Heart Monitors?

Heart Monitors?

Post by mckay!dwi.. » Mon, 20 Jan 1992 05:22:06


What would you suggest as a good heart monitor for training purposes?  I
currently just count beats during a ten second period using my watch, but I
forget what the count was after I finish running/cycleing, etc.  I'd like to
record this data and use it to gauge how my training is going, especially now
while I'm forced to train indoors.

Suggestions?

--ddm

 
 
 

Heart Monitors?

Post by Jonathan M. Richards » Sat, 25 Jan 1992 07:42:37

Quote:

> 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.

Some findings:

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
monitors.

-Jthan

 
 
 

Heart Monitors?

Post by thoe.. » Tue, 11 Feb 1992 19:38:42

Quote:

> What would you suggest as a good heart monitor for training purposes?  I
> currently just count beats during a ten second period using my watch, but I
> forget what the count was after I finish running/cycleing, etc.  I'd like to
> record this data and use it to gauge how my training is going, especially now
> while I'm forced to train indoors.

> Suggestions?

> --ddm

Hello Hello.

We have a suggestion for a good heart rate monitor. "Polar" produces one, which
is waterproof, and very good! Ask for it at your lokal Triathlon-equipment
dealer!.

Love!
Rune & Finn

 
 
 

Heart Monitors?

Post by Richard Melvil » Fri, 21 Feb 1992 01:29:28

Quote:


>> What would you suggest as a good heart monitor for training purposes?  I
>> currently just count beats during a ten second period using my watch, but I
>> forget what the count was after I finish running/cycleing, etc.  I'd like to
>> record this data and use it to gauge how my training is going, especially now
>> while I'm forced to train indoors.

>> Suggestions?

>> --ddm

>   Hello Hello.
>   We have a suggestion for a good heart rate monitor. "Polar" produces one, which
>   is waterproof, and very good! Ask for it at your lokal Triathlon-equipment
>   dealer!.

>   Love!
>   Rune & Finn

I absolutely love my Polar Vantage XL - don't balk at the price, it's cheap
for what you get.  I like it for running because I can preset the level of
intensity I want to run at, and it keeps me honest.  But on the bike is
where it really shines - I like to tape it to the frontmost point of my
aero bars and hammer !

For training, the XL has a computer interface so you can analyze your
heart rate data (I don't have it.)

So sorry to hear you're training in-doors - I did hard 60K's north of
Calgary both days last weekend.  (Ducked out for 40K on Christmas day
in only a long sleeved T-shirt !)  I haven't put my road bike away yet.

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