Heart Rate Monitors

Are they worth it.

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02/06/2004 at 14:25
I am thinking of getting a HRM, so I can make sure I am getting true exercise to loose the spare tyre.
However What I dont want is something very complicated to use, just something
that will do the job & easy to use.

Any suggestions ?

Dave
02/06/2004 at 15:21
Not a suggestion on a model, but on usage - make sure you know why you're using it and what you're aiming for.

(Some people swear by 'Heart Rate Training for the Compleat Idiot', which seems to contain a lot of sense.)
02/06/2004 at 15:23
Go for one of the cheaper Polar/Cardiosport models, but low/high audible alarms are defo advisable (I'd say essential).

The book SVT suggests gets tons of good reports.





02/06/2004 at 16:54
Have a look at this thread: Heart rate monitors
first go at inserting hyperlink so fingers crossed!
02/06/2004 at 16:55
It worked! Its a long discussion, but full of positive comments about HRM
03/06/2004 at 12:37
Beanz is that TimM's thread because its great, hyper link didnt work look on beginners threads heart rate monitors what are they teeling me, or something like that.Dave if that doesnt convince you about HRM and Parkers book nothing will and you also get SVT and I waxing lyrical about the Welby monitor from Aldi £14.99 well spent.
03/06/2004 at 13:34
yes - it is Tim's thread - the link worked for me!!
03/06/2004 at 13:44
Beanz
Worked for me too the second time
03/06/2004 at 13:53
well thanks everyone, I have ordered the book from amazon & will take it from there.
03/06/2004 at 20:07
HRMoteen,one thread and we have him.





For those too young it comes from an anti smoking campaign of the seventies.

Dave is already hooked on HRMs and John L Parker.
10/06/2004 at 21:27
Now got a HRM (Polar A5) new off Ebay £56, cant be bad.

Dave
18/11/2004 at 19:30
I read the problem page. But the obvious cause of and solution to erratic readings seems to have escaped whoever made the list.
And there is no way of rectifying the list apart from a post here which noboyd will read. Hrmph.

However:
Erratic readings are typically caused by
1) failure to moisten the belt where it touches your skin.
2) static generated by your running shirt running on the belt - before you start sweating much.

Solution: splash the front of your running shirt before you set off. If nothing else the shock of cold water on warm chest will send you off at a good pace ...
18/11/2004 at 19:48
sorry, rubbing on the belt
02/09/2005 at 15:39
Dave
The most essential requisite for losing the spare tire is a good diet. Make sure you have that in order first.
I'm using a Garmin GPS monitor which is expensive but great for tracking progress.
I experimented a lot on the treadmill to work out a sustainable heart-rate over various distances before hitting the road.
For the first few months I forgot about pace and used my heart rate to control my intensity. It was a great idea.
I went from struggling over 3 miles to running 12 easily in a few months.
19/09/2005 at 13:09
I spent £25 in Decathlon on a Géonaught heart rate monitor with the following features:

Time, Alarm, Pulse, Chronograph.

Watch water proof to 5 ATM, belt water resistant but not water proof. Both are user-serviceable and the battery in the belt is easy to change. The belt clasp mechanism is good too. You get it in a zip up case with a bike mount for the watch as well.

The chronograph does the following:

Input age, gender, weight. Set upper and lower zone limits. Watch shows current HR, calculates average HR over time and then works out time in zone and calories.

Beep patterns to indicate if you are above or below zone limits.

All this for £25. The equivalent polar is something like £60+.

I have my routes and when I go somewhere new I user www.map24.com to measure distances with it's cool waypoint features. There is no need to spend a fortune on complex equipment. I have never felt the need to download data, coz I have no use for it after the run. This baby does plenty. It's a lot of bang for buck.

Well done Decathlon for selling good gear for not much. Check out their Quencha reservoir backpack range as well. You'll laugh your head off the next time you see someone with a Camelback that cost twice the price.
09/01/2006 at 12:48
Can anyone help? I got a Polar RS200sd running computer for Christmas, very pleased with it, but have now lost the Instruction Manual so can't progress. No response whatsoever from Polar UK offices (answer machine only, no calls returned as yet) or from emails to the International Help Website re my request to purchase a replacement. A very expensive piece of kit now lying useless in a drawer!
09/01/2006 at 14:06
Thanks, Steveo. That's a great help. In the course of your investigations, did you conclude that the exercise uploads are PC-only? The software doesn't seem compatible with my Mac....
JK
09/01/2006 at 14:33
I use a PC so afraid I cannot help on that one . Give POLAR a call . Their support desk was really helpful when I had issues with getting the weblink software to work properly; they may have an option for the MAC .
14/07/2006 at 13:21
MIO have introduced a HRM which is strapless. The wrist is where the "watch" or HRM picks up the reading. This could be a boon or a gimmick. Does anyone have any views or experience.

Many thanks
14/07/2006 at 14:00
The only strapless ones I've seen require you to touch sensors on the watch to get a reading. This means that you aren't getting a constant reading, you can't get average and max HR readings for a training session and you can't set it up to warn you when your HR exceeds a specified level. So, not really much use.
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