Heart Rate Monitors; Why You Need One & My Recommendations


One thing I learned from taking spinning classes is the import of using a heart rate monitor.  Your heart rate indicates when you reached certain levels of intensity.  Over reaching or under reaching can be counter productive.  Stopping every so often to check your pulse is a hassle and not something I would recommend.  Your best bet is to invest in an actual heart rate monitor.

Over the years I have owned quite a few and I found that the more known brands in monitors last as long as the cheaper models.  There are, however, a couple that I would recommend.


Sportline 660


Sportline Cardio 660; available for both men and women.  Sportline is a tried and true company that have been leaders in producing quality fitness gear and devises for over twenty years.

They no doubt delivered a quality, easy-to-use heart rate monitor.  The Cardio 660 contains some nice benefits that exceed a mare heart rate reading.  Yet, in spite of some of the extras it couldn't be more simple to set up and operate.

Here are some of the added features:

Calories & Fat Burn Tracker
Fat Burn Zone Indicator
Exercise Memory & 50 lap timer
Light
Five year warranty

I love this heart rate monitor.  I like that it's easy to operate and I feel the reading is accurate and reliable.  This retails for $69.99 which is a fine price for the product, but if you're looking for something cheaper than you may want to consider the Sportline Cardio 630, this retails for only $49.99.  With this model you'll still get the Heart Rate reading along with the Calories and Fat burn tracker.

Sportline monitors displays ECG accurate heart rate reading in seconds

The only downside is the chest strap.  I have no problems with straps normally, but with the heat and humidity I find that, even tucked under my sports bra, the strap still slips.   So for those of us who are crazy enough to workout or run in the heat, a strapless model will no doubt be a worthy investment.


Reebok InTouch Heart Rate Monitor

I'm also loving the Reebok InTouch Heart Rate Monitor.  This offers similar features as the Sportline and both are easy to use and setup.

Some feature of the Reebok InTouch include:

Step & distances tracking
Fit zone indicator
Calories burned tracker
Speed monitor
light
5 year warranty 

There's no chest strap so in order to get a reading you need to place your finger in the face of the monitor for a few seconds.  The reading is accurate, but if your doing a high intensity workout it may be challenging to do a semi pause, but it is doable.

The Reebok InTouch doesn't track fat grams burned, however, this is easy to calculate.

9 calories=1 fat gram

All you have to do is divide the number of calories burned by nine to determine the fat grams burned.

The Reebok InTouch appears to be the same technology of the Sportline 660.  From experience I can discern that they're both giving me an accurate reading and consistently so, that's really the most important attribute in a heart rate monitor.  The added features are just the icing on the cake.

Heart Rate Monitors are a necessity.  If you're in a fitness program and working out or doing any kind of strenuous activity it's really a good idea to have one.  Both the Reebok InTouch and Sportline 660/630 do a great job at giving an accurate reading as well as offering some extras that will come in handy.

To learn more visit shop.reebok.com and sportline.com


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72 comments:

Jennifer DeFoy said...

I have a wrist watch monitor that I use. It works pretty good, but it's getting kind of grungy from all the sweat - doesn't seem to matter how I clean it, it's still not "new" looking.

samf36 said...

I do not use one right now but really want one. I have been on a lifestyle change since the 1 st of the year and a HRM would help me on this path.

wallindeb said...

I have never used a monitor.

amramazon280 said...

i have one but its a hassle it reads for along time.

rj7777 said...

Yes, I am a nurse and I have used different types of monitors. I haven't used one of theirs though. Rita Spratlen rjspratlen@gmail.com

Rita A said...

I have never used one but need one. I am starting running training.

Bee W Bedard said...

I have never used one

Fangirl Jen said...

I haven't used one, but my husband has.

Trung Nguyen said...

I have never used a heart rate monitor

kyl neusch said...

never used one

one frugal lady said...

I have never used one, but it was recommended by my doctor!

Rachel said...

I have a watch with a built in monitor that I've used a couple of times :)

Sweetkisses13 said...

I've never used one.

ginette4 said...

I have never used one but this would be awesome to have, thank you

crankyyanky1 said...

I use the heart rate monitor on my elliptical

Caroline Morin said...

I've got one built into my elliptical, but that's not very useful when I'm on the move.

Vicki S said...

I have never used one actually so this would be great to try

amy beth marantino said...

I have never used one, but need to.

BabyElan said...

No, haven't used one yet after all these years of running but I'm in the market for one now as I get older!!
dana {at} babyelandaily {dot} com

Amy V said...

my watch has one built in but it's pretty old and i'd love a new heart rate monitor!

annae07 at aol dot com

Start To Finish Supplies said...

I used a heart rate montior for a while. I bought it from Walmart and it broke after 2 months of use. Not good!

katie at coverbutton dot net

Ann Fantom said...

I haven't used a heart rate monitor before

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Tim Stephens said...

I haven't but I'm interested in getting cardio work in during the day and want to make sure I can check my heart rate

gohanxavier@yahoo.com

Chisum Crew said...

I have never used a heart rate monitor before. Rafflecopter: happi shopr

potts789 said...

my monitor just died

potts789 said...

my monitor just died

caseyle2010 said...

ive never used one, ive been looking into getting one though.
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Eva U said...

No I have never. But starting my New Year's Resolution - in July - doesn't have to be Jan. Need tools to fuel my initiative and drive.

eva urban
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tannawings said...

No I have never used one but know I should be especially now my body has changed!

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mverno said...

yes i use one while i'm working out
mverno@roadrunner.com

Barbara Compton Kesterson said...

I have never used a heart rate monitor. But would love to have one.

Shelby said...

I have never used one but since I'm on the treadmill or doing some other exercise every day, I guess I need one and would love to have one...just didn't know enough about them to make the best choice in buying one.

Marti Parks said...

I have not used one.

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I have never used a heart rate monitor but I am exercising a lot now and would love to have one!

Savingwith Saveone said...

No I've never used a heart rate monitor but I am interested.
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Joretta Foster said...

I have never used one

Laura Love said...

I have not used a heart rate monitor but I would love one to check my heart rate during workouts to make sure I was going fast enough to burn a lot of calories
lajohnson555 at yahoo dot com

Talex said...

I have never used a heart rate monitor, but at my age I think I could use a little backup while working out. A monitor would certainly help in planning my routine, y'know - timing and reps and intensity, etc

Sara Wood said...

I have never used a heart rate monitor even though I know I should.

furygirl3132 said...

I have never used a heart monitor like this but I have used one on a treadmill. Thanks so much for hosting this great giveaway!

Eloise
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Yvonne Woodstock said...

I've never used a heart rate monitor but more importantly I am hoping to win this for my 20 yr old daughter Michae'la Shanal bc she wants and NEEDS a heart rate monitor so badly! Michae'la is such a good caring person and wants to help others by becoming a career personal fitness trainer, she is currently working 2 jobs 80 hrs a week in order to pay her living expenses and save up money to go to an exceptional certified trade school to become a personal fitness trainer (with job placement) and in the meantime she is still passionate about health and fitness. She doesnt have a heart rate monitor and this would really help toward her dream goals and this young lady really really deserves some good karma her way to encourage her so THANK YOU and thank you to the sponsor for this giveaway I am excited and grateful to even have a chance to possibly win this valuable important item for her!

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Kayla Gilbert said...

I never used a heart rate monitor.

kayla_93@hotmail.ca

Jemima Puddleduck said...

I used to have one several years ago, but it broke.

Angela Neynaber said...

I have never used a heart rate monitor but I have shopped for one before and I just never bought one because of the price.

Missy L said...

I have never used one

Hotsnotty2 said...

I have never used one

Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

Aria said...

I never use one, but would love to have one to keep with me when i work out.

Thanks!

micheal dale grim said...

i never used one yet,but i would like to!!

Marty Harris said...

I have never used one

Kim said...

I Have to use a heart rate monitor

Ash Johnson said...

Nope, never used one before.

Gina Fleury said...

I would love to own either of these for when I work out. Thanks

Tanya White said...

I have use a HRM before but not sure how accurate it was.

rosannepm said...

I've not used one but would like to have it when I work out

Maegan Morin said...

I have never used one but I have always been curious. Thank you for the informative post!

Kelly N. said...

Tell me if you use, or have ever used a heart rate monitor

never

A Roach said...

I have never used one but I heard it's great to monitor during physical activity

Claire said...

Yup, I love them!!!

Annette Doggett said...

I have not used one, but I would love to give it a try!

Anonymous said...

I don't have one so wining would be great :)
My baby is 6 months and I feel like running again.
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Opps forgot my info (mom with baby back to running) my name is Andrea, andreamcelesia@gmail.com
Thanks :)

angevege said...

I have never used one but my father does.

Lori Butler said...

I have never used one, would love to try it as well.

Christina Sunday said...

Nope havent used one

kathy pease said...

i have used the one built in on my treadmill

bhoppe76 said...

have never used one befor

latanya said...

I have not used a heart rate monitor before.

Salleefur/Jesselyn/Jesster said...

I have not at home (only when I've been a patient in the hospital) But both my husband and I are at the age and activity level where we really should - especially because for both of us heart disease runs in the family. So we would love to win this - and thanks also for the reminder that if not - we really should buy one!

Jesselyn A/Jesstinger
jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

Sue Hull said...

No I've never had one.I'd like to get one so when I get my back fixed I can start wearing one during exercise.Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

Jessica Anderson said...

I have used one but I do not own one.

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JamericanSpice said...

I've never used one before.

Deb Toms said...

My watch has one but it has a chest strap so I never use it. This would easier!

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