Sunday, May 15, 2011

Review: Polar FT40 Heart Rate Monitor (& a spectacular giveaway!!)

I bought my first heart rate monitor in 2009. It was a Polar F4, which I loved and reviewed. I used it for all my activity until the 2010 5 Boro Bike Tour. You may recall I ended up buying a new HRM - a Polar FT7 - for that event, because I realized the night before the tour that I had left my Polar F4 at work.

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!

Even my heart rate monitor knew it was my birthday!
How cute is that?

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.

My heart rate monitor tan line
I wore my Polar FT7 so much last summer, I had a nice "Heart Rate Monitor" tan line

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.
If you have a good eye, you may have noticed the new model on my wrist recently -

Ready for my 4 Miles in Central Park!
I wore it on my very rain run in Central Park - my best outdoor run to date!

And it was with me on my recent 5 Boro Bike Tour

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!)
Other things to note about this model:
  • 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.)
Here are a few old reader questions about my HRM. First, from Suzanne:
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 us
Suzanne: 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:

Suntan lines & Heart rate monitor = the new sexy
Showing off the transmitter and HRM strap of the Polar FT40
Now here's what you've been waiting for: One of you will soon be the proud owner of one of these amazing heart rate monitors! The Polar FT40 sells for $179.95 but one of you lucky ducks is getting it for free! And everyone is eligible!

Rules:
  • 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.
Before I go, I have to thank Chris at Polar who not only supplied the HRM that I will be giving away to a very lucky reader, but who also generously gave me one to use and review. I want to point out that I've been using Polar products for 2 years and they have never paid me for my opinions or anything I wrote. But in the interest of full disclosure, I feel I must point out that I did receive my FT40 for free. However, everything I wrote about it is true. I really love this heart rate monitor and hope that whoever wins it does too. It's a well made product and a great tool to help you monitor your progress and keep you working towards your fitness goals.

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.)

633 comments:

  1. it's sarah / @sazzle182 i'd love to be included in the giveaway especially seeing as my HRM died a few months back! xx

    ReplyDelete
  2. I'm the first to comment, which means I should win! Seriously, I just started biking again and am loving it so far.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Cool! That thing looks fancy!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oooh, I may be first! I would LOVE one! I have total monitor envy when you post about it. :)

    Oh, and my blog post disappeared too, but it came back maybe 36 hours later, yours never did?? So weird...

    Dana

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love your bog and check in with you every week! I hope I win this awesome giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
  6. You have sold me..I have been reading your blog recently and have been motivated by your success. I am still at the beginning of my journey and feel that this product would be one that would be so useful for my journey. SO without further ado, I will cross my fingers and toes till the of May. Cheers
    Anna

    ReplyDelete
  7. Oh I would love to own one of those! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Oh! That would be awesome to have! I'm training for my first full and shooting for a 5 hours finish. Im using a specific plan of speed work outs where my HR needs to be specific zones! Super helpful!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I have never had the chance to try a polar because I always have a hard time justifying the cost. So instead I've wasted more $$ probably on crappy monitors that I can't figure out and rarely work. so needless to say --- I WANT ONE :-)

    Susan - (suchabrunette (at) gmail.com)

    ReplyDelete
  10. I would love to win this! I am a poor college student who has had her eye on one for a long time!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love you and your blog and I would so LOVE the monitor. :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Love your blog and I love my HRM...but would like a fancy white one! Pick me, pick me!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I just discovered your blog recently and have been reading back through your posts. You're such an inspiration! thanks for doing a giveaway!

    -Carrie S.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Wow, sounds great! I hope I win :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. kgjennings22@gmail.comMay 15, 2011

    I've had an F6 for awhile. I love it, and have lost 111 pounds so far with its help! But, I have a lot to go. I just bought my boyfriend an FT 7 as a gift, and am a little jealous. I love love love the idea of the pause button. I'd love to have this one!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hi Sheryl! Thanks for hosting a great giveaway!

    I've been considering a hrm for a long time, I think it would really give me that final push into working out HARD territory! Stats make everything better, right?

    ReplyDelete
  17. Love your blog! You're an inspiration!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Haven't gotten an HRM yet. Maybe this is my chance. ;-) Ruth

    ReplyDelete
  19. Gayle SipperMay 15, 2011

    Hi!! I would love to win the heartrate monitor!! I joined WW in March of this year, and started following your blog shortly after. You have inspired me to start biking more...I have even started biking to work whenever possible. Thanks
    Gayle Sipper
    gsipper@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  20. Ooooh, oooooh, me, me, me! fingers crossed.

    ReplyDelete
  21. You've motivated me to move off the couch! I've started biking recently and made it all the way around the lake this afternoon (9.4 miles)! Tired but proud of myself!

    ReplyDelete
  22. I've never had a HRM and I'm starting the C25K! Winning that would make my day :)

    ReplyDelete
  23. So cool! I've been wanting to upgrade my HRM!
    Trina

    ReplyDelete
  24. I'd love to use this heart rate monitor to get back in shape post baby!

    Emily

    ReplyDelete
  25. I've been lusting over a new HRM for months now. Glad to read this review - it's given me the idea to re-look at some Polar products een though they're a bit out of my price range.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Gosh I love this, and would absolutely adore getting the opportunity to win this! Even if I don't I will buy this!
    x

    ReplyDelete
  27. I think that these are an awesome idea! Most people don't think about their heart rates when working out! It would definitely be a motivator!

    ReplyDelete
  28. I love reading about your successes!! Please enter me in the Polar giveaway. :)

    kimberlyinmn AT gmail DOT com

    ReplyDelete
  29. Love your blog! It is very inspiring. Thanks!

    Kelly

    ReplyDelete
  30. Count me in!! Clareisrunning.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  31. Oooooh, I want to win! I've been thinking about getting a HRM to track my exercise, especially now that I'm running a lot in the heat. I have loved following your WW journey as I've been on my own- lost 50lbs, earned Lifetime in October of 2010, now running 10k's monthly and working my way up to training for a Tri. I hope I win!

    ReplyDelete
  32. I want to get that sexy monitor tan line!!!!
    Shannon

    ReplyDelete
  33. leaving my lucky comment :)

    ReplyDelete
  34. I am really interested in a HRM but they're not quite in the budget right now. Winning one would be rad as hell!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Thanks for the great review. Your site is an inspiration to me, and obvi, so many others! You're amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  36. I love the white! I have a white swatch and a white iphone. I think this would fir right in :) Keep rockin' it Sheryl :)

    ReplyDelete
  37. Ooh, pick me!!

    Tiffany

    ReplyDelete
  38. I have the Polar f4 and would LOVE the newer model:) Love your blog!

    ReplyDelete
  39. Sweet, I'd love to win that!!

    ReplyDelete
  40. I'd love a heart rate monitor. It would help me get ready for the boilermaker!

    Virginia

    ReplyDelete
  41. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  42. Yes please! I've been using the Polar RS200 for about 4 years and it has served me well but all the bells and whistles on this one sounds fab. Plus I LOVE the white - it's nice that they are starting to make these things in colors other than drab grey. And if I win, I will happily receive delivery via Hello Kitty Cruiser as I live in NYC.

    ReplyDelete
  43. I've been using the FT7 for awhile now and I love it. I really love how the FT40 is white and displays cal fat.. that's awesome! This is an amazing giveaway, btw.. thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  44. Great giveaway - I have been wanting to try out a hrm!

    ReplyDelete
  45. Ann GoodmanMay 15, 2011

    I'm all about winning a Polar FT40. Love your blog but think you should really be picked up by BRAVO so we can follow you on television. (In fact, I wrote BRAVO and suggested it.) Thanks for this awesome giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
  46. I would LOVE to have a Polar heart rate monitor. I can't afford to buy one, so winning one is my only chance! Here's hoping!

    ReplyDelete
  47. I've been wanting a HRM so badly, but new workout clothes as I've shrunk and now new running shoes without holes in them have had to come first. Winning this would also be great once I get my bike all fixed up.

    ReplyDelete
  48. I could never afford one of these, although I have looked at them for quite some time.
    I would like to restart running (knee injury) and this would be a great way to help me train! Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
  49. I would like to be included in your giveaway. I have recently started running again after a very long break and have always wanted to invest in a heart monitor.

    Thank you for posting the review and for offering the chance to win one!

    ReplyDelete
  50. Like you, I've been using Polar products for 2+ years. I'd love to try this model!

    ReplyDelete
  51. Wow! Great giveaway!! I've been considering a HRM so enjoyed your review.

    ReplyDelete
  52. I've been researching HR monitors for a while now. Thanks for such a thoughtful review! I know which one I'm going to get even if I don't win :)

    ReplyDelete
  53. I read your blog every day. I joined Weight Watchers after I found your blog. You have motivated me to work off the weight and change my eating habits. I don't have a heart rate monitor but would love this one as I would like to begin a running program.
    Thank you for being so inspiring! Jen WC

    ReplyDelete
  54. This is such an amazing giveaway! I've wanted a hrm for awhile now, just couldn't afford to buy a good one. Here's hoping I win this :)

    ReplyDelete
  55. Hi! I'm Julie! I have been wanting a heart rate monitor for such a long time! But they are just not in my budget. I guess this might be my chance to be the proud owner of one!

    P.S. I love your blog! :)

    ReplyDelete
  56. I never realized how much I depended on knowing my stats during a workout- until I accidentally deleted my profile on my HRM while riding my bike! I would love love love to get my hands on one of these new models. You are such an inspiration to me Sheryl, on so many levels!!

    ReplyDelete
  57. If I win it, I'll use it to monitor my heart.

    ReplyDelete
  58. can you get a tan mark where the strap is too? If so I am in! Looks VERY Cool! Natalee

    ReplyDelete
  59. I would love to win this, fingers crossed! love your blog!

    ReplyDelete
  60. I lurk here often and would LOVE a new HRM. :)

    ReplyDelete
  61. I'm just starting to train for a half marathon and have been looking for a hrm. This model is perfect! Thanks to you and polar.

    ReplyDelete
  62. Love love love this blog! I would love to win this HRM!!! YOU ROCK!!!!
    Sunshine

    ReplyDelete
  63. I have been shopping around for a HRM! I would love it especially for Spinning and for my 10K training!

    ReplyDelete
  64. I'm interested. I'm a weight watchers, 5K runner who just went to my home town to get my jr. high bicycle so I can start riding again. I dream about doing triathlons.

    ReplyDelete
  65. Ooh, how awesome! I'd love to be in the drawing. :) I have struggled lately, but reading your blog keeps me inspired.

    ReplyDelete
  66. Me please! Over the last year I've lost 50 pounds and have started running to get off the last 15. I've been looking at these and would love to have one!

    ReplyDelete
  67. Love your blog, you have inspired me to start running!

    ReplyDelete
  68. I love you and your blog! I hope I win! =)

    ReplyDelete
  69. Amazing give away! I've been looking for something like this for a while. Would be oh so lucky to win this. :) Thanks! -Kalien

    ReplyDelete
  70. what an amazing giveaway! i've been wanting one so bad!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  71. Wow--this is great! Since I've been reading your blog about how great the HRM are, I've been eyeing purchasing one but can't justify the price. Great idea for a giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
  72. Hi Sheryl! My name is Cynthia and I would love to be in the drawing for the Polar HRM!! I joined WW on January 1st, 2011..and I'm down 40lbs thanks to the inspirational success stories I've followed, such as yours :) Have a great nite!

    ReplyDelete
  73. I'd love to be included in your giveaway! I am in desperate need of a HRM and this one looks awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  74. i'd like to enter! my polar f6 has served me so well.. i think it's on it's way out and i'd love a snazzy replacement!

    ReplyDelete
  75. I would love an HRM! I just started jogging (more like walk/jogging) almost a month ago, and I think being able to keep track of stats will help keep me motivated - I hope one day to be able to jog *three* consecutive blocks before having to stop to walk.

    ReplyDelete
  76. Wow, this is a phenomenal giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
  77. What an awesome giveaway! You've always had great things to say about your heart rate monitor - it would be nice to try one out.

    ReplyDelete
  78. Ohhhhhhh! I really really want one! Thanks for all of your inspirational posts and delightful commentary! Sarah/@rockpuzzle

    ReplyDelete
  79. Wow! Yay! A giveaway! Fun stuff! Love you!

    ReplyDelete
  80. MEGANMARIEKELLYMay 15, 2011

    I have been a blog reader for a few years now. I was just researching HRMs this week, this model sounds great!

    ReplyDelete
  81. Oh pick me, pick me! I am just starting my exercise journey. Walking my first 5K next week and signed up for a 10K in 3 months. Hope to start running soon too. Thanks for this opportunity!

    ReplyDelete
  82. I would love to win! Please include me in the drawing : )

    ReplyDelete
  83. This is a fantastic giveaway! I hope I win!

    ReplyDelete
  84. I would love to be a part of this giveaway. I have always wanted a Polar HRM.

    www.skinnyhollie.com

    ReplyDelete
  85. I guess I should have actually read the title of this post (namely that there was a giveaway!) and then I would have gone directly to comments to enter, but clicking on the links to read more about the HRM was a good thing. Winning one would be even better. One way or another, I will be getting one!!

    ReplyDelete
  86. You're such a great inspiration! I'm working on daily workouts in my basement and hope that once I get closer to my goal to start running. I'd love to throw my name into the hat. I'm so glad I found you! Alison

    ReplyDelete
  87. What a fantastic giveaway, here is my entry! I have been dreaming of owning one of the FT7's since I first discovered that you had one. As I am a student and they are $200 here in Australia, dreaming is all I have been doing with it. Thanks for being such an awesome blogger <3

    ReplyDelete
  88. I would love to win one of these as I have just started biking and would love to be able to track it! Thanks for hosting this awesome contest!!!

    ReplyDelete
  89. Sounds really impressive, makes me really want a heart rate monitor!

    ReplyDelete
  90. Count me in and thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    ~Jen B

    ReplyDelete
  91. Thank you so much for this giveaway. Love you.

    ReplyDelete
  92. I so would love to win this! The white looks fantastic style wise. And I could really use a HRM to track my activity better and figure out how hard I have been working out!

    ReplyDelete
  93. I would love to win a HRM. It is on my list of things to buy =)

    ReplyDelete
  94. Sweet! I love a good giveaway. I have one of the old school Polar F6's. It works, but it's soo basic. I have been thinking about upgrading for a while!

    ReplyDelete
  95. Hi :)
    I stumbled across your blog and was sooo wowed by your weight loss pics and stories! I love your blog! Then while I was still in awe of your journey I saw you were having a drawing for an HRM, I have so wanted one of these! I have recently been trying to add exercise to my weight loss plan and think that one of these would benefit me tons!! Thank you for the really cool drawing and for being a big inspiration!!

    ReplyDelete
  96. I would love to win the HRM~ Awesome giveaway! I love the blog and use it to motivate myself for my first half marathon! Ill be at 9 miles tomorrow! :D

    ReplyDelete
  97. Thanks for the chance to win! :)

    bryansgirl_1979 at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  98. Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway Sheryl! I'm on my umpteenth Weight Watcher journey, but doing my best ever thanks to great motivators like you! (Plus this born-and-raised-in-small-Midwestern-towns girl loves seeing NYC through the eyes of a local!)

    kabanken at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  99. Awesome giveaway! I've been looking at the F7 since I read how much you love it :-)Would be amazing if I won one! You rock and are such an inspiration!!

    ReplyDelete
  100. Hi, my name is Amy, and I am from Tasmania ( this is the island south of Australia). I have been enjoying your blog for a few months now. I run and have a small child and not much time to train! I finally ran my first 8km last sunday, after 10 years of running but not really training. Hope I get this! Otherwise I have been enjoying your blog, your sense of fun and style :)

    ReplyDelete
  101. I would love to win this HRM!

    I joined WW at the beginning of March and am down 18 pounds (with 74 to go).

    I love your blog!

    ReplyDelete
  102. I would love to be included in the giveway!!! Thanks girl and great job. I just started Weight Wathcers myself since March and have lost 20 lbs.

    ReplyDelete
  103. I love my Plar HRM, but I must say I am so jealous of the white watch that comes with your FT40. I too think white watches are adorable, and they look especially nice with a tan :) Hope I win!

    ReplyDelete
  104. My FT4 recently died and Ive been meaning to get myself a new HRM. I'm drooling over yours- I love the white straps! Sexy!

    ReplyDelete
  105. oooooh, i would love to win this. i've been debating buying a hrm since reading about your F4, but i haven't been able to justify the expense. it would be easier if the expense were $0. :)

    ReplyDelete
  106. I would love to win this! It is something I have really wanted for a long time to wear in spin classes and while starting up running! Bryden

    ReplyDelete
  107. That would be amazing to have! Looks so amazing! Amazing like you lady! Thanks for always being so inspiring!

    ReplyDelete
  108. A heart rate monitor would be the perfect tool to kick my workouts into high gear!

    ReplyDelete
  109. this is an awesome giveaway - you rock, sheryl!

    ReplyDelete
  110. I would love to be included in the HRM giveaway. Thank you for reviewing it, I especially like it that it shows the time on the same screen as the other options.

    ReplyDelete
  111. thank you for being such an inspiration, please include me in the giveaway :)

    ReplyDelete
  112. Wow, what a great giveaway! I been wanting one for so long now.
    Thanks for the chance to win :)

    ReplyDelete
  113. I love your blog and actually randomly met you back in 2006 at a Punk Rope gathering after the Monday night class at the 14th street Y. I no longer live in NY but I would love to win a heart rate monitor!

    ReplyDelete
  114. Thanks for doing this contest! You are awesome!
    Kristi

    ReplyDelete
  115. A HRM would be a really useful, it would be nice to be able to work out effectively

    ReplyDelete
  116. Awesome giveaway! I've been toying with the idea of buying one, so winning would be fantastic :)

    ReplyDelete
  117. Janet in DallasMay 15, 2011

    I would love to be in the drawing! Want want want!!
    p.s. you're awesome & inspiring!

    ReplyDelete
  118. You totaaly rock. Very inspirational! Awesome review/giveaway

    ReplyDelete
  119. You had me at Polar! Please include me .... sbc6369@yahoo.com.

    ReplyDelete
  120. I have a Polar HRM from about 10 years ago. It has only just started to give me trouble from wear, so of course I would ADORE an upgrade. Especially as I have just recommitted to WW.

    ReplyDelete
  121. Very cool - awesome giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
  122. I have just gotten into running, doing couch to 5k and can now run a mile without stopping! There are several I have looked into, but winning one would just be the bees knees!

    ReplyDelete
  123. Oh my goodness, I would LOVE to win this! I've been contemplating a HRM and this one would be AWESOME!

    ReplyDelete
  124. Wow, this is quite a popular giveaway! I've been looking for a heart rate monitor lately, and your reviews have been super helpful! -christine reed

    ReplyDelete
  125. Wow, have you ever had so many comments so quickly? I have never had a HRM, I really want one but can't afford it at the moment and this one looks so awesome! I am just coming back to exercise after injury and it would help me so much.

    ReplyDelete
  126. Krista S.May 15, 2011

    I really admire all that you are accomplishing and I love reading your blog. I am in my 9th week of Weight Watchers and am up to riding 10 miles on my bike. I would love a HRM!

    ReplyDelete
  127. I would love to try this new model :) Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  128. I would love one of these. I know its randomly generated, but ... are bribes welcome?? lol ;)

    I've always wanted a HRM but cant afford one for a while, since I am pregnant. This will help me definitely both during and after pregnancy. xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  129. It looks/sounds like a really great HRM, good luck to everyone!

    ReplyDelete
  130. You are awesome! Have never used a heart rate monitor would love to try one!

    ReplyDelete
  131. I have wanted a HRM for a while now, everyone at work raves about theirs!

    ReplyDelete
  132. Alison E.May 15, 2011

    I almost bought a Polar HRM last night but hesitated because I was unsure of which model to buy. I started running last September and am looking for something to help me push myself to the next level. Crossing my fingers!

    ReplyDelete
  133. AnonymousMay 15, 2011

    Winning that would be awesome, I really could use some good luck!
    Chris
    bsymomx4@sbcglobal.net

    ReplyDelete
  134. Looks like a great HRM, good luck to everyone!

    ReplyDelete
  135. Tina LeighMay 15, 2011

    Oooh! I have an ancient Polar heart rate monitor that I loved, but it was super basic and I got tired of wearing a watch AND the HRM wristband. I would love a new one with all the bells and whistles!

    ReplyDelete
  136. I have never used a heart rate monitor. When I work out, I don't think I work hard enough but if I had something that measured how hard I was working, my competitive nature would kick in and I would push myself harder.

    ReplyDelete
  137. Thanks for this post! I love reading your blog. I also live in Greenpoint and sometimes see you at the Y. I'll get up the courage and say hi the next time I see you. Keep up the hard work! You are an inspiration!

    ReplyDelete
  138. I read your blog every week; I look forward to it; when I was going down a slippery path.. I would read yours for inspiration.
    Heather

    ReplyDelete
  139. StephanieMay 15, 2011

    I would love to try the Polar brand. Please include me in your giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
  140. I have an older Polar with the wearlink chest strap (the kind where the transmitter part snaps on/off the strap). Yes, it's true the chest strap will survive the washing machine. However, I usually put mine in a lingerie bag before putting it in the wash to keep me from accidentally throwing it in the dryer.

    ReplyDelete
  141. I am addicted to your blog...love it! Thank you for the chance to win the HRM!!

    Charlene

    ReplyDelete
  142. Thanks for the reviews. I too like seeing the numbers to track my progress.

    ReplyDelete
  143. I need a new HRM so badly - my Nike HRM monitor died after much use at Spin classes at the Y.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    ReplyDelete
  144. Love you, Sheryl! Because of you, I went on my FIRST REAL bike ride. My boyfriend took me and dragged me up a super steep hill. It was so hard, but I kept thinking about you and your journey and I tried to just enjoy the ride. I was in so much pain the rest of the weekend, but it was totally worth it! Hope I win the HRM! That'd be cool for my bike rides :)

    ReplyDelete
  145. I've been meaning to get a heart rate monitor. This one sounds great!

    ReplyDelete
  146. I've thought about getting one but could never justify the cost. It would be interesting to see exactly how hard I'm actually working in spin class.

    ReplyDelete
  147. Wow, it's really cute! I've been looking at HRMs but I didn't want something that looks like a giant computer on my wrist. This one actually looks like something I'd wear every time I work out...and I'm training for a half-marathon in September, so it would get a lot of use!

    ReplyDelete
  148. Oh- that would be cool to have!

    ReplyDelete
  149. Ooooooohhhhh!!!! PickmepickmepickmePLEASEpickme!!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  150. This is unrelated to the entry - what do you do to get your fabulous arms? I absolutely LOVE your arms and shoulders and neck line - very elegant.

    ReplyDelete
  151. I've just recently started reading your blog. It's inspiring reading your story and how you found ways to stay active. I am just at the begining of my journey, 10 pounds down 40 more to go. Just doing it the old fashioned way, substituting junk food for real food, cutting out anything "white", and trying to watch my portions. Mostly I am just trying to be more active. Would love to have and HRM to be able to keep track of how effective my workouts are!

    ReplyDelete
  152. That is so awesome of you!! Thank you for all your inspiration :)

    Karen

    ReplyDelete
  153. Haha! It's awesome that you have a giveaway today because I was going to post to your blog today ANYWAY!

    I have been using the Couch to 5k training program to train for a 5k in June. Last night I ran for 20 minutes straight! I have NEVER run for 20 minutes straight! When I got home and I was looking at my mileage, I realized that I ran a mile...straight through! I was so happy I cried!

    During the run, anytime I wanted to stop, I kept thinking about a story you blogged about months ago. You were coming out of the stairs and had a discussion with an older man. He was saying that he wished he could still climb the stairs. I think about that story a lot. It helps me not take advantage of my body and helps me appreciate it more.

    Here's my email address for the giveaway:
    kitschymommy@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  154. Love your blog! I am a newish reader (few months), and you are such an inspiration. :o)

    ReplyDelete
  155. I am getting ready to train for a 5K with a running group and I would LOVE a HRM! I LOVE your blog! Soooo motivational!

    ReplyDelete
  156. Oooh! I would adore a heart rate monitor! And that one is so super cute!

    ReplyDelete
  157. Love your blog! I hope your randomly pick me! I would enjoy the heck out of it:)

    ReplyDelete
  158. Would love to win this HRM. Thanks for the opportunity!

    ReplyDelete
  159. Thanks for the great review...and thanks to HRM for the great giveaway! A wonderful product I covet.

    ReplyDelete
  160. Hi Sheryl!
    Long time lurker, first time poster. I love your blog! I've been reading it for about three years now, and your posts always help me when I'm in a rut.
    Keep up the great work!
    Ada

    ReplyDelete
  161. Ohhhh, this sounds lovely. I have been following you for years now, and really enjoy your blog. Have you started working for WW? I remember a while back you put in a leader application, right? I still think you would be amazing. Thanks for the giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
  162. Sqeee! I love giveaways! It's like gambling but I'm not complaining I just lost good shoe money! Thanks so much for hosting this.

    ReplyDelete
  163. Thank you for hosting this giveaway. I'm excited for a new heart rate monitor

    ReplyDelete
  164. I have wanted a Polar HRM for ages but being in New Zealand they are limited and crazy expensive (and Amazon won't ship them here) so I would love to win this one!
    I am currently in week 10 of Weight Watchers and am trying to get into running. The treadmill bores me senseless unless I'm doing high int interval sprints. Need to get outside and run (maybe once it stops raining...)!

    ReplyDelete
  165. I have an FT4 and I love it, but the FT40 looks pretty darn awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  166. I am so happy you're hosting this give away. I've been looking for a HRM for a long time, but can't find the "perfect" one.

    ReplyDelete
  167. Very cool! I want one!

    ReplyDelete
  168. Portrait_ArtistMay 16, 2011

    Moving home to America this summer, and then to NYC in August, and looking forward to running and biking regularly again. Living in a developing country, I didn't realize how lucky I was back in the States to have roads to run on and reasonably priced shoes and equipment!

    ReplyDelete
  169. I love Polar! I have a Polar HRM that I use all the time, but I would love a new, more advanced one. The white looks awesome, too.

    Lauren

    ReplyDelete
  170. I only have a crappy HRM.so an upgrade would be great! :)

    ReplyDelete
  171. I have been saving to buy a Polar HRM. What an amazing give away!

    ReplyDelete
  172. A big fan of Polar as well, owning my own grey FT4. Would love an advanced one! Good luck everyone and thanks Sheryl for your blog!

    ReplyDelete
  173. Will's Mommy MeganMay 16, 2011

    Sounds awesome! You continue to be an inspiration. Crossing my fingers for good luck!

    ReplyDelete
  174. I just asked my husband for a HRM for my birthday and he just raised his eyebrows at me... Not a good sign! I would love to get this and train with it for my first half in October.

    ReplyDelete
  175. I'd love to win because it would be great to also track my swimming. Currently,my heart rate monitor is not waterproof, so I have to manually calculated the calories burned by swimming (and it is hard to keep track of minutes with the head under water...)!

    ReplyDelete
  176. Would love a heart rate monitor!! Thanks for hosting a great giveaway! :)

    ReplyDelete
  177. I LOVE your blog! You are such an inspiration to me! You've inspired me to start stair climbing and a HRM would be a great help!

    ReplyDelete
  178. Thanks for the informative review! I would love to be included in the draw.
    Sabrina

    ReplyDelete
  179. Pick me, pick me! I never ever win anything, so hope I get it.

    Thanks a bunch! Oh, and you are absolutely wonderful and i love you blog :)

    ReplyDelete
  180. Thank you so much for a great giveaway! Consider Amie Hutton entered :)

    Your awesome Sheryl!

    ReplyDelete
  181. Karla SiqueirosMay 16, 2011

    I have purchased and returned 3 diff heart rate monitors because they sucked, the next in line to try was the POLAR-how funny I read this blog!!!:)

    ReplyDelete
  182. What a great giveaway! Here's hoping luck is with my comment! :)

    ReplyDelete
  183. Very useful, thank you. :)

    ReplyDelete
  184. I would like to enter your give-away as well :)

    Your blog inspired me to start fitness adventures on my own, despite a long absence from anything resembling sports... I read your blog for motivation and great stories and pictures (sorry to hear about the crash that caused your last article to disappear!) - and, to be honest, for the beautiful pictures from NY ;)

    Wishing everyone a great day! :)

    d.
    apartment.sevenoseven (at) yahoo (dot) de

    ReplyDelete
  185. Amazing giveaway! Have my fingers crossed.
    Have been waiting for this post for ages. Thanks for all the HRM advice. =)
    Sara D x

    ReplyDelete
  186. I'm going in for surgery this week for cancer, but would love to have a HRM for when I'm on my feet again and getting back in shape!

    ReplyDelete
  187. Fantastic give away! I was just looking to buy something similar as I begin to increase my cardio. I would love to be part of the drawing. :)

    ReplyDelete
  188. I Love your blog, I have been reading for some time now, and your blog was the reason why I decided to try Weight Watchers again! I have lost 18 lbs so far,and am not giving up this time! I would love to win the HRM. Thanks for all that you do.

    -Ganov

    ReplyDelete
  189. I would love to enter the giveaway! You have inspired me to join a gym (and keep going) and change my eating habits for the better!
    Thanks!
    Jacoba
    (I'm sorry if this was posted twice, my computer was playing up)

    ReplyDelete
  190. Howdy - I've been quite interested in getting a HRM since I hear the cardio equipment isn't too accurate, but I haven't made the plunge yet. We'll see how my luck is today!

    ReplyDelete
  191. I don't think we have anything that sophisticated in New Zealand ;-) I've been wanting a HRM, but haven't got the spare cash, so I hope I'm lucky enough to win!!

    ReplyDelete
  192. I have a very crapola Timex HRM at the moment. I am convinced it is a lemon because the damatic difference between me doing the same exercise for the same total of minutes is VAST. I keep wearing it just so I have a vague idea of the calories burned and heart rate levels reached. Would be nice to be confident in the numbers my HRM produced.

    ReplyDelete
  193. You're such an inspiration! Your long run was awesome, congrats! I'm starting the couch to 10k today, your long run totally inspired me! :)

    ReplyDelete
  194. I am finally coming back to NYC this summer and although I have to trade in the Mediterranian Sea for the Hudson to run along, I can't wait ! Half marathon here I come!

    Bisous
    Alex

    ReplyDelete
  195. Wow.... checkout all the people commenting on this post! I too have been using polar heart rate monitors over the last 10 years. My last one gave up working about 6 months ago so winning a freebie would be AWESOME. You would be most welcome to deliver it to me in New Zealand. I am sure I could arrange a beautiful run too while you are here. Cheers Mel

    ReplyDelete
  196. Sheryl what a wonderful giveaway!! I've been dying to get a HRM for AGES! And you're right, the white is fabulous!!!

    ReplyDelete
  197. Would love to win an HRM, been wanting one for a while but can't justify the expense at the moment.

    ReplyDelete