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Sat Jan 31, 2015 11:49 am

hi all .....
I'm improving my fitness and losing weight ....
I have and minor health prob so I gotta keep an eye on my heart rate .... I'm looking for a heart rate monitor that will work with iphone to alert me of a max heart rate while I'm listening to music .... I've been looking at them on the net but they don't list this as a feature its all about maxing your workout and reaching your peaks, which is what ive gotta avoid for now .... anybody into fitness who has used them is this way on here could advise me .....many thanks ...AL....
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Sat Jan 31, 2015 3:30 pm

Garmin do a watch that vibrates when you reach your peak or you pre set setting. when you do the app route what tends happen is they suffer accuracy problems... The gps for measuring speed, the wind meter for measuring wind etc etc, far better buying a gadget that is designed for the job in my opinion.
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Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:13 pm

broraboyan wrote:Garmin do a watch that vibrates when you reach your peak or you pre set setting. when you do the app route what tends happen is they suffer accuracy problems... The gps for measuring speed, the wind meter for measuring wind etc etc, far better buying a gadget that is designed for the job in my opinion.

Agreed, get something for the purpose. You can get cheap ones from Sigma. They beep at pre-set levels to let you know where you are
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Sat Jan 31, 2015 9:18 pm

That's all very well but you won't hear it when your listening to death metal on the treadmill ;)
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Sat Jan 31, 2015 9:19 pm

hi guys ...
thanks very much for the replies ...
I've been looking at so many ....
the reason I wanted to go for the app and strap was so I could listen to music with my iphone and hear the max heart rate alarm through the headphones ...
at first I was looking for a wrist type that vibrated but couldn't find one ....
I went to decathlon today and got a cheap chest strap..(before seeing you replies) I've now downloaded 6 apps but only 1 of the apps let me use my own max rate the others say its too low, for the time being I should only hit a max of 125bpm, which I know is low but its what ive been advised for now ....
i'll have a look at the garmin range .... you are spot on about the right tool for the job but I didn't know any better, never had to use anything like this before ..
cheerz....AL....
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Sat Jan 31, 2015 9:47 pm

Have you got any death metal on your I phone or is it all classical :cry:
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Sat Jan 31, 2015 11:10 pm

neither ...thank f##k.... but the way its going I might have to go with classical to chill :shock:
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Sat Jan 31, 2015 11:16 pm

I was just looking at the garmin website I cant stretch to 1 of them at the moment £200-300 for 1 with vibro alert but they have lots of functions I will never need ....
I was just chatting to a mate who recons I will have trouble with the strap coz of chest hair .... I cant win
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Sun Feb 01, 2015 10:11 am

I would make sure you damp the area under the strap. there will be two contact points. I normally use some spit or some tap water on the strap before I fit it.

125bpm max is a good place to start. Then over time you will be able to gradually increase :-)
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Sun Feb 01, 2015 11:01 am

hi sonny ...thanks for your replies .... 125 is a max set by a doctor :( .... I have a minor heart prob ... till its sorted its my max whatever I do :( ....but as my fitness improves I know i'll be able to do more without it raising ....i gotta find the best way of monitoring it for now .... cheerz.....AL....
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Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:34 am

polat ft 1 model

basic good quality hrm £45

dont waste money on cheap models that are unreliable

look at the screen..... with experience you will be able to feel the effort required to max out at 125...... i tend to look at the screen every few minutes

if going to gym only then find out what machines will pick up - most are ant + (ask staff they will explain)

hope that helps - happy to help as alot of experience with hrms

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Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:16 am

hi ....thanks mart ....
am I being too picky ... all I wanted to do was put on the hrm and forget about it and listen to my music with the security of an alarm at my max that I would hear through my headphones or feel on my wrist .... I don't want to have to keep looking at the watch ... coz I will, I know I will be obsessed with the watch .
if this is the only reliable way to go and the norm i'll have to accept it and get on with it .... thanks for all the great advice so far everyone ......AL....
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Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:00 pm

Seen this thought of you http://www.wired.com/2015/02/review-fit ... al_twitter" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Might be worth a shot.
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