Sport Watches/Heart Rate Monitors/Speed & Distance Monitors
We carry a broad selection of men's and women's electronics from Nike, Polar, Garmin, Suunto and Timex.
Why Heart Rate Monitors (Hrm)/Speed Distance Monitor
As a runner, you have probably been programmed to count the miles and live by the stopwatch. This is how runners have trained for years. The more miles the better and the faster the better. But the approach to training has been changing over the past several years.
To understand how an HRM can help your running:
- In order to reach your goals, you need to train at the right intensity.
- Heart rate is the only accurate measurement of your intensity or your exertion level.
- A Heart Rate Monitor is the easiest and most accurate way to continuouslymeasure your heart rate.
If you're not using one, you probably know someone that does. You may have resisted until now, and hopefully that will end here. There are many different thoughts on how to get the most out of your running. The key to success is variety. Endurance workouts, tempo runs and AT intervals are at the heart of an effective program. A heart rate monitor is the one thing that can lead you through each one of those workouts, and give you the valuable feedback that can help you turn weaknesses into strengths, improve your fitness, or lose those last few pounds.
For fitness runners, you will benefit the most by running in a particular zone each day. For weight management, running in the 60-70% zone will help you burn fat and build endurance. Increase your fitness by doing tempo runs in the 70-80% zone. An HRM is not just for competitive runners. It can help any runner or walker!
If you're very new to the concept of an HRM, you might be wondering WHAT'S AN HRM. It consists of a watch worn on your wrist, and a transmitter that you comfortably wear against your skin and around your chest. The transmitter picks up the signals of your heart, and sends them wirelessly to the watch you wear on your wrist. It's that simple. No wires, no taking your pulse and doing a multiplication equation. Just look at your wrist and it's there. AND THE KEY, IT'S DISPLAYED CONTINUOUSLY. The continuous display is what makes it effective. It's there to guide you during your entire run. Just like a coach with a clipboard and a bullhorn. Just as effective, but a little more subtle!
A Speed Distance Monitor can also function as a Heart Rate Monitor. A Speed Distance Monitor captures your mileage, how fast you are going, your time and in some cases the topography of your course. Some versions can even download to a computer so you can track your progress. A nifty gadget that incorporates a variety of styles and functionality. Recently added is the Nike+ Sportband, which with the use of the Nike+ unit captures distance/time/mileage right at your wrist.
Any Fleet Feet Sports team member can help guide you to which tool would be best for you.