|Chest Strap // HRM calorie burn = 543 // Machine calorie burn = 598|
Do not be afraid of the strap. It's not uncomfortable at all. I mean, if I was going to sleep I wouldn't want to wear it but I'm going to move and sweat. It feels the same as the elastic on the bottom of my sports bras and sits just under it. If I'm wearing a very fitted top and you look real close you might see a small bulge but for the most part it's not very noticeable. I run my fingers under the faucet while im already wearing the strap and then stick them under the strap to wet it. It's not weird or gross like I thought it would be. The unit that measures my heart rate snaps on and off of the chest strap so I can easily wash the strap. The directions tell you to put it in the washer about every 5th wear so I rinse it with soap and water after work outs and let it dry out. The functions on the watch are pretty simple to navigate and the set up was easy. I can pause it mid work out if I need to. The numbers on the watch are big which is helpful for practically blind people like me. I can push a button to scroll between heart rate, calories burned and duration very easily as I work out. It determines your target heart range based on your input and will tell you when you are out of range. There is some beeping that goes on that I haven't totally figured out yet but I think it has to do with that. And you will get the beep of doom if your strap becomes disconnected from your body and stops reading. Trust me, you will know this one when you hear it. It's only happened a few times. Without me having to do a thing if I'm working out on a machine at the gym it syncs and my heart rate show up on the machine like magic. I didn't even know that was a feature. It also wishes you a Happy Birthday with a Birthday cake on your birthday. How sweet is that? And of course I love it that it comes in Pink.
I knew that machines over calculate calories even when you enter your age and weight and now I know exactly how much. The average is about 55 calories over what I'm actually burning based on the Polar. It's nice to have a number that I can rely on to be accurate. I count the calories that go in and I like to count the ones I burn too.