Monday, February 15, 2010

Heart Rate Monitor

So I got a couple questions about how I track my calories, so I figured I'd write a bit about my heart rate monitor. I've actually had it for years, and I love it! I will admit though that I'm kind of craving a Body Bugg so I don't know if I'll always use the one I have. In any case, it's a Polar F11. It looks like they've upgraded their models, so I can't find it on their website, but I imagine this is a comparable model.

Here are the features I love:

  • Tests your fitness level, sort of like a VO2 max although nothing is ever going to be 100% accurate when it comes to that
  • Use fitness level, age, sex, weight to determine calorie burn
  • Stores data for you on workout time, average heart rate, max heart rate, and calories burned
It does way more than that, but that's all I use it for. I bought it because I read reviews and people seemed to think this was the most accurate calorie counter on the market. Of course, this was pre-Body Bugg. I wonder though if there are still Polar diehards out there! If you're looking for a fairly simple to use HRM, I highly recommend the Polar F series HRM's. From what I hear, the lowest level is fine if you're just looking for calorie counts and heart rate.

Another perk is that Polar has great customer service. My watch broke a year after I bought it and they sent me a brand new. Easy peasy! So if you find service to be important, that's another reason to go with Polar!

1 comment:

  1. I just ordered the Polar F6. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles like the one you have, but I'm just looking for something pretty basic. I can't wait to receive it. :) Hi, I'm Michelle, btw and I started P90X almost a week ago. I'll be checking up on your blog regularly. Have a great day!