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8/10/11 12:49 P

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Ahh yeah - I live in New Mexico - Big 5 is a western US thing, so I thought maybe we'd lived a little closer! I love that store though - I can spend SO much money there! haha!

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8/10/11 12:36 P

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REEKU731 I live in Oregon. Where are u?? I just never know who is where, and what stores are available...lol

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8/9/11 9:19 P

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You are very welcome!! Let me know how it works for you! Its a fabulous little device to help out your workouts!!!

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8/9/11 7:11 P

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Thank you REEKU731 emoticon

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8/9/11 7:09 P

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thank you all for the great information, I think that this will help not only me but a lot of people to make a good decision , I think I will buy that FT4 and follow your recommendations in getting a better quality one emoticon

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6/27/11 9:06 A

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LJR4HEALTH - you are very welcome!!! Its definitely worth the extra money to ensure you're going to get one that will last you a long time!!! Definitely keep us all posted when you get one!!

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6/24/11 6:34 P

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Thanks REEKU731 for the info on HRM next one I go for is going ot be a high quality one as the cheap one only lasted 2 months maybe 3


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6/24/11 3:47 P

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Totally off topic - NEVERGIVEUP1969, where do you live?? Big 5 is a regional store and we have them here! We might be closer than we think!

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6/24/11 2:53 P

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I do not know if u have the same stores in ur area as me...but if u have a Big 5 they usually have some for around $40.00 that seem decent!!!



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6/24/11 10:04 A

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I have tried several ones I the best quality price is the one from the beach body website... Iknow all about there products if you need help let me know! Here is the link... Oh! And they are 50!! ;)
Www.beachbodycoach.com/livelovezumba
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Search for heart rate monitors
The one I recommend is the first one - bow flex, strapless
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6/24/11 9:51 A

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watch saleaday.com they have really good deals on overstock of them, I got a nice one with a chest strap (Boflex I think) for like $20. it works just fine.

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6/24/11 8:29 A

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So in my opinion, with a HRM you get what you pay for, and anything under $50 will probably be a waste of your money. The first time I bought a HRM, I got a cheepy one -but the second time I learned my lesson and spent just a little more. Here's what I can tell you about HRM and then you can decide if you'd like to get one (which they are WELL worth it, I promise!)

First - there's 2 kinds of heart rate monitors, ones that have a Chest Strap and ones that don't. The ones that don't rely on the fact that you STOP working out, press a button (which only works half the time in my experience), wait 10-15 seconds while it takes your reading (in which your HR comes down) so by the time it actually generates your reading, its innacurate. Then it uses that number to calculate your cal burn until you take another reading - which makes the whole workout burn really inaccurate.

When you get a HRM with a Chest Strap, it fits right along your ribcage (directly under your sports bra) and this allows for a continuous reading - meaning you can just keep working out and you don't have to stop moving until the workout is over!! They are comfortable and once you get started, you can't even tell that you're wearing it.

Second - go with a brand that is recommended. There's lots of "off" brand HRMs out there that are really unreliable. There's a few brands (such as Polar and Timex) that are truly trusted in the fitness community - and their equipment is around the same cost as the "off" brands. Also - when you go with the trusted brands, they usually have additional software enhancements to truly customize the watch - which means you can enter your age, height, weight, gender, etc that assists with creating a more accurate calorie burn. Other brands only take your age & gender into account which means they might not be as accurate

Okay - so now that I've totally written a novel (I apologize, but I want you to be educated so you don't waste your money!) which one do I recommend? I personally use (and my hubby uses as well) a Polar Ft4. Its a reliable brand, has a chest strap, is waterproof (and the chest strap is washable), customized settings for calorie burns and lots of other fun stuff - PLUS its really not that pricey. I picked mine up at Best Buy for $90 and its WELL worth the extra $40 (over the $50 you wanted to spend) to ensure that you're getting a reliable piece of equipment.

Here's a link for the one I would recommend - it comes in silver or bronze depending on which color you prefer (the only difference between the "mens" and "women" is the color - I personally liked the silver over the bronze, so that's the one I bought):

www.bestbuy.com/site/Polar+-+FT4+Men
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+Heart+Rate+Monitor/9505261.p?id=121R>8116488276&skuId=9505261&st=ft4&cp=1&lp=2


I know that's a lot of information - and if you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask!!!

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6/24/11 6:44 A

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I had a heart rate monitor that was inexpensive but it didn't give a good calorie count for cardio I really think you need to buy a high quality one if you want a accurate calorie count IMO SP tracker would show that I burned 300 calories and the heart rate monitor watch (sportline) showed only 100 calories

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6/24/11 2:39 A

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Hello, I would like to manually enter the amount of calories i burn with zumba but i need to buy a good heart rate watch, any idea? hopefully under 50 dollars, thank you :)

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