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It is Sportline’s SOLO 925 Heart Rate Monitor which they sent me to review.
While I knew they were sending me a heart rate monitor I didn’t know what colour it was, and of course I was tickled pink (excuse the pun) when it arrived and was a super pretty pink colour!
As a Polar F4 user, I was interested to see how this monitor compared to my beloved Polar. The SOLO doesn’t include a chest strap and required you to touch your finger tips to the metal area around the face in order to record your heart rate and this feature was what really drew me to the SOLO in the beginning.
I’ve come to find that wearing my Polar while teaching classes is a real pain. The chest strap always slips no matter what I do to it and it’s a bit awkward to be adjusting your chest strap during classes in front of a room full of people. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked down at my Polar during a class only to see “Check Transmitter” and know that there was no way I could fix the problem because I was in the middle of teaching a song. This has led me to having a lot of inaccurate calorie burns and makes it difficult for me to monitor my heart rate during classes.
Enter the SOLO.
While some people may find having to touch your fingers to the watch in order to register your heart rate a pain, it doesn’t both me at all. I do find it registers most quickly if you are standing still so I tend to only take my heart rate between songs or on water breaks which works out really well. It doesn’t disturb my class and it gives me a good idea of how hard I’m working. Another thing I really like is I can wear the watch for all of my classes and if at the last minute I decide I want to record my heart rate or calorie burn I can, there is no chest strap to bother with, and no parts that I need to wet down prior to use (with the Polar you need to wet the chest strap in order for it to get a proper reading).
Something else that is really cool about the SOLO is that it can record your total calorie burn each day. If you remember to reset it when you get up or before you go to bed, and record your heart rate during exercise it will be able to tell you how many calories you’ve burned all day long. If you are trying to lose weight this information can be invaluable as it helps to take the guess work out of how many calories you should be consuming.
Honestly, the SOLO has a lot of functions that I still haven’t completely figured out. It has a pedometer which can calculate how many steps you’ve taken, how far you’ve travelled, it has a timer, an alarm clock, has a dual time feature if you travel frequently between time zones and even within the heart rate monitor functions there are lots of features I haven’t yet used.
As far as it’s accuracy, no heart rate monitor is going to be 100% accurate as far as calories burned is concerned, but will give you a much more accurate reading than exercise equipment. Compared to the Polar, I wore both monitors one night when I went for a 2 mile run and the total calories burned according to my Polar was 275, and the Sportline registered 248 so a difference of 27 calories. That makes sense to me since I had to stop running in order to get my heart rate to register on the SOLO and obviously as soon as I stopped moving my heart rate would start to slow.
Overall I think the SOLO is a wonderful tool – and is now my preferred tool for calculating calorie burn while teaching classes and for every day use. I think the strap and fit of the SOLO is much more comfortable than my Polar (which I find a bit big and clunky). However, when running I will still be using my Polar since I can see my heart rate without having to stop, and when I’m running it is easy for me to adjust the chest strap if it begins to slip.
If you are looking for an affordable option to help keep you motivated to move more I would urge you to take a look a the SOLO 925, besides being pretty it has a lot of wonderful (and practical) functions.
DISCLAIMER: I was sent the SOLO 925 free of charge in order to review it for Sportline, however all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Those aren’t for sale.
Stay tuned: Sportline also sent me an Ab Station which I’ll be reviewing in the coming weeks!
It’s 2013 and with a new year comes resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. Did you know that most people who make a new year’s resolution have abandoned it by February 1st? Those are sad, but real statistics. Especially if your goal is to improve your health and well being. That’s not a resolution you should be giving up on so easily!
This year I want to help you keep your resolution well into February. Experts say it takes 4 weeks for a new routine to become a habit and once it’s a habit your less likely to give it up. 4 weeks. 4 weeks will take you nicely into February and will hopefully set you up for a full year of living your goals.
So what’s the plan? I’ve teamed up with the lovely folks over at DietBet and will be hosting a game starting on January 7th and running until February 3rd. Notice how that is a) 4 weeks long and b) gets you into February? Bam! See the game through to the end and you’ve not only formed a habit, you’ve made it past February first and have beaten the odds as far as new years resolutions go.
Here is a viedo that explains what a game on DietBet is all about:
For anyone who can’t watch the video right now here are the basics:
To join a game, each player is asked to ante up $25 (payable via paypal or credit card). The $25 goes into the money pot, the more people who join the game, the bigger the pot becomes. Then, from January 7th-February 3rd you have 4 weeks to lose 4% of your body weight. Every game player that succeeds splits the pot!
Lose weight – and win money. How awesome is that?
Ready to join my game? Here is how:
- Join Suzi’s DietBet game and ante up your $25 entry fee
- On or a day or two before January 7th enter you initial starting weight & photos (don’t worry, you and the referees at DietBet will be the only ones to know your weight, it’s kept private from everyone else)
- On January 7th start working towards your goal! Lose 4% and win your share of the pat! Don’t lost the full 4%, well hopefully you’ve still formed a habit and are well on your way to reaching your weight loss goal.
Once you’ve joined you have the opportunity to invite others to join the game. Remember the more players, the bigger the pot, the more you stand to win!
To help you on your journey to lose 4% of your weight, I’ll be posting a daily challenge on my blog for the entire duration of the game to help keep you on track and bring you closer to your goal. And to make things a bit more exciting, any blog readers who do join the challenge, I will be giving away prize(s) to those players who check in the most (confirming they completed that day’s challenge)!
So what are you waiting for?? For a $25 initial investment, you can:
- Join my 4 week DietBet (a great way to kick off 2013 working towards your fitness and weight loss goals)
- Lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks and WIN MONEY
- Win a prize from me if you check in daily and comment that you’ve completed that day’s blog challenge.
(click photo above to join my game)