I never reviewed the FT7 but I recommended it all the time. Here's one thing I said about it on my blog-
"My favorite of the two is the Polar FT7. I love this model! My favorite features are that it holds a lot of data (over a month's worth), so it gives me time to transfer it into my activity spreadsheet, as opposed to my other hear rate monitor, a Polar F4 - that only holds the most recent data (I use that one at work).My other favorite feature of the FT7 is pause/resume. I use this *all* the time when I bike. That way I can start it when I leave my apartment but pause it when I check my tires at the bike shop, then resume when I start riding again and pause it when I get somewhere I need to stop/park, and resume it when I get back on my bike etc. This is good because it won't calculate my heart rate/calories when I'm not actually working out and because when you finally press stop, you'll get one cumulative total."And one other little feature I enjoyed, it displayed a birthday cake on my birthday last summer!
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That heart rate monitor was with me on every bike tour last year (the 5 Boro, Tour de Brooklyn, Tour de Queens, NYC Century, and Tour de Bronx). It survived sweat, rain, the heat & humidity of 2010 (the hottest summer of NYC on record!) and most notably - it even survived the Down & Dirty Mud Run I did with William! I have nothing but great things to say about that heart rate monitor. It served me, and continues to serve me, very well.
But I recently had a chance to try out a new heart rate monitor, the Polar FT40. This model has all the features that I loved about the last one, the FT7:
- The pause/resume feature (This is great especially for my bike rides - I start it when I leave my apartment, then pause it when I stop for a few minutes like getting air for my tires, or longer like if I stop in a store. When I get back on my bike, I can hit 'continue' and my time/calories/etc are added on to the stats already there for the session)
- It holds a month worth of data/stats (This is good for be because it means I have up to a month to enter the data into my activity spreadsheet. I don't have to do it immediately after each exercise session like I did with the F4)
- It works with all the gym equipment that displays heart rate (like treadmill & elliptical), but it does so without having to touch the metal hand drips. The cardio equipment will pick up the HRM signal and display it on the machine.
The Polar FT40 HRM has a few more features that I love:
- First of all, the material of the FT40 is SO nice and soft. I noticed it immediately. I love the way it feels on my wrist.
- Aesthetically, I think the white looks really good on my wrist and with my bike.
- I love that when using the monitor, no matter which view is selected (there are 4 views to choose from: Heart Rate, Current Time, Calories Burned or "Effect" - fatburn vs fitness burn zones), it keeps the running time total at the bottom of the screen. So no matter what you choose to view, you know how long you've been working out.
- If your goal is to keep your heart rate in either the fatburn or fitness zones, you can 'lock in' when you reach either target and the wristwatch will beep if you go out of the zone you choose to let you know if you're working too strenuously or not strenuously enough.
- It provides a piece of data the FT7 does not: "Cal Fat", which is the fat % of the calories that are burned per session.
- Weekly Summaries: Even if you don't keep track of all your stats in a spreadsheet like I do, you can see in an instant the number of minutes, training sessions and calories for that week. (and it holds 16 weeks of weekly summaries!)
- This model may be worn while swimming. Handy if I do that triathlon in Hawaii that Lainy thinks I should do with her ;)
- It has a 'fitness test' which I want to utilize, but just haven't had time yet. (Here is a video on YouTube that shows how)
- It says the strap can be machine washed, but I am going to hand wash it since the idea of this makes me nervous. (IMPORTANT: that's the strap *without* the transmitter - do not put the transmitter in the wash! It snaps on/off easily.)
1) I had a question about your activity spreadsheet. I just started training for a 5K and I have a heart rate monitor and know what my avg and max were...but I'm not sure how you figure out the length of time in the cardio and fat burn zones. Is that something that is on your HRM? Thanks so much for all of your inspiration and willingness to share so much of your life with usSuzanne: I created my spreadsheet with columns for the data that my HRM provides. But I manually input the data into the spreadsheet. (You can download my activity spreadsheet template here. Feel free to modify it to suit your own needs!)
2) Hi! Thanks for an inspiring post. I had a question about the heart rate monitor - was the strap around your chest uncomfortable when you were heavy? I want to order one, but I'm worried that the strap won't fit! BTW, I noticed that the F4 was discontinued - and your FAQ page lists this as your heart rate monitor (but this page says that you have two different versions). Thank you for all that you do - your honesty and detailed info are helping me think more about doing more than just "going for a walk."Anon: I'll first mention that I only started using a HRM after I had lost most of my weight, but I always had a small ribcage for my size (even at my heaviest weight). So no, it was not uncomfortable for me. I will say that I honestly do not feel it at all. I've even slept in it many times, because I forget it's there. The material is very comfortable and it rests at the same place that the bottom of your bra would rest. The strap is also adjustable. This is what it looks like when you wear it:
- Just leave a comment below if you'd like to be in the drawing.
- I will accept comments until next Sunday (05/22) at noon.
- Winner will be picked using a random number generator website.
- Everyone is welcome to enter - if I know you in real life or not, and yes, even if you live in another country.
- I will be mailing the HRM to whomever the winner is (or probably just be delivering it by cruiser, if you live in NYC).
- Restrictions: I will NOT allow anon comments because I want people to enter ONLY ONCE. If you leave a comment anonymously, it will not be accepted and therefore not part of the count. Leave at least your first name when you comment, or your screen name, but there must be a name or I will not approve the comment.
Good luck, everyone!!
(PS I'm hoping blogger restores the post I put up Wednesday night about my run with Melanie last Sunday. They had a service disruption and pulled down everyone's posts from Wednesday. Some have been restored, but mine has not. If they don't restore it, I have to recreate it from my email version but it would take a lot of time because I'll have to re-insert all the links to the photos and recaption them. It also means the comments are gone - but they live on in my heart. And my email. So in case you're looking for it, that's why it's missing - because of the blogger crash last Wednesday.)