Improve Your Fitness With A Heart Rate Monitor
When I’m using a heart rate monitor, I tend to use it to manage my rest times, by only waiting until my heart reaches a pre-defined rate before exercising again. You can read more about that in a previous article here, which included a review of the previous Beets Blue Wireless Heart Rate Monitor.
The’ve recently enhanced it, with a new Smart Cardio version.
This monitor is compatible with a variety of apps, but I decided to start with the Beets BLU app, available on both Android and iOS.
I adjusted the soft chest strap, then snapped the monitor to the strap, and quickly ran a small amount of water from the tap along the back, to make it conduct better. Then I unsnapped it and put it around my chest.
After putting in my weight, age and gender into the app, I then clicked “Discover HRMs” and detected the monitor within a few seconds. That was much faster than the previous BeetsBLU Heart Rate Monitor. It also displays the battery life, which is another new feature.
This “Smart” version has ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart support — a wireless technology that allows devices from different brands to talk to each other.
The monitor is compatible with many fitness apps (see the beetsBLU website for details). Their own app is fairly basic, so I tried it with Under Armour’s “Map My Fitness” app, and found it was easy to pair in the Settings menu.
• Comfortable chest strap
• Reliable signal with no drop off
• Good range of compatible apps
• Can check the battery level
George D. Choy
Personal Trainer & Calisthenics Instructor
Gymnacity in Oxted, Surrey, United Kingdom
I was gifted a Wireless Smart Cardio Wireless Heart Rate Monitor by Beets BLU. All views and opinions are my own. For more information about my collaborations, please refer to my DISCLOSURE page on the ABOUT tab. I was not paid to write this post.