Cycling

What’s in a Fitbit Flex?

The Fitbit Flex activity monitor

Find out what makes the Fitbit Flex a great activity monitor.

Are you in the market for a new activity monitor? No worries – HRMUSA has you covered with the Fitbit Flex. Want to know what’s in it? We have all the details about what makes this awesome activity monitor one of our best sellers!

What’s in the Fitbit Flex Box?

  • Flex Tracker
  • Large and Small Bands
  • Charging Cable
  • Wireless Sync Dongle
  • Free Fitbit Account

What kind of things does the Fitbit Flex do?

Tracks your goals – With the LED lights on the front of the monitor, it will show you by 20% increments how much you’ve completed your daily activity goals.

Wireless Sync – Not only does it help you track your goals, but it makes sure that all the data is synced across all platforms using Bluetooth® technology. It gives you real-time data and metrics through your Fitbit dashboard – which can be accessed on more Smartphones and other devices.

Awards you badges – Need help being motivated? On your Fitbit Dashboard, you can find certain badges that help you track the achievements you’ve made in fitness. It shows you just how awesome you are every single day!

Want to learn more about the Fitbit Flex activity monitor? Visit us today at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com!

Gearing Up for Spring Cycling

Spring is quickly closing in and many bicycle enthusiasts are rejoicing and beginning to say sayonara to the boring old indoor stationary bike and are ready to hit the trails. If you’re an avid bicyclist, the gratifying feeling of being able to ride outdoors again is unlike any other feeling in the world. If you spent time indoors at the gym peddling away on a stationary bike, you’re probably ready to grab your bicycle and hit the road in a flash. However, before you take your bicycle out for the first time, it’s important to check a few things to ensure safety and a satisfying ride. Below are a few things to look out for:

  • Check your Air: Tires naturally deflate over time, so it’s extremely important to thouroughly check the tires and air pressure before heading out on a ride. It’s also important to make sure the tubes are still sturdy with no rot.
  • Check your Brakes:  Having functional brakes is extremely crucial to your safety. Be sure to adjust or change brakes depending on their existing status.
  • Check your Chain and Cranks: Make sure your gears and chain are in working order! Make sure all moving parts are moving freely and no rust is present!

It’s also important to check other components of your bicycle. If you depend on a cycling computer for your ride, be sure the batteries are changed and working. If your cycling computer is in poor condition or not in working order, consider purchasing a new one. The Cateye CC-RD200 Strada Cadence Cycling Computer is an exceptional cycling computer that will last you all season long, and then some!

 

Available for Pre-Order Now: The Garmin Edge 510 Cycling Computer

Garmin Edge 510 Cycling ComputerThe Garmin Edge 510 isn’t fooling around – and neither are we. That’s right – we’ve got this.

We have this hot new item from Garmin’s cycling computer collection now available for pre-order and it’s set to ship on 2/4/2013. Now is the time to add it to your training routine. Now is the time to order. But are you ready for the way it’s going to take your cycling to a whole new level?

The Garmin Edge 510 is designed for competitive cycles who want the most accurate data possible for their rides. This sleek machine offers connected features that allow for data transmission to your smartphone, whether you’re live tracking, looking up the weather, or sharing your performance through social media. The Edge 510 keeps you connected at every minute, every mile.

For training, racing, and touring, the Garmin Edge 510 offers more than your average cycling computer. Check out the details of your ride on a map on Garmin Connect, or use GPS and GLONASS Satellites to lock in your signal – even in tough terrains like canyons. Go anywhere, track every moment, and stay on top of your training plan with the new Garmin Edge 510.

Get the scoop on this hot new item, a list of the features, and preorder the Edge 510 here.

The Garmin Edge 810 is Here – Are You Ready?

Garmin Edge 810Cyclists rejoice! Garmin has finally unveiled the new Edge 810 GPS enabled cycle computer.

The Garmin 810 may look identical to the Edge 800, but once you take a closer look, you’ll  find a new user interface which is sure to satisfy any cyclist. The touch screen Garmin 810 is a cyclist’s dream, with advanced navigation and training capabilities. The Garmin 810 allows you to track your progress through your smart phone while also offering amazing social media sharing and weather options.

The Garmin Edge 810 also allows the user to predefine up to ten bikes and give subcategories with their own customizable data screen. Choose between road-training, cross-race, trail-ride and whatever other cycling goals you want to set. The Garmin 810 virtually allows you to track every detail of your ride. Accurately record your distance, speed, ascent/descent, grade and more. The Garmin 810’s live tracking feature allows your friends and family to follow your progress during races and training in real time.

Even better, the Garmin 810 easily transfer data wirelessly, so you can easily analyze and share every detail of your ride. The Garmin 810 offers navigation that will always help you stay on track. The Garmin 810 is rugged, waterproof and has an impressive 17 hour battery life. Unlike those pesky touch screen cell phones, the Garmin 810’s touch screen is simple to operate, even with a wet or gloved hand. The Garmin 810 is truly an amazing cycling computer that any rider can appreciate. Trust us, it doesn’t get much better than this…unless you’re talking about the Garmin Edge 510, which is set to hit in February ;)

Triathlon Training Tips to Keep You Moving Toward Your Goal

Preparations for any athletic event require attention to detail and an understanding of training effects. Triathlons are among the most rigorous of all events, and there are several triathlon training tips to keep in mind for top performance:

  • Performance gains should be predictable and slow. Pushing yourself to run, cycle or swim more than about 10 percent longer or farther each week will have negative consequences.
  • Athletes in training must listen to and respect their bodies. If you feel run-down one day or more fatigued than usual, it is a message from the body to slow down and allow recuperation.
  • The right apparel makes a huge difference in performance. Heart rate monitors with GPS capability allow you to track progress and even get a strong feel for the triathlon route before the event.
  •  Going a little further than the event course requires will help you build confidence. Psychological preparation for long-distance events is just as important as physical preparation.
  •  The last two weeks before an event are best spent on maintenance and optimizing energy storage through diet. Further performance gains are not possible with this short time period.
  • Seek out more triathlon training tips from experienced trainers and professional athletes.

These are just a few tips for training for a triathlon. Share your best tips with us in the comments!

What have you done to train for a triathlon?

The Benefits Of Wearing Compression Clothing

compression clothingWhenever you spot runners or cyclists, many of them are sporting tight, form fitting garments. This type of apparel is called compression clothing, and it is worn by the finest athletes everywhere. While they may look basic, compression clothing is highly recommended within the fitness industry and offers several benefits to athletes.

Compression garments consist of tights, shorts, arm sleeves, calf guards or leg sleeves. Made from a spandex or power-weight flex material, compression garments can serve multiple purposes and are preferred by most avid athletes. They are geared to offer superb power, flexibility, and a 360 degree stretch. Even though cycling, field hockey, and running are different types of sports, these athletes share the same benefits from wearing compression clothing.

The main benefits of compression clothing are that they reduce the risk of sports injuries. They keep the muscles warm to prevent strain and fatigue, and they also keep sweat off your body to prevent chafing and rashes. Research has shown that compression garments help athletes recover faster, too. They can help reduce muscle soreness, minimize the duration for muscles trying to repair themselves, and reduce swelling.

Compression garments have also been shown to increase athletic performance, enabling athletes to increase the duration or intensity of their workouts. The elasticity of the garments enables easier movement of the body, resulting in easier hip movement to obtain more strides.

Whatever fitness activities, sports, or fitness training you are involved in, compression clothing can help you to perform at your peak. Heart Rate Monitors USA offers a variety of compression garments to suit your own needs. Be sure to choose a size that will firmly fit your body without cutting in to the body. Once you begin wearing compression clothes, you should start feeling the difference immediately!

Take Your Training to the Next Level with Polar Cycling Computers & Accessories

Polar Cycling ComputersSerious cyclists are constantly on the lookout for new products and technology that will significantly improve the effectiveness of their training efforts. It should come as no wonder, then, that when it comes to high-tech heart rate monitors, few others rival Polar cycling computers. With some of the company’s products starting at less than $100.00 purchase price, not only are they popular, they’re actually affordable on just about any budget.

With a vast array of products, each designed with a specific cycling enthusiast in mind, Polar cycling computers also extend well into the upper end of the price spectrum and can prove vital for cross-training activities. Right now, one of the hottest items is the RCX5 Tour de France (TDF) Training Computer. This cycling computer provides a number of different performance options and upgrades, including the Premium package. There are also various training programs included in the package that will increase the output in every workout.

Prices are incredibly competitive, and access is offered to a host of other accessories and replacement parts for a lifetime cycling satisfaction.

There’s no need to wonder about the effectiveness of your last workout. With Polar cycling computer systems, you’ll know without a doubt.

Swimming: A Perfect Cross-Training Activity for Cyclists and Runners

Swimming is one of the best methods of cross-training because it allows athletes to take a break without compromising their workout schedule. Running and cycling every day is not recommended because it is hard on your joints and your body needs about 2-3 days of rest each week. Thus, swimming allows you to utilize different muscles and gives your joints a break while still keeping up with endurance or speed work. All in all, it’s a favorite method of cross-training for many types of athletes.

Facts about swimming/water exercises:

  • Water cushions stiff joints, allowing for freer movement.
  • It also cushions joints that are injured by the impact of land exercises, making it ideal for rehabilitation.
  • When immersed to the waist your body only bears 50% of its total weight.
  • When immersed to the chest your body only bears 25%-35% of its total weight.
  • When immersed to the neck your body only bears %10 of its total body weight.
  • Water exercises can also relieve pain or stiffness by allowing freer movement without all of the weight bearing.
  • Water provides 12 times the resistance than air which helps build strength and endurance.
  • Swimming is a great cardiovascular workout, making it a great cross-training choice for runners and cyclists.

Here are two swimming workouts to try:

Running in Water
To run in the water, use belts that are specifically designed to keep you in a vertical position while in the water (the belts also offer buoyancy which allows you to run in motion while in the pool). Try to imitate your normal running form. Keep your fists closed. Allow your legs to move forward. Take short and fast strides. You can also switch to high knees and march in place.

To figure out how long to do this exercise for base it upon your land workouts; for example:

1. If you normally run an interval of 10 x 400, take that time and multiply it by 10.
2. 10 x 1:45 is the effort that should be used in the pool.

Swim Laps
Alternate between freestyle, breaststrokes, and backstrokes to help reduce muscle fatigue. Start off by doing about 10 laps back and forth in the pool.With each lap, see if you can improve your time (if you’re going for speed). For endurance, increase the number of laps. Remember to start out with a number of laps and a speed that is comfortable to you and work up gradually to avoid injury.

How do you use swimming as a cross-training activity?

Preorder the Garmin Edge 200!

It’s big news for cyclists. This month, Garmin will release a new product that we’re really excited about: The Garmin Edge 200. The Garmin Edge 200 is designed to bring new life to every workout, every ride. Check out the awesome specs on this upcoming addition to our selection.

Garmin Edge 200

Garmin Edge 200

The Garmin Edge 200

Packed with features and no setup required, the Garmin Edge 200 is an ideal cycling computer for any athlete. This GPS-enabled bike computer tracks distance, time, speed, and the path you traveled, plus it lets you upload your trips to Garmin Connect so you can analyze, share, and view your rides in more detail. Use the courses feature to challenge your times or map everywhere you’ve traveled by using it as an everyday or touring computer. You can even download rides from other Garmin Connect users for virtual competition! And did we mention that it has an easy to read display, auto time zone, and sleek, lightweight design? Oh, yeah. This is a bike computer that can keep up with your cycle life.

You can preorder this hot new item from Garmin today on HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com. The Garmin Edge 200 is set to be released this month (estimated shipping date is September 30) and we can’t wait for it to arrive in our warehouse. Preorder yours today so that you’re not left in the dust when this amazing new cycling computer makes its debut.

Get Yours Now: The Polar RCX5 and the Polar CS500 Le Tour de France Cycling Computer!

In the past few months, we’ve been posting about the Polar RCX5 and the Polar CS500 Le Tour de France Cycling Computer. We’re now proud to announce that we have both of these products now in stock!

Polar RCX5

Polar RCX5

The Polar RCX5 is ready to help you take the next step towards smarter training. Available in running, cycling, and multi-sport packages, the Polar RCX5 comes with everything you need to get the most accurate training data possible. At Heart Rate Monitors USA, you can grab these hot new releases from Polar in training bundles to suit your sport:

Polar CS500 Le Tour de France

Polar CS500 Le Tour de France

Looking for the perfect cycling companion? The Polar CS500 Le Tour de France Cycling Computer is a hot new addition to our selection that we’re really excited about. Featuring an oversize display, easy rocker switch, dual lock bike mount, and an expanded memory capacity, this cycling computer from Polar is sure to impress – and that’s not even counting the features.

The Polar CS500 Le Tour de France comes with W.I.N.D. technology for smarter tracking, plus support for Polar Personal Trainer so that you can upload, analyze, and share your workouts online. It come packed with features and offers comprehensive training support for any cyclist.

Get these new releases from Polar today at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com!