Heart rate monitors - anyone using one?

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  1. SoCalJay

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    I've been thinking about grabbing some sort of heart rate monitor + step counter for tennis because I'm a nut for statistics and I want to get some hard quantitative data from my time playing/training. Ideally, this device would interface via bluetooth but USB is fine too. It would also be nice if it had some sort of android app that works with it.

    Polar seems to have a few possible solutions but I wanted to check here first to see if someone else already found the holy grail. Anyone have any info/experience?

    Thanks much!
     
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  2. charliefedererer

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    If you do a google search there are a number of Talk Tennis threads on heart rate monitors.

    I have the Garmin Forerunner 205. I got it because it seemed to have an easy way of downloading data to the computer and keeping track of workouts.

    Initially, I got a great kick out of it.

    I used it to time HIIT and running routes. I checked out my heart rate on the court playing, hitting and doing agility drills.

    It probably was a "carrot on a stick" to get me to work out a little harder and longer.

    I still use it, but often will time runs/HIIT instead with my watch that has a stopwatch feature.


    So get one if you would find the information "interesting" and may help stimulate you to work harder. But there is no getting around needing to do the work if you want to get more fit.
     
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  3. OldButGame

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    Agree heartily with all Charlie said. I use a Cardiosport HRM. Some brands require You to ship the device back to the company for battery replacement, while some (mine) can be replaced with typical 'watch type' batteries (no need to ship in).
    I really like it for the feedback it gives re: the workout, and the assist it gives in 'structuring' the workout,..much like Charlie said.[​IMG]
     
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  4. SlapShot

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    I actually use them for everything except for tennis - I have a Polar RS100 for indoor running, a Garmin Forerunner 210 for outdoor running, and a Garmin Edge 500 for cycling. I've used the Forerunner 210 when playing tennis, but I generally don't get much value out of that. I find the value when doing endurance training due to the fact that my HR generally predicts how I'll feel in 2-3 minutes - if it's spiking, then I'll likely start to drag shortly after noticing it.
     
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  5. SoCalJay

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    Thanks for the replies, guys! I'm mostly interested in comparing my cardio between ~16 hrs/week of tennis, ~30km/week of running, and interval training but I run on a treadmill so I'm definitely not interested in a solution with GPS or route mapping. I'll check out the products you suggested.
     
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  6. Setmatch45

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    I use the polar cx800 and love it I have the pro trainer software lots of great info
     
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  7. TennisLovaLova

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    I also have the RS100 an use it for running so and I wanted to ask: dont you think it's calibrated to display almost 10 bpm more than the actual heartrate? When I'm totally rested at home in the morning I'm at 57-58 but I think that above 160 it's not very accurate anymore maybe for health and security reason and to avoid accidents.
    No? i mean 200 is actually 185 on the rs100
     
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  8. Marius_Hancu

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    Me (too).

    The best way to measure your aerobic performance. Test it on stationary bike or treadmill after the same number of minutes and load.

    Your heart will tell you in 3 weeks any improvements.
     
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  10. therecanbeonlyone

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    I wear a Mio. It is fully contained in a wristwatch--no chest strap. While it won't keep constant stats or download, you can check your heartrate anytime with the push of a button.
     
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  11. TennisLovaLova

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    Anyone tested the nike fuel band?
     
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  12. SlapShot

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    I've never checked, but I did notice this winter when I was using it, it does seem to be more sensitive than the Garmin, meaning that the Garmin seems to be slower to increase and decrease. Not sure if they're sampling less time, this showing more movement or what, but it's odd...
     
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  13. superfittennis

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    Huge advocate of Heart Rate Monitors

    For the past decade I have made the usage of Heart Rate Monitors mandatory for all of the player I train. Heart rate monitors are great for letting one know how efficient their heart rate recovery is and it is great for measuring exercise intensity levels.
     
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  14. TennisLovaLova

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    Cant really expect something very accurate for 100$ nowadays I guess...
     
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  15. superfittennis

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    Don't agree with the price statement. You can get a basic Polar or Cardiosport for less than $100 and they are very accurate. Usually more money just means more functionality.
     
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  16. movdqa

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    I have a Garmin 610 and it came with an HRM strap though I haven't used it yet. I'm just getting used to it for running and it does a great job at that along with the wireless sync to a website where you can look at and analyze your runs.
     
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  17. SlapShot

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    I highly recommend adding the heart rate strap when you're running. Using your heart rate as a training target can make a big difference in how you train and the end result. The Garmin strap (if yours is like mine) is actually very comfortable too - even on longer runs, I've never noticed it.

    The Polar strap, on the other hand, is not my favorite.
     
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  18. movdqa

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    I brought it into the office with me and have to read the instructions on how to use it. It looks pretty simple to use.
     
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  19. tennisplayer1993

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    I only use it when I run.
     
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    Polar rcx5. Great product.
     
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  21. FastFreddy

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    Get the polar for 59 bucks it will show your avg hr and the max u did that workout. I been using polar and that model for 24 years. I think mine last about a year then it poops out.
    NASM PES, CES, NSCA CSCS
     
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  22. superfittennis

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    Totally agree with this! :)
     
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  23. TennisLovaLova

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    Need to bump this.
    As my performance are getting better (I'm preparing semi marathons and soon a semi triathlon), I'm thinking of switching to a Garmin 220 or a Timex Run GPS 2.0
    Anyone here using those?
     
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  24. movdqa

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    I used the Forerunner 610 for running in 2013 and it's what I would recommend but I read a description of the Timex and it doesn't sound bad but I'd go for opinions of those that have used both. I generally see for more Garmin models at races though. I'm very happy with the performance and durability of the Forerunner 610.
     
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  25. TennisLovaLova

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    I think people prefer Garmin because of 3 things:
    - the software used afterwards to analyse the races is great,
    - the data automatically uploads on the software
    - the gps is the fastest , takes 5-10 seconds to connect to satellite vs 60-90 seconds to the Timex.

    But I really like the timex design...
     
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  26. movdqa

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    The software is great but the Timex site says that they do the upload and analyze too - it's not clear to me whether the Timex upload is to the cloud or to your PC. The cloud is nice as you can look on it using any machine. You can also share your data if you want to. The level of analysis with Garmin is great and there's even more with the newer models.

    The Garmin doesn't always connect quickly. It takes about 20-30 seconds at my office to connect. My guess is that it's because I'm surrounded by my building on one side and a bunch of trees on the other side.

    I also have a Timex Triathlon Flix 100 watch and it's a very nice design for a watch excluding GPS, HRM, etc. - so I do like Timex - but I haven't tried their stuff out nor have I read any reviews. I do think that my Forerunner 610 is built like a tank and I'd assume the same for their other models.
     
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  28. movdqa

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    Yeah, I just walk into the basement and Garmin syncs to my PC, whether I'm wearing it on my wrist or it's in my gym bag. I'm pretty wary of USB ports on fitness gear unless they have a bulletproof system for water not getting in. My model doesn't have Bluetooth sync - I guess that they added that later.

    Let us know how it works out with the 220. I don't feel a need for an upgrade anytime soon but it would be nice to know what's waiting for me.
     
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  29. TennisLovaLova

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    Ordered the 220! Should receive it next week.
     
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  30. njboy

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    There is a just released garmin fenix 2.
     
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