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PRODUCT: Polar FT1 Heart Rate Monitor, With Chest Strap, With 2 Year Warranty
Overall the FT1 has a 4 star rating off 14 customer reviews on amazon.
The FT1 is your most basic Polar heart rate monitor. You have to manually input your target heart rate zones. There is no stopwatch. But the chest strap comes with coded transmission so no interference occurs with others at the gym or on the trails.
The FT1 is perfect for you if you are looking for nothing more than a tool to monitor heart rate. Knowing heart rate while training is awesome…
So You’re A Noobie: Here’s What To Do With Your First Heart Rate Monitor
So your brand spanking new heart rate sport watch just arrived in the mail; what do you do now? You’re obviously in a hurry to reap the rewards and decrease your risk of sudden death, future heart attacks and cardiovascular disease.
5 Steps To Get You Started
1. Estimate your maximum heart rate by subtracting your age from 220. So I am 26 (220 – 26 = 194). An estimate of my maximum heart rate is 194. I know this to be quite accurate. Some people, however, find this estimation is way off. Keep that number in mind. Next we will use the FT1 to find your maximum heart rate.
Note: Some other watches will have you input your age and will use it to output your percent of max HR numbers. Usually it will display something like 160 BPM 83% (the 83% is referring to OF your maximim HR). The watch is just using that equation above.
2. Test out your max heart rate with a sprint. Sprinting is the fastest route to reach your max heart rate. Put on your FT1 and go for a quick warm up run (5 minutes) and then sprint for as long as you can (200m or about 30-45 sec). Now check with your watch what your heart rate says. It should be close to the number you calculated above – is it?
If you can’t seem to get your heart rate anywhere near the number you calculated above. The possibilities are that: 1) you are not pushing your body hard enough – push harder or 2) your max heart rate is not governed by the (220 – your age) estimation.
Don’t be too concerned, just keep the HR you got to after the sprinting in mind.
3. Try a body weights workout to test how your heart rate responds. If you do weights then do them with your new FT1. If you prefer, do body weight stuff like push ups, pull ups, lunges and squats. Did your heart rate go as high as just after you sprinted?
If you do as many push ups as you can do then immediately after do as many pull ups then squats then lunges you are doing high intensity interval training. It is a good way to turn a body weights session into an aerobic session weights combo. The heart rate will and should get near your sprinting heart rate.
4. Test your resting heart rate several times throughout the day. Remember the values. Do they change much? They will and should. Your heart is a responsive bit of gear. It reacts to your emotions, stress, food and surroundings without you even knowing it. The best truest resting heart rate is in the morning right when you wake up.
5. Keep using your heart rate watch and keep training. The more you become aware of your heart the more you will want to lower its rate of beat. It is a natural reaction. It is pretty fail safe.
Don’t be ashamed of your new watch. Convince your friends and family to buy one. I have got so many people hooked on heart rate watches it is not even funny. I urge you to show as many people as you can what your resting heart rate is. It is a very good measure of your fitness (consistently under 60 bpm is what you should aim for).
There ya go. A quick lil’ getting started guide.
- Average and max heart rate of training
- Heart rate monitor
- Time of day
- Water resistant to 30m
The Chest Strap
- Coded transmission to avoid picking up other heart rate monitors wearers heart beats
In the box:
- 1 Polar FT1 heart rate monitor
- 1 Chest strap coded transmitter
- 1 Users guide