A few weeks back, I posed a question to the fitness bloggers on Twitter. What is your favorite heart rate monitor (HRM) and why? I didn't get a whole lot of response, but a few days later, Omron Fitness contacted me. They were offering to send me their latest and greatest HRM to try out.
The Omron HR-500U is a strapless, continuous heart rate monitor. This means: no annoying chest strap. And unlike most strapless HRMs you may have seen, you're not touching your fingers to it every so often to check your heartrate - it really is continuous. Awesome.
Getting the right fit so the monitor is linking up with your heart rate can be a little tricky at first, but once you've got it, it's very reliable. With my old monitor, I'd often get distracted during a run by the obnoxious beeping that alerted me I no longer had a heart beat... or that my chest strap was no longer properly fitted on me. It makes for a pretty inaccurate portrayal of your workout when your HRM assumes you have no heartbeat. With the 500U, you don't have that headache. At least, I haven't so far. And it's super easy to use. I love the 4 LED lights showing which heart rate zone you're in. Green = good. Red = slow down. Blue = speed up. Okay, there's more to it than just that, but that's what it equates to for me when I'm out on a run. I love that I can keep track of my heartzone even when I'm watching the time, calories burned, or even my pace.
If you're interested in checking out what else Omron has to offer, they just announced a new coupon code. Use FB2013 for 10% off through April 10 at midnight!
Although I was given this product free of charge, each and every word and opinion is true and my own.