Personal Trainers: Is there a heart rate monitor you recommend using with your clients?
I am currently using Suunto m4/m5 heart rate monitors with my clients. One feature they don't have is the ability to track the time spent in each heart rate zone. I was wondering if some personal trainers out there have a solution they really like for tracking data such as this.
As a former POLAR distributor/dealer, I highly recommend this brand.
Heart rate monitors are great for some populations but they can be a burden at times.
Obviously it is best to follow ACSM guidelines and to use a HRMoniter if your client has risk factors.
I also like Polar for clients to be able to compare the talk test and RPE with the readouts. It's cool to see how the heart rate fluctuates when worn all day; even driving conditions.
it often comes down to price. The more tracking features, the higher the price tag.
I like Garmin as well, and have recently recommended the model 410.
They have a variety w/options rivaling more expensive models. I chose to use these simpler models as to not detract from the training giving the person something else to worry about.
These little monitors are tuff, easy to operate & the company offers a warranty they have stood behind @ least w/me. I see no purpose in excess spending for cute gadgets that offer many un-needed features for what i use them for.
My classes r ruff & these lil things take a beat'n sometimes. Clients that come in with their own big name brands experience similar problems when they occur w/their apparatus so 4 the $ spent these are effective for my setting.
Consistently test's good against Polar, Reebok & Garmin models
I also have a few other Polar Models and love them all. Have never had an issue with any.
As Susan suggests, finding a heart rate coindent with the onset of hyperventilation (lactate threshold) is a great idea. I like using a treadmill of stationary cycle to determine the HR/threshold Then, do intervals up to that HR, slow down 25-30 bpm. Repeat the intervals for whatever time you work with your client.
The bottom line is what functions are you using with your clients. What functions do your clients use independently of when they are with you?
New clients often do not need detailed functions, but just the basics. Heart rate monitors must be an effective tool for the client, and not what the trainer thinks is best. In other words we may like the multiple functions because we use them, our clients may not.
Polar is excellent, but my old model does not allow me to change my own battery locally, I must send it in. Other models are less expensive (Omron $35) and may fit client needs.