Heart Monitor Watch Review – Polar FT4 to Hit the Market by Storm!
Are you ready for the next best heart monitor watch to be released by Polar? As an industry leader, everyone has their eye open for the new release of the Polar FT4 heart monitor watch. It will be hitting store shelves and Internet sites sometime in the near future along with the higher priced model, the FT7. Yet, you don't have to wait to get the scoop on what the new FT4 will offer.
Most heart rate monitor watches are most impressive for their actual feedback on your training sessions, but there are some nice features to the actual Polar FT4 watch, whether you are training or not. It does display the date and time like all Polar watches, but you can set it up for your specific time zone.
The watch also has a built-in timer and alarm, complete with snooze function. The battery for the watch and chest strap can also be changed by the user and a convenient low battery warning indicates when it is time to do that.
Finally, the Polar FT4 heart monitor watch is waterproof and can be set to a display in a variety of different languages. It is back-lit so it is easy to read even in dim lighting or when working out at night.
Short Term Feedback
The Polar FT4 is a great watch for those just starting a fitness program because it shows a targeted heart rate zone based upon the users age and monitors each workout according to how much time they spend in that zone. This will be a big help to those who are uncertain what their target heart rate zone should be, but there is still a manual setting for heart rate zone for more seasoned athletes.
Heart rate can be displayed in beats per minute or as percentage of maximum heart rate.
This heart monitor watch will also come equipped with the Polar OwnCal program, which tracks the user's calorie burn during each workout. The user can even program in calorie expenditure goals and the Polar FT4 will monitor their progress toward their goal. This is another feature that should entice the beginners, but keep the seasoned athletes on track as well.
Long Term Feedback
This is where a more seasoned athlete may be intrigued with the Polar FT4 heart monitor watch. Besides tracking simple heart rate and calories during a workout, it has the space to store reports for up to 12 previous workouts at a time. This allows the user to compare over time and track their progress.
Each workout report will record the following information:
* Maximum heart rate
* Average heart rate
* Calories Burned
* Total exercise time
* Time in target heart rate zone
* Target heart rate zone setting for that workout
While many of the Polar FT4 features do seem to be geared toward someone just starting out with a fitness program or who may want some very basic feedback and tracking on their goals, there are some features which may entice a more experienced athlete as well.
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