What is a heart rate monitor?
If you are physically competitive, you probably have a heart rate monitor. Whether or not you are or have one, you will learn that monitoring your heart rate is easy.
A heart rate monitor allows you to effectively train at your target heart rate for optimal results during competition. First, you’ve got to understand how monitors work. Most look like wristwatches and combine timekeeping functions with heart monitoring. For constant heart rate readout, purchase one with a chest strap transmitter that sends heart data to the wrist unit. Devices without a chest strap provide heart rate data but only when you are touching the unit with your hand. If you decide on buying one, you can find a few examples of what’s available, plus some characteristics.
One of the leading manufacturers is Polar (www.polar.fi), which offers, amongst many others, these highly recommended products:
It has the following features:
- a heart rate monitor target zone with audible high/low heart rate monitor alarm
- a display of the heart rate and exercise duration during exercise
- an option to recall total exercise duration and average heart rate after exercise
- a selectable 12/24 hour display
- an inclusive T31 chest heart rate monitor transmitter and elastic strap
- availability in dark blue or yellow colors
The Polar FS1 is perfect for beginners. And it works best with basic exercises.
Polar AXN 700
This heart rate monitor offers a complete set of features for hiking, climbing, mountaineering, skiing or other outdoor activities. It has the following features:
- a titanium case
- a resting heart rate test
- a slope counter
- 3 sets of heart rate limits
- bearing setting
Amongst the usual specs of a heart rate monitor, you can also find HeartTouch. That is, you won’t need to touch the machine by pressing buttons; it simply accesses the information for you once your transmitter is near the training computer.