Beets Blu reached out to me to see if I would be interested in reviewing their heart rate monitor I was really excited for the opportunity.
First thing I did was look up to see which Apps the device was compatible with, I found it actually works and can sync with several different popular fitness applications. I mostly use the Fitbit tracker app, the only downside of this product on that was it doesn't pare with Fitbit.
So, I decided to pair it with my Runkeeper App instead.
In my previous research with these, I knew it would likely be a band that fits around the chest. One thing I learned about it, in order for it to work you need to either be sweaty or have the skin between the device and yourself be dampened.
First few times I tried it, I didn't have trouble I think it was because I was already working out before I put it on. If I tried to use it and put it on before I started working out, I found that I did need something as a conductor, I just used the same gel that I use with my Ultrasound machine.
My thoughts on the quality of the product, this is obviously well made. The strap that wraps around you, is adjustable and well made. The device snaps right to the strap. Which I really like, because eventually this strap will probably get smelly sweaty, this way I can clip off the device to wash it when needed.
I do want to mention, the monitor itself is NOT waterproof, just sweat proof. So you can't take it swimming.
You don't even have to turn it on, actually there isn't an on switch. The on switch is you're heart rate, once it is on, you can immediately sync to your device and app and begin using. Which is really nice, there is not fumbling with anything. Just wrap the band around you and snap the device on and your good to go.
Before purchasing this product make sure it is compatible with your phone. I have a Samsung Galaxy, and it worked with my phone. But not all phones will work, so if you order make sure you check this first so when you get it, you'll not have any issues on the compatibility front.
Why would you want a heart rate monitor?
There are many reasons, but if you're an athlete it can help you train better. For myself because I am a runner, a heart rate monitor such as this is so much more helpful.
You've probably seen the monitors at the gym, or maybe you have one on your treadmill. If you slow down enough to be able to put your thumbs on it, then two things just occurred. You slowed, so the results will be inaccurate and second you're messing up your gait by doing so.
A few other reasons to use a hands free heart rate monitor:
You can train in your target heart rate zone.
You can burn fat faster.
They are also a great coach, especially if you use one and use it effectively.
I also researched the pricing, and although I received mine complimentary for my review. I found that on Amazon they currently sell for $39.95. Which in my opinion is a very decent price for a heart rate monitor!
Beets Blu heart rate monitor, I also tested out their Beets BLU
Papertag. What is the Papertag?
Have you ever lost your cellphone, keys, wallet or laptop?
All you do is pair this device with those, and as long as you get within 15 feet of the item it will help you find them. Pretty cool huh!
You can even attach this to your luggage, so that when your waiting at the baggage claim, you can get a message on your phone that your bag is on it's way down the belt.
This fun little helpful device is pretty low cost to on Amazon they run for $24,95.
So tell me, do you train with a heart rate monitor? Do you use them to improve your performance?