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Heart Rate Monitors
Heart Rate Monitors
garmin gps
1/16/13 4:48 PM
I'm looking to get a HRM and I have a line on a used Garmin Forerunner 610 w/HRM for a decent price. Does anyone have any experience with this unit?

I want to use a HRM initially just for P90X and my weekly sand volleyball league. After my first round of P90X (starting w/Lean program, planning for Classic in Rd 2), I want to add jogging and biking to my weekly activities in order to participate in my first du-athlon.

So, I'm obviously looking for a versatile unit. I like the GPS, wireless usb, and touch screen features of the Forerunner 610. And I know it's made for running and biking, but can I also use it for the P90X workouts and sand volleyball? If not, what HRM would you suggest?

Any help provided would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks all,
StRon
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1/16/13 6:09 PM as a reply to StRon.
I don't see why not! I think it's overkill for the P90X workout since you don't need a GPS, etc. But if you can get a good deal on it, it will work great. I'd worry a little about sand volleyball with the dirt, but you only live once!
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2/4/13 4:05 PM as a reply to StRon.
So, I ended up purchasing the ForeRunner 610 (w/HRM, original packaging & accessories) off of Craigslist for $210. Thus far, I'm very pleased with the unit.

As ghunt25 suggested, it is definitely overkill for P90X, but I just select "use indoors" feature and it totally does the trick. But like I originally mentioned, this HRM is meant for running and/or biking. And when I begin adding those activities to my weekly regimen in April, I'm sure it will REALLY shine.

And I found a solution for the sand volleyball issue. Instead of wearing the watch on my wrist, which would put it in danger of being damaged by sand, I simply wrap the watch to one of the net poles with the face facing away from the court. I was worried about whether the HRM would then be out of range, but it's been two weeks now and contact hasn't been lost.

So, it is working just as I had hoped and I am VERY pleased with this purchase!
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2/4/13 4:34 PM as a reply to StRon.
StRon:
So, I ended up purchasing the ForeRunner 610 (w/HRM, original packaging & accessories) off of Craigslist for $210. Thus far, I'm very pleased with the unit.

As ghunt25 suggested, it is definitely overkill for P90X, but I just select "use indoors" feature and it totally does the trick. But like I originally mentioned, this HRM is meant for running and/or biking. And when I begin adding those activities to my weekly regimen in April, I'm sure it will REALLY shine.

And I found a solution for the sand volleyball issue. Instead of wearing the watch on my wrist, which would put it in danger of being damaged by sand, I simply wrap the watch to one of the net poles with the face facing away from the court. I was worried about whether the HRM would then be out of range, but it's been two weeks now and contact hasn't been lost.

So, it is working just as I had hoped and I am VERY pleased with this purchase!


Cool! Happy you found what you are looking for. good info on the volleyball

How much do you run? do tris?

Cheers,
Christina
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2/4/13 9:43 PM as a reply to StRon.
I don't run yet Christina.

My plan is to finish my 1st round of P90X (Lean) in late April. Then, I will immediately go into the Classic program and do my own version of doubles by incorporating a running program 3 days a week. I plan on doing a 10 week interval program to build up to my first 5k. Six 5:00 intervals each day will equal 30 minutes.

Week 1: Intervals of 4:30 walk/ :30 jog.
Week 2: Intervals of 4:00 walk/ 1:00 jog.
Week 3: Intervals of 3:30 walk/ 1:30 jog.
Week 4: Intervals of 3:00 walk/ 2:00 jog.
Week 5: Intervals of 2:30 walk/ 2:30 jog
Week 6: Intervals of 2:00 walk/ 3:00 jog
Week 7: Intervals of 1:30 walk/ 3:30 jog
Week 8: Intervals of 1:00 walk/ 4:00 jog
Week 9: Intervals of :30 walk/ 4:30 jog
Week 10: 30:00 jog

Then, I will simply use my Forerunner 610's Virtual Racer feature to improve my performance and enter a few 5k runs. I will also begin to incorporate cycling into the routine.

My goal is to work up to doing a duathlon. I've been marshaling the bicycle portions of du's & tri's on my motorcycle for a few seasons now and I really want to build up so that I can comfortably compete in the easiest of the races I marshal. It is a 4k run/ 25k bike/ 4k run over pretty flat terrain. It happens in late July and that's when I'll be finishing my above interval training. So, I'm likely looking at only doing 5k's in the 2013 season. Though, they do have a Relay division, so maybe I need to find a cyclist for this year's race!

Anyway, that's the goal. And I'm sure if I'm successful in that goal, I'll likely attain new goals.emoticon
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