I need to invest in a new Heart Rate Monitor. Previously, I had a Scorche MyTrek, which worked through Bluetooth on my phone. When I got a new phone I never transferred it over and while I still could, I’ve been looking to upgrade for a while now anyway. So, I figured since I’d be evaluating which one was the perfect fit for me, I’d share my findings with you all!
I asked on my Coach page, which brands people were using most and from that information, I’ve decided to compare the following:
Through my research, I’ll be able to figure out which one is best suited for me and within my price range. A few of the most important things I’m looking for are: calorie counter, log of daily activity, ability to log information online, wearability, and battery life. I’m going to start with the Polar FT40 and Nike Fuel today and then next week, I’ll review the BodyBugg and FitBit.
Polar FT40 – ‘For active exercisers who want clear guidance and to monitor their fitness level.’
– Gives you clear guidance on how to get into shape faster.
– Tells you exactly how your fitness is developing.
– Lets you know exactly how many calories you’ve burned.
– Helps you find the perfect balance between rest and training.
Body Measurement Features:
- Average and maximum heart rate of training
BPM – Heart rate is the measurement of the work your heart does. Heart rate can be expressed as the number of beats per minute (bpm) or as a percentage (%) of your maximum heart rate.
HR target zones with alarm – You can define your target zones for a training session based on heart rate to help define the right intensity. When you are out of the preset zones, the training computer will give a visual and audible alarm.
Polar Energy Pointer – EnergyPointer is an easy-to-use feature which tells you during a training session if the main effect of your training is fat burning or fitness improvement.
Fit Test – Polar Fitness Test measures your aerobic fitness at rest in just five minutes. If you’re looking to improve your fitness and want to keep up to date with how well you’re doing, the smart Fitness Test will tell you exactly what you need to know in just five minutes. By regularly comparing your test results, you can see what progress you are making and how your fitness is improving.
Calorie expenditure with fat % – Polar OwnCal calculates the number of kilocalories expended during training. This feature allows you to follow the kilocalories expended during one training session and cumulative kilocalories expended during several training sessions. OwnCal is the most accurate calorie counter on the market. It calculates the number of calories expended during a training session based on your weight, height, age, gender, your individual maximum heart rate (HRmax) and how hard you’re training.
Polar Personal Trainer:
- Ability to use training analyzers, diary, software to transfer data to a computer, and the option to use their online services which include pre-programed targets based on the workout you’re doing.
- Tracks your training data starting from the last reset enabling you to follow your long-term training as well as weekly history gathers your weekly training data. By selecting a week, you can review your training data for the week.
- Date and weekday indicator
- Display text in English, German, Spanish, and Italian
- Dual time zone
- Button Lock
- Low battery indicator
- Time of day with alarm and snooze
- User replaceable battery
- Water resistant – 30m
‘It’s easy to set up, easy to use, and easy to read plus so stylish and cute.’
‘Easy to use, gives me the data I need to work at optimum intensity, when combined with the software. Fitness test option allows me to set targets and track.’
‘I absolutely love my Polar FT40. Now that I have my Polar, I know how hard my body is working and can maximize my time and efforts by not overworking myself.’
Nike+ FuelBand – Through a sports-tested accelerometer, Nike+ FuelBand tracks your daily activity including running, walking, basketball, dancing and dozens of everyday activities. It tracks each step taken and calorie burned. It also tells the time of day.
– Decide how active you want to be by setting a daily NikeFuel goal. The band’s LED display lights up from red to green showing your progress throughout the day.
– Visualize your daily activity to see when you’re most active – and when you’re not. Nike+ helps you understand your activity patterns to help you do more.
– Receive achievements and rewards as you do more. Get on a streak, exceed your goal, and hit milestones along the way.
– Share your activity and achievements through Facebook, Twitter and Path.
Movement/Calorie Count Features:
- The ergonomic Nike+ FuelBand captures and displays four different metrics: time, calories, steps and NikeFuel – a new metric that will be the ultimate measure of your athletic activity.
- As you wear the Nike+ FuelBand throughout the day, the built-in three-axis accelerometer measures your motion and translates it into NikeFuel. Each day you can set your goal for activity and the level of NikeFuel you want to achieve. As you move closer to your goal, the band’s series of 20 LED lights go from red to green. The user-friendly interface provides encouragement and motivation as you hit and exceed your goals.
- Unlike calorie counts — which vary based on someone’s gender and body type — NikeFuel is a normalized score that awards all participants equal scoring for the same activity regardless of their physical makeup.
- The Nike+ FuelBand experience doesn’t end on your wrist. All of the data you capture on your wristband connects to a rich web and mobile experience. It syncs with the Nike website through a built-in USB, or wirelessly through Bluetooth to a free iPhone app to record activity each day and track progress.
‘Tried for 3 months. Unreliable, poor software updates, poor quality.’
‘This thing is absolutely fantastic for the non-fitness nut who wants to improve
their health with exercise.’ (Why non-fitness, hmm?)
‘Even registering my info on the site didn’t work properly and the band itself
So based on these two, the Polar is definitely more my speed. The Fuelband seems like it’s aimed more towards athletes, which I wouldn’t categorize myself as…not even a little! Plus, it doesn’t have all the tools I’m looking for, however, the NikeFuel idea does intrigue me a bit, not enough to buy it, though. The Polar is still a little above my price range, so I’m looking forward to digging into the other two products next week!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!