we’ve got several people here claiming low 20’s. BS.

  • kevin a

    I measured my heart rate through the technique you recommend and it was 29. I’m 51, skinny and moderately fit.

  • Paul

    More BS.

  • Paul

    Hi Paul (nice name). I found this forum while doing research on low pulse rates since I was concerned that mine was too low. I suspect a lot of others here did the same. Just because you don’t hear about people with abnormally low resting pulse rates, doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Which is one of the things I like about the internet: no matter what your experience or problem – there are always others like you out there to make you feel less weird.

    Cheers Paul

  • Nice to hear that others deal with a low resting heart rate. I went for a regular check up and my doctor was very concerned as my resting heart rate was in the mid-30s. He did an EKG and did some blood work. I have been training for a marathon and am at the 16 mile mark now. I did have some problems after the 16 miles as I felt like I was going to pass out. But I thought it was because I didn’t eat breakfast. I had 3 gels and 1 vita water and 2 reg waters. I felt good until I stopped. My doctor does not want to approve of my marathon training until I get my resutls back. I have been running for a long time. I do a lot of 1/2 marathons,but not whole marathons. I am 53 years old and 5’3″ and 122 pounds.

    Any advise would be welcome. I don’t want to be scared to run the marathon as I have put a lot of training into it, but at the same time I don’t want to pass out at the end either.

    Thank you.


  • Martin Brady

    The guinness book of records 2009 has just gone on sale here in UK and im in on page 63 with a resting heart rate of 27 BPM. Now if i can give up smoking, cut back on the drinking and partying and start training i could beat me own record for next year. cheers Martin

  • paula j

    2 years ago rhr 30bpm…have been doing ironman races for the last 6 years, training 15-20 hours a week…but actually it turned out that my heart had enlarged (cardiomyopathy) due to a rather rare disease….had brain surgery…I’m very lucky ….everything is fine now…my resting heart rate is closer to a whopping 38 now.
    So to all you non athletics with really low HR …if you haven’t already …get checked out by a real Doctor …make sure you don’t have a heart block or other dangerous condition

  • Richard R

    I just saw the record resting heart rate for Miguel Indurain. I was just looking in some old photo albums and saw an article on my father for having a crazy low heart rate when he was boxing. it was 18! I was just trying to search online to see how normal, or not normal, this was among other athletes… I think its just crazy why my father would have never mentioned a thing like this.

  • Dave

    I have never understood this RHR business. I cycle, swim & workout a lot, (usually do around 200miles a week on the bike, more if I get bored). I have a resting heartrate of between 60 & 70bpm, depending on what I am doing. I have good bloodpressure, around 100-60 at the above stated RHR. I have only ever dropped below 60bpm when awakening from a good sleep, the rest of the time it’s closer to 70. I have a bodyfat content of around 9%, which is easily maintained and whenever I take a fitness test it always comes out average, yet I can out perform friends whome score as high as ‘elite’ in some fitness tests due to their RHR being low and their HR falling to normal much quicker than mine…….any suggestions, or am I a phreak of nature haha!

  • Michael

    Hey Dave,

    I think its the luck of the draw with your genetics, i’ve got a mate who is an elite triathlete, he can run 10km in 31min, average over 40km/h for a 40km and his RHR is lowest at about 60, whereas I will run a 39min 10km ride at 35km/h and i got a RHR of 35bpm.

  • Brian

    36 bpm. Ya I am 21 year old monster. Run 32 miles a week. Swim TU,Wen,Sat. And Crossfit it up 3 times a week.

  • HH Foong

    nothing too fancy. RHR = 47 and I’m a recreational runner 🙂

  • MSt

    Sitting here at the PC after a hard day on the farm, and at the age of 66 my pulse is , and its real,is 29. I have seen less . My Polar finds it difficult to cope!
    I last raced in cycling time trials in 1978, just occaisional riding since. Should I start agian??????

  • Janet

    28 oh yah beat that!

  • MSt

    Janet ,Sorry to say that the low rate is I believe true. It is also irregular, with echos, so some times difficult to count correctly. I had not thought of it as a competition to be the lowest .
    I have been concerned that my pulse rate had gone down as I go older! It was about 40 when I was racing. I had decided to make an appointment to see a Doctor, but was concerned that I would get the ill-informed reaction that some others listed above had received . I am just pleased to find that from this web page/site that there are other people out there with the same “problem”. I would like to have a proper assessment because I would like to get back on the bike without having to think that the sheep, or my wife, had not been looked after if I hit the final “wall” out on the road, and did not return home!

  • Josh McEachin

    I had my heart rate go down to 27bpm and i dont know why but i felt faint

  • Spike

    I am a 14 y/o male, My RHR just lying there in P.E today was 59.
    My max running the beep test was 230.