Heart Rate Monitor

Discussion in 'Kettlebell' started by Brian T, Nov 20, 2019.

  1. Brian T

    Brian T Still New to StrongFirst Forum

    I’m considering using a heart rate monitor when I train with my kettle bells. What type would you guys recommend?
  2. Oscar

    Oscar Quadruple-Digit Post Count

    Many of us use polar H10 with good results
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  3. mikhael

    mikhael Quadruple-Digit Post Count

    I use Suunto HR strap and monitor.
  4. Oso Rojo

    Oso Rojo Double-Digit Post Count

    I use the H10 and a watch so I can monitor in real time. I've found the strap to give much greater accuracy.
  5. Bauer

    Bauer More than 500 posts

    Polar H10
  6. Bro Mo

    Bro Mo Quadruple-Digit Post Count

    Polar H10 for me too.
  7. Shawn90

    Shawn90 More than 500 posts

    á simple one with chest band. cheap as possible.
  8. Abdul-Rasheed

    Abdul-Rasheed Quadruple-Digit Post Count

    Polar H10
  9. Sergio

    Sergio Double-Digit Post Count

    For those of you that use a HR monitor, what benefits do you get from it? I find that the breath test is a good measure for resting time during an S&S session. My father in law got convinced to use a HR monitor; he does his 10 rep swing set and lets his HR come down to certain percentage of his HR Max and then starts the next set. I just dont see the practical use for it, especially for someone that is only training for GPP. We notice that some days his sessions are shorter or longer, meaning his HR varies from session to session on how it recuperates from the end of 10 reps to when he's ready to start the next set. What does this variation mean? Is it a positive or negative if his HR is taking longer to recuperate?
  10. offwidth

    offwidth More than 5000 posts

    I use a HRM extensively, but only for locomotive endurance activities. Never for swings. It provides (me) an easy and effective way to monitor my training effort and recovery. i.e. it allows me to avoid over and under training.
    With respect to your father in law... in general terms having your HR recover quickly between efforts is a positive thing.
  11. Sergio

    Sergio Double-Digit Post Count

    Gotcha. So do you train endurance actvities using the mafetone method?
  12. wespom9

    wespom9 More than 500 posts Certified Instructor

    I used to use an HRM for swings, but got away from it. Talk test was easier. I don't do much endurance but will sometimes use it. Polar H7 worked perfectly fine.
  13. Bauer

    Bauer More than 500 posts

    Sometimes I like to see how different recovery tactics relate to HR. And it is nice to see over time how the same 10x10 results in a different HR response. I also like how Harald Motz uses HR graphs to illustrate different training styles.

    And sometimes I use it to count my sets :D
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  14. offwidth

    offwidth More than 5000 posts

    Not his method exactly, but the principles are loosely the same.
    I spend a large amount of yearly training time (endurance) in HR zones R & 1. But not all. It depends on where I am at in a training cycle, and what I am training for. I spend times in all zones...but sparingly in 4&5
  15. Sergio

    Sergio Double-Digit Post Count

    LMAOOO! that's the most useful aspect of the HR monitor. haha
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  16. Stefan Olsson

    Stefan Olsson More than 500 posts

    To you guys who uses the Polar H10. How do read the data? Via a wrist watch or can you do it via an polar app?
  17. Bauer

    Bauer More than 500 posts

    Polar Beat App which synchronizes with Polar Flow (online platform)
  18. Anna C

    Anna C More than 5000 posts Elite Certified Instructor

    It will read to a watch, but you don't need a watch. I usually just use it with the phone, Polar Beat app.

    The H10 has a memory feature, too. You can start it on your phone, then walk/run away from your phone for the duration of your session, then come back and it will sync up the data.
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  19. Stefan Olsson

    Stefan Olsson More than 500 posts

    wait, so I can run like 10k run and it will remember the heart rate for that run?
  20. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Forum Administrator Senior Certified Instructor

    Yes. Very handy in that way. Put on the chest strap, start the app on your phone, start your exercise session after telling it you want it to save the data on the strap, then download the data back to the app when you return home.


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