POLAR FT80 Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Black)
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- Guides your strength training with heart rate-based recovery periods between sets, and creates training program based on personal goals while setting new weekly training targets
- Polar Fitness test measures aerobic fitness at rest and displays progress; comes with Polar FlowLink for easy data transfer to online training diary via Mac and PC
- Watch has backlight, date and weekday indicator, dual time zones, KeyLock, low battery indicator, stopwatch, time of day with alarm and snooze, and is water resistant to 50 meters
- Comes with FT80 heart rate monitor, H1 heart rate sensor, FlowLink data transfer unit, and user manual
- Includes limited two-year manufacturer's warranty
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Optimizes strength training by providing guidance on how to long to rest between sets, delivering the information in an easy-to-read graphical display (see image above)
If there's one word to describe people who train seriously for athletics, it's dedication. And if there's one heart rate monitor that's dedicated to helping you achieve maximum workout efficiency, it's the Polar FT80. The FT80 starts by checking your daily condition, and then guiding you to the ideal training intensity for your age and fitness level. Knowing your heart rate not only helps you reach your personal fitness goal, but also improves your physical condition in general, as it's vitally important to train at the appropriate intensity level. If you exercise too hard, you may quit before you reach the real benefit, but if you work out too leisurely, you'll struggle to lose weight at all. The FT80 helps overcome these problems by encouraging you to map out a complete fitness routine. Please refer to User Manual for more information.
The FT80's intelligent training computer also helps you work toward achieving your exercise goals in other ways. For example, the watch offers a Polar Star personalized training program that adapts to your workout habits. By giving you weekly training targets and providing constant feedback, the watch guides you without being too strict, helping you reach your goals more efficiently. The watch also displays heart rate info in several ways, including as a percentage of your maximum heart rate, as beats per minute, and within a graphical target zone indicator. And should your heart rate exceed or dip below your target zone, the FT80 will sound an alarm that helps you return to form.
Users will also love the variety of proprietary Polar functions, including ZonePointer, Polar Strength Training, and Polar OwnCal modes. The ZonePointer is an audible and visual feature on the display of your FT80 that shows you where your current heart rate sits within your target heart rate zone. The Polar Strength Training mode, meanwhile, helps you optimize your strength training by reading your heart rate and informing you when your body is ready for the next set--an ideal way to optimize your weight training. Finally, the Polar OwnCal mode shows your energy expenditure during one exercise session, as well as your accumulated kilocalories during several exercise sessions. You can also set daily and weekly exercise goals in terms of calorie expenditure, helping you achieve both short-term and long-term goals.
Other watch features include a built-in fitness test that measures your aerobic fitness at rest in just five minutes; a ZoneLock mode that lets you activate a target zone in the midst of training with the press of a button; a Polar OwnZone mode that provides a customized target zone for individual exercise sessions; an OwnCode mode that prevents crosstalk from other heart rate monitors nearby; a recording mode that tracks your average and maximum heart rate, calorie expenditure, distance, and total exercise time, and then puts it in an exercise file (with 100 total files); water resistance to 50 meters; a 12/24-hour clock with a day/week indicator; a built-in backlight; an alarm with a snooze; a low battery indicator; and a Polar FlowLink connection for transferring data between the FT80 and a computer. Sporting an attractive black housing, the watch carries a two-year warranty.
The original purchaser of this heart rate monitor is backed by a limited warranty that states that this product that the product will be free from defects in material or workmanship for two years from the date of purchase.
The first EKG accurate wireless heart rate monitor was invented by Polar back in 1977 as a training tool for the Finnish National Cross Country Ski Team. The concept of "intensity training" by heart rate swept the athletic world in the eighties. By the 1990s, individuals were looking to heart rate monitors not only for performance training needs, but also for achieving everyday fitness goals. Today, the same concept of heart rate training is being used by world-class athletes as well as everyday people trying to lose weight. Polar is the leading brand among consumers, coaches, and personal trainers worldwide and the company is committed to not only producing the best products, but also being the leading educator on the benefits of heart rate based exercise.
Getting started with a Polar heart rate monitor is easy. First, make sure you thoroughly wet the electrodes on back of the strap with water and snap the transmitter into place. Then place the strap on your chest prior to starting the watch. Tip: it is best to stand away from others when starting the watch. When you are finished with your workout detach transmitter, rinse the strap with water and hang dry.
User Manual [PDF ]
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 5 x 3 inches; 2.29 Ounces
- Item model number : 90032297
- Date First Available : November 20, 2004
- Manufacturer : Polar
- ASIN : B001F0PVO4
- Best Sellers Rank: #552,216 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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1. On size: please be aware that if you order this particular heart rate monitor, it will come to you with a M-XXL strap. This is supposedly "fitting of 30-45 inch chests." Personally, I found it slightly too big, and I wear bras with a 32-inch band. If I do anything that involves jumping up and down, it does begin to slip. This strap will definitely be too big for you if you are any smaller than I am. I suggest one of two things: be crafty enough (or find someone crafty enough) to shorten the band by a couple of inches. This can be done without any damage to the mechanism; or order Polar Soft Strap Set in XS/S.
2. On using the FT80 with a mac: I have had ZERO technical issues. I downloaded the WebSync program and everything has worked perfectly with my mac. I sync up with the polarpersonaltrainer website and everything is wonderful. If there used to be technical issues on this front, they've obviously been resolved.
The watch allows you to perform a fitness test and relaxation test. It also has programs you can choose like improve fitness. I found these only marginally useful as they really want you to stay in heart rate zone 2.
The flowlink was flawless. No problems whatsoever. Easy to synch and then you have a lot of data at your fingertips. Calories, heart rate, graphs, export options.
Technology is moving so fast though now you might decide you want a wrist band that works with a heart rate monitor. Or a strapless one. Although the strap is no problem. I will say though that I find the heart rate monitor function a lot more useful than steps taken or 'sleep data' which I have heard is not really accurate.
I got the white face and it is easy to read BTW. My advice would be spend your money on something with a heart rate. Do not get fancy, essentially pedometers. This is an oldie but goodie from Polar. But you might want to consider newer products. Am I glad I bought this? Mostly yes. But you may want to try not only newer products but the FT60 is currently selling for a very good price, so that is something to consider. I don't really use the strength training programs on this.
Anyways, this is just.., just... whatever.
The training software is supposed to allow you to build and download your workout to the computer (watch). It is an utter joke. There may be 12 exercises pre-programmed. You have to manually add any other exercises through a convoluted setup that is just annoying.
This could be a great product if the manufacturer would put a little more time into development. I have applications for my phone that are easier to use, provide greater detail and definitely more thought out than the Polar software.
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I started with the Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor (Black / Silver) , but switched to this one shortly after because of the weight/strength training functionality. It works really well to tell you when to start your next set of reps based on your heart rate data, which becomes better/more accurate over time.
The chest strap also sends telemetry data directly to your equipment, if it supports that.
My only complaint is the chest strap -- it's not very comfortable, and during a hard workout I feel that I need to pull it up occasionally.
I am satisfied that I have made right purchase from the right platform.
Thanks to the vendor as well as Amazon.