Omron Heart Rate Monitor Watch
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- Heart rate monitor is easy to program
- Comfortable to wear with ventilated watch band
- Helps maintain a proper heart rate with a high/low heart rate alarm
- Chest transmitter belt sends data to the receiver at a distance of up to 98 feet (30 meters)
- Built with a backlight function, time of day display, and daily reminder alarm
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Knowing your heart rate is important because if you are working out too hard, your activity can become counter productive and strain muscles. To achieve an effective workout, no matter what the aerobic activity, you must maintain your heart rate at a proper level for a minimum of 20 minutes. The proper level is generally 65%-85% of your maximum heart rate. The Omron Heart Rate Monitor is an important and necessary accessory for any health-conscious individual. Because working out too hard may strain muscles and become counter productive, it is important to know your heart rate. You can easily monitor your heart rate with the Omron Heart Rate Monitor. To achieve an effective workout, no matter what the aerobic activity, you must maintain your heart rate at a proper level for a minimum of 20 minutes. The proper level is generally 65 percent to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate. The readings are instantly displayed on a watch receiver while you wear the transmitter. The Omron Heart Rate Monitor also features an alarm option to indicate personal highs and lows. It includes a mounting bracket to allow the watch receiver to be displayed on most treadmill and bicycle. The adjustable transmitter strip fits torsos 12 to 44 for additional comfort. It is water resistant to approximately 30 m. It has a stopwatch function, time and day display, backlight and storage case.
Get the most from your workouts with an Omron HR-100 Heart Rate Monitor. By giving you continual, accurate results, the HR-100 keeps you in the ideal heart rate zone for more effective, fat-burning workouts.
Why you should use an Omron Heart Rate Monitor:
Whether you are a regular walker or jogger, managing your heart rate during your workouts is a crucial component of achieving your goals.
The Omron HR-100 Heart Rate Monitor offers:
+ Chest Transmitter: continuous, accurate readings
+ Zone Alerts: programmable zones warn you if you're too high or too low
+ Water Resistant: the HR-100 is water-resistant up to 98 feet
It's all about staying in the "zone."
Every fitness program from weight maintenance to strength training has an optimal Heart Rate Training Zone. With an Omron Heart Rate Monitor, you can track your heart rate to ensure you stay in your optimal zone by adjusting the intensity of your workout and maximizing your success.
What's in the Box
HR-100 Heart Rate Monitor, lithium batteries, storage case, transmitter chest strap and instruction manual.
Features of the OMRON HR-100 HEART RATE MONITOR
- Indicates Stopwatch Mode or Stopwatch is running
- Indicates alarm is on
- 12-hour clock
- Displays time
- Indicates beep tone is on
- Indicates heart rate reading is detected
Together we'll accomplish more - Optimal Training Zones
By exercising within your target training zone, you'll achieve more in less time. Each zone offers different benefits. The most popular zone range is 50% to 80% of your maximum heart. This is where you achieve cardio benefits, burn fat, and become fitter. Your Omron Heart Rate Monitor is programmable so you can maintain your workout within your chosen zone. (See the chart for percentages)
+ Health Maintenance--(65%-78%) Low-intensity level training. Good if you're a beginner and strengthening your cardiovascular system.
+ Aerobic Exercise--(65%-85%) Increases strength and endurance. Burns calories faster and can be sustained during longer workouts.
+ Anaerobic Exercise--(78%-90%) Improves speed and power. This zone builds muscle faster, but cannot be maintained for long workouts.
+ Red Line--(90%-100%) Maximum capacity.
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As a long-time Polar HRM user, I don't see any functional difference between this model and a basic Polar HRM.
However, the one big difference is that you can change out the batteries in the chest strap by yourself. That's a biggie because if you use a HRM a lot when you exercise, you'll find yourself shipping out the Polar unit and paying about $40 to replace the battery each time, and you'll also be without your HRM unit for a week.
How did Omron accomplish this? Unlike Polar which has the entire conductive area built into the central part of the chest strap, Omron has made the sides of the chest strap into the conductive areas. So, if you want to wet/gel the conductive area for more accurate readings, you have to look at the pictures on this website and in the included instruction manual. This also means that it's not critical to cinch the chest strap tightly to get the central part flush against your skin. This design allows the center piece to be raised so that it doesn't have to contact your skin at all. Great engineering.
There are some crazy and expensive watches out there with all sorts of stuff like multiple training zones, GPS, averaging software, etc. But for the most part, what is important for an HRM watch is that it's accurate, easy to use, utilizes easy-to-read numbers, has an effective backlight (in case you are working out in low-light conditions), and allows you to set a target heart rate zone with an alarm if you fall out of it. This watch has all of these things.
Would it be nice if this thing tracked a workout and could tell me what percentage of time I was in my target heart rate zone? Yes.
But the problem is that the reviews on almost every Polar HRM are discouraging. Polar used to make great watches, but if you look at the reviews about all of their models, it seems like every model has a fatal flaw. The numbers on the display are too small, the numbers are too faint, the backlight is not powerful enough, the unit drains batteries too fast, and/or the software doesn't work.
Seriously, Polar has had the HRM part of the watch figured out for over a decade, so I can't understand why this company can't put out a solid watch that has a chest strap with a battery that can be replaced by the user.
Until that time comes, I'll stick with Omron. Their HRM watches are easier to use, less expensive, and dependable (so far).
The other nice thing is that they include a nice zippered pouch to store your HRM stuff in.
The only negative is that the description by the company says that this unit comes with a bike mounting bracket. It doesn't, and that's a significant negative. However, since it doesn't impact on the efficacy of the HRM function of the watch, I didn't deduct a star.
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-Inexpensive and appears to be well made.
-Five well thought out buttons make it easy to use. I intensely dislike monitors that try to get one or two buttons to do everything.
-The wrist strap is about as stiff as two popsicle sticks. I wrapped it into a tight curl and held it over a blow dryer to help create a curve in the strap to make it more comfortable to wear. Much better now.
-No In-zone countdown timer. I know they did not advertise it as having one but it's so easy to include that I don't understand why they omitted it. I miss not having that feature. It was on my Acumen.
-Zone alarms are too soft to hear in a noisy environment. This may be a deal breaker for me. I depend on the alarms to guide my pace and I don't like straining to hear it. Constantly looking at the monitor bugs me. I would rather relax and let my mind wander until my workout is done.
-Poor shielding from other electrical equipment. (See comment at bottom of page)
Summary: If all you want is a heart rate monitor that is reasonably well made and fairly cheap then this is worth a try. Recommended.
Comments: I have never used it in a gym so I can't comment on potential interference issues with exercise equipment and other HR monitors but it DOES NOT WORK IN EITHER ONE OF MY CARS. When I start the engine the heart rate goes to zero and the heart symbol beats erratically until I turn the engine off. My Acumen did not do that.