News Article: POLAR - Its time. Time to train better. Time for a better you.

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27 March 2012POLAR - Its time. Time to train better. Time for a better you.Author: Jane Parker

Why train with a heart rate monitor?

Getting the most out of your training doesn’t always mean working faster or harder. The best way to improving and seeing results is to train at the right intensity. So with a heart rate monitor, you can make sure you’re not over or under training, and make each session count. Use Polar as your training buddy and you’ll have evidence of your progress – motivating you each and every time you train. Heart Rate monitors aren’t just for elite athletes, they are designed for use by anyone who wants to improve their fitness. You could train for hours in the gym and not see the benefits, simply because you are training at the wrong intensity.

Using a heart rate monitor will help you:

Improve Performance

Improve Fitness

Improve Fat and Calorie Burn

Basically help you TRAIN SMARTER!

Getting the most out of your training

Depending on your goals – fat burning or fitness - you need to tailor your training regime based on your maximum heart rate. Maximum heart rate, HRmax, is the highest number of heart beats per minute (bpm) an individual can achieve in an all-out effort. It is unique to the individual due to age, heredity, and fitness level. HRmax is a useful tool in determining training intensities, which are usually expressed as percentages of HRmax.

The commonly used age-based calculation method uses the formula, 220 minus your age, for example, a 30 year old’s maximum heart rate would be, 220 - 30 = 190.

The age-based method provides an average statistical prediction of your HRmax and is a good method for the majority of people, especially those new to heart rate training, to determine their maximum heart rate.

For those interested in a more individual specific calculation such as people who have been physically fit for many years or older people just beginning an exercise program Polar offers various models of training computers with unique features that determine a user’s individual maximum heart rate using the Polar Fitness Test.




FT1 – For the first step into heart rate-based training. (RRP £46.50)

Basic heart rate computer with one button function (easy to use).

Coded transmitter belt.

1 file in memory.

Heart Rate based target zones with visual & audible alarms.

Back light.

Time, Date and weekday indicator.

Display heart rate in BPM (beats per minute).

Heart Touch (by raising the wrist unit to the heart strap this will activate the backlight).

Helps improve your fitness with manual heart rate target zone.

FT2 - For recreational exercisers who want an easy start to fitness. (RRP £55.50)

Features as per the FT1.

Helps improve your fitness with automatic age-based heart rate target zone.

FT4 - For those who want basic heart rate-based features to keep their fitness training simple. (RRP £74.50)

Entry level fitness unit.

WearLink belt (soft strap, user changeable battery).

Displays calories burned during session.

Has 10 files in memory.

HR displayed in BPM or % of HRM.

TargetZone – user can set HR limits, upper and lower, to keep them in their chosen zone.

Time, Date, Weekday and alarm.

User changeable battery.

Not able to upload or download training information.

FT7 - For those who want to know if they’re improving their fitness or burning fat. (RRP £93.50)

User changeable battery.

Displays calories burned.

99 files in the memory.

Data transfer using FlowLink (sold separately) - view and analyse sessions on the website.

Energy Pointer screen – This screen will let the user know when they change during a session, from burning fat into improving their fitness.

FT40 - For active exercisers who want clear guidance and to monitor their fitness level. (RRP £121.50)

All the features of the FT4 and FT7 (excluding TargetZone).

50 files in memory.

Data transfer via FlowLink uploadable to PC.

Energy Pointer screen (as described in the FT7).

Polar Fitness Test – By way of a five minute test the unit is able to give the user a V02 max score - this is the bodies ability to utilise the oxygen breathed in. By using the fitness test results the user can track their levels of fitness as they progress with their training

Weekly training summary.

FT60 - For committed exercisers – the STAR Training Programme tells you how much and how intensively to train. (£149.50)

Has all the features of FT4 and FT7.

Creates a training programme based on your personal goals and sets new weekly training targets & gives feedback on the effect of your training.

Ability to add the G1 GPS or S1 footpod system to give speed and distance.

OwnZone function – This function will determine the users maximum HR for the session based on how they are feeling on that day.

Polar fitness test (V02 max) as described in the FT40.

New Star training programme – This programme is like having a personal trainer on your wrist. It will determine for you your weekly training targets. At the end of the week it will text you with your results, automatically updating your coming weeks training based on the results of week just completed.

Includes graphical display of weight loss, has 100 files in memory.

FT80 - For fitness enthusiasts who want to improve strength and cardio. (RRP £234.50)

All the features of the FT60 (plus weight loss graph)

Guides your strength training with heart rate based recovery periods between sets.

Creates a training programme based on your personal goals and sets new weekly training targets.

Strength Training function – download a strength training programme to their wrist unit (via A graphical display informs the user exactly how long to rest between sets.

Use G1 GPS or footpod unit to give speed and distance.

Comes with the FlowLink for uploading and down loading data.

Lap and Split times.

100 files in memory.

Heart Rate curve using


RS100 - For beginners who want basic heart rate and timing features. (RRP £94.50)

Entry level running computer.

Helps improve your fitness with personal heart rate target zones.

Displays calories burned.

Lap & Split times.

Calories burned.

Can be used as a fitness unit in the gym.

OwnZone Function – will give you your target heart rate for each session based on your daily condition.

1 File memory.

RS300x - For recreational athletes who require all essential heart rate and timing features. (RRP £121.50)

Helps you train at the right intensity with personal sport zones.

Has all the functions of the RS100

Has the ability to give speed and distance via footpod or GPS.

Uploadable to PC via FlowLink.

The Polar Fitness test measures your aerobic fitness at rest and tells you your progress.

Displays calories burned.

Auto Lapping (you decide the distance you want the unit to class as one lap).

Sports Zones – Allows you to select the intensity of your training Sessions.

RS400 - For endurance athletes and runners who rely on systematic training (RRP £234.50)

Has all the features of the RS300X range excluding the ability to add GPS.

Helps avoid over or under training by aiding you to train at the right intensity.

Measures detailed information about your performance. The Polar Fitness test measures your aerobic fitness at rest and tells you your progress.

Pro Trainer 5 Software – download planned training sessions to the wrist unit and fully analyse completed sessions.

Infrared USB stick for two-way data transfer.

Running Index – Using heart rate and speed data obtained from the users session this function gives information about aerobic fitness and running economy.

99 files in memory.

RCX5 - Optimised Training for triathletes, runners and endurance athletes. (RRP £267.50)

ZoneOptimizer coaches you to train at the right intensity.

Sport profiles guarantee swift switch between different sports.

Improves performance with endurance training programmes, downloadable from with the Polar DataLink.

Gives heart rate even in water with a comfortable hybrid transmitter (If swimming in salt water or highly chlorinated water the T31 coded transmitter is recommended).

Race Pace helps you cross the finish line in time.



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