Runner’s world have just released an article on Heart Rate Monitor Basics, which introduces the uninitiated runner to heart rate monitoring equipment and all the good things offered by this type of kit.
The article addresses some common questions:
- What does a HRM do?
- When would I want to use a HRM?
- Can I use a HRM to perform better during races?
- How will I know if I’m using it properly?
- How does an HRM work? – and perhaps most importantly…
- How much will I need to spend?
The article breaks heart rate monitors up into three levels:
These types allow you to set limits and control heart rate intensity for individual training sessions. Exercise duration, calories burnt and time spent in and above your set heart-rate zone are also recorded.
For just a little more money these watches include all the features of the basic models, but with more powerful sports watch features. Laps, split times, average heart rate for each lap, countdown timer for repeated intervals, etc.
The Most Advanced Models
The top range monitors have even more powerful sports features and huge memories, allowing you to transfer data to your PC for more thorough analysis. Some even manage your entire training program.
There is also a jargon buster at the end of the article and a step-by-step walkthough for getting started with your heart rate monitor watch.
This article adds to our general guide on what to look for in a heart rate monitor watch. If you are in the market for a heart rate monitor watch our comparison of Timex Ironman Watches with Heart Rate Monitors compares monitor options in the Timex Ironman Watch line and might be worth a browse.
For our money, the Timex Ironman 30-Lap Heart Rate Monitors represent excellent value for money for the competitive athlete or runner wishing to track their vital details. These watches fall into the Intermediate category above and should meet the needs of all but the top-level coaches and athletes.