heart rate monitor

posted 2 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
1349 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter's Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

i have a Polar FT4 which is pretty basic but does everything I want it to – heart rate, cals burned and then it stores ten workouts (time, max hr,  avg hr, cals burned) so you can keep track.  I love it and it was a massive help when I was losing weight.  Also not expensive, I paid about $75 for mine I think.

Post # 3
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

FrenchNewlyWed:  I have a Garmin running watch, it comes with a chest strap.

You do want a chest strap because its the only accurate way to measure it. (onlike the wrist ones!)

Both Polar(loop) and Garmin (vivofit) make ‘activity tracker’ wrist band that pick up your chest strap.

I bought my brother a very basic one at a local pharmacy – no GPS or anything, just a watch and a strap.

Type Heart rate monitor in amazon and see what pops up!



I highly recomment using one as it will help you cotrol the safe exercise levels!

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  AnnaVictoria.
Post # 4
380 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

FrenchNewlyWed:  I have a Garmin 405.  For the most part, I really like it!  It tracks the things I really want to know (distance, speed, calories, etc), and a lot of things that I don’t care to know. The only thing I would caution is that it has a bezel, which can be really sensitive.  Sometimes, I have a hard time changing features because the bezel is so touchy. 

I think it was only $120 on Amazon, and I’ve had it for 3 years.  Definitely worth the money!

Post # 5
457 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

FrenchNewlyWed:  If you *just* want it for the HRM bit then you can’t go wrong with one of the Polar watches. I had a FT4 as well when I first started training a lot and it was great. If you want it to measure anything else (speed, distance, etc) then it’s worth paying a bit more for a Garmin or Suunto watch. There’s varying levels depending on what you want to do with it. I’m a triathlete, so I have the Garmin 910xt which is a bit pricey if you aren’t into running or swimming. 

Check out the DC Rainmaker blog – he’s got a ton of info on the subject. 

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