Cross-Country Skiing Was The First Testing Grounds For Heart Rate Monitors, Now The
Sport Has GPS Watch Technology
Back in the late 1970's Polar handed out the very first heart rate monitors to member of the Norwegian National cross-country ski team and the
world of athletic measurement has never been the same since. I saw some of the original Polar's on Norwegian members of the University of Utah ski
team when I competed in the NCAA Championships in the early 1980's. Of course, they have become much more sophisticated today.
Today's cross-country skiers can measure heart rate, speed, distance, and get calories burned with modern GPS watch technology from Suunto,
Garmin or Polar heart rate monitors. GPS technology allows you to correlate your pace with your heart rate helping to further define the appropriate pace
that keeps you just under your anaerobic threshold.
You can also download and track all of your heart rate, distance and speed data to analyze your incremental fitness improvements throughout the season.
Cross-country skiing is one of the toughest sports going because it test both upper and lower body strength to the limit with aerobic capacity being
an absolute key ingredient. Whether you classic ski in parallel tracks or skate ski, there is a GPS watch, as well as heart rate monitors that should
fit your needs perfectly.
Our favorite cross-country skiing watches include the Suunto t3d, Garmin 310XT, Garmin Forerunner 110, Polar RS800CX
with G3 GPS, and the new Timex Global Trainer. Each GPS watch in this group will deliver great heart rate data, calories, speed, distance and
allow you to download your data to a computer for subsequent analysis.
The Garmin 310XT, Garmin Forerunner 110 and the Timex Global Trainer have the GPS built right into the watch itself so there
are no external sensors. With the Suunto t3d and the Polar RS800CX there is an external GPS sensor that goes on the upper arm that
collect GPS signal.
All of these watches will allow you to set up specific heart rate zones for base building, interval training and offer multiple zones that are
user customized. With good data and feedback on many variables you can customize your training by using your own biometric feedback as a gauge.
Cross-country skiing is tough, but getting better just got easier with GPS watches technology.
If you would like help choosing the heart rate monitors or GPS watch that is right for you just call us at the Heart Rate Watch Company
toll-free at 866-586-7129.