Choosing And Using A Heart Rate

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Here are a few things about them that aren’t always in the manuals or glossy brochures…

Chose your heart rate monitor with practicality in mind. Remember, you buy and wear the watch, not the pro athlete endorsing it. The first thing that will go will be the strap so chose a model with the least flashy strap and can be replaced with a normal “sports strap”

When the battery is running out, one or more of the following is likely to happen

1. Operating the light makes the display dim

2. Heart rate stays abnormally high or low for prolonged periods of time. How many of you can hold 217 beats per minute for 5 minutes at the start of your run.

3.The sound is distorted or muffled.

4. There is a delay in pushing the button and the desired operation.

Have the battery replaces by the manufacturer. It may cost a bit more but the cost/usefullness of your monitor is likely to be the highest of all your equipment so it makes sense to look after it.

Don’t press the buttons under water – yes it says that in the manual and yes, they really mean it.

If your watch doubles as a bike computer, make sure you clean the the pins or terminals at the back regularly.

The chest strap

The newer models have user changeable batteries but the older type must be sent back to the manufacturer. Make sure you know what type have and don’t do what you are not supposed to..

We have heard (but not verified) that bringing the watch and chest transmitter into close contact is very effective at flattening the battery of both.

You can wash the transmitter strap in warm soapy water and you should do this often to avoid build up of germs and microbes. Getting a “chest rash” from an unclean strap can take weeks even months to get rid of.


Your heart rate monitor will give you months and years of faithful service if you look after it and take good care of it. You don’t want it to let you down in a race and it definitely will if you don’t take care

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