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.
I use the simple, effective & accurate Sportsline from Wally World…
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 agree with Michael. I have always liked Polar. They are accurate and dependable. As Thea suggests, the FT-80 is a nice monitor.
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.