Posts Tagged ‘Heart Rate Monitor’

Heart Rate Training for Peak Performance

October 4th, 2012

New Balance Women's N4 HRM, Garmin 910XT w/HRM, Timex Easy Trainer HRM

Many runners gauge the intensity of their workout by how they feel, which can be a deceptive indicator of actual exertion. If you have specific training goals, heart rate training can help you successfully build a workout plan to accomplish those goals. Heart rate training is also a great option for the runner who would just like to know how hard their body is working on a given run.

Don’t rely on ‘perceived exertion’

A workout may feel easier or more difficult depending on a variety of factors. For example, if you’re tired, a long run might feel incredibly difficult, even if your body is not putting forth as much effort as you feel it is. Conversely, many athletes underestimate how much harder your body has to work to maintain a level temperature when running in hot conditions. Basing your workout on how your body feels can easily result in a lower – or higher – intensity workout that you had planned.

You’ve got the power!

Using a heart rate monitor gives you complete control over the intensity of each workout. Watching your heart rate will ensure that a high intensity day is as strenuous as you wanted it to be (it hurts so good!). Keeping an eye on what your ticker is doing will also let you ensure that an easy 8 really is easy, which can keep you from over training and getting injured.

How to get started with heart rate training

The first step to effective heart rate training is to calculate your maximum heart rate. Your max heart rate is the highest heart rate you can safely reach during exercise. To approximate your maximum heart rate, subtract your age from 220. For example, if you’re 42 years old, then your max heart rate would be 178.

For challenging interval repeats, your HR should be at about 95-100% of your max heart rate. Tone it down to about 85-92% for a tempo run, and 65-75% for an easy run, or when you’re logging a very long run.

Selecting the appropriate heart rate monitor

Choosing the heart rate monitor that’s best for your needs depends on a variety of factors. The heart rate monitors on the market today range from über-simple devices that just measure your ticker’s BPM, to almost space-age mini computers that have GPS capabilities and can monitor your pace and track your workout progress over time.

Simple Monitors

  • Timex Easy Trainer Heart Rate Monitor – A simple, affordable, and user-friendly model to help you manage your workouts.
  • New Balance Women’s N4 Heart Rate Monitor – This popular model looks slick and provides zone training, basic timing, and a 9-run memory to help fine-tune and record your workouts.
  • Garmin FR70 HRM – An HR monitor that offers heart rate zones and interval training workouts, this watch also gives the ability to upload and store your data online at Garmin Connect.

Advanced Monitors

  • Polar RCX3 GPS w/HRM – This sleek watch makes it easy to obtain info on heart rate, along with pace and lap times when teamed with the separate GPS pod. You can also upload data to the Polar online site with the included USB transfer pod.
  • Garmin Forerunner 910XT w/HRM – Get heart rate data, GPS capabilities, and workout tracking all in one device. The ability to record accurate elevation gain/loss, an accelerometer to measure swim stroke efficiency, and a 20-hour battery life all make this the ultimate multi-sport watch (note you won’t be able to get HRM data in the water).

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Garmin and iPhone: Together at Last

November 17th, 2011

Garmin ANT+ Adapter with Garmin Fit app

Peanut butter and jelly. Batman and Robin. Thunder and lightning. These things just go together, right? Well it’s time to add Garmin and iPhone to that list. Garmin just introduced the Garmin ANT+ Adapter for iPhone (MSRP $49.99) and the $0.99 Garmin Fit app. Now you can sync your iPhone with Garmin ANT+ accessories for live data right on your touchscreen. These accessories include:

The Garmin Fit app uses the iPhone’s built-in GPS technology to track speed/pace, distance and elevation when in-range of your phone network. When you finish a workout, just review your run summary and the Garmin Fit app will automatically upload data to Garmin Connect online. The app also serves as a clean interface with Garmin Connect, letting you view past workout summaries and routes on your iPhone.

Garmin Premium Heart Rate Transmitter

How’d This Magic Happen?

You might be wondering why it took so long to sync up the iPhone and Garmin products. While most smartphones utilize Bluetooth wireless technology, many electronic sports devices use a different low-power wireless technology called ANT+ to connect with accessories like heart rate monitors. Though people have been running with smartphone ‘fitness apps’ for a few years now, until recently smartphones and wireless fitness accessories were incompatible.


The Garmin ANT+ Adapter is compatible with iPhone 4S, 4 and 3GS, iPod touch and iPad. The Garmin Fit app requires these devices are running iOS4 firmware or later. With such simple compatibility and an easy-to-use interface, we expect the new adapter and app to be pretty popular with gadget gurus and everyday runners alike.

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Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS Watch – First Look

November 3rd, 2011

Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS Watch

Timex is adding a new option to their GPS line this fall with the run-focused Ironman Run Trainer GPS Watch. In many ways, the new Ironman Run Trainer GPS is Timex’s answer to the Garmin Forerunner 210 and Nike+ SportWatch GPS powered by TomTom. The Run Trainer will be available in 2 packages:

* Speed+Distance: Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch, $225.00 MSRP.
* S+D with Heart Rate: Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch and ANT+ Flex Tech Digital 2.4 Heart Rate Sensor, $275.00 MSRP.

Expect the new Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS Watch to be available November 2011.

General specifications

  • GPS Tech: high-sensitivity SiRFstarIV chipset
  • Speed + Distance: current & average pace/speed, current & total distance
  • Memory: 15 workouts & 1,000 laps
  • Timing: chrono, hydration/nutrition timers, auto lap, auto start/stop
  • Intervals: 5 timers, zones for pace, foot cadence, and heart rate
  • Display: 3 or 4 lines, customizable data fields
  • Data Transfer: USB cord to online Timex TrainingPeaks site
  • Battery: 9-hour battery life, rechargeable Li-Ion
  • Hardware: swim-friendly 50m water-resistant, INDIGLO back light, 6 push buttons
  • Accessories: compatible with ANT+ HRM and Foot Pod
  • Watch Size: 1.9” wide, 2.2” tall, 0.75” thick (48 x 56 x 19mm)

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