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Polar FT2 Heart Rate Monitor and Sports Watch

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  • Automatic age based target zone
  • Average and maximum heart rate of training
  • Heart rate shown in beats per minute (bpm)
  • Heart touch - button free operation of wrist unit
  • Heart rate based target zones with visual and audible alarm
  • Manual target zone
  • Coded transmitter belt
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  • Item Weight: 318 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 240 g
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  • Item model number: FT2
  • ASIN: B00741AUFI
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 May 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,562 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)

Product Description

Product Description

For recreational exercisers who want an easy start to fitness.

Manufacturer's Description

Polar FT2 Training Computer - For recreational exercisers who want an easy start to fitness.

Key features:
  • Shows you your average and maximum heart rate while exercising
  • Automatic age-based target zone -bpm - To help you train safely and effectively, the training computer determines your heart rate target zone limits automatically according to your age-based maximum heart rate (220 minus age). The limits are determined either in beats per minute (bpm), as a percentage (%) of your maximum heart rate, or as a heart rate reserve (% HRR). See also Maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) and Manual target zone.
  • Heart rate shown in beats per minute (bpm) - Heart rate is the measurement of the work your heart does. Heart rate can be expressed as the number of beats per minute or as percentage of your maximum heart rate. Heart rate can also be expressed as a percentage of your heart rate reserve, meaning the difference between your resting heart rate and maximum heart rate (HRR = HRmax - HRrest). In Polar software or during strength training, heart rate can be displayed as a graphical trend.
  • Heart touch – button free operation of wrist unit. When HeartTouch is on, different training information during training can be accessed without pressing buttons, for instance, when gloves make pressing buttons difficult, by bringing your training computer close to your transmitter.
  • Heart rate based target zones with visual and audible alarm - You can define your target zones for a training session based on heart rate to help define the right intensity. When you are out of the preset zones, the training computer will give a visual and audible alarm.
  • Manual target zone - This feature enables you to define the target zone as you want and is suitable for your training. You can set the target zone for your training as beats per minute (bpm), as a percentage of your maximum heart rate, or as a percentage of your heart rate reserve (HRR%).
  • Coded transmitter belt - Coded heart rate transmission automatically locks in a code to transmit your heart rate to the training computer. The training computer picks up your heart rate from your transmitter only. Coding prevents interference from other training computers.
  • Easy to use product with one button functionality
  • Wireless ECG accurate heart rate
  • Training file memory (1)
  • Time of day
  • Date and weekday indicator
  • Backlight
  • Water resistant 30m
What’s in the box?
  • Polar FT1 training computer
  • Polar T31 coded transmitter
  • Getting Started Guide

What is a heart rate monitor?

T31 Transmitter Belt
T31 Transmitter Belt
Celebrity personal trainer Matt Roberts always trains with a heart rate monitor and encourages his customers to do so:

“Put simply, regularly monitoring your heart rate is the best way to tell how effective your exercise is. I use a Polar heart rate monitor to keep track of how hard I’m working during every training session, but you don’t have to be a professional to feel the benefits of heart rate monitoring. I would recommend anyone, no matter how much or little they exercise, to wear a heart rate monitor when working out. It can give motivation by providing targeted workout zones according to your personal fitness level, to ensure you’re always training at the right level for you and your body. And by showing you how hard you’re working throughout exercise sessions, heart rate monitoring can help you to achieve your fitness or weight loss goals quicker and often with less effort than you think.”

Heart rate is individual and changes according to your exercise. The transmitter measures and sends the heart rate information to the watch unit and the watch unit displays the heart rate and exercise information. Put simply a heart rate monitor shows you how hard you are working.

Why train with a heart rate monitor?

Heart Rate Training Zones
Heart Rate Training Zones
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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. Polar will help you achieve your goals:

Weight Loss

To maximise weight loss, exercise intensity needs to be varied. With a Polar heart rate monitor you can control and monitor the intensity of your exercise. Most Polar heart rate monitors show you how many calories you have burned – great for motivation.

Improved Fitness

Polar heart rate monitors have a number of features to help increase your fitness levels. Look out for the Polar Keeps U Fit Program which gives you personal guidance on how often, how long and how hard you need to exercise to reach your personal fitness goals. In addition, there are running and cycling specific products with speed and distance features combined with heart rate to provide you with all the feedback you need to take your fitness to the next level.

Performance Gains

If you are serious about your training and want to maximise your performance, look out for products with features such as Polar Sport Zones, Polar OwnOptimizer and products with Polar Pro Trainer 5 software which enables you to plan and create training sessions and analyse your training data in detail.

Why choose Polar?

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As the inventors of the first heart rate monitor for training over 30 years ago, we’re truly specialists in the field. Since then we’ve been leading this category, and the world’s top specialists have been working on the most accurate and intelligent training computers and heart rate based features.

What makes Polar truly unique is that our features give guidance based on your personal information, and individual heart rate and its variation. The state-of-the-art intelligence of Polar products can tell you how much, how often and how hard to train. This is why so many top athletes use Polar training computers. But you don’t have to be a professional athlete to benefit from heart rate monitoring. At Polar, we understand how important training is to you. So we make it as much a part of our lives as it is of yours.

And our success is clear to see. Today, Polar employs 1200 people worldwide, manufactures all products in its fully owned factories, has 26 subsidiaries globally and manages a distribution network supplying over 35,000 retail outlets in more than 80 countries. Now that’s what we call the power behind Polar.

Polar is widely recognised as the leading product and the most respected brand for heart rate monitoring equipment and services in the sports industry. Polar is proud to have exclusive Partnerships with a number of high profile Sports Associations including:

UKA, PGMO, League Managers Association, England Hockey, Rugby League Match Officials, Rugby Football League and Rugby Football Union Women.

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I love this watch. I started running a few weeks ago and it coincided with my cheap Casio watch strap breaking. I decided to buy this Polar one as my everyday watch for telling the time but also for checking my Heart Rate while trying to get fit by running on roads. It shows the time and day and date, then can start a stopwatch while measuring HR. When stopped it saves the Average and Max HR. Good for checking for improvement in fitness. The chest strap (HR Monitor) is comfortable, adjustable and has never failed to detect my HR (a good thing i guess). Comfortable slim lightweight watch that i wear even in the shower. Only has one button but easy to operate. I use it alongside the MiCoach App on my iphone giving me all sorts of measurements. Great product.
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I bought this, my first heart rate monitor to help me understand the level I should be working at whilst out running or on the bike. This little device is excellent at putting you in the right zone of effort for what you want to achieve out of your workout. However, it is a shock to the system to see how far out your own judgement can be in comparison so you have to learn to trust it (e.g. run you long runs much slower initially). I would have given it a five, but it seems to share a common fault with most devices like this, in that the alarm beeps (which you rely on to keep you in the right zone as it saves you constantly looking)are too quiet for me when out running or on the bike so I often miss them and end up looking at the watch too much. I would reccomend that anyone buying something like this, checks out the volume level of the device before making a purchase.
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I wanted a watch that would accurately monitor my heart rate as I'ved reached that middle age when exercise is essential after years of inactivity. The watch does exactly what it says and the chest strap that monitors your heart rate works perfectly. The chest strap is made of a solid piece of rubber that sits on your chest and an elastic strap that connects to one side of the rubber piece then goes around your body to connect to the other side of the rubber piece. At first I thought this would be uncomfortable but you can adjust the size of the elastic strap to make it fit ok. The solid piece of rubber is quite soft and moulds to your body. It will work for both men and women. The watch itself has only one button to view different displays or change settings. It can sometimes be a little fiddly but it does work. You need to set time and date as well as age and exercise zone high and low heart rate. The watch will beep when you go out of this range which makes sure you exercise at a safe heart rate to either get fit, lose weight etc. The internet will give you lots of info on how to calculate this safe range based on your gender and age, or ask your Doctor. Very happy with purchase and would recommend for anyone.
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I have used this Heart Rate Monitor when cycling and its really good. One click of the button and it sets off the stopwatch and starts recording your heart rate, and you can toggle between modes just by bringing your wrist towards the sensor belt. At the end of your session it will tell you the time elapsed, your average heart rate and maximum heart rate. Not only is the data interesting but its also a great motivator to train harder. A great monitor (and also a watch with date, time, etc..)for the money and would also be good for running and any other intensive sports activity, and I would only recommend going for a more expensive model if you need more functionality. Really impressed with it.
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With so many monitors out there and with the big differences in prices its hard to pick the right one.

For £35 you cant go wrong with this watch. It has a chest strap which connects effortlessly to the watch and provides for an accurate and dependable reading, the chest strap also connects to the life fitness machines found at many gyms which is handy.

It also has a stop watch and built in file capability which allows you to store data. It also has the ability to set your minimum and maximum heart rate zones so as to easily show you what percentage you are working at.

Downsides to this watch include the exclusion of a back light which may be a problem if you like running at night and there arnt many lamp posts around. Id say the watch itself is of a plasticy build which some people may find a bit flimsy, i do think it will take the punishment of hard workouts though. Lastly its not really that waterproof and you should be aware of this fact when running in the rain, just dont press the button when its wet and you wont have a problem.

So for £35 im more than happy with what the watch offers. Il finish by saying that monitoring your heart rate is extremely important in exercise so that you know you are working in your target zone, you cant go wrong with a watch like this in your gym kit.

4 stars.
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This is a very limited piece of kit. I assumed from the good reviews and mid-range price that it would be useful, but it's functions are way too limited for my liking - bear in mind I am a real beginner runner - and it's really fiddly and annoying to use.

One button does everything??!

You can't even see how long you have been running for while you are measuring your heart rate! Which is completely absurd. So you have to guess how long you are running for!

If you literally just want to see how fast your heart is beating at any given time, this is probably fine, but for anything else, get the higher level ones.
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