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1/15/13 8:54 A

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I didn't use one I just go all out and I am alwAys covered in sweat :)

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9/14/12 2:52 P

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Here's the website for Polar USA:

http://www.polarusa.com/us-en/

There is a Product Finder link. Click on your activities (from what you said...NOT running!) and it will make recommendations. Or you can click on your goal. Three goals to choose from: Get Active, Improve Fitness, Maximize Performance.

I know a lot of people like the Polar FT4 for basic Heart Rate functionality:

Fitness Improvement. For those who want basic heart rate-based features to keep their fitness training simple. At a glance:

For those who want basic heart rate-based features to keep their fitness training simple.

Shows when you’re improving fitness based on your heart rate
Displays calories burned
Comes with comfortable fabric transmitter and coded heart rate transmission to avoid cross-talk

It's priced at $100 on the Polar site.
The next model down is the FT2 at $90.

Lots of models to choose from. This information might give you a baseline for comparison.

Also, check eBay and CraigsList when you decide what you want. Never know what you'll find out there.



Edited by: GSNIDER40 at: 9/14/2012 (14:52)
Endurance = momentum forward.

WL = CB/T (Weight Loss = Consistent Behavior over Time)

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9/14/12 1:31 P

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My wrist watch heart rate monitor has like five or six screens besides the stick your fingers on the watch to get your immediate heart rate. To be honest I only know how to use the two screens that I use. The watch and the calorie counting function screen. I like the multi functions of the calorie counting screen because it gives my heart rate, how many calories I have burned and how long I have been working out all on one screen. The stick your fingers on the watch and get my immediate heart rate doesn't work great...so it is good that the calorie counting screen keeps my heartrate on there when I am working out. I think the immediate finger measurement works best when I am working out. I don't know if it is because that is when my heart rate is raised and more detectable or if it is my body heat or moisture while working out...either way that is the first thing that is not working great on my cheapo heart rate monitor.



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WYOJEN95 Posts: 85
9/14/12 12:18 P

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LOL!!

Thanks I don't need the GPS. I'm asthmatic and I abhore running outside. Give me an inclined treadmill, but for running outside, I require so much water to not have an asthma attack, I'd require a camel pack...and then the moving back and forth of the pack drives me nuts.

Are their any bells and whistles I should be on the lookout for?

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9/14/12 12:00 P

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I got a really good deal the last time I bought a heart rate monitor. I got a really nice stainless steel water bottle with it for free. My heartrate monitor is virtually a no name brand, but it has all the bells and whistles that I ever use. It is a wrist watch style. I didn't have a very big budget last time I shopped for a heart rate monitor. It will hopefully last a couple of years.

I bought a fancy body fat measurer like they have at the gym. I don't like using it. Body fat measurment isn't my favorite measurement. I blame it on my body type. A good pair of denim jeans suits me better...denim doesn't lie.



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GSNIDER40's Photo GSNIDER40 Posts: 140
9/14/12 11:32 A

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Good question! I have an old Polar. I'm thinking about upgrading to a new model. When it comes to HR monitors, I'm partial to the Polar brand. They were the pioneer. I know other brands have HR functions, but to me if I want an accurate HR, I trust Polar.

If I want accurate GPS, I trust Garmin. My Garmin Forerunner 305 has a HR function, but it seems to measure a bit differently than my Polar HR monitor.

Having said that, when I run I tend to want all the distance, time, pace data from the Garmin GPS, so I'll use the Garmin HR monitor, too, instead of trying to wear two devices!

But sometimes I'm doing Insanity or P90X in my basement, which, of course, would not require any GPS function, but I'd like to check my heart rate.

Endurance = momentum forward.

WL = CB/T (Weight Loss = Consistent Behavior over Time)

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WYOJEN95 Posts: 85
9/14/12 10:56 A

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Just curious what heart rate monitor everyone recommends.

Also what is everyone doing for body fat calculation?

Thanks!!

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