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1/18/10 10:04 A

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i recently bought the Polar FT4 and have loved it so far! it's really neat too because it syncs up with the gym equipment at my gym and displays my HR on the machines so i don't have to constantly be looking at my wrist. i definitely recommend this one. it was $89.99 at dick's sporting goods but you could probably find it cheaper on amazon or something.

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1/18/10 9:48 A

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Just make sure to check consumer reports or something similar before buying. I got a relatively cheap ($50) heart rate monitor watch from a sports store, and it accurately measured my heart rate for less than a week. It was one that claimed to measure your heart rate without a chest strap. By the end of week 1, it told me I burned over 5,000 calories a day, every day... which is when I knew it wasn't accurate. It's still a sporty looking watch with a stopwatch, though...

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1/18/10 7:43 A

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I have a Mio Motiva Petite, which is strapless, and I like it. I've cross-checked the watch's HR reading against the machines and they are either right on, or 2-3 beats apart. I use it to calculate calories burned as well. It seems to be more accurate than the machines for sure. ~$72

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1/16/10 12:09 P

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I was wondering if anyone knew how accurate the calories burned is? I'm thinking of getting a polar watch and thought I would ask some questions before I did.

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1/11/10 8:06 P

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I have one and would DEFINITELY recommend them! I'm a big fan of Polar as well. I've heard some good things about other brands but overall prefer the Polar brand ones. Some of the pricier ones have great features. I've got a Polar F55.

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1/4/10 10:02 P

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I have a Polar HRM and my heartrate will actually show up on some of the fitness machines!!!

I love it because you get a true sense of where your HR is. For what's comfortable running pace for me outdoors causes my HR to be around 180 and that's not healthy so i recommend one to make sure you're getting a proper workout.

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12/27/09 8:55 A

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Have a Garmin Forerunner 50 with a chest strap HRM that I bought second hand NIB for $80. Thought it'd calculate calories burned (since I programed my weight into it), but no luck. There's a calculator online that uses my average heart rate for my "Session" I have to use after each work out. Pain in the butt.
Great online features! Has awesome accessories to purchase separately. A very cool footpod attachment that measures your cadence (and calories!) if your a runner and a bike attachment that measures mileage/speed. The higher models of Garmin are also equipped with a GPS...again, great if you're in to running/biking.
All in all I highly recommend a HRM for any workout, you can even wear most of them in the pool!...just make sure you know ALL the features and read a bunch of reviews! :)

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12/26/09 9:15 P

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I have one...bought a Polar coded HRM on amazon about 2 months ago for $145. I love it!!! I wear it for every type of workout (spinning, step, strength, etc.) It seems pretty accurate, and it's so great to have a better idea of how many calories you are actually burning during your workout. I think it's well worth the investment.

If you do plan to buy one, I would definitely consider getting a "coded" one. They're more expensive, but then you can be sure that your HRM isn't getting the signal from someone else's heart rate.

Hope that helped!!

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12/26/09 7:04 P

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im thinking about getting on. ive read where they are great for the gym and esp if you are running.

Just what are your thoughts?? I really dont want to waste my money.

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