The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Polar.
Now that I’ve shared my “body after baby” progress at nine months in I thought it would be perfect time to introduce you to one of my absolutely favorite pieces of FitGear. I recently got the opportunity to try out the Polar FT6o as part of a FitFluential campaign and I was SO excited. If you’ve been following along for awhile you know that I bought myself a Polar FT40 back when I was losing the baby weight from Emmalyne and it’s been my go-to gadget for 2.5 years.
Having a heart rate monitor has completely trained the name of the game for me when it comes to training. I first started using my Polar to get a better indication of the amount of calories I was burning during my workouts. As a breastfeeding mom having an accurate idea of energy expenditure is extremely important for maintaining milk supply. For anyone, having an idea of what you’re burning at the gym can help you fuel your body for success a lot better. The Polar FT60 takes into account your demographics (age, gender, weight, height, etc) when calculating your calorie burn based on heart rate giving you a more accurate representation of your workout. The chest strap fits comfortably at my bra line, doesn’t move, and doesn’t chaff. The watch itself is extremely stylish and one that I frequently wear with my scrubs as my regular watch!
Some things I personally learned while using my heart monitor include:
- Cardio machines at the gym lie. Every single time I have used my heart rate monitor and compared it to the machine at the gym, the machine grossly overestimated the amount of calories I burned. For anyone trying to lose weight this can be a major issue.
- Which of my workouts are in the “zone”. The Polar FT60 has tons of SmartCoaching features, one of which includes a breakdown of the amount of time you spend in different heart rate zones. Seeing which of my workouts fall into high intensity (CrossFit, sprints) and those that target fat loss (weight training, incline walking) helps me tailor my intensity each day.
- Numbers are fun. I am a geek at heart so seeing numbers is a big thing for me. Even though my muscles shake from a solid workout I like seeing numbers. They are a tangible source of accomplishment if you will. Not something to obsess over but rather a tool to use to maximize your success and help to achieve your goals. I love them. Having a detailed and long-lasting training log is amazing to me.
- It’s super easy to use. The Polar FT60 is incredibly easy to use which is awesome. It’s very intuitive and just a push of a button gets you going. Can’t get much simpler than that.
Smart Coaching Features with the Polar FT60
- Training plans and challenges on polarpersonaltrainer.com
- STAR Training Program: Shows users how hard and how much they need to train to reach their long-term goals. It’s designed to keep users motivated all week and every week by using a personal guidance program that’s no further away than their wrist.
- OwnZone: Knowing the right intensity to improve fitness can be a challenge. OwnZone adjusts a user’s heart rate training zone to perfectly match their body’s current physiological condition. By using OwnZone, users can be sure they’re training at an intensity that improves their aerobic fitness
- Training Load: This feature within polarpersonaltrainer.com displays a color- coded graph of a user’s cumulative training load, notifying a person when he or she has recovered enough for the next session, and accurately predicting training developments to prevent overtraining. This data also provides intelligence to modify training sessions as necessary
- Fitness Test: This feature gets a measure of users’ current fitness level in just five minutes. By regularly comparing test results, users can see what progress they are making and how their fitness is improving over time
With my Polar FT60 I also receive the FlowLink which plugs into your computer to easily sync your watch to PolarPersonalTraining.com. It couldn’t be easier to use – you download the sync software, plug in the FlowLink and set your device on top. Seriously that simple! All of your workouts get uploaded so you can graphically see your accomplishments and figure out how to achieve your goals faster. Other accessories available include the G1 GPS sensor that you can use to track speed and distance.
I seriously can’t say enough good things about Polar. I have invested my own money in products (my FT40 and Chris’ FT7) and have been thoroughly impressed with their quality of product as well as their customer service. I was thrilled to get a chance to check out the “upgraded” version f my beloved FT40. I know many of you have asked about my heart rate monitor in the past so I am happy to have gotten this up for you guys. I am more excited to offer you a discount code for your own Polar FT60! You can purchase one here with the code FitPolarFT60.
Have you used a heart rate monitor?