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5/3/10 3:57 P

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I have both the F6 and the Garmin 305...I use my Polar for aerobic workouts and the Garmin for running. I do find that the Garmin is more accurate when it comes to estimating calories burned though. If you don't run then I say invest in another Polar. I haven't heard rave reviews about any other type of HRM and I'm looking to get a third one with more functionality for aerobics.

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5/2/10 9:56 A

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When I first got my HRM (over a year ago) I was very interested in calories burned. That novelty has worn off. lol! But, I still use it to actually see where my HR is. I quite often work beyond 90% of my MHR, so for me it is important to monitor.

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5/2/10 9:13 A

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I've had tons of Polars including the F4, F11, a cycling one, and now a FT40. I Usually only use the heart rate monitor feature, but I like the fact that most machines read polar. I find them pretty accurate and they motivate me. For example, yesterday, I spent a few extra minute in the gym because I wanted to break 1000 calories and I was close.

I like the fabric chest straps the most. I have so many because I usually get a new one instead of buying new straps which are around $50. I usually get mine through American Express. They are pretty reasonable if you plan to use membership points.

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5/1/10 10:59 A

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I do no that they have training books using heart rate monitors, I have never looked at them but my chiropractor uses this for his ultra-marathoning and he claims it helps him to keep in check. I use mine just so I know what I am at.
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5/1/10 10:04 A

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OK Older woman (53) never had a heart rate monitor. I love to exercise and better myself. Do you think I would get a lot out of a heart rate monitor or would it be like teaching an old dog a new trick.LOL

What would you say to convince someone who has never had a heart rate monitor that it is a good thing?

Looking forward to the outcome. I was thinking of one but more for fun.

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4/30/10 7:16 P

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I have the Garmin 305, I am a runner so I want the heart rate monitor plus it has GPS and all kinds of gagets. If I just wanted a heart rate monitor I have been told that Polar beats them all. Before I got my Garmin I did have a Omron that I got at Amazon cheap!
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4/30/10 6:59 P

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I have a F55 and love it. I think that the F11 does everything the F55 does but it doesn't have a weight training program. I don't really use the weight training program b/c it will only let you put in 10 exercises and I do more. I just set it on a manual program for weight lifting now. It tracks calories, heart rate in zones, you can set programs or it will make programs for you and it tracks it all on your watch for 28 days (if you want to keep track of more you can sync it to your computer).

As for the strap staying tight, I put a few stitches in my strap to keep it tight for my whole workout.

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4/29/10 5:46 P

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Love my F6 but am finding that that strap doesn't stay tight lately until I'm really burning a sweat.

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4/29/10 5:42 P

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I use a polar Ft4 and absolutely love it! Its definitely a good one.

In regards to the question about burning 1000+ calories, I'd definitely check your settings. But if they are correct, just make sure you're using it correctly (strap is wet, etc.). Otherwise you may be burning that much. Based on weight, age and cardiovascular fitness - everyone varies. My hubby burns over 1000 cals in a workout that I'll maybe break 500.

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4/29/10 4:48 P

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Sounds like you haven't set up the thing correctly. Unless you are a heavy male, you COULD be burning 1000 calories, but if you are average female, I am kind of doubting it.
400-500 cals more likely.

Spark isn't letting me see any pics right now. Not sure if it's my computer or spark. Just spark website. not others. Not sure what's going on.

I just have little BROKEN LINK pics all over my screen where people have posted emoticons etc. Anyone else having this problem, or is it just me?

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4/29/10 4:41 P

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I would make sure that your correct age/sex/weight are entered into the settings.

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4/29/10 4:40 P

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I also have Polar F7 & still seems to be fine - just a quick question:
Other people who also have HRM's & wld do the same exercise as me
Eg, 1 hour step class, say they only burn about 400 odd calories
Whereas I burn almost 1000 calories for same exercise & time. .
My max HR is about 180. Does sound normal or do u think its something
To do with settings on HRM?

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4/29/10 4:38 P

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I use the Polar F6, as do two of my friends. I like it just fine, but sometimes it doesn't record my heart rate at first until I get sweaty (I just wet the sensors and problem solved).

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4/29/10 4:35 P

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I've heard that this is a good one, but I can't say for sure. I'm still using my Polar F4.
But I like that the Timex Ironman has an Interval Timer (I have been enjoying Tabata workouts and you really need a timer for that)
www.timex.ca/IRONMAN-RACE-TRAINER-Di
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I read the manual. It does have a chest strap.

Edited by: FIT_ARTIST at: 4/29/2010 (16:40)
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4/29/10 4:10 P

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My Polar F7 is on it's way out the door, the strap is cracking and I am thinking about buying a new HRM. I do like the polar, but I was wondering if there are any better ones out there. Which do you have and what do you like/not like about it?
Thanks!

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