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1/21/10 4:19 P

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heck i wish I would have known about the 10% off!! that is a good price then!!!!

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heck i wish I would have known about the 10% off!! that is a good price then!!!!

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1/21/10 2:28 P

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I have found that I'm actually burning on average about 50-100 calories MORE than what is calculated by Spark now that I use a HRM.

I got one of the less expensive models at Dick's Sporting Goods as I figured it was a good place to start. I eventually plan on getting the Garmin with GPS...but I really wanted a baseline idea of what exactly I would be getting out of one before putting in several hundred dollars towards it!

I bought a Sportline for about $70 or $80...can't recall exactly and it works wonderfully! It gives me the info I have been craving and I didn't feel like it set me back too badly. I will say that the major selling point for me was that I could change out the batteries in both the receiver and the chest strap. With Polar you have to send it in to Polar to have this done and I have heard that can be expensive. Some people reported having to replace the battery within the first year of owning it while others have had it for several years before replacing.

I wanted to be able to change it out myself...that's what drove my decision and I haven't been sorry I made it yet! :-)

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1/21/10 11:13 A

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I bought a Polar F7 and LOVE IT! It not only is great for tracking calories burned, but it also tracks your HR%, average HR and Max HR. It keeps a weekly log and gives you a report at the end of the week. It will not interfere with other HRM if you go to the gym, which is important! Besides all of the above, I find it a great motivator! I love to put it on and feel like I am working!!! Silly I know, but it works!

You can find it in many places, but I bought mine from heartratemonitorsusa.com. They had the best price, had free s/h and if you use the code "polar", you get an additional 10% off!

Good Luck! It is definitely worth the investment....especially if it gets you moving more! emoticon

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1/20/10 12:35 A

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I bought one after Christmas from Walmart but the chest strap didnt work so i returned it!!

Just bought a polar f6 bc the reviews were great and everyone on SP raves about it!
The cheapest place Ive seen is amazon.com (going for ($91) right now
but also try heartratemonitorsusa.com...i paid $93 got free 2 day shipping and a free gym tote!!

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1/18/10 9:25 P

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The one at Costco for $29 is a wrist model only.

Everyone I asked said the ones with the chest strap are far more reliable.

I bought my Polar F6 over a week ago. I love it! I got it for $92 on Amazon. No tax or shipping.

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1/18/10 3:44 P

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Costco has hrm as little as $29. You could also check into Big 5 for closeout models. I do think the Garmin models are better but much for expensive.


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1/18/10 11:52 A

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I have been casually looking into buying an HRM too. I would love to get a Garmin with GPS capabilities so that it could tell me exactly how far I ran based on satellite data, but those can be as much as $350.

I know you can get some HRMs at Dick's or other sporting goods stores, but I bet you could find better prices on the internet.

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1/17/10 8:09 P

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I have a Polar F-6, and I like it.

I think I paid about a hundred dollars for it. It calculates calories burned, and it also expresses my heart rate as a percentage of maximum if I set it up that way. I like that because a lot of the gym equipment is coded to work with the HRM strap and will show my heart rate as beats per minute. So when I set my display to show percentage of MAX I get both sets of information.

It has been my experience that the machines at the gym greatly exaggerate the number of calories burned. Nothing is better for getting an accurate reading than a HRM with a chest strap. Polar has one. You can look at the various models at the Polar web site. I think it is polarusa.com

However, if you are interested in running outdoors and you want to get seriously involved with running you might want to consider a Garmin. I bought my Polar before I started to run. I am considering getting a Garmin some day. They are more expensive though if you want to use it as a HRM and also plot your running course. Check out the Garmin site too.

And you might consider asking on the Rookie Runners Team as well.

You could probably get one at Dicks.

Terri

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1/17/10 7:58 P

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I would like to purchase a heart rate monitor b/c I'm not convinced that the calories the machine says I'm burning is correct, and neither is SP (I understand both of these are only meant to be estimates anyways). Usually SP has me burning about 200 calories more than the machine (where I input age and weight) so I know the only accurate way to go is an HRM.

Where do you buy them at? Would Dick's Sporting Goods have them? About how expensive are they? For those that have them: do you like them?

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