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My Polar FT40 Heart Rate Monitor Review

Posted Jan 11 2013 10:11pm

Alright people, time to talk about the Polar FT40 Heart Rate Monitor!

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As a Fitfluential Ambassador, I was given the opportunity to try and review the Polar FT40. I’ve wanted a heart rate monitor for a while now, but had no idea which brand or model to buy, so I was very excited to be getting this little baby in the mail.

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Setup: It took me all of 10 minutes to set up the HRM. Five minutes to read the instructions and set up the watch, and another 5 minutes to do the fitness test. It really couldn’t have been easier. It comes with a chest strap, a watch, and a transmitter (that connects to the chest strap). You can buy an additional transmitter, called Flowlink , that will transfer your training files to the computer.

Fitness Test: One of the cool things about this model is that it has a fitness test. The fitness test calculates your VO2max, which helps in calorie calculation. It only takes 5 minutes and you don’t have to do anything. Literally. You just lie down and relax while the HRM does it’s job.

Chest Strap: The chest strap is comfortable and fits me well. It’s adjustable and isn’t noticeable under clothing. Bonus: the strap is machine washable (just make sure you disconnect the transmitter!).

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Watch: My watch is white, but this model also comes in black. It’s slim profile means that I can still wear it with my hand wraps and underneath my boxing gloves! It is flexible and soft and hasn’t gotten in the way during any of my workouts.

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Training: The Polar FT40 lets you see stats during and after your workout. I like to see my heart rate during my workout because it gives me an idea of how hard I’m working and whether or not I need to step it up a notch! It’s also nice to see total number of calories burned. The Polar FT40 uses OwnCal, the most accurate calorie counter on the market. There is something very satisfying about looking at the HRM after a workout and seeing that you’ve just burned 500+ calories.

There are two intensity zones in the FT40: the fat burning zone and the fitness zone. During my kickboxing workouts, I stay primarily in the fitness zone, building my cardiovascular endurance. During my strength training workouts I spend more time in the fat burning zone. The picture below is from a kickboxing workout.

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Overall: The Polar FT40 has become my absolute favorite fitness gadget. It has not only given me more insight to my workouts, but it has also given me extra motivation to push myself just a little bit harder. I recommend it for anyone who is looking into buying a heart rate monitor and wants one that is simple to setup and use, yet will give them all of the stats they are looking for.

Disclaimer: I was given the Polar FT40 free of charge, but all opinions are my own.

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