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I've had this one for two years now and I love it. Works well, it's comfortable, reliable... Works with Bluetooth and Ant+. Can't go wrong.
Even when running I lightly touch the crossbar so not to drift left or right. I have no sense of balance without visuals. So either I walk/run looking directly at the console or I'd drift out of the treadmil. But one thing that motivates me is to watch Netflix or Twitch while exercising.
On the heart rate, I have these below. Will they work?
Ha, I had the same issue. I wanted to close my exercise ring with my jiu jitsu workouts. So, after trying various methods, I bought the Wahoo TICKR X strap (with onboard memory). Before the Wahoo X, I tried a cheap strap and found I couldn't effectively pair it with my phone (or watch) for the whole class. So, I switched to the Wahoo X and let it record my workout on its memory, then connected it to the Wahoo app afterwards.
The wahoo app can write to the Apple health app via your phone, which will auto update to your watch. Boom, problem solved.
I really enjoy this setup and have never had a partner notice it under my rashguard.,
I use and recommend the Wahoo TICKR (~$40 on Amazon)!
I pair my TICKR to my Android/Pixel 3 using the Wahoo app and just let the app handle all the data collection for my workout. You can even set it to automatically upload it to other apps (like Runkeeper, or Strava in my case).
I know a lot of people go with the Polar H10 (~$90 on Amazon), but I didn't find the need for the extra features it offers (which is few).
(Bonus: I still 'start' and record a workout on my Fitbit just to have the data in my Fitbit Dashboard as well)
Not wanting to wear my garmin watch while climbing for many reasons, the least of them being not wanting to damage a $200+ watch, the only solution I found is a heart rate strap on Amazon that stores the data without needing to be connected to a watch or your phone. I haven't purchased it yet, but I still might, but it's $80 and I'm not sure how well it works.(https://www.amazon.com/Wahoo-TICKR-Monitor-Memory-Bluetooth/dp/B00O5Y4FXA/ref=lp_3407971_1_13?s=exercise-and-fitness&ie=UTF8&qid=1522163479&sr=1-13)
With the new update phone sync issue is resolved. I got this for 10.5K during sale
Link : TomTom Spark 3 Cardio GPS Multisport Fitness Watch (Black, Large) https://www.amazon.in/dp/B01HZPJRBU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_rH5VAb8Q0V8SJ
I second this. We use the Wahoo HRM after having terrible luck with the Polar HRM and Santa brought me a Garmin for Xmas. I’m finally getting a feel for how hard I’m working and what my heart is doing at the same time. Also helps me to remember to breathe deeply in the climb when I’m sucking wind or when I’m exhausted.
I have been using this one for a couple of months and have liked it. https://www.amazon.com/Wahoo-Monitor-Workout-Tracker-Android/dp/B00O5Y4FXA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1515724589&sr=8-2&keywords=wahoo+tickr
There's a wealth of options. You can have dedicated wrist-mount, chest straps with bluetooth to your phone (like Wahoo!'s Tickr), etc. Here's a great place to start shopping:
I think a heart rate monitor is the best way to measure calories burned with steady state cardio. It won't work for things like HIIT or weight training or anything. But it should work for something like cycling as long as you are keeping more or less a steady pace. I use this one and like it for when I go running, but there are a ton of them out there.
Nothing out there can do audio prompts & music.
TomTom has the only running watch that can hold MP3's Here is their cheapest model, the Spark + Music
There is a newer model (Spark 3) along with models that do heart rate (Spark Cardio + Music)
They won't give you running prompts but you can set up a lap function to beep every defined mile/km or even if you go faster or slower than a set pace.
The only other option would be an Android Wear watch or Apple Watch 2 but I would recommend against them due to cost, complexity, battery life, and durability.
could look into something like this just for hockey: https://www.amazon.com/Wahoo-TICKR-Monitor-iPhone-Android/dp/B00INQVYZ8/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1483932403&sr=8-4&keywords=heart+rate+monitor+bluetooth
Bluetooth so you may be able to sync it all to google fit or apple fit or something.
I can't speak to that Bose product, but that's way more money than you need to spend. I would recommend just getting a standard Bluetooth heart rate monitor from a reputable company like Wahoo.
And then a decent Bluetooth set of headphones. I've been using these ones for about 7 months and they are great.
This combination will cost you about $80, rather than the $150 will. Good luck!
That's a great device. I have a coworker who purchased one for his wife and she loves it. A similar device is the TomTom Touch, which is a little cheaper.
Either one would be a fabulous tracker for you. I like my Garmin :)
What about one with a chest strap? Would be more accurate per my post above, something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Wahoo-Workout-Tracker-Monitor-Android/dp/B00O5Y4FXA/ref=sr_1_1?tag=wareable-20&ie=UTF8&qid=1441901184&sr=8-1&keywords=wahoo+tickr+x
It's still fairly removed from the heart. I would try getting a cheap chest strap and taking it through there. HRV might tell you more of what you want to know than RHR.
Before we go about missing the point (and edit our comments), here and here. I recommend the first one since it has more versatility for apps and gives you the option for ANT+ if you ever need it. ANT+ is nice to have additionally just because some things require it and buying a second HRM just because you didn't buy one that was bluetooth and ANT+ to begin with is frustrating.
On long bike rides, I found my battery to be near dead on the Watch (mostly due to the heart rate monitor being active). I would usually charge in the car on the way home.
Recently, I've paired a Bluetooth heart rate monitor to the Watch and found the battery life to be greatly improved. I use the Wahoo Tickr and love it:
It's a bit more price but this tracker is what I have and it does both bluetooth (for phone) and ant+ (if you ever get a bike computer) for $50. It will be far more accurate than a fitbit and you can map your heart rate to climbs etc. It will also improve calorie counts.
My wife uses a fitbit blaze when we ride and it works fine. It's not perfect but it's just fine. The downside to the Blaze is no GPS built in so you have to carry your phone anyway. The Surge has GPS tracker so no phone needed. Your heart rate should be reasonably accurate just make sure the band is snug.
I really recommend the wahoo tickr
It works over both bluetooth and ant+, so if you ever want to connect it to your phone or some other device you can. In fact, it can connect to an ant+ device and at least one bluetooth device simultaneously, so if you feel like using your vivofit 2 to display your hr while simultaneously using your phone to record your whole run (hr and gps), well, you can.
I bought a wahoo and a refurbished vivofit 2 a couple of weeks back, so I can confirm that they connect easily and have so far have played well together.
it's a running tracking app. I didn't use it for the longest time, but now I love it. If you don't mind running with your phone, that's the easiest way to use it. If you don't want to run with your phone, and you have too much money that you can't figure out how to get rid of, you can buy one of these
EDIT: here's an example of how it tracks your run
Hey! I'm totally late to the party but I also have an option for you!
I see some Garmin recs and while Garmin is great there's also TomTom.
I have the bare bones TomTom runner, I really like it, it syncs with my phone via Bluetooth but the site and the app get a lot of hate. The nice thing is though that it will also automatically upload your stuff to Strava, Map My Run, etc. if you choose when it syncs with your phone. Charging doesn't take too long, I get about a week and a half of runs before I need to charge it again. When I first got it I was really worried that maybe I should have spent the extra money and got the Garmin but then my roommate got the Garmin Forerunner equivalent (10 or 14 or something).
While he really enjoys it, he did have issues with the strap, when his broke he had to send the whole watch in and they sent him a new one whereas I could just snap my watch into a back up strap that takes less than 10s. In terms of picking up a GPS signal they were both similar in how long it took.
SO in terms of what I think you would like there's a new TomTom GPS watch/activity tracker that you can load up with music (it syncs with Bluetooth headphones) is $100 cheaper than the new Forerunner 235 and has activity tracking a heart rate monitor built in on the wrist and is super nice and thin - my boyfriend has already promised to get me one for Christmas. Despite the hate the TomTom watches get I really like them and basically want everyone to have one haha plus I saw my running times drop drastically after being able to follow my pace closer.
It also has different modes for different sports and is waterproof.
It's just so cool.
I just purchased this one about 30 minutes ago. It has really good reviews both on Amazon and some fitness websites
There were a couple of cheaper ones likes this one http://www.amazon.com/Jarv-Premium-Bluetooth-Wireless-monitor/dp/B00BWX023E/ref=sr_1_5?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1448846306&sr=1-5&keywords=heart+rate+monitor+bluetooth but the negative reviews of it incorrectly reading heart rates (one reviewer had his heart rate jump to a million+ and throw off all his averages) seemed to happen to often for me.
When I started I was at 121 kg/268 lbs, 170 cm/5'7" ft and I was walking on the treadmill at about 2.6 mph/4 kph. To get my heart rate up, I would incline to about 4. As I got more fit, I would incline to 6 or even up to 8.
I'm currently weighing 213 lbs/96 kg and I'm inclining to 9 or 10 and walking at 3.1 mph/4.9 kph. For the last month, though, I've been interval training. I run for a minute and take two minutes off. I do intervals for about 30 minutes and walk for another 30.
Also, working out is about getting your heart rate up. You don't necessarily have to feel tired or spent after a workout. I use a Tickr Heart Rate monitor (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00INQVYZ8?keywords=tickr&qid=1444238535&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1) paired with my phone to monitor my heart rate. I use that to measure how hard I'm working out.
Ultimately, I think you have to listen to your body and go as hard as your body will let you. As you continue to workout, you'll become more fit and be able to push yourself that much harder.
Not sure if you still want to be able to see your HR on your wrist but it was something I find handy when having to run in a certain HR zone for a training session.
I previously had a Garmin FR60 with the Garmin Heart Rate strap. As I wanted to capture my HR on Strava I bought the Wahoo Tickr.
The Wahoo Tickr is still compatible with ANT+ so I can see my Heart Rate on my Garmin watch and then have all the information saved automatically in Strava to review later.
Obviously not as cheap as the Pyle option but I find the extra functionality worth the extra. Saying that if your watch has stopped working completely then it might not be worth it.
Its not been mentioned yet but one option would be to get a bluetooth smart heart rate belt and sync it with your smartphone. The Wahoo Tickr is probably the best you can get
(although cheaper ones are available)
With a waterproof case you can easily secure it in the boat and see your HR as you row, or even get a strokecoach app to give you even more information (rate/GPS speed etc). Another advantage are that its much easier to then review your HR after the workout than it would be with a cheaper HR watch like the FT1
Start with a heart rate monitor to quantify your workouts. Use a phone app like Strava to log your workouts (it's free). Look at the heart rate during the workout and the heart rate plot after the workout. Get it up and keep it up.