Sunday, April 28, 2013
I finally caved and bought a Polar FT4 heart rate monitor. I mainly wanted to use it for my bike rides that I take to see how many calories I burn, and also for strength training, but thought it would be interesting to compare it to the machine read outs at the gym. WOW...the machines are so far off its unbelievable! Not sure how they calculate those numbers, but I am SOOOO glad I finally bought a HRM to get a pretty accurate reading! The calories burned on the machine vs. the HRM were anywhere from about 50-150 calories off depending on the machine (example- 20 mins on the elliptical- machine said 200 calories, HRM said 280. ) I highly recommend investing in one if you want a more accurate read out.