How accurate are heart rate monitors in the gym?

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  1. Jonari

    Jonari Well-Known Member

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    I've started doing cardio prior to my workouts to lower my BF. When I'm done, I usually place my palms on the silver metallic portion of the cardio machines to get a HR reading. Just curious, how accurate those readings where.

    I'm 22 and my HR is coming to be 178 beats/min.

    Looks as if it needs improvement.

    http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4736
     
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    well i consider myself in good shape and I try to keep my heart rate above 160 when doing cardio. I'll sometimes push myself to 200 when I try to finish off strong. I'm guessing they are pretty accurate.
     
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    200 bmp is a bit much bro, i don't think that's necessary
     
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    during low intensity intervals i'm between 130-155, on high intensity intervals i'm normally 160-170's, if i'm hitting 175 i bring down the intensity a bit to make sure i don't go over 180. my cardio workout is 3 intervals, as the intervals progress, each cycle comes with a higher heart rate. ie, starting low interval bpm is 125, the last low intensity interval is around 155.
    personally i don't like to go over 175, and i consider 180 a danger zone. The reason being is if i go to 180 then i feel like shit afterwards and it didn't really feel like a healthy workout. also i should at that i'm 24, age has a lot to do with desired bpm.
     
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    They seem to be pretty accurate most of the time, but once in a while the machines i use will jump to like 215 for no reason for a second.
     
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    not sure if they're accurate, but the ones at my gym are at least consistent :dunno:
     
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    most of the ones at my gym don't work. I've managed to figure out what it takes to get to my target heart rate.

    and that chart doesn't take your weight into account.
     
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    at my gym most of the monitors on the machines work. Of the 10 different machines i've used, 9 of the monitors worked properly, the other one gave wrong readings. If you think its wrong then just take it yourself, find a clock, put your fingers on your neck and count for 15 seconds, then multiply that by 4 and compare that to the number the machine gives.
     
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    Not accurate. Assuming a digital signal, not analog, you're going to have about a 20% varience. Plus, 5% of the population won't be picked up by those contacts.

    Most commercial pieces now have receivers for chest straps. ( Most are only Polar compatable though :o )
     
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    just use the two fingers method...
     
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