Should You Buy A Heart Rate Monitor With Or Without A Chest Strap?

So I’m sure at this stage you have heard that fitness training the good way is actually by training inside your heartrate zones. If you’d like to increase aerobic, anaerobic, lactate threshold and or VO2max fitness you must train at different heart rates. It is without saying then that you may need a pulse rate watch able to detecting your heartbeat during training. Depending on your style of training you will need a heartbeat watch having a chest strap or one without. How does one make this decision and which are the differences perhaps you may ask, I want to help.

Chest Strap Heart Rate Watch Reviews

Heart rate watches with chest band are capable of uninterruptedly and seamlessly finding your heartrate during exercising. The monitor is made up of chest strap and monitor – without having the chest strap the watch cannot determine pulse rate.

The chest band is engineered by using an electrode fitted inside. Once you put the strap roughly around your chest with the electrode over the breastbone it detects your hearts electrical signal (heart beats) and transmits into the watch.

If you’re a cyclist and wish to train the pulse rate way you might need a monitor that has a chest strap since your hands are never free (you need your hands free for 10 seconds if not more with strapless monitor). If you are a runner, sprinter, weightlifter, swimmer or another athlete where the hands are readily available you have the choice: chest band or strapless.

Strapless Heart Rate Watch Reviews

Heartrate monitors without pectoral band implement a patented technology to sense heart rate with just a watch. The way it works is the sensing technology is constructed into the watch by having a sensor at the back of the watch and sensor on top of the watch. However, they only work if you use the hand not having the watch to touch and hold the sensor on the topside. When you make this happen you’ll be essentially closing the electrical loop allowing the technology within the watch to detect your heartbeats.

How you can make your choice?

The monitor ideal to your needs is within your price range and training method. It truly depends on if you need continuous live monitoring of your heart or if checking you heart rate at different instances will suffice. The strapless watches are generally less expensive than the chest strap ones. The chest strap is occasionally uncomfortable and annoying but obviously offers continuous monitoring.

If you’re planning to buy your first heart rate watch I have found an awesome heart rate monitor reviews and tips website located at www.heartratemonitorreviewstips.com. I suggest you go and have a read before you buy one.


best heart rate monitor December 1, 2011 at 1:33 am

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Linda December 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I recently bought a heart rate monitor with chest strap. It was only $40 from Dick Smith and well worth the money. I think the chest strap is by far the better option. When you are working out intensely the last thing you want to do is stop to have to check your heart rate.
The only negative I have found about the chest straps and watches that go with them, is that they don’t make small enough sizes. I had to sow my chest strap smaller so it doesn’t slip down and the watch is on the smallest hole, but still a bit too loose. Perhaps it would have been useful to make them in different sizes. It’s still an awesome investment though, and I wouldn’t go back now that I have one!

Carla March 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I also prefer strapless because the chest strap interferes with my bra. it’s annoying and the strapless ones are just so much easier. Thanks for the tips.

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