The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Polar.
After years of coveting a fitness watch, I was more than thrilled to have the opportunity to receive one to review as part of a FitFluential campaign.
My very first fitness watch isn’t just your standard stat keeper, either. In the words of Iggy Azalea, it’s so fancy. Friends, let me personally introduce you to the Polar FT60!
Designed for fitness professionals, enthusiasts, gym goers, runners, and active sport participants, it serves as a heart rate monitor and keeps users motivated with training programs. Using imputed data, it adapts to your personal exercise habits and provides weekly feedback with updated goals.
As soon as I saw the design, I was smitten. I love the neon purple color and it has been a statement watch I have been sporting both during my workouts and around town with my more casual outfits.
The FT60 comes with the wrist watch, a heart rate monitor chest strap, and a Polar FLowLink data transfer unit.
During activity, the heart rate monitor sensor sends a wireless signal to the wrist unit to give the most accurate measurements. The sensor detaches and is easy to pop on and off for cleaning purposes.
One thing I was disappointed to find out, however, was the lack of speed and distance tracking for running. The FT60 syncs with G1 GPS sensors and S1 foot pods for those who want to track those measurements, but it doesn’t automatically come as a standard feature.
For the time being, I have been wearing my watch, heart rate monitor strap, and running with my distance app on my phone for tracking.
I have never been able to test out a fitness watch before, but from what I gather from those who have, there are plenty of new and exciting features like this intensity screen.
I love this feature and think it’s neat to see exactly how long I trained in which heart rate zone. It looks like running (top left) sure had my heart rate up longer than Fitness Pilates class (bottom left)! The top and bottom right pictures were taken after at-home HIIT and circuit workouts.
Polar has more than thirty-five years of experience developing features that interpret training intensities, which is what they call Smart Coaching. After spending some time watching the demo videos online (under Demo -> How It Works), I view this watch as an incredible tracking and coaching tool!
Smart Coaching Features
Along with the watch, an extremely useful tool in helping fitness enthusiasts on all levels achieve their goals is the Smart Coaching features, offered online (and great for pre-training) through polarpersonaltrainer.com.
The software is easy to install and the Polar FlowLink connects through a USB port to transfer the data directly from your watch.
Polarpersonaltrainer.com is an online exercise journal and community that provides guidance, tracks progress and sets goals.
You can create custom training plans, join the millions of people in the Polar community with Polar Challenges, manipulate custom reports, and share your exercise and route maps on your social channels.
During Training programs:
• STAR Training Program shows you how hard and how much you need to train to reach long-term goals.
• OwnZone makes sure you are training at an intensity that improves your aerobic fitness level. OwnZone automatically adjusts your heart rate zone to perfectly match your body’s current physiological condition. You can attain and track your OwnZone through a quick Fitness Test any time you like! Polar recommends doing so once a month.
• Smart Calories calculates the number of calories expended during a training session based on weight, height, age, gender, individual maximum heart rate (HRmax) and how hard you are training.
Within poloarpersonaltrainer.com, there is a feature called Training Load that displays a color-coded graph of your cumulative training load, notifying when you have recovered enough for the next session, then accurately predicts training developments to prevent overtraining and modify sessions, as needed.
The Fitness Test feature gets a measure of your current fitness level in just five minutes. You can see what progress you are making and how your fitness level is improving over time by regularly comparing test results.
(This is also how you get your OwnZone number!)
Polar FT60 Discount
The Polar FT60 retails at $179.95.
If you are interested in purchasing one, use the promo code FitPolarFT60 to receive a 10% discount! The code is case sensitive and will expire on October 11, 2014.
Overall, I am very happy with this watch. I have been wearing it almost every day since I received it and just might purchase the extra accessories to be able to track my speed and distance.
I like being able to easily sync my data to my computer and track my every move. If you exercise regularly and want to know how to gain the best results from your workouts, the FT60 is a great tool and motivation piece!
Questions of the Day
• Do you wear a fitness watch and/or heart rate monitor?
• What features do you look for in one?
*Although this is a sponsored post and I was compensated for my review, all thoughts and opinions remain my own!