HR monitors are great for seeing how conditioned or unconditioned you are; how many cals you are burning in a certain time period, and how well you are improving over time. I do not have one for the reason I do not have the extra funds right now, but I found a great website that figures out your caloric burn for you. It's triathalontrainingblog.com/calculatecalori esburned The thing you do have to figure out is your HR periodically throughout your workouts, which is really no big deal. It gives you a good idea of where you are at and how much you are burning although not to the T of a HR monitor. I use it and am glad I atleast have the site. I basically write my HR down on a peice of paper every 10 min. or if there is a pause in the workout for 10sec (write 23x6 so I can figure out the HR later)and then write down for how many minutes and just keep repeating that throughout the workout. If you have any questions feel free to ask me on my page! Hope this helps someone if they are waiting on a HR monitor or don't have one at all.
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I also have a Polar F6 and love it... HR monitors really help to keep you honest because you it alerts you with alarms if you are below your HR zone or above it... It is well worth the investment...
I bought mine from this website, they offer free shipping, but there are others you can investigate... This website is great because they give in-depth descriptions about all of the HR monitors that they sell, so even if you don't purchase from this site, you can find out about the HR monitors you are interested in and go from there.. here is the link:
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