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ASHLEE624 SparkPoints: (33,801)
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1/4/13 5:01 P

I have a regular HRM, with a chest strap and watch. It's great. But,.I just upgraded to the fitbit. I haven't started using it yet, but, I'm so excited for it!

COXBETH SparkPoints: (6,868)
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1/4/13 2:53 P

I'm falling in love with mine all over again. I just started HR training with my running, trying to stay in 65-75% of my maximum heart rate. It's HARD to go that slow! I have to walk! ARG!

But it's making me so much more aware of my surroundings (like how an incline or decline affects my effort) and I feel like I can run FOREVER at that pace, so I'm getting in longer workouts.

I want to try to use it to do some high-intensity-interval workouts in the next few weeks. I know that I'll wimp out if I just use "perceived exhaustion"...but if I use my HR as a guide, I think I'll be able to develop some more mental-muscle and stay in the high-intensity zones more consistently.

GRIZZLEDATOMS SparkPoints: (1,668)
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1/4/13 2:46 P

I agree... they're great!

I actually have two that I use. One is a Polar H7 that is bluetooth and connects with my iPhone for running and other workouts.

The other one is the one that came with my Garmin 305 bike computer. For obvious reasons I only use this one while biking.

I don't use either one all the time, just occasionally when I want to do specific training or just want to see how I'm doing after a couple of months. It's really good information. Enjoy!!

CRAFTY_LOSER Posts: 764
1/4/13 5:28 A

I got a heart rate monitor for Christmas. My first one ever. And as the title says; I LOVE IT! It took me a bit to figure everything out (I finally gave up trying to figure it out by myself and watched a video xP). It's pretty nice. It doesn't have a chest strap (so glad for that). Instead you just lay your fingers on the front of it (or palm) and it reads your HR. It's pretty darn accurate too.

It's this one:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/MIO-Motion-Hea
rt-Rate-Monitor-Watch-with-Multi-Funct
ion-Activity-Monitor/15657650

I love that it also has a pedometer in it. Woo.

So who else here uses a HRM? Do you like it? What one do you use?

I won't be tracking calories burned using SP's defaults anymore, that's for sure. They're way off. I compared 32 minutes of kickboxing this morning. SP says I should have burned over 500 calories. However, using my HRM and a formula, I only burned around 218 calories.

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