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Love the ability to track my workouts more accurately
on January 15, 2014
I'm admittedly a new user, having purchased the Polar FT7 a couple of weeks ago. So far I love it. The biggest benefit I've realized is when I'm doing strength training. Before now I didn't have data on my heart rate, calories burned, or even the specific amount of time I spent lifting. Now I have all of that information, and it's improved my ability to track my entire workout routine. This is great on the cardio side as well. I find that the calorie data in particular tends to differ slightly from what's provided by the machines at the gym. The count comes up lower, but I want an honest accounting of my workout. As an added benefit, the heart rate data automatically syncs up with the machines I use at my gym.
The one downside so far is that the display itself is pretty dim when you don't use the back light. Perhaps this is something you can change in the settings, and I haven't located how to do it. It doesn't affect me at the gym, so it's not a major issue by any stretch.
I can't speak for the serious runners and marathon types, but as someone who does cardio and lift weights at the gym throughout the week, this heart rate monitor has enhanced my experience and provided data that I can use to improve what I'm doing.