Who Uses An HRM?

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    Feb 28, 2012 5:38 PM GMT
    I just bought a Polar FT4 a few weeks ago to help me with my workouts. I am still doing a lot of gym, but also started doing some strength building classes and soon will be running outside.

    I never realized HOW OFF the machines at the gym are. I don't know if it is because I am tall or what - but my HRM is showing that I normally burn 150-300 more calories then what i was logging from the machines.

    So my question is - do you use an HRM? And if so - what kind?
  • kew1

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    Feb 28, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
    Sometimes, mainly because the machines at the gym register nothing for 20 minutes.
    Seem to think a Zombie's exercising.
    No idea what make it is
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    Feb 28, 2012 8:57 PM GMT
    Polar is amazing... Use mine for most workouts, cardio, plyometrics, even when lifting.....mine is the rs300x
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    Feb 28, 2012 9:57 PM GMT
    FT80 - use it for my entire weekly workout from weights to cardio. The science behind it makes every visit so efficient I can't remember the last time I went to the gym without it. Use it with the Polar personal trainer software
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    Feb 28, 2012 10:04 PM GMT
    Picked up my first Polar back in '00 after I took my first spin class.

    I recommend to a lot of people, especially if they're starting out in cardio.

    HR too low? Not working hard enough.
    But, if you're not paying attention, you can bounce off of 180.

    Lately, I've used the $50 chest strap to drive the Polar display on Precor and Startrak gym equipment. The watch sits in a drawer until I try spinning again.

    When you get middle-age, insurance companies don't balk when you decide to get a stress-echo treadmill test with a cardiologist.

    A 10-lead EKG can guestimate and display what your max heartrate might be.

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    Feb 29, 2012 1:47 AM GMT
    I have an HRM, but the brand escapes me at the moment. I havent' used it in a couple of months. It connects with my iPhone. It gives me a more accurate reading of the calories I burned based on a fitness test that I did.

    The machines on the gym can be really off. First, they don't always connect with the signal from the HRM very well. The heart rate can be off by a significant amount. It's better if you use a watch or other device that is specifically paired with your chest strap. Second, the calorie counts are just estimates, usually based on your weight. They aren't very accurate either. They are better for tracking your trends. In other words, are you burning more in your workouts than last month, or are you slacking off?