Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Feel The Burn: All About My Polar FT4 Watch

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I've written about my Polar FT4 Watch previously, but since creating my second Instagram account @sometimessweaty (the name still makes me laugh) I've gotten a ton of new questions about it and thought I'd answer them here.

First things first, there are two parts to it: the watch and the chest strap/sensor. To use the heart rate feature you simply wet the strap with a bit of water, put it on, and pop the sensor onto the front. When I first got it in the mail I called my sister, so annoyed that I would have to wear the strap anytime I wanted to get an accurate read on the heart rate monitor. She explained to me though that once I had it on it would be no thing at all, and she was right; I never even notice it once it's in place. I wear it right under my sports bra, under my chest, and it's quite comfortable and truly no big deal at all.

So once you have the chest strap and sensor in place you turn on the watch and get to it. The device tracks your heart rate, which in turn tracks calories burned. It tells you when you're in your "zone" (this is determined when you set up the watch, based on your age, weight, etc.), and summarizes your workout at the end- how many calories burned, how long you worked out for, time spent in/out of the zone.

When I first got the watch and worked out with it I had to laugh, because it was actually kind of shocking how many times in my exercising life I thought I was really exerting myself, but I wasn't at all. I can't even tell you how motivating it is to be able to SEE when I'm working hard, and keep that momentum up, especially on a cardio machine when it's easy to kind of just coast along.

Things I love:

1 // The motivational aspect. Like I mentioned above it allows me to really see when I'm working hard, and in turn pushes me to workout even harder. Since having Charlie I've felt really motivated to get into the best shape ever, and this has been a helpful tool to have on hand. It's so rewarding to complete my workout and see a big "500-something calories" starting back at me, and equally exciting to know I'm making progress towards my goals.

2 // Accountability and efficiency. Having a little blinking reminder to work harder makes me work out when I'm there to work out. I'm not on the elliptical reading a magazine, I'm not chatting on my phone. I have 60-90 minutes and I don't mess around, I get in and I get out. And this is a must for me, because I don't have a lot of time at the gym between taking care of the boys and everything else. So efficiency is key and this allows me to be as efficient as possible.

3 // For weight training. Although I don't do CrossFit anymore I still incorporate the idea of constantly varied, high intensity training into my weights program. I do a lot of workouts designed by Krissy Mae Cagney and she's all about that- and it's pretty crazy to see the impact on my Polar watch. Between the lifting (and keeping my heart rate up the entire time) and the HIIT that follows, I'm burning more calories in 60 minutes than I ever burned in two hours before. So cool.

So yes, I love this thing. And if you're interested in getting one now's the time- they're on sale at Amazon right now. Happy exercising, and come follow along at @sometimessweaty if you already aren't!



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17 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review. I've worn a heart rate monitor for working out for years, but I'm thinking about getting an activity monitor to wear all day. I'm thinking that it may motivate to move more OR be one big waste of money. Jury is still out!

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  2. I had been considering getting a Fit Bit but this review has me reconsidering because the only thing that turns me off from the Polar is the chest strap you have to wear. I really appreciate your review, it has me leaning toward the Polar again!

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    1. i have them both. i've had the fitbit one for over a year and love it. but i wanted a HRM for when i do workouts at home and when i do a specific machine at the gym i want to know exactly how many calories im burning. once im done i input that information in my fitbit appt. both are awesome together. then have fitbit sync in with myfitness pal. great!

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  3. I've been hinting to my boyfriend that I want one of these for months. He clearly wasn't getting it so seeing that it was on sale sent me in a mad rush for my wallet. Now I have a Polar FT4 on it's way. So excited to get it!

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  4. I have been on the fence about this monitor for quite a while. Thank you for writing about it because I am pretty sold on it now. Also, love the instagram name :)

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  5. lolzzz i love that: "this is a totally unsponsored post"

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  6. it looks great, might have to add it to my birthday list!

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  7. I got mine a week ago.. I just started back exercising on January 2nd.. I figured I was getting in some serious workouts until I got that watch... and it is very eye opening! haha I love mine too! Being a plus sized girl, I can wear the chest strap fine and I don't notice it either! Funny how much the price has gone up in just a week. I got mine for $58

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  8. This looks awesome! I would love to have something like this. In addition to what you said above, I believe it would make me feel less guilty about what I am not doing because I would be able to clearly see what I am. :)

    Also - @sometimessweaty - haha!

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  9. I had to laugh at the @sometimessweaty instagram account. In 7th grade I had a "boyfriend" who used to call me "sweaty" instead of "sweetie" on instant messenger all the time because he couldn't spell very well, and I was too nice to correct him. Still makes me chuckle all these years later.
    Thanks for the review--I wouldn't have considered a monitor with a chest strap otherwise.

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  10. Love my Polar watch! I have a fitness IG as well and will be following you on your fitness adventures :)

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  11. Great review...I love in the same way! They make sports bras that have a built in strap too that are super cool. Lulu had one, not sure if they sell it any more but there are a few others on the market that you can find on Amazon :)

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    1. I love *mine the same!! ;)

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  13. I'm so intrigued by this...Does it have a distance monitor to see how far you've run? I'm half marathon training and while I'm building a base now, I'm going to want to be tracking my speed/distance...Thanks for input, I couldn't find this on the site!

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  14. Thanks so much for this! I've been seeing these around and been intrigued, but heart rate monitors, etc. are kind of a mystery to me. Thanks for breaking it down!

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