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post #16 of 32 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 06:27 PM
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Absolutely I recommend a polar H7 heart rate monitor and the free Polar Beat and polar flow apps

It tracks heart rate and calories burned. I burn about 600-700 calories in a 45 minute weight lifting session and can monitor by HR recovery.

Most men don't monitor their heart but you should and ABSOLUTELY should if you're over 35.

It ensures you don't afib if you max out for too long and tells you how hard you can push things.

Kettle bells really amp up my HR and increase my calorie burn. I find that with my personal trainer I can go from machine to machine (and free weights, kettle bells, bosu ball, etc) pretty much nonstop, though I do have to catch my breath a bit here and there.

The hr monitor is a great motivator and provides assurance that I'm just fatigued but in no danger and can keep pushing


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OP you've gotten a variety of advice and so it will depend on how your hubby approaches his gym work, if he's tech savvy, and if he's the kind of person who will track calories, mileage, etc. Also, does he have goals that will be facilitated by tech?

But, I have to say that I am so impressed with your interest in his well being and your devotion to him. Good for you!!! And, good for him.

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If he is a lifter, then as others have said, a fitness tracker is pointless. You can buy a nice weight belt. I got one from Cardillo. You can get them embroidered with something if you like. I put my company logo on mine so it is advertising :-) They are pricey but will last years. I can't stand the weight belts from the local sports stores. They are often junk. Also, look online for Versa Grips. You can get from Amazon. They are very nice and will last a long time.

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I’m thinking of getting my husband a really nice fitness tracker watch for Father’s Day (have to start saving early because I’m a SAHM and buy gifts from him out of my spending money—otherwise it’s just buying him a gift from his paycheck).

Anyway, I was casually asking my brother which ones would be nice enough to wear all the time and he said he didn’t think men who lifted a lot care about fitness trackers because they don’t allot a lot of “steps” for the type of workouts he does. He does do cardio I think 2 or 3 times a week but mostly does weights and generally working out different body parts on different days.

Do you guys agree that fitness trackers are not really that useful for weight lifting and similar workouts? If you think they are, what is a really nice one that is attractive enough to wear to the office and at the gym? If it matters what operating system, he has an android personal phone and an iphone for his job.

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Nope. Never wore one of those and never will.
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I’m thinking of getting my husband a really nice fitness tracker watch for Father’s Day (have to start saving early because I’m a SAHM and buy gifts from him out of my spending money—otherwise it’s just buying him a gift from his paycheck).

Anyway, I was casually asking my brother which ones would be nice enough to wear all the time and he said he didn’t think men who lifted a lot care about fitness trackers because they don’t allot a lot of “steps” for the type of workouts he does. He does do cardio I think 2 or 3 times a week but mostly does weights and generally working out different body parts on different days.

Do you guys agree that fitness trackers are not really that useful for weight lifting and similar workouts? If you think they are, what is a really nice one that is attractive enough to wear to the office and at the gym? If it matters what operating system, he has an android personal phone and an iphone for his job.

TIA!

I recently got some fitness clothing from a company called aesthetic revolution. really comfy, great fabric, quality material, makes you look really good to be honest. only thing is they are a bit pricy. As a young man i enjoy 3 kinds of gifts, those from the heart, something i can really use, and lastly anything that makes my cute ass look more dashing.
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Thanks everyone for all of the information and alternative suggestions. Actually what made me think of the fitness tracker was that after years of just using his work phone, he finally bought his own personal phone. I saw that the only app he has downloaded is a fitness tracker, and that's when I thought of buying him one.

He is more of a lifter than anything, has been since we've been married (almost 12 years). He does however do some cardio even though from discussions I have heard with some of his friends who work out with him, they think he should nix the cardio. He has to work to keep weight ON and to keep his bulk because he is naturally thin. But I don't see him ever giving it up because he seems to really enjoy it whenever he does it.
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My 2c. I've had a Fitbit (Charge HR) on my wrist since last May. I've found it quite useful, both for cardio (elliptical) and weights (free and machine).

While wearable trackers were essentially pedometers when they first came out, they've grown into much more sophisticated devices that do more than just 'measure steps'. There are quite a few now that also recognise weight workout routines. And can let you add routines it doesn't know about. Here's a couple of links to help you:

https://www.wareable.com/fitness-tra...group-test-960

Best Fitness Tracker For Weight Lifting - Activity Tracker World

As far as 'bulk', The only time it kinda gets snagged is when i'm doing sideways pulls on the cable crossover machine, when the cable lays across my wrist, but isn't a major issue.


As to HR measurement, i've checked it against the measurements taken on the machines, and it seems to always be about the same as the machines reading. Now, the machines may also not be the most accurate either, but it does always pretty much match up...

There's also correct placement, for my Fitbit, it's one/two finger widths above your wrist bone (the sticky out lumps)

There was a lawsuit against Fitbit last year, claiming inaccurate HR readings:

Fitbit Lawsuit: 4 Things to Know

Though, IMO, the 'testing' done by the plaintiffs was... halfaŁŁed. It takes a while for the device to get used to you, which wasn't tried in the testing. Put it on, work out for a short time, take it off, and wonder why it didn't 'know' you in the short period.

And the claim is that they (trackers) don't measure HR as accurately as a dedicated medical grade device. Well, DUH! Trackers are a multi function, have to do it all, for around $100 device. But none of the manufacturers have ever claimed (afaik) that their devices are as accurate as a dedicated medical grade device.
Hey Day1! Read your latest update and was grinning from ear to ear! Thanks for the info.
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As a lifter it's still important to keep up on your cardio. The best way to do this is to lift faster.

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The best gift you could give your husband is to get a job and help him with the family finances. I guarantee you he doesn't like the fact he has to supply every dollar that comes into the family nor should he feel he is responsible to do so.

"I've paid double for every transgression I've ever made and that motel and that boat are little to ask for"
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Get a fitness watch which also does HR and doesn't need a chest strap. Many fitness watches now can check HR directly at the wrist and can chart HR all day. A chest strap is more accurate for HR, but it's more cumbersome and you don't wear it all day.

I know Fitbit, Garmin, and others have HR watches in about the $100 range.

As many people have said, fitness tracking (movement) probably isn't useful for weightlifting, but HR tracking is. Plus, it's good to know your HR in general, especially as you get older.
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The best gift you could give your husband is to get a job and help him with the family finances. I guarantee you he doesn't like the fact he has to supply every dollar that comes into the family nor should he feel he is responsible to do so.
I aint even mad at ya for looking out for the brothers. But I can assure you my husband is a HAPPY and satisfied man. I got this.
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As a lifter it's still important to keep up on your cardio. The best way to do this is to lift faster.
I think that's what he was advised but he enjoys the other cardio.
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As a lifter it's still important to keep up on your cardio. The best way to do this is to lift faster.
You are obviously an agent of Broki. Shoo, shoo, gainz goblin!
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You are obviously an agent of Broki. Shoo, shoo, gainz goblin!
No whey!

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No whey!
Verily my brother in iron, the only acceptable form of cardio for a swoldier is performed horizontally. Your advice to [TRIGGER WARNING] lift faster is a blasphemy. Today at the Iron Temple I will raise prayers to Brodin in sets of five for your soul.
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