A trusted heart rate monitor system can take you to the next level of training or achieving your fitness goals. The Polar FT7 has the ease of use with the technology needed to calculate an individual point where a training turns from fat burning to an improved fitness level. This water-resistant watch offers a calorie counter, guidance for a variety of exercises, stopwatch, target zones that you set for your individual goals and standard watch features such as time and date that make this a watch you can wear all day to get accurate daily totals. The stylish lightweight design of the monitor make it comfortable to wear, yet not to bulky to use no matter what activity is in your schedule for the day.
Polar started selling heart monitors in 1976 and has continued to evolve with the technology to create top-rated heart monitors that have multiple functions with consistent accuracy. Using the Polar FT7 while on a run, during a spinning class, strength training or a swim you can get the most accurate readings making your training time more effective and your fitness goal more achievable on an individual level.
Easy to use
Compatible with most gym equipment
User can change the batteries
Display size is easy to read without being bulky
Not Bluetooth compatible
No pedometer feature
All of this technology packed into this small watch and monitor that is lightweight, easy to use and accurate not only make this a training must have it will become your motivational support. It stores training files, gives weekly summaries and records up to 99 records all while staying easy to use. The button-free operation feature provides stop free training while still reading the information you need and is safe to use. No balancing one-handed on a bike or in the middle of a strengthening class having to juggle weights to check your active status.
A valuable part of a training regime is an accurate calorie counter for a beginner just getting in shape for longevity of life or to slim downn an accurate calorie counter can be very helpful. The Polar OwnCal is one of the most preferred calorie counters on the market because it uses your own data such as your weight, age, height and gender along with the intensity of your physical activity calculates an accurate calorie burn. Other units and equipment use general data formulas of what an average height and weight person may burn, not leaving you with an accurate individual count. A high recommendation is to update any changes in weight to update your watch to keep the accuracy of your current fitness workouts.
Additional accessories can add to the versatility of the Polar FT7 getting you the most of your investment. Accessories such as a variety of color wrist bands available with a silver buckle closure to keep the unit secure and in place with a twist of style to wear anywhere and with any outfit. The standard chest band that ships is the size M to XXL to fit most users, a smaller chest band is available to assure a secure fit and accurate transmitting for those with a smaller frame. If biking or spinning is your activity there is a universal bike mount that the wrist unit goes on. This keeps the unit in a visual area and is safer for stability and control keeping both hands on the bike. When using the bike mount a tip is to use two fingers when pushing the buttons, one to push the button and the other to counter the force on the unit. Accessories will help make your investment in the Polar FT7 more usable, add variety and in some cases more fun to wear.
The wrist unit should be kept clean by wiping off any moisture after using it during a workout or an extremely warm day. It is safe to wash the unit with water and a mild soap solution under running water just remember not to push any buttons. After use or cleaning do not store in an open breathable material or area. Putting in a non-breathable material like a gym bag with damp clothes will create unwanted moisture in the unit. When under water or wet, it is important not to push the buttons on the wrist unit. The wristbands are made of pol which can be washed with the unit to preserve the band and any moisture buildup on the underside of the band. Keeping the unit out of extreme cold and extreme heat will keep the wrist unit working to your expectations.
The heart monitor unit should be cleaned and stored like your wrist unit to assure continual accuracy but also to help extend the battery life. Moisture and sweat that touch the electrodes and transmitter can keep the unit activated decreasing the life of the battery. Only dry the transmitter with a dry towel as hard handling of may damage the electrodes and store in a dry breathable area. Having the unit in a gym bag near a wet towel or sweaty clothes is not recommended. The batteries you are able to change like the wrist unit which is a great feature versus many other heart monitor units that you actually have to purchase a new transmitter when the battery dies.
Ease of Use
The Polar FT7 has HeartTouch technology that eliminates what sometimes can interfere with your workout by having to stop and push buttons to see a workout status or change a setting. The HeartTouch feature is easy to use in the middle of a workout by moving the watch next to the transmitter to switch to different training information allowing you to continue to workout at the level you are while seeing your target zone or any other feature you would like. This feature not only is useful for hiking, running or outdoor sports that you use your arms for stability or balance but is a great feature for swimmers.
Setting your zone alarm for your heart rate limit gives the Audible alarm feature of the Polar FT7 the ability for continual workout without having to stop to see when you hit the zone limits. This audible feature alerts you when you are in your individual set zone or have exceeded your target limits. This keeps you on track and in a safe functioning level of activity that you set for yourself.
Using a monitor for a little motivation or like a trainer to recommend a training routine to fit your individual needs sets this unit apart from others. The Polar Ft 7 with its button free operation paired with an accurate calorie counter and target zone tracking allow a beginner to get started while a competitor may use the FlowLink features for the training diary, suggested workout plans and the Energy Pointer to monitor the effectiveness of your workout. There are monitor units that are far more expensive however for the large variety of features paired with the trusted brand and ease of use sets the Polar FT7 apart from other heart monitor units. The time invested into training is just as important as the investment into knowing the effectiveness of your workouts, the Polar FT7 is the heart monitor system that can help do that without breaking the bank.