I love fitness & health trackers. I think they come in handy especially for me right now with my pregnancy. There’s no target heart rate during pregnancy because each person is different but I think it’s important to still monitor it and not let it get too high. My doctor said 140 is a good range.
I have been keeping an eye on my heart rate throughout my workouts. I don’t look at it every second but I am trying to make sure I don’t overdo it with exercise. For someone that’s used to pushing 110% I have to remind myself to keep my exertion at a moderate pace.
When I was asked to review the Beets Blu heart rate monitor strap I was super excited and immediately said yes. I currently have a Fit Bit and Polar Heart Rate Monitor watch/strap but I question their accuracy.
Here’s some information from the Beets Blu website about monitoring your heart rate:
Why do I need to monitor my heart rate?
“Control of your heart rate is very important for your training, as it helps you to achieve your desired results. Depending on the goal of your workout, you can:
- Strengthen your cardiovascular system
- Increase your stamina
- Burn fat
- Avoid your heart beating too fast
This is especially important for those over 50 years of age or for those recuperating.
The results of your training depend on your heart rate zone. This has a lower and upper limit. If your heart rate is in the target zone, you will achieve the expected results from your training.”
- adjustable strap: small to x-large
- lightweight: 16g
- slim: 11mm
- 1 year battery life
- you don’t need an adapter just a compatible smartphone
- no connecting or adjusting you use an app to monitor heart rate
When I first tested out this product I downloaded the free Runtastic app to pair it with. I didn’t really like that app so I deleted it and downloaded the free Runkeeper app. It was super easy to set up and paired quickly with the bluetooth function. I actually really liked that I didn’t have to connect anything else with it. I was able to review my workout at the end and view where my heart rate was at it’s max during my exercise routine.
You need a phone device with this product which for me was simple. The only time I had an issue with the product was when I was teaching my fitness classes. Sometimes I went out of the 25 foot range of my iPhone so it wasn’t picking up my data. For those who keep there phone in their pockets, or strapped onto their arms or waist this product would be perfect.
If you have your phone around during your workout you can easily check your heart rate to see your progress.
(this shows the back of the strap where the sensors read your heart rate)
The strap was comfortable and to be honest I was used to wearing it from my old watch so that didn’t phase me. It’s kind of like wearing a tighter sports bra, for guys maybe it would be a little weird but I think it’s something you get used to
During one of my workouts I wore my Fit Bit along with the Beets Blu strap to see the difference in my heart rate throughout a boot camp workout. I felt that they were both pretty similar but I trusted the Beets blu more because it was strapped to my chest and not my wrist. I find the Fit Bit to have a harder time tracking the heart rate from the wrist.
Overall I really liked the product and would recommend this heart rate monitor to anyone looking to strengthen their cardiovascular fitness!!
The Beets Blue Heart Rate Monitor is available through beetsblu.com for $44.95.
*DISCLAIMER* THE FIT SKOOL IS A PERSONAL BLOG WRITTEN AND EDITED BY MYSELF ONLY, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. MY REVIEWS ARE COMPLETELY BASED ON MY OWN OPINION OF THE PRODUCT REVIEWED. THESE PRODUCTS WERE SUPPLIED TO ME AS GIFTS TO TEST AND REVIEW.