"I called to order a GPS watch and heart rate monitor and had a better experience than if I had gone into a store in person!! Rusty took the time to help me choose a watch that would match my needs. I consider Rusty part of my training team now!! Definitely a Customer for life!!" - Erin D., marathon runner a satisfied customer!
Polar Heart Rate Monitor
A Polar heart rate monitor sets all the standards for heart rate based training and they invented the heart rate monitor back in the 1970's. Rusty saw some of the very first prototypes that were
handed out to members of the Norwegian national ski team that attended the University of Utah to cross-country ski back in 1980 at the NCAA championships in Park City, Utah.
HOW TO PICK A POLAR HEART RATE MONITOR
Polar makes three distinct series of heart rate monitor and cycling devices know as the FT Series, The RS Series and the CS Series, so lets explain all three carefully.
FT Series - The FT Series is Polar's basic fitness, cross-training and gym training series. It's features are very well adapted to working out at health clubs or fro cross-training activities outdoors.
This series includes some of the most popular watches that Polar sells and has the greatest popularity with training professionals. The Polar FT4
is a good basic heart rate monitor with heart rate, zone and calories but no download capability. The Polar FT7 is the most
popular of the series and can download to Polar personal trainer software. The Polar FT40 is the "weight loss"
leader and divides calories into total and then from fat. The Polar FT60 adds a fitness test and
Polar Star trainer personal training program. The Polar FT80 is the absolute best strength training watch we have tested.
RS Series - The RS series is for runners, cyclists and triathletes. The lastest watch in this series is the Polar RCX5
and it is the top start-to-finish triathlon solution with heart rate capabilities for the swim, race pace feature and loads of heart rate features with fast sport to sport exchange. The
Polar RS100 is a basic runners watch with timers. The
Polar RS300X adds GPS and foot pod capabilities. The Polar RS400
is a super sophisticated heart rate monitor and the Polar RS800CX is the very top of the line for runners
CS Series - The CS Series is for cyclists and includes bike computers and one cycling watch. The Polar CS100 is a basic cycling computer that provides heart rate, speed and distance. The
Polar CS200cad adds cadence to the mix. The Polar CS300
is a cycling watch and can do cadence but you'll have to add the optional CS series cadence sensor. The Polar CS500
is a top cycling computer using WIND anti-interference technology, altitude, speed, distance and many sophisticated heart rate features. This unit is used by many professional
riders and will work with the new Polar Look/Keo power pedals.
MANY UNIQUE FEATURES
A heart rate monitor from Polar offers many unique features. Perhaps one of the biggest features is the fact that they are more integrated with more gym equipment manufacturers than any other single heart rate
monitor on the market today. Polar also offers HeartTouch which allows you to change screens hands-free by moving the wrist unit close to the chest strap so you can see time and date.
Polar's ZoneOptimizer is one of our favorite features of all. What this feature allows you to do is adjust personal zones for every training session based on your current physiological condition. This feature
gives you the right heart rate zones depending on your physiological state at that exact moment, making sure that the you are always training at the right intensity.
Polar Race Pace on the Polar RCX5 is also a top feature that allows you to set a distance and a time and then paces you in real-time throughout.
POLAR SUPPORT, RESOURCE TOOLS and WARRANTY
Polar offers customers excellent support on heart rate monitors with a live toll-free tech line at 800-227-1314. They also offer Live Chat Monday through Friday with tech staff. The company also has
excellent training videos on many of their products and the Heart Rate Watch Company has live links to those videos from every Polar product page.
GET SOME REAL EXPERT ADVICE
At the Heart Rate Watch Company we use and exhaustively test Polar watches with our testing staff of world-class athletes including John Yarrington, Shawn Marshall Pryde, the Team Rockford cycling
team and others. Our testers post comments at the Heart Rate Watch Company blog, which is a great resource tool for our customers. Rusty also wrote a free 21 page book called "How To Successfully Use A
Heart Rate Monitor", which you can download from the banners on the homepage of the website.
If you would like to talk to a real expert then simply give us a call at 866-586-7129. We think you will truly appreciate what a difference it makes to talk to a real expert.