New Premium Feature: Suffer Score, Now with Custom Heart Rate Zones

Premium members, get the most out of your heart rate monitor and train more intelligently! Now you can set your custom heart rate zones to quantify your suffering, monitor your training load, and dial into your workouts.

Set your custom zones by visiting the My Performance tab in Settings. Click on the Heart Rate Zone editor and select “Custom Heart Rate Zones”. Then, use the sliders to adjust the values between each of your training zones, click “Save” and you’re done.

Why use Custom Heart Zones? For one, your Suffer Score is at its most accurate when you use custom heart rate data. Within each training zone, subtle physiological effects take place to enhance your fitness, and thus the ability to monitor your intensity levels is critical to effective training. Whether you’re looking for energy efficiency on a recovery run, or red lining it up a climb, track your conditioning and your Suffer Score to help you hit that next goal.

If you are unsure about your personal training zones, we recommend a cardio assessment, otherwise there are tools, like target heart rate calculators, that have been developed to help athletes identify their personal heart rate training zones without that level of testing. The key is to experiment a little, and find the zones right for you.

If you aren’t already a Premium club member and want to get the most out of your workouts, upgrade for only $6 per month or $59 per year. Enjoy!

  • jonquimbly

    How do you calculate the ‘suffer score’? Is it the percent of time spent in Z4, Z5? Something else?

    What do we do with it, target a zero score?

    I’m relatively new to Strava, so knowing how Suffer Score is calculated, and what we should do with it, matters a lot to me.

    Thank you.

  • jonquimbly

    Meh. Strava’s blog/CS people don’t check for replies.

    If anyone at Strava ever does read these comments, know this: the only reason I still use Strava is some of your pretty graphs are useful. I started paying for Premium, but that will soon end. Here’s why-

    I record workouts with Wahoo Fitness app, then upload to Strava and view there -better graphs, but that’s about it.

    Wahoo Fitness beats Strava hands-down when it comes to during-exercise UX. It’s just so much better. In Wahoo, I can actually read the BPM number while cycling or riding -unlike Strava where it is teeny-tiny. Many users of your use glasses but don’t necessarily exercise with them, I bet.

    And, Wahoo has an audio notification feature, one that I can configure to report whatever info is important to me.