Does anyone use a bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor?

  • FredMG

    Posts: 988

    Dec 12, 2015 3:34 AM GMT
    So, any other heart-rate-training-geeks out there?

    I've used regular old polar ones for years, and my last one had gone through a couple battery changes and then I lost it, so I'm thinking about either the Wazoo or Polar bluetooth strap and an app on my iPhone to keep track of the calories (I find it motivating).

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 12, 2015 3:36 AM GMT
    I didn't know that they made bluetooth HRMs. Mine is Ant+ since that's what Garmin uses. (Or they did, if everyone's switching to bluetooth.)
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 12, 2015 3:39 AM GMT
    I forgot to say that I thought Ant+ was the standard for HRMs. The nice thing about it is that the chest strap for any maker will work with any watch. For example, I have a Timex chest strap and it works fine with my Garmin watch.

    But then that should be true as well for bluetooth.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 12, 2015 3:43 AM GMT
    I'm obviously behind, they're out there:

    http://www.dcrainmaker.com/?s=bluetooth
  • badbug

    Posts: 800

    Dec 12, 2015 1:17 PM GMT


    Hmm...

    I don't like fucking around with new shit if the old shit works fine. When my polar one dies, i will probably just buy another one so i don't have to think.

    The less you use your brain, the better. I assume, i haven't read up on it but that makes sense to me.

  • FredMG

    Posts: 988

    Dec 13, 2015 4:19 AM GMT
    badbug said

    Hmm...

    I don't like fucking around with new shit if the old shit works fine. When my polar one dies, i will probably just buy another one so i don't have to think.

    The less you use your brain, the better. I assume, i haven't read up on it but that makes sense to me.



    The appeal behind switcj9ng over to a Polar H7 is that it's cheaper than my favorite, the FT4, and the app seems to have all the same functionality I use.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 13, 2015 4:23 AM GMT
    Does anyone use a bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor?

    On our Apple Watches. We both have it. Is that Bluetooth? I think it communicates via Bluetooth with our iPhones. We also have an app where we put our finger on the iPhone camera. It prompts us to do that.
  • FredMG

    Posts: 988

    Dec 13, 2015 6:11 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidDoes anyone use a bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor?

    On our Apple Watches. We both have it. Is that Bluetooth? I think it communicates via Bluetooth with our iPhones. We also have an app where we put our finger on the iPhone camera. It prompts us to do that.


    I think the apple watch has a sensor on the side that touches your skin. I was thinking about the more "traditional" strap that goes just under the pectoral region.

    I'm more of the "strap it on and go" instead of checking my pulse on a camera kind of guy.

    Yes. I said strap it on. oh the innuendo.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 13, 2015 9:15 PM GMT
    What kind of activities are you using it with?

    I think it would be inconvenient to have to carry your phone if you're running. Having your phone with you when bicycling I could see.

    And with a phone you'd be handling it while you're sweaty. A gps watch seems more convenient to me; personal preference obviously.
  • FredMG

    Posts: 988

    Dec 13, 2015 10:36 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidWhat kind of activities are you using it with?

    I think it would be inconvenient to have to carry your phone if you're running. Having your phone with you when bicycling I could see.

    And with a phone you'd be handling it while you're sweaty. A gps watch seems more convenient to me; personal preference obviously.


    Some but not all of the activities I've used my HRM for in the past; spin class, weight training, hiking, kayaking, hiking and bicycling & cardio at the gym. Except for spin class my phone is with me during all those activities, though during kayaking it's usually in a water tight pouch tucked away in the forward compartment (but still within bluetooth range) and I'd probably opt for an arm band for spin class. the phone already gets used during weight training both for recording my sets, reps and weight (on a spreadsheet, nothing fancy) and for listening to music.

    So actually, getting a bluetooth heart rate strap reduces the amount of tech I'm carrying...oh, and my ancient GPS doesn't track calories, which is my favorite thing about heart rate monitors.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 14, 2015 5:57 PM GMT
    I use a chest band type Polar HRM, as it's compatible with my Concept 2 rower and my NordicTrack cross trainer.
  • jackp0t

    Posts: 50

    May 19, 2016 3:35 AM GMT
    fitbit charge hr
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 19, 2016 11:09 AM GMT
    I do all of my endurance training based on HR zones and for that I use a Garmin watch + chest strap.

    I also have a Wahoo Tiker X Bluetooth HR monitor that I use as well and am mostly happy with it. I mostly use with the Wahoo's apps and haven't tried it with anything else. My biggest issue is I have yet to find an app that I can use to set up a workout with alerts based on where my HR is at. Admittedly, I haven't looked very hard. That said, I have compared it with Garmin and it is accurate. The one feature I really like is that you can turn it on and do a workout without having your phone around and when they connect later it will sync the workout. It also counts resp when used with their HIIT app.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 27, 2016 3:08 AM GMT
    For heart rate: Garmin, UnderArmour, Apple Watch
    For calories: My Fitness Pal; USDA SRC 28 food database
  • fixedpole

    Posts: 4

    Jun 01, 2016 8:34 AM GMT
    I use the polar H7 which I'm very happy about. The coolest thing you can do with it though is tracking HRV as well. There's different free apps out there for doing that when you have the strap. I use one called Elite Hrv. Extremely useful for knowing scientifically when to push it and when to take a break.