Cycling

Polar Loop

The Polar Loop is the very first activity tracker on the market that not only counts steps, but also has the ability to connect to Polar Heart Rate Monitors, such as the Polar H7 Heart Rate SensorPolar Loop, allowing you to track steps, calories, sleep and other activities. This removes having to guess how many calories have been burned during your workout.

Opening your package, you may notice minor alterations may be required. With the maximum circumference of the band being 9.3 inches, you may have to cut it to your size. Please carefully follow sizing instructions. The minimum circumference will be 5.7 inches. Once properly sized, no additional adjustments are required. The Loop can be paired with the iPhone via Smart Bluetooth and have access to the companion app’s dashboard. If you’re an Android user, you must remove the device and sync it with a computer using the supplied USB cable. Polar says that an Android app is due out soon. The software, called Polar FlowSync (flow.polar.com) is designed to allow you to sync your activities to the web, as well as update the firmware on the unit.

If you’re heavily into exercising then adding on the H7 Heart Rate Transmitter is great for you. This allows you to your heart into the target zone and keep it there. A good thing to point out is that “the Bluetooth Smart doesn’t allow multiple devices to connect to the HR strap at once.  This means that if you have a phone app that’s otherwise using the strap you’ll need to disconnect that app from using the strap.  The inverse is true as well if you want to use it with your phone, you’ll need to disconnect it from the Loop.” The Loop doesn’t require a given starting point or ending point.  It just knows you’re wearing a strap and records the data from it, a feature setting not seen in many other activity monitors. Now when you’re cycling or running you can get the actual calorie information from the HR Data.

We have not forgot about the swimmers either. Most activity trackers are barely even rain proof, let alone the lame IPX7 standard (which is 1 meter for 30 minutes), but the Loop is waterproofed up to 20 meters (60feet). Polar Loop has a capacitive touch button that reacts to water as well as to a human touch. The soft strap, included with the H7 Transmitter, is not machine washable. The Polar H7 transfers heart rate information while swimming with products which support 5kHz transmission.

So, what are you waiting for? Order your Polar Loop Activity Monitor and H7 Heart Rate Transmitter NOW!

The Importance of H20

Did you know that water makes up more than 50 percent of your body weight? It is one of the main components your body relies on to survive. Proper hydration allows the heart to easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. It also allows the muscles to remove waste so that they can function normally. “If you’re well hydrated, your heart doesn’t haThe Importance of H20ve to work as hard,” said John Batson, M.D, a sports medicine physician with Lowcountry Spine & Sport, and an American Heart Association volunteer. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to properly function.

Water comes packed with health benefits as well. Proper hydration is, by far, one of the best solutions to decreasing wrinkles. H2O also promotes stronger teeth, while the additional fluoride now added to most treatment facilities promotes extra bone density to the bones and teeth.

Because synovial fluid contains water, it is also crucial to the joints, keeping them properly hydrated.

Due to the amount of sweat lost while exercising, it’s essential that everyone, athlete or individuals should keep hydrated to help ward off the possibility of “cramping”.

Drink more to promote a healthier mind as well. The human brain is composed of 95% water, blood is 85% water, and lungs are nearly 90% water.

It is generally recommended that most people drink 6-8 8 ounce glasses of water daily. Carrying something like the Camelbak 1L Chute BPA Free Water Bottle with you as you go about your exercise regimen will help you stay hydrated. Even the elderly may have to consume more water than average. They may have a medical condition requiring more water intake.

Fruit and vegetable juices, milk, and herbal teas can contribute to the amount of water needed daily as well. Sports drinks are helpful for those exercising due to the carbohydrates that can prevent low blood sugar, but water is more than enough to keep you hydrated.

Compete, Connect and Navigate with the Garmin Edge 1000

Do you dream of strapping on your helmet, mounting your bike and setting off for wide open spaces? Do you thrive on competition and pushing yourself to the limit? If you dream of racing the pros or want to see how you stack up against other riders on a climb in real-time, meet the Garmin Edge 1000 Cycling Computer.

This advanced GPS bike computer lets you connect, compare and compete through dynamic in-ride challenges and connected features. Turn every ride into a race by competing on Garmin Connect segments and seeing real-time results on your Edge, including alerts for segment start and finish and leaderboard rankings. The segments feature keeps you motivated and helps you push for continual improvement.

Stay Connected: Keep a pulse on the outside world with Edge 1000’s incoming calls and text message alerts, and LiveTrack, which allows friends and family to follow races and training activities in real time. Instantly share a ride on social media and Garmin Connect, or download software updates with Edge 1000’s Bluetooth Smart wireless and Wi-Fi capabilities that allow easy upload and download.

Navigate the Roads: The Edge 1000 comes with preloaded maps and points of interest, including parks and trails, to help you find your way. Working like a GPS navigator for a car with bike-specific features, Edge 1000 provides courses and can guide you back to start or calculate the most direct route and provide turn-by-turn directions to get you where you need to be.

Exceptional Display: Adopted from the renowned Edge 810 and 510, Edge 1000’s display is fully customizable with performance monitoring, advanced workout/training compatibility, and activity profiles, saving data and routing preferences to allow easy transition between different types of riding, such as road, mountain or touring.

Compete, connect and navigate your rides with the Garmin Edge 1000 Cycling Computer from HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com.

HRMUSA Exclusive – What’s so great about the Polar V800?

Competing in your first triathlon ever? Chances are that you’re training for this huge athletic event pretty rigorously,

Find out how the Polar V800 watch can help optimize your triathlon training.

and it being your first one – you’re wondering if you’re doing it right. You’ve read all the running blogs on how to train, but you’re still unsure of if you’re doing enough. We have a secret for you, Triathlon Newbie, and it comes in the form of a watch – the Polar V800 Triathlon watch to be exact. Take a look at why we think this cutting-edge device can help you train above and beyond!

Polar V800 Watch features:

  • It shows you where your heart rate falls within five different zones, from very light to very hard
  • It’s able to measure your heart rate in water
  • It will show you just how hard you have to work to achieve your triathlon goals, while also showing you the proper amount of time your body needs to recover
  • It also comes with immediate feedback on your work out, as well as the maximum oxygen uptake of your body, which is essential in training for a triathlon
  • The orthostatic test shows you just how much your workouts are improving your performance towards your goals, as well as helping you optimize your future workouts to reach them.
  • It shows weekly summaries, distance speed, and race pace
  • It has GPS features that allow for route guidance
  • It also has barometer features that measure things like altitude, scent, descent, temperature, and inclinometer

Want to see what else the Polar V800 has to offer you in training for your first ever triathlon? Visit us today at HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com!

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!