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ERICADURR Posts: 243
3/26/13 4:52 P

Why WOULDN'T your HRM keep track of weight training? My weight training involves my heart beating, lol. Additionally, weight training can be an excellent source of cardio, so I'm always confused when people want to make it mutually exclusive from "cardio."

OHITSKELLY SparkPoints: (14,074)
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3/26/13 3:18 P

I have a HRM, the Polar RS100. I use it to track calories and my HR because I have bradycardia (very low pulse) and my target heart rate is NOT the same as everyone else's or what random machines say.

I just created my own cardio exercise here on my exercise tracker (yep, you can do that) and called it Polar Workout. I put in the minutes I work out and the calories I burn. I just group everything in one lump sum, no matter if I do elliptical, weights, swimming, ALL of it, even my stretching because it is more accurate.

And it certainly keeps track of my HR and calories burned when I'm doing weights...

Edited by: OHITSKELLY at: 3/26/2013 (15:20)
ALORTA SparkPoints: (7,363)
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3/26/13 3:03 P

So, Just got my ft 40... finished first workout with it on!
Bit of a bumpy start (strap issues), but it seems to be working awesome now ^_^
One question, how do you guys enter the info into your fitness trackers? Like today, I did some treadmill work, did some weights, got a time and a number of calories burned. Am I not seeing the place to just enter a minutes and calories thing? Or am I supposed to try and separate them out, fiddling with stuff to get the right minutes and cal values?

VATRUCKER SparkPoints: (20,629)
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2/19/13 9:12 A

I have the FT7 by polar and it does fairly well. I think that in spite of the ads that say it will not cross read and be influenced by other electrical readings. I use it on my home gym treadmill and about 60 minutes into the workout it will go "nuts" on heart rate. emoticon emoticon

ALORTA SparkPoints: (7,363)
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2/19/13 2:13 A

HRM's are mostly for cardio
I know polar says the ft80 has some special thing that helps with your weight training, but after watching their little info vid on what that actually *is* I realized there's no way I'd use it. It basically just tells you how long to rest between sets depending on HR. To me, that kinda sounds like a gimmick more than any useful add-on... something to charge the extra $$$ for.
I'm still unsure what I'm going to get, but for now I'm leaning towards the ft60 (or 40, depending on how good a deal I can get on either when I finally decide to get one), if anything...

DRB13_1 Posts: 19,353
2/18/13 1:04 P

you may be asking the wrong question. If you are doing a lot of strength training and "want to get fit and lose fat" the HRM might be helpful keeping you motivated by giving you some numbers to track, but the workouts themselves are what are going to get you results. You can track the workouts on SP (sets, reps, wts, minutes).
You can also used perceived exertion as a guideline to how hard you are working out, instead of a HRM. Aim for a perceived exertion of 7 to 8 on a scale of 10, 14-16 on a scale of 20.
If you are on certain medicines, they can affect your heart rate and therefore make the HRM inappropriate for your workouts.
That being said, if you want to lose excess fat, you HAVE to watch your nutrition and do some cardio.
Best of luck with your decision.

2/18/13 11:43 A

I've been told hr monitors are for cardio.

ESCALANTE6306 Posts: 6
2/18/13 11:38 A

Will it still be an effective monitor while I do weights or is it more for cardio/fatburn training. Thats what make me leary because I do lots of strength training.

2/18/13 11:21 A

I have the FT40. Love it! Easy to operate. Comfortable. Accurate.

ESCALANTE6306 Posts: 6
2/18/13 11:16 A

I am looking to buy a heart rate monitor, I am torn on what to get. I know I want a Polar brand but I dont know what the best fit is for me. I am inbetween the FT40 or FT60. Can anyone give me feedback on what is the best monitor. I am looking for something that will help me get a better idea of what my body is doing while I work out to help me be more effective with my time in the gym. Right now the focus is get fit and burn fat. But i want one that will also help me build endurance and strength once my weight loss goal is met and I dont want to have to but another monitor once I get the phase 2. Any feed back would be very helpful! Thank so much emoticon

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