Polar Heart Rate Monitors

Written by Sierra Rein
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The first Polar heart rate monitor was introduced by Polar Electro (located in Finland) in 1977. At that time, it was designed to provide a wireless EKG device for the Finnish National Cross Country Ski Team. This was one of the first technological examples of what was later to be called "intensity training" tools to help athletes understand how hard their hearts worked as they performed. Polar became on of the leaders in the search for understanding the physiology of the human body as it relates to sports and other forms of physical activity.

Polar heart rate monitors can be used for a number of activities, including professional sports and physical fitness training. They are also very effective when it comes to weight management and the rehabilitation process of one's heart after a stroke or heart attack. Polar has designed some heart rate monitors for specific sports activities, while others are designed to provide all purpose information for a variety of events.

Different Styles of Polar Heart Rate Monitors

There are three different lines of heart rate monitors that Polar offers: the A Series, S Series and M Series. The A series of monitors are designed for beginning to moderate athletes who have just begun to understand how information on their heart rate can help them become better conditioned. These monitors are to be used during everyday workouts and offer easy digital readouts, built-in stopwatches, back light, and one-button operation.

The M series can enhance any fitness program by offering information on an individual wearer's fitness level. It has memory programs that can record and track the athlete's performance rates and progress over a period of time, showing a graphic representation of improvement along the way. Finally, the S series (perhaps the most extensive line of all Polar heart rate monitors) is meant for the serious fitness enthusiast, triathlete, cyclist, professional sports athlete or coach. These monitors have the ability to guide an athlete through a specific grounded workout path and offer up instant feedback while the program is running. It also features a number of cognitive functions, including exercise sets, cycling and recovery functions, and the option to download the process date to a PC for future analysis.


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