bluetooth fitness  heart rate monitor ( and also 5.3KHZ indoor gym equipment compatible) £14.99 at Lidl
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bluetooth fitness heart rate monitor ( and also 5.3KHZ indoor gym equipment compatible) £14.99 at Lidl

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Found 10th Mar 2015
unsure if this has been posted already
Bluetooth fitness heart rate monitors can be as much as £40-£50
anyway this bluetooth dynamic heart rate monitor would interface well (during sporting activities ) with phone apps like endomondo , runtastic , mapmyrun
The belts have dual transmission ( ie bluetooth and also the older 5.3KHz range) so will additionally be picked up by sports wrist watches and indoor gym equipment
I know several smart phones have the capability of measuring heart rate using the onboard camera but this is not practical for anyone serious about getting fit as obtaining a reading involves temporarily stopping one's activity and fumbling with the handset while standing still and holding a finger over the camera flash & lens for 30 secs for an optical reading( by which time your heart rate's dropped off.) This bluetooth monitor on the other hand would give second by second heart rate readings ( my endomondo app heart rate announcement setting is at 15 sec intervals via connected earphones) and depending on whether I'm doing aerobic cardio activity or anaerobic ( hench) stuff I can be guided via audio without having to stop and look at my phone screen.
I have a couple of these bluetooth devices for running , bouldering ,riding MTB trials , skipping rope & doing agility ladders and they're very good across the range of sports without losing connection with the phone.

These heart rate monitors will also measure RR interval and thus will alert you to whether you're having an off-day and therefore not train as hard to avoid injury or to back off completely for the day
Batteries last a year if you do an hour's exercise daily. I do up to 2 hours and go through my batteries quicker but replace my batteries with £land's cheap 12 pack coin batteries

Wahoo app has 8 week burn/burst training programs to download
- burn (weight & fat loss) uk.wahoofitness.com/bur…tml
- burst (power) (http://uk.wahoofitness.com/burnburst/burst.html)

Available from the 16th March.
- OB1

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the advantage of the watch style hrm is that you can see the reading easily. on a phone it does require messing about. So it doesn't have the same ability to motivate during activity, but is good for recording and analysing.

hopefully this will work with a Garmin Vivosmart or Vivofit. anyone know ?

would this work with a suunto ambit3 ?

This looks the same as my garmin but re branded.

Which version of bluetooth does it support? BT 4 is much better for the battery.
And OP, are you sure this model supports RR intervals? Cheap HRMs usually don't have the precision to accurately report RR intervals.

anyway, very good price

Superb. Just picked up a cheap Tomtom Multisport and was after a BT HRM to pair to it.

kramer2088

the advantage of the watch style hrm is that you can see the reading … the advantage of the watch style hrm is that you can see the reading easily. on a phone it does require messing about. So it doesn't have the same ability to motivate during activity, but is good for recording and analysing.



I have a Pebble watch that works with Endomondo, so best of both worlds.
And as the description says, it can announce heartrate verbally in your headphones.


Edited by: "androoski" 10th Mar 2015

Is this available now, or is it one of their Thursday / Sunday deals?

Sorry for being stupid but will this connect to iOS apps then? Just bought a Polar T31 last week which does not I believe.

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kramer2088

the advantage of the watch style hrm is that you can see the reading … the advantage of the watch style hrm is that you can see the reading easily. on a phone it does require messing about. So it doesn't have the same ability to motivate during activity, but is good for recording and analysing.



on the contrary!!
just plug in your earphones and use an app like endomondo , go into endomondo setting and enable the audio coach , and enable audio feedback , and intervals, you then don't even have to look at the phone ( or watch) till the end of your drills . I have mine set up to read out at 15 sec intervals, don't have to look at a watch and possible end up tripping , just get it read out to you on the run, if you use a music player like power amp you can get the announcements read over the music you're listening to without the music being temporarily paused when you get each notification,An added bonus with endomondo is the auto pause feature which can temp halt your workout when you stop running (and inform you of this via earphones) and resume logging activity when you carry on running . By the way you can get all sorts of notification using endomondo app . cals burned , lap-times , average hr, current hr , distance and many more
Cardio trainer app by noom used to be great and operates slightly differently so for instance if you set a target zone (for me based on my age & using the Karnoven formula , my zone is 135-145 beats per min for pure 85% cal expenditure from fat burn during activity) the app will warn you via audio cue if you're slacking and falling below the fatburn target zone) likewise it will alert me if my activity is too vigorous and pushing me up into the anaerobic ( where fat burn drops to a measly 15% despite getting hench). all this without touching or looking at the phone, I personally use bluetooth earphones to rid myself of wires and everything works seamlessly. At the end of a cardiotrainer workout , the cal expenditure is quantified in terms of number apples , bananas tomatoes , cherries etc

Available from the 16th March.

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topbloke

hopefully this will work with a Garmin Vivosmart or Vivofit. anyone know ?


Hi, yes it will ,
The Vivos' use bluetooth 4 radio's,
This Medisana strap broadcasts on 5KHz and also BT4.0 2.4GHz frequencies (aka BTLE or BTSmart) so will happily connect to your Bluetooth Smart wrist strap

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dap33

would this work with a suunto ambit3 ?


The Ambits are now Bluetooh 4 compatible so will pick up this strap too , No ANT+ support on the Ambit3
.. support has been jettisoned in favour of the increasingly popular BT4.0 format.
There're still diehard ANT+ strap accessories fans out there inc myself

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antw

This looks the same as my garmin but re branded.


you'll prob find the old school Garmin supports ANT+ but not BT4 so only useful if you have a Legacy Sonyericsson-Experia or one of the newer Samsungs ( A3, A5,S5,also S5 min I think) , Nexus5, Nexus 6, HTC-One (M7), LG G2 and Sony Z series that have an ANT+ radio chipset
But why limit yourself to the fading ANT strap protocol which will work with a only small number of phones , when you can get a cheaper BT4.0 strap will work with ANY smart phone with a BLuetooth 4.0 chip and Android Os 4.3 or Kitkat (4.4) or Lollipop (5.0) moving forward

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MMMcCCC

Which version of bluetooth does it support? BT 4 is much better for the … Which version of bluetooth does it support? BT 4 is much better for the battery.And OP, are you sure this model supports RR intervals? Cheap HRMs usually don't have the precision to accurately report RR intervals.anyway, very good price



It supports the BT4 /BTLE/BTSmart protocol and also the 5.3KHz range devices
Any BT4.0 strap will pick up the RR intervals( even the cheaper 5.3KHz ) , the 5.3KHz straps do require an adapter as was made famous by the ithlete iphone HRV (RR interval) assessor clip and the compatible app.
These days there are loads of free apps which will pick up the subliminal info and spit out an RR reading . A good app is Elite HRV

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OB1

Available from the 16th March.


thanks for adding to the title Obi

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aden_76

Sorry for being stupid but will this connect to iOS apps then? Just … Sorry for being stupid but will this connect to iOS apps then? Just bought a Polar T31 last week which does not I believe.



hello , yes it will connect to iphones which have the BT4.0 chip , thus your iphone has to be the 4S model or newer to connect.
Unfortunately your T31 is in the 5KHz range so will specifically be picked up by coded watches to prevent crosstalk from other nearby 5KHz devices . The T31 wont be sniffed at all by any phone I know of as all handsets directly acknowledge "wearables" accessories in the 2.4GHz range "

Could i use this with a jawbone up24 does anyone know!? If not can I just pair it with iPhone apps?

Hi, does anyone know if this would work with a Garmin edge 500?

Many thanks

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pinklover719

Could i use this with a jawbone up24 does anyone know!? If not can I just … Could i use this with a jawbone up24 does anyone know!? If not can I just pair it with iPhone apps?


hi, no not the UP24 which is just an activity monitor, the UP3 does have built in hrm assesment capabilities.
Anyway any of the main appstore apps inc endomondo digifit-icardio, runtastic to name a few will happily connect to the strap. Incidentally the Icardio app has very nice graphics, you can see the heart graph plotting live as your workout progresses ( if you like that sort of thing) -not recommended to watch while running as you may trip , weight training and other (semi) static sports ok

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mervs

Hi, does anyone know if this would work with a Garmin edge 500? Many … Hi, does anyone know if this would work with a Garmin edge 500? Many thanks


No it wont as the G500 is only ANT+ compatible but this BT4.0 / ANT+ dual rate strap will work Coospo H6 (i have one)

There're other dual rate devices like the TickrX and the Viiiiva strap but in my opinion are way overpriced. The Tickr X has onboard memory & actually can be used alone without a phone and the data synced to a phone or pc afterward.
Wahoo( Tickr) have 8 week training programs which you can download also has a "useful" feature like running cadence
Then there're Powercal monitors which actually calculate one's work output (thus the physical effort) but again still a grey area and not 100% reliable like the traditional powermeters found on bikes

Can someone confirm this will work with the Lifefitness machines at the gym?

Currently have a Polar T31 Coded Transmitter, whatever that means, which works fine. Could never find any info from Lifefitness on what is compatible and what isn't though.

darklight

Hi, yes it will , The Vivos' use bluetooth 4 radio's, This Medisana … Hi, yes it will , The Vivos' use bluetooth 4 radio's, This Medisana strap broadcasts on 5KHz and also BT4.0 2.4GHz frequencies (aka BTLE or BTSmart) so will happily connect to your Bluetooth Smart wrist strap



I doubt it will work with the Garmins. Although they have Ant+ and Bluetooth 4.0LE, the Bluetooth side is used exclusively for connecting to smartphones, and can only connect to other accessories such as sensors with Ant+.

I'm sure you can get these and a watch included for about the same price on ebay. Last week I purchased a simple watch with a pulse sensor for about 5.50 off ebay, and I'm surprised how good the quality is. I don't think this is a good deal.

darklight

on the contrary!!just plug in your earphones and use an app like … on the contrary!!just plug in your earphones and use an app like endomondo , go into endomondo setting and enable the audio coach , and enable audio feedback , and intervals, you then don't even have to look at the phone ( or watch) till the end of your drills . I have mine set up to read out at 15 sec intervals, don't have to look at a watch and possible end up tripping , just get it read out to you on the run, if you use a music player like power amp you can get the announcements read over the music you're listening to without the music being temporarily paused when you get each notification,An added bonus with endomondo is the auto pause feature which can temp halt your workout when you stop running (and inform you of this via earphones) and resume logging activity when you carry on running . By the way you can get all sorts of notification using endomondo app . cals burned , lap-times , average hr, current hr , distance and many more Cardio trainer app by noom used to be great and operates slightly differently so for instance if you set a target zone (for me based on my age & using the Karnoven formula , my zone is 135-145 beats per min for pure 85% cal expenditure from fat burn during activity) the app will warn you via audio cue if you're slacking and falling below the fatburn target zone) likewise it will alert me if my activity is too vigorous and pushing me up into the anaerobic ( where fat burn drops to a measly 15% despite getting hench). all this without touching or looking at the phone, I personally use bluetooth earphones to rid myself of wires and everything works seamlessly. At the end of a cardiotrainer workout , the cal expenditure is quantified in terms of number apples , bananas tomatoes , cherries etc




But you still have to lug a big phone round with you. If you're serious about running i.e. intervals etc carrying a big phone is the last thing on your mind. Besides that all running based apps are completely inaccurate. The phone GPS is never going to be as good as a bespoke running GPS Watch like a Garmin forerunner. Endomondo is introducing people to the sport which is great, but if you want to get serious a GPS watch is the only way to go.

BTW this BT HR strap is a fantastic deal.

Great if Runtastic compatible.

I find these chest straps really hard to use. With chest hair and sweat they hardly pickup anything.

It's not much, but based on this Spanish site, the belt doesn't appear to be ANT+ compatible. Shame!

blog.zitasport.com/429…fc/

Good deal! Can't wait to get it!

darklight

It supports the BT4 /BTLE/BTSmart protocol and also the 5.3KHz range … It supports the BT4 /BTLE/BTSmart protocol and also the 5.3KHz range devicesAny BT4.0 strap will pick up the RR intervals( even the cheaper 5.3KHz ) , the 5.3KHz straps do require an adapter as was made famous by the ithlete iphone HRV (RR interval) assessor clip and the compatible app.These days there are loads of free apps which will pick up the subliminal info and spit out an RR reading . A good app is Elite HRV


Unfortunately, that is not so. Coospo (mentioned somewhere in the thread) does not send RR intervals(tried both the ant+ and BT4 version). Same for some other cheap HRMs (according to online reviews).

Thanks for the answer darklight. Here is the description from the Lidl iPhone app...

Cordless pulse meter with data transmission and pulse display on smartphones

Compatible with a wealth of smartphone applications which allow for various depictions and evaluation functions, such as pulse rate, distance covered and many more

Chest belt adjustable from (cm): 60 - 105

darklight

on the contrary!!just plug in your earphones and use an app like … on the contrary!!just plug in your earphones and use an app like endomondo , go into endomondo setting and enable the audio coach , and enable audio feedback , and intervals, you then don't even have to look at the phone ( or watch) till the end of your drills . I have mine set up to read out at 15 sec intervals, don't have to look at a watch and possible end up tripping , just get it read out to you on the run, if you use a music player like power amp you can get the announcements read over the music you're listening to without the music being temporarily paused when you get each notification,An added bonus with endomondo is the auto pause feature which can temp halt your workout when you stop running (and inform you of this via earphones) and resume logging activity when you carry on running . By the way you can get all sorts of notification using endomondo app . cals burned , lap-times , average hr, current hr , distance and many more Cardio trainer app by noom used to be great and operates slightly differently so for instance if you set a target zone (for me based on my age & using the Karnoven formula , my zone is 135-145 beats per min for pure 85% cal expenditure from fat burn during activity) the app will warn you via audio cue if you're slacking and falling below the fatburn target zone) likewise it will alert me if my activity is too vigorous and pushing me up into the anaerobic ( where fat burn drops to a measly 15% despite getting hench). all this without touching or looking at the phone, I personally use bluetooth earphones to rid myself of wires and everything works seamlessly. At the end of a cardiotrainer workout , the cal expenditure is quantified in terms of number apples , bananas tomatoes , cherries etc

so everybody who exercises wears headphones and carries a phone ? anybody who cycles on the road with headphones in is a moron, I don't even wear headphones running as I want to know what is going on around me.

would this work on a Samsung Galaxy S2 with Endomondo?

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kramer2088

so everybody who exercises wears headphones and carries a phone ? … so everybody who exercises wears headphones and carries a phone ? anybody who cycles on the road with headphones in is a moron, I don't even wear headphones running as I want to know what is going on around me.


no no not everyone wears plugs for sports or carries a phone and you don't need to either!
I spot ( and am pretty sure you do as well ) several runners plugged into their music phones conveniently strapped to their arm while running. In fact one of the girls' who does drills in the park too just has her phone with endomondo on loudspeaker (without music) and copes just fine
I road-ride sunday mornings ( fewer cars so can power) around London but wouldn't be plugged in when I do
I mostly ride MTB trials mostly & while several of myriding mates prefer to hear the squeals of their Magura hydrarim brakes, I actually find the sound distracting, so listen to music while I ride "impossible" stuff.

Bought Aldi watch non B/T one over a year a year ago used chest strap twice find it a bit uncomfortable to wear,by all the users here must be me who finds this now if they could implant it like a pacemaker I'd all be for it.

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davidflett

I doubt it will work with the Garmins. Although they have Ant+ and … I doubt it will work with the Garmins. Although they have Ant+ and Bluetooth 4.0LE, the Bluetooth side is used exclusively for connecting to smartphones, and can only connect to other accessories such as sensors with Ant+.



hey thanks for the clarification!
my local Halfords had recently created a little " wearables" zone and I was was informed by the instore specialist that Vivofits were dual BT4/ANT+ BT4 and would work with a strap supporting either protocol. I wasn't aware the BT was to connect to Smartphones. I've just gone & read a review by DCRainmaker and yes you are right
Thanks again

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morrig

Bought Aldi watch non B/T one over a year a year ago used chest strap … Bought Aldi watch non B/T one over a year a year ago used chest strap twice find it a bit uncomfortable to wear,by all the users here must be me who finds this now if they could implant it like a pacemaker I'd all be for it.


you could try one of these , drop in price now and again , plumped for one about a month ago when it was down to less than $40, just waiting for a relative to fly it over to the UK to test, apparently also alerts you if you're overheating ..but yes does away with a sweaty chest strap ..I'm just not sure about one's street cred though wearing one of those , wouldn't pay the orig 200$ launch price but at 38$ was happy to take a gander
amazon.com/gp/…c=1

Does anyone know if these are coded (so that the same strap in the same location won't interfere) ?

Does anyone happen to know if you could use this strap at the same time as Bluetooth headphones?

chaffordred

But you still have to lug a big phone round with you. If you're serious … But you still have to lug a big phone round with you. If you're serious about running i.e. intervals etc carrying a big phone is the last thing on your mind. Besides that all running based apps are completely inaccurate. The phone GPS is never going to be as good as a bespoke running GPS Watch like a Garmin forerunner. Endomondo is introducing people to the sport which is great, but if you want to get serious a GPS watch is the only way to go. BTW this BT HR strap is a fantastic deal.



kramer2088

so everybody who exercises wears headphones and carries a phone ? … so everybody who exercises wears headphones and carries a phone ? anybody who cycles on the road with headphones in is a moron, I don't even wear headphones running as I want to know what is going on around me.


You are such a Martyr
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