Heart Rate Monitor

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    Dec 29, 2011 8:08 PM GMT
    I've been wanting to find a good heart rate monitor to use when working out. Anyone have any suggestions of a good brand?

    Possibly something that syncs with the iPhone? I heard polar wearlink from Nike+ wasn't compatible with the iPhone 4s, is this true?
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    Dec 29, 2011 9:36 PM GMT
    Stick with Polar. It is the most common. You may have to get all sweaty before it starts making a reading due to skin resistance. It is probably the most accurate compared to these things that measure something on your wrist.

    A lot of pro cardio equipment, Precor, StarTrak, or Stairmaster, have the receivers built into their control panels and only need the $45 chest strap you can find at Best Buy.

    http://www.polar.fi/en

    And, if you have the latest iPod, Apple makes a receiver that can track your HR with Nike+. But, alas, it doesn't work with the iPhone as far as I know.

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    Dec 30, 2011 1:17 AM GMT
    I think thats dumb that the Nike + HR monitor is not compatible with the iPhone. But thanks, i'll check out the link you posted!
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    Jan 04, 2012 3:35 AM GMT
    The iPhone does not contain the receiver chip needed to read the transmitter from the heart rate monitor. Unless it is built into the phone, like the way it is built into the iPod Nano, it won't support it.

    I use a Timex Ironman fitness watch, which can read any Ant+ compatible heart rate monitor. It's way more than what I need, but got it on a super 75% off sale at REI.

    If you have trouble reading your heart rate, you can try wetting the sensors on the strap, or use some heart rate monitor gel and that'll do the trick.
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    Jan 04, 2012 3:44 AM GMT
    I use a Polar FT7 and LOVE it!

    I like the Polar products because they can be read by almost any cardio machine company that can detect heart rate monitors.

    So when I workout the machine I am on will read my heart rate as well as my watch!

    Works GREAT!

    Polar is more expensive but does a super job!
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    Jan 04, 2012 6:13 AM GMT
    SoloXCRacer saidThe iPhone does not contain the receiver chip needed to read the transmitter from the heart rate monitor. Unless it is built into the phone, like the way it is built into the iPod Nano, it won't support it.


    Agreed. For the relatively-boring foot sensor, here's the FAQ.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1602

    iPhone3GS or later, iPod Touch (2nd gen) and iPod Nano can read the Nike+ foot sensor directly.

    The requirement for a 5/6-th generation iPod Nano just to use a "Wearlink" chest strap from Polar. That is a mystery.

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/H1922ZM/A

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    Jan 04, 2012 6:16 AM GMT
    I love the Garmin Forerunner 405CX (is it for running or adventure trailing? teh Garmin is best for running).

    It tracks via watch GPS meaning no foot pod necessary, HR, vitals, and has a virtual partner which compares you to your last run and if you are behind or infront.

    Almost like a personal trainer on your wrist.

    You whack in a USB receiver to your laptop and your data wirelessly downloads so you can analyse all of your training sessions, your maps of where you ran, elevation peaks, all that awesome stuff.

    There's a later model of Garmin out, but the 405CX is highly recommended (check out www.coolrunning.com.au forums for user experiences).
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    Jan 04, 2012 7:49 AM GMT
    AussieBody saidI love the Garmin Forerunner 405CX (is it for running or adventure trailing? teh Garmin is best for running).

    It tracks via watch GPS meaning no foot pod necessary, HR, vitals, and has a virtual partner which compares you to your last run and if you are behind or infront.

    Almost like a personal trainer on your wrist.

    You whack in a USB receiver to your laptop and your data wirelessly downloads so you can analyse all of your training sessions, your maps of where you ran, elevation peaks, all that awesome stuff.

    There's a later model of Garmin out, but the 405CX is highly recommended (check out www.coolrunning.com.au forums for user experiences).
    It sounds like you're pretty happy with its GPS accuracy.

    My running happens on a treadmill. But, I struggle with cellphone navigation using network assisted-GPS in downtown Seattle. ..until it senses a WiFi network with a matching SSID in its database.

    I think a GPS watch would just flip me off and sulk in a corner.
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    Jan 04, 2012 11:33 AM GMT
    I don't have one, but http://www.runalyzer.com/en/ looks like their chest strap may be more comfortable than some, and it's made specifically to work with i-phone