Heart Rate Monitors have been around for several years now, but it’s only recently that the development of heart monitor training techniques and this technology have come together to make training with a Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) both simple and effective for the average person.
The Polar FT7 HRM comprises of a watch and a chest strap that is designed for wearing during exercise. The HRM strap sends a signal back to the watch monitoring and measuring your heart rate giving you instant feedback about how hard you are working.
Cardiovascular fitness is key to aerobic fitness and weight loss. An HRM is one of the most effective aids for tracking and developing your progress on the path to increased aerobic endurance, exercising for weight loss and overall fitness levels.
A Polar FT7 HRM will:
• Accurately Monitor Heart Rate
• Determine How Hard You are Working
• Measuring the work-rate of the heart is the most accurate method of determining how much benefit you are deriving from your workout rather than just gauging how tired you feel or how out of breath
• Make Sure You Get the Most out of Your Fitness Goals
• Prevents you under-training – that is it ensures that you get the most out of your time spent exercising by showing you exactly what ‘zone’ you are training in.
Heart Rate Zone Explained
If you want to lose weight, get fitter or increase your endurance it is important that you train at the correct heart rate zone for your age. If you do it will mean that you can maximise your weight loss and reach your fitness goals sooner.
For example, a 35 year old taking up walking as a weight loss or general fitness programme would maximise their training by keeping their heart rate at approximately 120 – 140 beats per minute. Staying in this zone will maximise the benefits of the time spent exercising giving the best aerobic workout and aiding weight loss.
So whether its weight loss or fitness, whatever sport or exercise you choose to take up, it’s worth investing in an HRM to make the most of the time spent exercising, and get the best from your workout.
Body measurement features
Average and maximum heart rate of training
Heart rate – bpm / %
HR-based target zones with visual and audible alarm
You can define your target zones for a training session based on heart rate to help define the right intensity. When you are out of the preset zones, the training computer will give a visual and audible alarm.
HRmax (user set)
Manual target zone – bpm (upper limit)
EnergyPointer is an easy-to-use feature which tells you during a training session if the main effect of your training is fat burning or fitness improvement. EnergyPointer visually indicates the center point between these two training effects, so when you are below that point, you are improving fat burning, and above that point, you are improving your aerobic fitness.
Polar OwnCal® – calorie expenditure
Polar OwnCode® (5kHz) – coded transmission
Coded heart rate transmission automatically locks in a code to transmit your heart rate to the training computer. The training computer picks up your heart rate from your transmitter only. Coding prevents interference from other training computers.
Training load – available via polarpersonaltrainer.com
This feature is available in Polar software. When you transfer training results from your training computer to polarpersonaltrainer.com, you can follow your training load and recovery in the training diary. Continuous monitoring of training load and recovery will help you recognize personal limits, avoid over- or undertraining, and adjust training intensity and duration according to your daily and weekly targets
Compatible with Mac (Intel-based) – opt. with Polar FlowLink
Compatible with polarpersonaltrainer.com – opt. with Polar FlowLink
Totals includes your training data starting from the last reset enabling you to follow your long-term training.
Training files (with summaries) – 99
Weekly history gathers your weekly training data. By selecting a week, you can review your training data for the week.
Graphical target zone indicator
This feature points out graphically on the display the zone you are in during a training session helping you to stay on the desired intensity zone.
HeartTouch – button-free operation of wrist unit
Date and weekday indicator
Display text in English, German, Finnish, Swedish, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian
Dual time zone
Low battery indicator
Time of day (12/24h) with alarm and snooze
User replaceable battery
Water resistant – 30m