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Can anyone advise of a good heart rate monitor? I went on Amazon and every single HRM seems to have as many good comments as bad.

I am not looking for cheap but not massively expensive.

I walk on the treadmill daily and my Dr wants me to monitor my heart rate to make sure I am in the correct zone to lose weight.

Thank you in advance for your help

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Original Post by pgm012197:

Can anyone advise of a good heart rate monitor? I went on Amazon and every single HRM seems to have as many good comments as bad.

I am not looking for cheap but not massively expensive.

I walk on the treadmill daily and my Dr wants me to monitor my heart rate to make sure I am in the correct zone to lose weight.

Thank you in advance for your help

I use Polar FT7. It is simple and costs about $80.00.

I've been using a Polar F6 for about a year, and have been happy with it. If you want to get technical, you can set four training zones, your own max heart rate, and your own VO2 max (if you know it).  If you don't have that information, the default values that it comes up with (based on age and weight that you enter) are reasonable.

Well, not to discourage you but if your doctor only wants you to stay in teh "fat burn zone" tell him to take a flying XXXX

I 2nd getting a polar.  make sure it has a chest strap no matter what brand you do get and usually the cardio equipment will pick up the heart rate as well on a strapped model

Fat loss is based on calories in and calories out.  Working out in strictly the "fat loss zone" is bull hockey. 

http://caloriecount.about.com/forums/fitness/ heart-rate-fat-burn-zone ; review this thread for more information on why this is. 

Basically if you only have 30 min to workout a day if you are walking and staying in that fat burn zone you aren't burning that many calories, however if you really intensify your workout you will burn more calories and although more % may not be "fat" because you are burning more calories more fat will get burnt. 

I've used my Polar F4 for almost 5 years now. It's very basic but I love it. I don't need it, per se, but it feels strange when I don't wear it during a workout now!

I've got a polar... I forget the model. One of the higher end ones. My only complaint is that when I sweat too much the readings stop working.

Original Post by dbackerfan:

Well, not to discourage you but if your doctor only wants you to stay in teh "fat burn zone" tell him to take a flying XXXX

I 2nd getting a polar.  make sure it has a chest strap no matter what brand you do get and usually the cardio equipment will pick up the heart rate as well on a strapped model

Fat loss is based on calories in and calories out.  Working out in strictly the "fat loss zone" is bull hockey. 

http://caloriecount.about.com/forums/fitness/ heart-rate-fat-burn-zone ; review this thread for more information on why this is. 

Basically if you only have 30 min to workout a day if you are walking and staying in that fat burn zone you aren't burning that many calories, however if you really intensify your workout you will burn more calories and although more % may not be "fat" because you are burning more calories more fat will get burnt. 

^This, I was hoping her Dr. wasn't telling her to stay in the "fat burning" zone and only telling her to stay at a heart rate that was comfortable but still challenging.

Original Post by armandounc:

I've got a polar... I forget the model. One of the higher end ones. My only complaint is that when I sweat too much the readings stop working.


This doesn't happen to me but I noticed the other day on a recumbant bike that if I held the side handle bar and my chest was between the strap and receiver that I wouldn't get a signal. I ended up taking the wrist piece off and putting it on the front handlebars.

I adore my Polar FT60 HRM.

It was a bit pricey, but so worth it, IMO.

I've had a polar F11 for years and only got a new one to upgrade.  I currently have a FT60

If you want one that will not only tell your heart rate but calorie burn then I think you need something in the f6 and above range.

Go to the polar website and do side by side comparisons and then decide. 

I did have to buy a new strap recently and that seemed to be the biggest portion of the actual cost. 

Original Post by kevinatthebrook:

Original Post by armandounc:

I've got a polar... I forget the model. One of the higher end ones. My only complaint is that when I sweat too much the readings stop working.


This doesn't happen to me but I noticed the other day on a recumbant bike that if I held the side handle bar and my chest was between the strap and receiver that I wouldn't get a signal. I ended up taking the wrist piece off and putting it on the front handlebars.

yeah, I've noticed this. Recumbent bikes have a big generator type coil for resistance and it causes interference. You are sitting low, so you are close to the source of electrical noise.

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