While at BlogFest and Idea World Fitness Convention, I was lucky enough to receive a heart rate monitor, the Armour39, from Under Armour!
Let me first explain my past use of heart rate monitors. Originally, I had the Polar FT4, which comes with a watch to display all the information. I liked it. It never malfunctioned on me. I don’t think I ever had any problems with it at all actually. For how much I paid for it, it worked really well! However, I started getting in a habit of constantly checking my heart rate and how many calories I had burned so far during my workout. All the information was right there on my wrist! It was just so accessible.
At first, this was really new and cool to me, and it made me push harder! After a while though, I almost want to say it discouraged me in a way. I was disappointed if I couldn’t push as hard or burn as many calories as I had before. In reality, I could have just been having an off-day or maybe my body was not fully recovered from the workout the day before…maybe I didn’t get enough sleep the night before, or eat a big enough breakfast to sustain me through my workout.
Point being, having all that information so accessible during my workouts was throwing me off, discouraging me and therefore causing me to perform worse. So I have since stopped wearing my heart rate monitor so that I can get back in touch with my body. I’ve re-learned to sense how hard I’m working, how much I’m exerting myself, how out of breath I am, etc.
I still miss that aspect of seeing how hard I worked at the end of my workout. Enter the Armour39!
Armour39 connects with an app right on your phone. You don’t have to be in the app for it to keep recording, so you can just start your workout in the app, leave the app and never look at it until the end of your workout! That’s what I do, at least! I find it keeps my focus in my workouts and on my intensity. And then I get to just check it at the end.
(Sidenote: If you are the type of person that likes having the watch to show your stats, there is a watch available that is sold separately)
This is a screen shot of my workout summary from a 4 mile run I did on Monday.
Something else I just discovered about this app that I love…it connects with any Map My Fitness app. When I run I use Map My Run to track my mileage, so the two apps sync up and talk to me through my workout, letting me know my mileage and how close I am to my Willpower goal.
By now you’re probably wondering…what is your “willpower?” So I took this directly from Under Armour’s site…
“WILLpower™ is based on an algorithm that combines how long you workout, what you did, profile info like gender and weight, and key heart rate measures to give you a single score. Set your target every day and go after it.”
This is another feature that separates the Armour39 from other heartrate monitors. It’s a great tool to use to compare your workouts. So far, I really really like it. It’s fun to use. I’m having a lot of fun with the WILLpower targets, yet it’s not psyching me out too much.
You can read more about the Armour39 here.
Disclosure: I received a free Armour39 heart rate monitor. All thoughts and opinions within this post are my own.