Now you can train as you want and reach your fitness targets with the FT60’s personalized training program. It sets new targets by adapting to your personal training habits.
490 of 496 people found the following review helpful
Great workout device,
It took me a week of reading to decide which HRM watch to try. After a few days I narrowed the brand down to Polar, but then there’re about 30 models from them to choose from.
My intended use: I don’t run outdoors much so I don’t need a GPS. I do cardio and weights in a home gym and have been writing everything down to keep track of progress, weight loss, etc.
I wasn’t sure if I would use the extra bells and whistles beyond a Polar F6 but I was intrigued with the higher end models’ ability to test your resting fitness, plan a workout régime, monitor your progress, record weight loss, revise the plan and repeat while recording this all to the web.
So, I narrowed it down to the F55, the FT60 and the FT80. Well, the FT80 is getting horrible reviews due to dark screen, unreliable software, and other basic `version 1′ problems. The F55 seemed perfect for someone who lifts weights in their workout routine as I do so I researched further in that direction. The problem is that it only has 17 types of lifting sequences (e.g. Curl, Squat, etc.) and I agree with other reviewers that with those few, I probably wouldn’t be able to take advantage of that feature (e.g. when I do a bicep workout I do about eight different types of lifting to prevent muscle memory. And, I really didn’t like the way the F55 looks. A minor point but if you’re spending 0 on something you wear, you at least want it to look good.
Then I started reading about the FT60 but there are very few reviews from actual users, and I always read reviews before I purchase anything these days. But it looked like it would give me what I wanted, and I like the looks much more than the F55. So I got it yesterday and used it for the first time today. I have a 42 inch chest and the band fits fine (some reviewers were saying some of these bands don’t fit larger chests). In about 5 minutes I was able to enter my demographics, test my resting fitness, set a goal (maximum fitness) and begin a workout.
The screen is very easy to read, easy to change the readout while working out, and really made a difference in my ability to stay in a good cardio zone. The watch creates three zones for you (60-70%, 70-80%, 80-90% of Max Heart Rate) based on your fitness test, demographics, etc. Then it tells you how many hours per week you need to be in each of those zone to achieve your goal (maximum fitness, improve fitness or weight loss). These are all graphed on the watch so you can see where you stand for that workout or for the week. It’s a great idea and really keeps you motivated to achieve your goal.
Also, if you’re interested in tracking weight loss, the watch asks you weekly to enter your weight and it tracks that for you graphically as well. It also takes the weight change into account when planning your next week’s workout goals.
Bottomline, if you’re new to HRMs like me and are not sure if you need all these features (the F6 is about 0 cheaper!) I would take a serious look at this watch. And, if you are in the same boat as me (cardio, weights, variable routines that change so I don’t get bored) I think this watch is the best way to go.
379 of 388 people found the following review helpful
Exquisitely Efficient & Easy to Use Fitness Tracker,
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Since there are now only two brief comments, these details underlying my conclusion may assist potential FT60 buyers …
— What Prompted the Purchase —
Initially, it seemed the Polar F11 would be just fine for indoor tracking. While it performs well, trying to get to the data proved profoundly frustrating. As for pushing the F11’s data to the Polar website (free), lotsa luck. The watch needs to chirp/talk to a microphone on your PC. Short version: the thing was a complete pain to actually use, in virtually all respects. I quickly returned it to Amazon, did more research, then grabbed this FT60. Lightyears in blissful difference!
— Operational Details / The Watch (& Polar’s Customer Service) —
— The Free PolarPersonalTrainer.com Website (PPT) —
The good news: the Flow Link cradle personifies no-fuss. Download the free “WebLink” software from Polar and install. Reboot (a must, trust me.) Attach the Flow Link’s USB cradle. Set your FT60 face down onto the curcular center of the Flow Link device. Polar’s software springs into action, pushing the data to your PPT account as expected. (Vista Ultimate / 32-bit laptop.)
At the website, you can change the string of default-named “Training Session”s to Spinning, Wii:Boxing, Stepping, HHA (HipHopAbs), Yoga, whatever at your “My Sports” tab. If your indoor bike gives you speed and distance, that can be added to the corresponding PPT session as well.
— Tip —
— Bottom-Line —
135 of 138 people found the following review helpful
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I absolutely love my Polar FT60! This is actually my first and only HRM (Heart Rate Monitor), so I can only give you my opinions from this one item. I do love it though!
I am a 22 year old female whom is slightly overweight and got this to help me maximize my workouts and help motivate me! I can say it has done its job!! It really helps motivate me because I am one of those people who like to keep track of everything. If you have tried calorie counting and deficits, it is super hard on your own, but by using sites like it makes it much easier! I’m not advertising caloriecount, but it is the same thing with this HRM and Polar’s website […]you can easily input all your data from your watch into the website and keep track with so much ease! It makes me not want to miss a workout day at all otherwise I have a big blank spot on my page 😛
-MY FAVORITE!!!! PRO!!!