Heart rate monitors can be fantastic tools. Do you ever wonder when you’re working out in a class or riding your bike, if you are within your target heart zone for fitness? Personally, I fell off of my bike once trying to check my pulse, so now I wonder, but I don’t actually try to do anything about it. Even walking requires me to stop to locate my pulse and count for 15 seconds and multiply by 4 which tends to make me question my results so I have to do it again for 10 seconds and multiply by 6 which is even weirder, so I either have to start over and count for 30 seconds times 2, which is easier or give in and just count for 60 seconds. By that time, my heart rate is nowhere near where it was when I actually wanted to see if I was in my target zone. See the problem?
Count my Pulse, Please
My math issues plus my lack of coordination indicate the need for either a partner who can just follow me along on my work out and take my pulse at regular intervals, or a heart rate monitor. I have some good friends, but I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t be too enthusiastic about being my designated pulse counter. It was time to research heart rate monitors. The selection is amazingly overwhelming. Enter Heart Rate Monitor into Google and you get 7,250,000 results. Narrow those to ‘Shopping’ and you still get 37,100 options. Where does an uncoordinated exerciser begin? Well, that’s when I got smart and looked at manufacturers.
Omron has a great reputation for producing healthcare technology. They make weight and body fat monitors, thermometers, pedometers, heart rate monitors and lots of other products that use technology to monitor our health. I figured Omron was a pretty good place to start. That’s when I laid eyes on the Omron HR-100C Heart Rate Monitor for the first time.
I’m not really looking for anything really super technical here. Just something that will allow me to see my heartrate accurately without injuring myself or losing my friends. The Omron HR-100C Heart Rate Monitor is a pretty good answer:
- Easy to program heart monitor (easy = good)
- Comfort watch band (I’m all about comfort)
- High/low heart rate alarm to make sure I’m not working too hard (or slacking off)
- Chest transmitter belt that sends data to receiver (comfy)
- Backlight (all the better to see my awesome results)
- Time (Hey, it IS a watch)
- Daily reminder alarm (In case I forget to work out?)
- Water resistant (not waterproof, so be careful)
At first I was baffled by the fact that the chest transmitter will actually transmit up to 98 feet away to the receiver. Those are some long arms! Then I thought about the fact that some people use personal trainers and it made more sense. At least I think it does… If you can figure this one out, let me know. I’m still not really sure about this one.
Open the Box
As much as I love surprises, I figured it is important to know what to expect in the box of the Omron HR-100C Heart Rate Monitor, so at the risk of ruining the surprise, here it is:
- The HR-100C monitor
- Chest transmitter
- Mounting bracket
- Zippered storage case
What’s the Buzz?
The only way to REALLY know the scoop on a product is to hear what others who use it are saying. Check out these quotes from reviews. By the way, the Omron HR-100C Heart Rate Monitor rates 3.9 out of 5 stars.
Positive reviewers were happy with the chest strap’s compactness and comfort. The ease of setup and use were praised, as well as the zippered storage bag. Battery life seems to be longer than anticipated. The Omron HR-100C monitor has helped several users revamp their workouts to stay within their target heart zones.
Some people just don’t like the Omron HR-100C Heart Rate Monitor. Some complained of inconsistent readings and questionable accuracy. When I hear these kinds of complaints, I wonder whether the users have everything applied correctly…
The Omron HR-100C Heart Rate Monitor is currently available at Amazon.com for a reduced price. It qualifies for free super saver shipping and is currently in stock.