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I have this one and use it with no issue - whether I'm on the bike or using it with the app for an outdoor run or strength workout:https://www.amazon.com/Scosche-RHYTHM-Heart-Monitor-Armband/dp/B00JQHTJS2/ref=sr_1_3?crid=UNVETTS8IL25&dchild=1&keywords=rhythm%2B+heart+rate+monitor&qid=1607358067&sprefix=rhythm%2B+%2Caps%2C185&sr=8-3
I picked up the Scosche Rhythm+ Armband that supports both Bluetooth and Ant+ from Amazon. I like it way better than my Garmin chest strap. It’s unbelievable accurate and comfortable to wear.
The bike supports both Bluetooth and ANT+. If you connect it via Bluetooth you’ll set it up in the settings screen on the bike. And it will prompt you to connect it before each class if it doesn’t do it automatically. If connecting via ANT+ just turn on the band and get near the bike.
Ok ya. So it didn’t connect the whole work out. And my Steel hr Nokia watch didn’t stay connected either bc it was too loose. Going to get the one recommended. Is this the correct one everybody! Is the best place to get it amazon?
Scosche RHYTHM+ Heart Rate Monitor with Armband, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JQHTJS2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_VrEvCbB5J1ZNQ
I bought this Scosche HRM: since it syncs to your bike, it doesn’t require any adjustments for swapping between users... We don’t use it at the same time so no input on if it gets too sweaty to share....
I have a Garmin FR230 and am interested in heart rate training. I also have Apple Watch S2, which seems to give me inconsistent readings. For that reason I sort of scoffed at wrist HRMs and didn't get the Garmin FR 235 that has an HRM.
Now what are my best options? I see the Scosche RHYTHM+ mentioned around here as well as various chest straps. I could also sell off and get the 235 if folks think the HRM is pretty good.
If it matters I'm doing Pfitz 18/55 training so there will be some long runs where the effort must be very dialed in. Thanks!
I'll add my voice to the crowd endorsing measuring your effort by heart rate, rather than pace.
An inexpensive option for doing this, assuming you have a smartphone already, is this HR monitor, sync'ed to RunKeeper or other running app on your phone.
I have this Scosche monitor. It works great. It does not have its own display, but sends a signal to RunKeeper in real-time, and you can monitor your heart rate on your phone continuously if you want.
What I prefer to do is get the "audio cues" from RunKeeper, every 1/4 mile, with my pace info and heart rate. This is just the right amount of feedback for me, and I can just leave my phone in my pocket.
I've had numerous problems with their straps and getting reimbursed for it. Awful corporate policies and management. You can buy the new arm band for $80 off Amazon, just search scosche rhythm+
Scosche RHYTHM+ Heart Rate Monitor with Armband, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JQHTJS2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_qaquzb2CDCCF8
Here is an alternative, which assumes you have a smartphone.
Download RunKeeper, and use their premium plan (which costs $40 annually, I think). It has a spectrum of training plans, including preparation plans for 5K, 10K, half, and marathons. (It also has plans for general fitness and weight loss.)
Then, buy this no-frills HR monitor: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JQHTJS2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 for $70. It syncs with your phone very simply.
You can review all the data on the RunKeeper web site, to track progress, etc. This is the setup I use, and I have found it to be excellent.
To be honest the wrist is just a terrible place to measure in general when you're moving your arms around a lot. I use the HW1 for passive reading and then a Scosche Rhythm+ between my bicep and shoulder for actual exercise. Or you could go the chest strap route.
I've never had an issue using the Hr monitor. I can understand when moving it can be a bit off but shouldn't be anything crazy. I also use a hr band that goes on my forearm and it's very accurate. I find the chest ones to be uncomfortable after a period of time.
Scosche RHYTHM+ Heart Rate Monitor with Armband, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JQHTJS2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_VvLIyb63KR8C0
I've tested the Apple Watch, Scosche, and the equipment used at my doctors office and they all hit the same number ever time. Just thought I'd share. :)
I purchased this based on DC Rainmaker's rec and I have found it to be both extremely accurate and comfortable, as did he.
Many people will have different opinions on which watch/brand is "best". It all comes down to what you value most: battery life? satellite acquisition time? super accurate pace? All GPS watches will tell you distance, time, pace, and splits. Most of them, however, will usually round your pace to the nearest 5 seconds.
Two biggies for me were satellite acquisition time and battery life. I started out with a Garmin FR10, which was a great starter watch, but I found myself standing around for 5, 10, even 15 minutes just waiting for it to find a signal! I now have a Garmin FR230, which is way speedier due to its ability to use GPS and GLONASS. I am even able to pick up a signal while still inside. I can turn my watch on while I tie my shoes, and by the time I'm done, it has acquired a signal and I can start my run right away.
Optical HR tech is fairly new, so you won't find too many watches implementing it. Additionally, you have to remember that you will have to wear the sensor directly against your skin in order for it to pick up your HR, so if you live in a place where it may be cold enough for you to wear multiple layers a majority of the time, a watch with an integrated optical sensor may not be the best investment. Instead, you may look into purchasing a separate optical HR monitor such as the Scosche Rhythm+, which connects to Bluetooth/ANT+ compatible devices and can be worn on your forearm.
My recommendation would be the Garmin 230 (or 235 if you are dead-set on getting a watch with an integrated optical HR sensor) since it fits your requirements. I have had good experience with Garmin devices, their customer service is great, and their products work well. I hope that helps!
So how much do you want your smartphone involved with this process? I know a lot of people like the Garmin vivoactive, but it is expensive. It does have an additional heart rate monitor strap you can add to it.
I have also heard good things about the Scowche Rythm. Scosche RHYTHM plus Heart Rate Monitor Armband https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JQHTJS2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_9vGTwbFEQ4368
No, it is a heart rate monitor first and foremost, but if you have your smartphone with you you can track GPS and such with that and sync them.
Now Fitbit has some nice options if you want to do everyday tracking beyond just your workouts. Their new watches with the blaze and surge have GPS and can sync to strava via their api.
The arm ones are $20 cheaper on Amazon...
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I’ve used the Scosche Rhythm armband for the past 5 years and it’s great. $75, pairs with my Wahoo Elment and my Peloton. I’ve tested the accuracy against a couple of other heart rate monitors and it’s spot on. Scosche Rhythm
I'm 6 3 400, use this on my forearm with no issues.
I don't have my IC4 yet but this Scosche Rhythm+ Heart Rate Monitor Armband gets good reviews from lots of cyclists
I have an optical one that I wear on my upper arm.
Here's a review of it comparing to other HRM. It's accurate.
If you check DCRainmaker's website you can compare watches to find the right one for you. He reviews almost everything in detail. I would suggest you get one that has ANT+ at least so you can add any other device besides the HR monitor.
It looks like the Polar V800 does not have ANT+ and only works with a HR strap. From what I have been reading among the reviews, the watches that have a HR on the wrist alone are not as accurate as a HR strap. Some people like a HR strap but I hate dealing with the batteries, gel and that damn strap wrapped around me. I instead got a Scosche Rhythm+ armband strap that goes on your forearm or bicep. Its has ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity so I can view my heart rate on my watch (Garmin Forerunner), or my phone if I want, or just on my phone only.
I have gone through a couple of watches myself until I found the one that works for me. If you decide to buy another watch go through Amazon and dig. You'll find some good deals out there. I am currently in rehab to get my heart back in shape and when I compare the Rhytm+ do the heart rate monitors, it is exact. The nurses even were impressed. Good luck!
The OTF Flex Arm Band is their soon to be released HR sensor which is a re-branded Scosche arm band.
You can see the OTF branded one here: https://i.redd.it/ssm8bv4thdzx.jpg
You can see the Scosche version on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Scosche-RHYTHM-Heart-Monitor-Armband/dp/B00JQHTJS2/
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This one works great on the forearm.
I have the Scosche Rhythm (supposed to be the best, worn on the upper forearm looks liked it has better accuracy).
and Jabra Sport Pulse (when I decided to replace wrist monitoring with earbuds I was already using ...)
They've both have great reviews. I have a polar chest strap I don't use anymore. It's nice to see HR in runtastic for even my gym activities.
Not sure about your friend's budget, but I have a Scosche Rhythm and it works great. It's just a HRM, nothing else, not even an app! It's super basic but pretty good; I also have a Fitbit Charge HR and the data from each is usually pretty similar.
I pair the Rhythm with an app called Digifit, which analyzes the data provided by the HRM. There are other apps you can use as well, but that one works best for me. (Android phone, btw.)
Thanks for the suggestion! Is this the band you are referring to:
Here ya go. Enjoy it's awesome
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