GPS, HR Monitors

Find Your Fit

GPS Watches

Apple Watch

Apple Watch

I own an Apple Watch. It’s paired with my iPhone, my iPad and my MacBook. My husband loves his. Mine gets easily confused when leaving the house from our home Wi-Fi to the global connections. I have to put my phone in the house on airplane mode, then I can leave. My Jaybird bluetooth headphones also do not connect easily. Although they connect to iPhone. If I take it hiking it looses power quickly unless it is on airplane mode. Result being, I hardly use it. It might be because I have too many things connected to me.

2 Stars

Garmin Fenix 5s

Garmin 5s

So simple to use. Looks sturdy because it is. Water resistant. GPS map and I love the Garmin Connect features that automatically pair with your phone and upload to the data base that is FREE. Power last up to 7 days. I used it for triathlon training and with the waterproof chest strap it sealed the deal for me. If you look at my training page each week pictured were from my Garmin Connect account. Invaluable to both the novice athlete like myself and a professional. Makes data tracking a snap!

5 Stars

Heart Rate Monitor Only

MyZone HR Monitor

Lower Submaximal Heart Rate 

Out of the three this the better heart rate monitor and that is all it does and my gym used this. This reason is, it keeps challenging you.

MyZone also keeps you effort and tracks data for FREE.

As you become more fit, you will notice on your heart rate monitor that it actually gets more challenging to get your heart rate up into the YELLOW and RED zones (the high-intensity zones).  Where you might have popped into the YELLOW and RED zones fairly quickly when you were just starting your workout routine, you will notice that it takes more of a workload (speed, incline, resistance, load) to get your heart rate up as you become more fit.  For example, your heart rate might have gone up into the YELLOW or RED zone when you were running at a 9 minute mile pace for one or two miles when you first started training, but now after several months of training, if you run a 9 minute mile pace, your heart rate generally stays in the GREEN zone. 

After I took a few weeks off from running or heavier lifting exercises my body was more easily fatigued and I found myself in the red zone a lot. Conversely, I found the opposite while training for a running event or a triathlon.

This phenomenon occurs because our cardiorespiratory system becomes more efficient as we get fitter – we are able to pump more blood with each heartbeat and we are able to take in and transport more oxygen to our working muscles.  Further, our musculoskeletal system becomes more efficient as well, and our mechanics improve so that it takes less energy to make movements occur.  The bottom line is that our body is adapting to the stimulus that we are placing on it, and it takes more and more of a stimulus (i.e. workload) to challenge our fitness. Therefore, we will need to increase our workload to challenge our heart rate into the YELLOW and RED zones and continue to improve our fitness. 

Couple that with a great gym and it is magical. I always wear it!

5 stars