I’ve been too busy enjoying my fabulous Polar HRM to think about writing a review! Remember when I wrote this post? I was trying to decide which fitness gadget would improve my workouts. Since that post, I’ve been eyeing the polar heart rate monitors. I practically fell off my chair when I found out that Fitfluential had paired with Polar! Just a few weeks ago, I received this beautiful white FT40 heart rate monitor in the mail and it hasn’t left my wrist since!
When you first turn on the watch, you can personalize it just to you. I entered my weight, height and age. I also set the time and date and then my watch was good to go!
When you wear the heart rate monitor at the gym, you use the chest strap that comes with the watch. At first I thought I would hate the chest strap but it is surprisingly comfortable. It’s not hard plastic like I had envisioned. It’s fabric and once the strap is in place, you can’t even tell it’s there.
Once the chest strap is secure, you press start on the watch and your heart rate will appear. Press start again and you’re ready to workout! The watch keeps track of the time you workout, your min and max heart rate, calories burned, and what percentage of those calories are fat. Depending on your body and level of fitness, the watch sets a heart rate for which above that number you are in the ‘fitness improvement zone’ and below that number you are in the ‘fat burning zone’.
Polar has a short video explaining more:[youtube.com=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-tXTzAeROM&feature=player_embedded]
What I Love About The FT40
I knew I would love having a heart rate monitor at the gym- and I was right! Watching my calorie count go up is super motivating. I also love that I can see just how hard I’m working whenever I want.
Did I mention it’s cute? This watch is stylish and sleek. I’m not embarrassed AT ALL to wear it outside of the gym. I actually think it looks great with scrubs 😉 The white design is perfect for me but there are lots of other colors you could choose from.
The watch stores your workout data so you can look back at previous workouts. You can actually get an entire week’s worth of training to compare with other weeks. I love this because you can see your efforts at the gym over an extended period of time.
I was SHOCKED when I went to Ovid (an online scientific database) and found TONS of articles about polar HRMs being used in legitimate scientific experiments. I found tons of articles saying similar things: that people who wear heart rate monitors and are held accountable for monitoring their fitness make more progress than people who just do whatever they want. Duh.