Heart Rate Monitor Watch

About 3 weeks ago I posted about losing my beloved Sportline heart rate monitor.  I have no idea how I lost it.   I went running with a friend from college, documented my workout in Runkeeper and then went to the grocery store.  We returned, we made smoothies and then she was on her way.  Well I looked high and low for that puppy and could not locate it.  So I broke down and bought me another one from Best Buys.

And honey…I am as happy as a pig in slop!  First off I like the fact it can record the distance I have travelled when running outside.  It also calculates calories burned, average and maximum heart rate and beeps if you go above or below the heart rate range set.  Of course you can turn off all of these beeps but I have learned that if you exceed your MHR it will beep at you regardless!  No way to turn that off but I have gotten used to hearing it.

It comes with a chest strap which is easy to fasten now that I got used to it.  At first I felt a little “challenged”.  Make sure to wet the piece that touches your skin in order to get the watch to pick up your heart rate right away.  Silly me put it on dry and wondered why it took 30 minutes for it to register my heart rate after I started working out.  Took time for the sweat to trickle down to help register everything.  LOL.

Other features it has I currently do not use include:

  • Pedometer
  • Interval training
  • Timer
  • Finger touch heart rate acquisition
  • Plus the regular features of a typical watch

I have a feeling I will want to graduate to a Garmin or Polar HRM but I am not there yet and not willing to make the investment.  One day…just not right now.  What type of HRM do you own and what features do you like most about it?

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    Desirre May 31, 2012 (10:31 pm)

    haha to being as happy as a pig. I have been thinking about getting a heart rate monitor as well. Are they expensive?

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      DSTPRL June 1, 2012 (10:45 am)

      Depending on the features you want – they can get pretty pricey. Anything over $300 bucks is pricey to me. The Duo 1060 was $100 at Best Buy. I bet if you look online and willing to shop online you can probably find it cheaper. The one thing it doesn’t have is the GPS which tracks your route and if you use an online running tool it doesn’t upload to anything. You will have to key it in. I hope that helps and let me know what you decide to get.

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    Brittany June 1, 2012 (12:10 pm)

    I don’t have a HRM, but my Garmin does have to option for me to use one. I would be curious to see what it’s like using one!

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      DSTPRL June 1, 2012 (7:23 pm)

      I hear the Garmin is the grandfather of them all. I am not there yet due to price point but I plan to work my way up to it. I am really intrigued by the GPS component.