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JBUUTY1 SparkPoints: (6,556)
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4/26/12 1:05 P

I did find that Life Fitness recommends Polar HRMs. It's possible that they manufacture them.

PAPAMIKIE SparkPoints: (43,236)
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4/26/12 1:14 A

Yeah most transmit and are recieved by the machine, problem is often the other way they transmit to machine hear by. I remember the first time I noticed this, was at a gym with a lady walking on a tread mill next to me. Her heart rate was way up. then I noticed it was the same as mine as I was running. I got currious so I slowed down a little. Sure enough the heart rate on her machine came down as well, then as I spead up hers went up, etc.

PUFFINTOAD Posts: 148
4/25/12 11:04 P

I think you'd be safe with any HRM. Mine have always worked on the machines. However, I've only had Polar brands.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,411)
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4/25/12 5:44 P

I have a Sportline HRM that the treadmills at my gym read. I'm fairly sure that the transmitters on HRM all broadcast on the same frequency; Now, an interesting experiment would be to see if they work with all receivers... including other brands' watches!

TORIAMAE Posts: 1,080
4/25/12 4:56 P

Yeah...my polar does a good job.

SARAHD33 SparkPoints: (33,403)
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4/25/12 3:04 P

I agree, the calories burned output on the machines is always a big overestimate for me, but it is nice to see HR. And you can use the machines' HR dependent programming with your chest strap. I find that to be great with both elliptical and treadmills.

KATIENIU SparkPoints: (5,014)
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4/25/12 2:59 P

I have a Polar FT60 and it works with the Precor and Life Fitness machines at my gym. It even works with the stairmaster.

Although the heart rate read out on the machine is the same as it is on my watch the calories burned never match. The machines are always way higher then my watch.

SARAHD33 SparkPoints: (33,403)
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4/25/12 2:58 P

My Polar chest strap seems to be pretty universal. Its signal is picked up on all of the machines at my gym. Cool, huh?!?

JBUUTY1 SparkPoints: (6,556)
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4/25/12 2:36 P

I have a chest strap HRM that is read by the cardio machines at the gyms that I've gone to. In other words, I don't need to hold onto the special handles correctly to see my heart rate while running on the treadmill, or doing the elliptical, or biking, etc. I find this terribly convenient, as I try to maintain a heart rate at or above 75% of my maximum HR (Karvonen formula). http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calcul
ator_target.asp

I have a Bowflex Heart Monitor and the current gym that I go to uses LifeFitness equipment. I'd like to get my wife a HRM that will also work with the equipment at the gym. My question for everyone is: Do you have HRMs that also do this? I wonder if I'm limited to one brand of HRM, or can I get my wife another more stylish brand (that she might like better), or one I find on sale of a different brand? What are your experiences?

I have a Weslo stationary bike at home, at the HRM doesn't work the same with it.

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