Heart Rate/ GPS watch

kbnewbie

First Post
A key consideration is whether you have a smart phone and if you want to have it with you while training. If yes and yes, then I recommend getting a Polar H10 and use the free apps on your phone for the data.
What's are the best apps for using polar straps
 

Niek Schokkenbroek

Level 5 Valued Member
Certified Instructor
How accurate is the hr readings on the fenix 5 during different activities?

Difficult to tell how accurate it is since I cannot compare it to a lab setting, but especially the HR belt gives different readings that seem accurate to me. The HR strap is far more accurate than the wrist monitor.
 

sammal

Level 1 Valued Member
Hi everybody!

Does everybody use only HR data? Garmin and Polar sportwatches have features like training load, status and effect.

Garmin shows aerobic and anaerobic effect of the workout and how is your training load (going up or down, are you making progress in your training, how long should you rest before next workout etc). Polar gives training benefit feedback and shows cardio load status (short and long term) and if you are overreaching or undertraining etc.

As these phones are mostly designed for running and multisport, I wonder do you get any useful information with strength training? Anyone has some experience? I do bodyweight and kettlebells to increase strength and overall health and wellbeing.

Would appreciate any feedback, thanks!
 

silveraw

Level 6 Valued Member
Hi everybody!

Does everybody use only HR data? Garmin and Polar sportwatches have features like training load, status and effect.

Garmin shows aerobic and anaerobic effect of the workout and how is your training load (going up or down, are you making progress in your training, how long should you rest before next workout etc). Polar gives training benefit feedback and shows cardio load status (short and long term) and if you are overreaching or undertraining etc.

As these phones are mostly designed for running and multisport, I wonder do you get any useful information with strength training? Anyone has some experience? I do bodyweight and kettlebells to increase strength and overall health and wellbeing.

Would appreciate any feedback, thanks!
A lot of the simple functions are really good general health indicators and are worth tracking regardless of training style.

Heart rate recovery is one of the simplest and a great way to track general health. It can also help guide your training too, when it gets bad, time to start doing more steady state stuff.
resting HR and vo2max are also good to track for general health. Some people also like tracking HRV too.

It can also be used as a measure of intraset recovery. Marty Gallagher suggests resting between strength sets until your hr is halfway back to normal.

Personally I have found improved health and fitness once I started keeping tabs on these numbers and adjusting training accordingly. I’m also not an endurance guy, getting a 450 deadlift is infinitely easier than running a mile in less than 10 minutes for me.

So it is something to help guide your training in ways that are easy to ignore otherwise.
 
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