> What would you suggest as a good heart monitor for training purposes?
Actually, I was waiting for someone else to answer this question, but
no one did, so here I go...
I like the Pulsar heart monitor that my wife gave me this Christmas.
It is the waterproof model costing (?) $200.
It is a bit complicated to use at first, but I'm getting the hang of
it. I wish it had come with more information on how to use it to
actually improve performance. Instead, the manual tells you simply how to
use it to monitor your heart rate. A book is mentioned in the manual
that is supposed to provide further information.
It works very well for running or walking. It is easy to pick a target
range and set it up to beep in sync with your heart if you go above or
below the range.
It has trouble when I swim. The water partially blocks the signal
between the chest monitor and the watch read-out. Also the chest
monitor slips down. The manual mentions that a "swimming harness" is
available from the company and that the unit may not work well in
water. The manual also says that it may not work at all in salt water
and that, in any case, you should not push the buttons while the wrist
unit is submerged.
It is quite useful to use it while doing a stationary exercise like
Stairmaster, NorticTrac, Lifecycle, or stationary bicycle. I have
used the Stairmaster a few times and was able to keep my heart rate in
my target zone without any trouble. There is only one minor problem
and that is that if you put the wrist unit too near the readout of the
Stairmaster 4000 digital console, the wrist unit reads an
impossibly-high heart rate. My fix is to attach the wrist unit to one
of the Stairmaster rails a few feet from the readout. This has been
very successful. I can read and record my heart rate without problems.
I have yet to use the unit while cycling, but I'm sure it works fine.
I would appreciate any further comments from others with heart