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How heart rate monitor works and what's best for you

Choose between optical heart rate or chest strap


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Currently all GPS watches (and I would say almost 100% of activity wristbands) incorporate an optical heart rate monitor. But many of you have suspicions on how they work and their reliability; some are true but some are totally unfounded.

The leading manufacturers equip their watches with optical heart rate monitors, sensors that with every new model the brand cares to improve. Those same manufacturers also design and sell chest straps. It's not that they keep selling the old monitors they already offered before OHR became popular, it's that they are making and releasing new versions of those same sensors.

These chest straps can be very reliable during training, but it is not possible to wear them 24/7. Keeping a daily record of our heart rate and knowing our rest heart rate is a key factor in determining the health level not only of those who are athletes, but also of those who aren't.

Monitoring heart rate changes throughout the day can provide valuable information that will help you lead a healthier life and recognize when it's a good time to train and at what intensity.

Optical heart rate monitors and chest straps are the two most common measurement types used in devices today. However, there are differences in the way they are designed and in how they work, and you need to know them to know which one to use depending on what training you are going to do.

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Chest straps

Chest straps have been the most common way to measure heart rate for a long time. However, they have not been without problems.

The common critics they have received has been regarding their comfort. The cheaper models were often made of thick and rigid rubber on which the electrodes were placed. That rubber strap could cause rubbing and burning when running. The more expensive models were somewhat more comfortable, being an elastic textile band with more comfortable electrodes. But despite their better design they could also produce abrasions and burns with use.

The way heart rate chest straps work has nothing to do with their optical homonyms (which we usually carry on the wrist because they are integrated into the watch). The measurement is carried out through a technique called electrocardiography. Basically it's a constant electrocardiogram.

It's a direct method of measurement of what happens in the heart, as it amplifies its electrical impulses. The electrodes (which are those gummy touch areas that you find on your chest strap) are responsible for recording those electrical impulses.

Garmin HRM Swim - Garmin HRM Tri


The electrodes must be moistened in order to capture the electrical signal. When we are practicing sports and sweating, we don't need to do anything special to capture the data correctly; but it is for the same reason that it is advisable to wet them when we are going to start training, or we may have problems on cold and dry days.

Por tanto, los electrodos captan las señales eléctricas, ¿pero cómo llegan hasta nuestro dispositivo? A través del transmisor, que es esa «pastilla» que colocamos en la banda.

Apple Watch Series 5 - External Sensor

Inside that pill are the electronic components that transmit the signal to the watch, bike computer or mobile phone (usually via ANT+ or Bluetooth). But also the chip that processes the signal it receives from the electrodes and turns it into information that we can understand.

The transmitter simply emits a heart rate figure after analyzing and processing the data it has received from the electrodes. It does this at a rate of 60Hz (that is, once every second).

Powering all this we also find a battery, usually a 2016 or 2032, with a duration of about 8-12 months.

Getting good results from this type of monitors is very simple because there are really not many aspects were we can go wrong. But don't doubt that there might be issues. These are the most common ones:

  • The electrodes are dry. If this happens because you are not sweating the electrical conductivity will not be good, so no heart rate recording is done. You can moisten the electrode zone with water or just spit on it.
  • Sensor battery is low. Obviously this can affect data transmission due to lack of emission power. Depending on the monitor and its communication, it will usually notify the connected device that the battery is low, no matter if it's connected by ANT+ or Bluetooth.
  • Wear down electrodes. Yes, they can also be spoiled and are not eternal. The rubber cracked, or you bent the strap too much damaging the internal wiring.
  • Transmission failure because the transmitter broke. Just as the electrodes may get damaged, the transmitter can also do it. It still is a board with electronic components that, like any other electronic board, is subject to breakdowns. Beyond falls or temperature changes, what can usually cause the transmitter to die is a bad seal (from the factory or when changing the battery) that lets sweat inside. That'll kill it almost instantly.
  • Interferences. It is no longer common because now communication is digital, but when most of the sensors were analog the simple fact of passing near high-voltage wiring or any signal transmission equipment (telephone antennas, etc.) could disrupt operation.

Bottomline, if you keep the strap electrodes moist and worry about changing the battery every 6-8 months, you'll be doing everything in your power to get good heart rate monitor performance.

Optical heart rate monitor

Currently the optical heart rate monitor is the one we see in 99% of GPS watches or any other wearable. But before we go into specifics let's go to the technical aspects of this matter.

Un pulsómetro óptico, ya sea un pulsómetro de reloj o externo, utiliza la «fotopletismografía» (o PPG) para obtener datos de frecuencia cardíaca. Simplificándolo mucho y en lenguaje que cualquier ser humano sea capaz de comprender, la medición óptica del pulso utiliza la luz para medir cambios en los tejidos donde se coloca el sensor. Esos cambios se producen cuando la sangre circula en el cuerpo.

Depending on the number of beats the volume of blood in circulation increases. Everything will depend on how much light is absorbed or how much is reflected. Blood reflects less light, so when there is greater volume of blood in circulation, less light will be returned to the sensor.

That's why optical monitors are built surrounded by LEDs, usually green.

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music - Optical Sensor

Then there are more complex designs such as the Polar Precision Prime heart rate monitor, which features four optical sensors and four electrodes that confirm that the watch has good skin contact, as well as using more colored LEDs to vary the wavelength.

Ignite Polar - Polar Precision Prime

Different manufacturers have been working the sensors in different ways. Another special case is Apple, which uses green lighting for workouts but has an infrared sensor to record heart rate throughout the day.

Apple Watch Series 5 - Optical Pulse Sensor

It's also possible to estimate oxygen saturation in the blood, but that is a completely different topic that may be interesting for another day.

COROS APEX Pro - Sensor

This technique (photoplethysmography), although we have begun to see it in watches recently, is not new at all. Indeed, on more than one occasion, when you went to the doctor, they put a fingertip pulse monitor to measure your heart rate. The technique used is exactly the same.

Then why hadn't it been adapted to the sport yet? Because until recently this technology worked correctly while at rest and static, but as soon as movements were introduced, the accuracy dropped tremendously.

To alleviate this issue, the devices now use accelerometers to measure the type of movement and intensity as well as other elements (for example, in the case of Polar, electrodes to ensure contact with the skin). Accelerometers identify the movements we perform in space to try to discern whether volume changes occur by your heart pumping blood or caused by movements of your arms.

This is what has changed recently. Now all such data can be processed by the device to estimate your heart rate.

Verás que he recalcado la palabra «estimar». Es lo que quiero que te quede claro, a diferencia del sensor en el pecho no se está haciendo una medición directa, sino que una serie de algoritmos tratan de eliminar «el ruido» y centrarse en lo que de verdad tiene que medir: la frecuencia cardíaca.

Para entenderlo se puede decir que el sensor en el pecho mide la frecuencia cardíaca «en directo»; mientras que el pulsómetro óptico lo hace «en diferido», porque es necesario trabajar todos esos datos para llegar a un registro final.

This is where we find the first issue, since it is necessary to process a quantity of data that is being recorded constantly it is necessary that the device has sufficient processing power to do so and not delay the response of the data. This is why we usually see that optical heart rate monitors take longer to identify changes in intensity during our workouts, for example running intervals.

Comparison of optical sensors Suunto 7

Por ese mismo motivo es por el que no suelen presentar problemas a la hora de registrar deportes a intensidad constante, porque lo que está ocurriendo «en este momento» es lo mismo que estaba ocurriendo «hace cinco segundos».

Measurement also depends on which part of the body the sensor is placed. No matter where the device is located, the PPG process is exactly the same. What changes is the movements that occur and also that some areas are better than others for measuring.

Polar conducted a study among the different sensors they have on sale. Considering the Polar H10 chest monitor as their golden standard, the Polar OH1+ optical heart rate monitor could have an error of less than 1% in all activities. On the other hand, the sensor we find on watches ranged from 1% error at rest to up to 13% practicing floorball.

Tips on how to use your optical heart rate monitor

Historically, optical heart rate monitors have had bad press. Those bad opinions have not been without motive, but technology continues to advance and improve. The improvement is slow and progressive, but it's there.

One of the reasons we see improvement is because of the increased data processing capacity we have now. There's nothing in common between the processor we found on a TomTom Runner Cardio to the one used on a Garmin Fenix 6X Pro.

But some tips remind to be told regarding the correct use of optical heart rate monitors:

  • Wear the strap tightly
  • One finger above the wrist bone
  • Centered on the arm, neither higher nor lower

Carrying the device correctly positioned and tight on the wrist, the movement should not be an issue. Here the adjustment is tremendously important.

If you put the strap too hard, it is clear that it will not move out of place, but you can interfere with blood flow and have false data, because blood does not flow naturally into your wrist. And if he's too loose it'll move out of its place.

Basically, firm but without becoming annoying. I personally can put a finger under the sensor by pulling the watch up, and when it comes to workouts I tighten the strap by one hole, and then I'm no longer able to fit that same finger under the sensor.

Finally, it should not be forgotten that there are other factors that can make the measurement more or less accurate. Every person is different and what it works for me may not for you. Body hair, skin tone, tattoos... everything can affect heart rate measurements.

Which one should you use?

It all depends on the type of training and the data you want to get. If you want to have all the data possible and in the most precise way, the chest strap is the option you should choose, especially in workouts with changes in intensity such as HIIT or running intervals.

But the fact is that some people won't find comfortable with straps on the chest, especially women because of sports bras. In that case we can sacrifice some precision at certain times in exchange for greater comfort.

For constant pace long runs you can perfectly rely on the optical heart rate monitor. Usually you will do it at a fairly stable pace so there are no changes in intensity or movements, and in these conditions the optical heart rate monitor is usually just as reliable as the one on your chest.

However, if you go cycling, you have no choice but to opt for the chest strap. The movements and vibrations that occur are totally different from those we find in running or any other sports, so it is common for the algorithm to be confused. Road vibrations or road bumps have nothing to do with typical sports movements, so in most cases an optical heart rate monitor is not the best solution.

In the same way, for strength exercises in the gym the chest strap is a better option because by exerting strength with the arms we can alter the way blood flows. However, in this type of exercise, heart rate data is less important.

It can be important while doing Crossfit workouts, in which case it is better to use the chest strap.

The best heart rate monitors

Well, after all this information and what you have learnt, what do you need? You have quite a few options from different manufacturers.

Best chest straps

As for reliability, they are all very even. In fact I have never noticed differences between different manufacturers, as long as they are reliable. I have had problems with Chinese straps purchased on Aliexpress, even if I use a transmitter of a well known brand.

It's what has happened to me with a 4iiii HR monitor that I used occasionally on the bike trainer with a strap I bought on that site, when it works well everything is fine, but when it goes wrong it blows all the training data.

As for things you need to look at in a chest strap, it will depend primarily on which watch you use.


It's the first thing you need to keep in mind. There are currently two transmission methods: ANT+ and Bluetooth. Depending on the manufacturer of your watch you will have to use one or the other, although it is less and less important because the most modern monitors all incorporate dual ANT+/Bluetooth connectivity.

In fact, my recommendation is to opt for such sensors to ensure compatibility in the future (in the hypothetical change of watch brand), unless you are looking for other types of functions.

Additional features

Heart rate monitors in the chest are not only used to measure heart rate. Its usefulness has been growing over time and it is now common to find HR monitors that provide additional running metrics (Garmin HRM-Run and HRM-Tri) or memory to store heart rate data and transmit it afterwards (Polar H10, Garmin HRM-SIM and HRM-Tri).

We can also take into account the number of simultaneous connections that we want to have via Bluetooth, in case we want to connect to more than one device at a time, for example with the phone and the bike computer.

The best chest straps



Renovado para 2020, el Wahoo TICKR X es de las opciones más completas que puedes encontrar en el mercado por la cantidad de cosas que ofrece: Transmisión simultánea Bluetooth y ANT+ (y tres conexiones Bluetooth a la vez), acelerómetro para métricas de carrera en Garmin y un nuevo diseño más estilizado.

El Wahoo TICKR X 2020 desde luego es una de las mejores opciones a tener en cuenta.

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Polar H10

Polar H10

Right now my favorite heart rate monitor (the one I almost always rely on), as long as you don't need special functions, is the Polar H10. Reasons? A very comfortable strap with a handy clip, dual ANT+ and Bluetooth HR monitor, two Bluetooth channels for transmission to two devices, 5kHz analog band and internal memory for use independently without any other device.

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Polar H9

Polar H9

If you want to save a little money and do not need so many features, within the same brand you have the Polar H9. The strap and hook are simpler, it has no internal memory and although it is compatible with ANT+ and Bluetooth simultaneously, it does not have dual Bluetooth band.

But it is true that it will cover the use of the vast majority of users, and if it does so by spending less... then that's a win-win.

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Al igual que ocurre en el caso del Polar H9, si no necesitas tantas prestaciones (porque básicamente no las vayas a utilizar), en lugar de optar por el Wahoo TICKR X puedes ir al modelo normal.

Sigue ofreciendo conexión simultánea de ANT+ y Bluetooth (ilimitadas conexiones en ANT+ y hasta 3 en Bluetooth), pero carece de la posibilidad de grabar en memoria ni ofrece métricas de carrera.

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Garmin HRM-Tri

Garmin HRM-Tri

The other HR monitor I use regularly, alternating it with the Polar H10. And it's the one that I bring with me in triathlon races.

The main issue with the Garmin HRM-Tri is that it doesn't have Bluetooth connectivity. It broadcasts only via ANT+. Then why is it here? Because if you do triathlon, it's THE HEART RATE STRAP.

And it is because if you look at the starting line of a triathlon (especially medium or long distance) the vast majority of participants will have a Garmin on their wrist. With Garmin's high-end multisport watches, we have access to two important functions:

  • Advanced running metrics
  • Internal memory on the sensor that synchronizes at the end of the workout (useful for the swimming leg)

Plus, with advanced race metrics, you can access the Garmin Running Power thanks to a Connect IQ app. I'm looking forward to the dual-connectivity version arriving very soon.

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Garmin HRM-Dual

Garmin HRM-Dual

The HRM-Dual lacks all the advanced features of the HRM-Tri or HRM-Run, but in return it can boast dual connectivity. It is very similar to the Polar H9 we have seen earlier and, in fact, they sit at very similar prices.

Basically Garmin launched this chest strap for those who want to train using Zwift (syncing via Bluetooth) and also want to record or view training data on their bike computer or watch (via ANT+).

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Optical heart rate monitors

Talking about optical heart rate monitors is primarily limited to what you have on your own watch and depends on the manufacturer of the watch. There are external monitors that also use this type of measurement, although this is not something as common as chest straps.

Grading an optical heart rate monitor integrated in the watch as reliable or unreliable is not as easy as saying that one brand's is better than another, for the simple fact that there are other factors that should also be taken into account.

The main one is the weight of the watch. The higher the weight of the watch, the more difficult the heart rate measurement will be, because due to the larger mass it will be easier to move on the wrist. So in that case it's more a question of looking at per watch performance, rather than determining that those of one brand are always superior to those of another.

Of the last watches I've reviewed there have been two with which I have had very good results in while running: Suunto 7 and Apple Watch Series 5. If you notice there is one common denominator in both cases, and it's that they are both smart watches.

Why have they worked so well in these two cases, especially in terms of interval running? Because both have much more powerful processors than what we can find in traditional GPS watches (at the cost of the battery life of the watch), which makes them able to process more data and at higher speed. This means that when comparing the delay in the increase or decrease of heart rate with the chest strap, it is shorter than usual in this type of sensor.

As I was saying, there are external optical heart rate monitors, with several manufacturers offering them: Wahoo, Polar or Scosche, for example. All of them are compatible with ANT+ and Bluetooth, but as special functions they only offer the memory to record workouts autonomously.


The best optical heart rate monitors

Polar OH1+

Polar OH1+

Another of my favorite monitors that accompanies me in many of my reviews is the Polar OH1+. It's a very reliable sensor (almost par with the Polar H10) that stands out for its lightness and comfort, but also because it allows you to record an activity autonomously very easily. Simply by double-clicking the button it has it will start recording, and then you can download it to your phone. If you only want the heart rate data of your workout it's the perfect choice.

It can be placed in various places (it even incorporates an adapter to place it on your swimming goggles and measure your heart rate on the forehead), but where it will be most common to see it is on the forearm.

Here it is barely subject to movement or vibration and offers very high performance regardless of the kind of workout, including use in gym or cycling.

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Wahoo TICKR Fit

Wahoo Tickr Fit

It's very similar to the Polar OH1+, except that it does not have a memory to store a workout. In return what it offers is a much greater battery life, reaching up to 24 hours of use.

I would only opt for Wahoo's sensor if that level of battery life is really necessary for your use case (OH1+ has 12 hours).

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I hope you've learnt everything about the operation of heart rate monitors and the difference in direct ECG and indirect measurement made by PPG sensors. However, if you still have any doubt, here are the comments so you can shoot me your question and I'll answer right away.

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  1. Good morning, Eduardo.
    Muy interesante el artículo, muchas gracias.

    ¿Podrías recomendarme algún reloj en que pueda combinar la carrera ( que incluya cambios de ritmo) y el golf; y que tenga pantalla lo mas grande para ver bien números, etc.?

    Muchas gracias y saludos cordiales.

    1. Gracias Alfonso,

      Pues la opción sería el Garmin Fenix 6. Tiene perfil de Golf para poder ir anotando los golpes y detalles y, sobre todo, los mapas de los campos para conocer distancias a green y situación de obstáculos. La pantalla es más grande que en el 5 Plus y ese poquito más se deja notar.

      Si quieres que sea aún más grande, la otra opción sería el Fenix 6X. Pero ya dependerá del tamaño de tu muñeca…

  2. Siempre se aprende leyendo tus artículos Eduardo! Actualmente tengo un F6 y siempre hago mis entrenamientos con banda de pecho, vengo de un Forerunner 645M y me dio por comprar una banda de pecho (la barata del decathlon) y los cambios de FC para mis entrenos de series y crossfit fueron notables. Ahora estoy pensando en comprar una banda de mayor calidad (Garmin o Polar). ¿Notaré el cambio con algunas de estas bandas comparando con la del decathlon? Hablo de FC sin métricas avanzadas. Gracias. Saludos

    1. Thank you, Andres.

      Si percibes algún pico extraño que no debería estar presente en las gráficas sí vas a notar diferencia. En caso contrario y si no necesitas alguna de las funciones extra, no vas a notar nada diferente.

  3. Hola! Gracias por el artículo, precisamente estoy luchando con mi Garmin 6s porque siento que no mide correctamente: Cuando uso una treadmill del gimnasio, los valores son absurdamente diferentes. Quisiera comprar la banda para triatlón de Garmin, pero lo que no entiendo bien es si hay una especial para natación y otra para los dos deportes?. Te agradecería muchísimo si me puedes explicar bien esto para no equivocarme al hacer la compra.

  4. Buenas tardes Alfonso, recientemente me han regalado un Huawei Watch GT-DF4 modelo FTN-B19. Mi practica normal de deporte es el Trail – Running, pero solo me dio tiempo a utilizarlo un día. Esa medición en principio me pareció correcta en todo. Desde el confinamiento, el deporte q práctico, es bicicleta estática. No sé a q puede ser debido, pero la mayoría de los días, prácticamente al comienzo del ejercicio las pulsaciones se me van por encima de las 190 pulsaciones y hasta pasado entre 20 y 30 minutos, no se me baja a pulsaciones normales, a no ser q me pare totalmente unos 5 minutos y en ese tiempo bajen por debajo de 100 y entonces seguir con el ejercicio. Me gustaría q me dijeras si, para mi tipo de ejercicio q práctico normalmente es un buen pulsometro y también a q puede ser debido, lo q te comento de la Subida de pulsaciones al comienzo del ejercicio en la bici estática. Muchas gracias por anticipado.

    1. En general los relojes inteligentes de tipo generalista no cuentan con sensores de pulso fiables, están más pensados para un seguimiento de actividad que para un deporte intensivo como puede ser el trail

  5. Hi, Eduardo.
    Muy interesante el articulo.
    Me he comprado hace poco el SUUNTO 9 BARO
    Me parece un buen reloj, muchas funciones que aún estoy estudiando. Hecho en falta que tenga más pantallas de inicio, la de la hora. Por lo demás bien.
    Que opinas sobre el modelo?
    Thank you

  6. Muy buen artículo te felicito.
    Muchísimas gracias muy interesante y completísimo
    Yo no entreno con banda porque estoy empezando. Soy de Argentina y todo sale muy caro. Pero quiero llevar mi entrenamiento a otro nivel!
    Por ahora solo corro pero mi meta para este año es hacer un Ironman.
    He escuchado que hay app que se puede competir desde casa, de forma individual. Yo tengo un Garmin 245 music, que banda me recomendas comprar?

    1. Cualquiera de los sensores que he puesto en el artículo te funcionarán perfectamente con el FR245, tanto por Bluetooth como a través de ANT+. Si quieres algo económico, puedes optar por el HRM-Dual o el Polar H9

  7. Hello, Eduardo.

    Este análisis me ha venido como anillo al dedo.

    Tengo un Fenix 3 de abril 2016, dejando de funcionar el sensor HRM-Run en junio 2019 (aguantó bastante). Ese mismo mes lo cambié por un HRM-Tri y ayer dejó de funcionar. Después de muchas pruebas, entiendo es irrecuperable, aunque no sé qué le habrá ocurrido.

    Entreno para triatlón incorporando ejercicios de fuerza. Los datos en el agua, si bien con neopreno y el HRM-Tri eran interesantes, no los considero críticos. De ahí que, junto con la mala experiencia con este sensor, descarte comprarlo de nuevo.

    Teniendo en cuenta que seguramente a finales de año cambie el Fenix 3, no quiero gastarme mucho, con lo que descarto el HRM-Run u otros de Polar.

    Tengo la duda sobre si optar por el HRM-Dual, el Wahoo Tickr o el óptico Polar OH1+ (aunque no pueda vincular los datos de natación con Garmin Connect).

    Los dos primeros son algo más económicos y parece que en cuanto a fiabilidad el OH1+ está a la par (vello claro). Por favor, ¿podrías aconsejarme? Gracias por tu ayuda.

    1. Lo primero que deberías hacer es cambiar la pila, aunque supongo que eso ya lo habrás probado. Si tu sensor HRM-Tri es de junio de 2019 y conservas la factura de compra, todavía está en garantía. Te recomiendo que te pongas en contacto con Garmin para hacer el trámite de garantía y sustituir el sensor averiado.

      En cuanto a la otra duda, si en breve vas a cambiar ya lo harás a un modelo con sensor óptico. Ya tendrías la comodidad que te puede ofrecer el OH1, por lo que quizás por variedad de posibilidades optar por el HRM-Dual o el Wahoo fuese una buena idea.

      En cualquier caso ya te digo, intenta primero el trámite de garantía.

      1. Hello, Eduardo.

        Efectivamente, ya comprobé la pila. También el mismo sensor en otro Fenix, no funcionando. Por el contrario, otro sensor ne mi Fenix 3 sí lo hacía, con lo que concluiría que se ha estropeado.

        En cuanto a la garantía, escribí hoy a Garmin. Veremos su respuesta. Caso de ser satisfactoria puede demorarse la solución, por lo que planteaba adquirir uno.

        La duda pasa a ser doble, pues seguiría tus indicaciones por las razones que indicas. Pero si finalmente lo reparan o envían uno nuevo, pasaría a tener dos de banda…

        En cualquier caso, muchas gracias por tu tiempo.

        1. En condiciones normales el plazo de reemplazo es de una semana. Pero claro, no estamos en condiciones normales por lo que puede llevar algo más de tiempo.

          En caso de enviarlo lógicamente la opción del OH1+ cobra todo el interés.

          1. Hello, Eduardo.

            Después de tratarlo con Garmin y realizar los trámites, en cuestión de poco más de una semana ya tenía un nuevo sensor HRM-Tri. Un 10 por Garmin.

            Thank you.

  8. Hi, Eduardo:
    ¡Excelente artículo, lo primero!
    Tengo un Polar Vantage M y suelo correr por la ciudad y alrededores (básicamente asfalto y senderos). A pesar de seguir las indicaciones de uso y tener buenas condiciones para uso (corre ajustada pero no cortando la circulación, separado a un dedo de la apófisis estiloides de cúbito y radio, no tengo tatuajes en la zona, tengo poco vello y piel clara, etc), no me dá lecturas reales (por ejemplo tratando muy despacio dónde puedo hablar y estoy muy cómodo, 165 ppm). Dicho lo cual, me gustaría dar el salto a un pulsómetro de pecho. En concreto, estoy entre dos pesos pesados: el Polar H10 y el Garmin HRM Run. Al parecer, por favor corrígeme si me equivoco, el Garmin tiene más funciones y el Polar es más exacto. Me lógica me dice que la compatibilidad será mejor con el Polar, ya que tengo esa marca. Por favor, ¿podrías arrojar un poco de luz en éste dilema de compra?
    Muchas gracias por tu tiempo y un cordial saludo,

    1. No puedes usar el HRM-Run, porque no tiene Bluetooth y el Polar no puede sincronizar con sensores ANT+. Además, las funciones de métricas de carrera serían exclusivas para Garmin, por lo que no te aportarían tampoco nada.

      La opción por tanto es el H10, o el H9 si quieres ahorrar algo de dinero.

      1. Ah, ok. Se me pasaron por alto esos importantes detalles jeje Muchas gracias por responderme y despejarme la duda.
        A hug.

  9. hola a todos , tengo un polar m200, y el pulso lo veo raro,me sale medias de 170-175 ppm en 30-40 min , y picos de 184-185, me veo forzado pero podria llevar una conversacion ,tengo 25 años, es fiable, o como todo cuanto mas dinero mejor funcion ,estoy mirando una garmin fenix 5 ,para sustituirlo si es el reloj, gracias esto me tiene comida la cabeza

  10. Con el Wahoo Tickr y un Garmin edge 1030 plus y potenciometro Farero Assioma, la estimation de VO2Max ¿sigue siendo eficaz o hay que usar un pulsometro Garmin?

  11. Hi, Eduardo;
    Soy usuario de un Vantage M desde hace un par de meses. Las lecturas de pulso hasta ahora han sido siempre correctas salvo casos puntuales, pero de unos días a esta parte y con la subida de temperaturas (vivo en Córdoba) he visto que se dispara el pulso dando lecturas erróneas. Estás lecturas se producen una vez avanzado el entreno. He cambiado varías veces el apriete del reloj como tú indicas pero no se corrige, por lo que he pensado que quizá sea el sudor el que provoca estos errores.
    ¿Podría ser este el motivo de esas lecturas anómalas?
    Thank you.

    1. El sudor no debería ser origen de problemas con el sensor óptico. Quizás sea la combinación de frecuencia cardíaca con cadencia, al estar basado en un algoritmo en ocasiones al correr con una cadencia determinada lo confunde. Cuando veas que te está ocurriendo eso prueba a variar la cadencia y comprobar cómo se comporta.

  12. Hola Eduardo, muy bueno tu artículo y muy imparcial como siempre, te sigo desde hace tiempo y gracias a tus consejos me compré primero un sensor mio link y posteriormente un polar oh1, los dos me han resultado siempre bastante precisos y sobre todo el polar que lo utilizo en la parte superior del brazo y me es mejor para ejercicios de fuerza y hitt. He intentado usar otros relojes para tenerlo todo en un solo dispositivo como el Huawei gt 2, Garmin vivoactive 3 y finalmente el Coros Apex, pero no me han resultado nada precisos ninguno de ellos a la hora de entrenar, actualmente junto con el oh1 uso la pulsera Polar A370 con la que me registra más o menos fiablemente los datos del sueño y la actividad durante el día y me permite conectarla con el oh1 para los entrenamientos registrando y viendo los datos en pantalla. El gran problema del Polar A370 es la duración de su batería que no me llega a dos días, es por ello que te quería pedir consejo para comprar una pulsera o reloj que pueda registrar y hacer lo mismo que con el Polar A370 durante el día y sobretodo conectarla para los entrenamientos al sensor oh1 pero que tenga una batería que me pueda durar mínimo 5 días, te agradecería mucho tus comentarios.

      1. Muchas gracias Eduardo, tenia pensado el nuevo Ignite 2 como tú bien me recomiendas, pero no me fio de la duración que promete polar de 5 días, en el caso de la A370 que tengo prometía 4 días de batería y a la hora de la verdad con el pulso todo el dia, notificaciones del movil y un entreno de 2,30 horas no me llega nunca a dos días con dos entrenamientos…..pienso que los que realmente pueden durar unos 5 días son aquellos en los que el fabricante especifica 7 o más días de duración, es por ello que sigo bastante fastidiado por que creo que no hay un dispositivo fiable de verdad con el pulso más o menos decente que se pueda conectar al sensor oh1 y que la batería dure mínimo 5 días…de todas maneras muchas gracias por tu respuesta.

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