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Old 02-18-07, 05:22 PM   #1
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accuracy of my heart-rate monitor?

how can I tell if my heart rate monitor is accurate? If the equipment at the gym is giving the same reading as my watch, does it mean that it's accurate?

I'm just wondering because I'm 20 years old, and my heart rate usually goes up to the 180s when I'm running. I would think that my 30 minute, speed 6 workouts on the treadmills would be getting easier after a while, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Is such a workout three times a week enough to improve your cardiovascular efficiency? or is it likely that my heartrate monitor is giving me too high of a reading?
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Old 02-18-07, 05:55 PM   #2
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Unless you go to a hospital for testing you'll never know. However, consumer reports did a test a few years ago and found the most accurate was Polar to within 4 beats I believe. (Check out their website)
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Old 02-18-07, 09:08 PM   #3
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how can I tell if my heart rate monitor is accurate? If the equipment at the gym is giving the same reading as my watch, does it mean that it's accurate?

I'm just wondering because I'm 20 years old, and my heart rate usually goes up to the 180s when I'm running. I would think that my 30 minute, speed 6 workouts on the treadmills would be getting easier after a while, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Is such a workout three times a week enough to improve your cardiovascular efficiency? or is it likely that my heartrate monitor is giving me too high of a reading?
Presumably, if you own a watch you can take your pulse and check this yourself. I'd be surprised if you were getting consistenly wrong readings from a HR monitor that weren't obviously wrong.

You should be seeing improvements in cardio efficiency (resting HR is one measure for this), but 30 minutes is a bit on the short side, and 180 BPM is probably too high. The top of the aerobic range is where it's starting to get hard to talk normally, and that's the *top* of the range - you would generally want to be a fair bit below that.

My advice is to work out longer but at a considerably lower intensity.
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Old 02-18-07, 11:29 PM   #4
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As mentioned above, while exercising you can find your pulse by locating your carotid artery in your neck (in the hollow next to your windpipe) and count for 15 second, then multiply times four or 10 secs x 6, etc. Check HR monitor for accuracy.
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