Chest Strap with my Apple Watch

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by ZebraDude, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. ZebraDude macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2014
    Naperville, IL
    I really LOVE my Apple Watches!

    That being said I have noticed that when I go mountain biking and/or Weight Lifting (activities that cause a lot of Arm/body movement).

    I go to check my heart rate and at times my BPM is at 57. I then have to take the watch off my wrist and wipe the sweat off and reattach and I am good to go for the moment.

    Stopping to do that kills the moment so I pulled out my POLAR 57 strap out of my drawer and attach it to my watch and the readings are rock solid.

    I know it is extreme but I hate to lose calories when the heart monitor is out of order.

    I notice it mostly when doing extreme mountain biking and I am making a lot of jerking movements.

    I am wondering if I am the only one?

    Ps. I wear my watch using my nike strap very tightly about an inch away from my wrist.
  2. HengenJL macrumors 6502a


    May 27, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    You might want to take a look at Twelve South's Action Sleeve. It's an arm band for your Apple Watch. I have one that I wear for kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, the gym, most heavy exercise. It works quite well.
  3. ZebraDude thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2014
    Naperville, IL
    it's a good solution.

    I do like having a watch on my arm for the time and other apps and since I had a polar strap (used it mostly for the cardio equipment at the HC).
  4. midloman macrumors regular


    Feb 10, 2010
    Midllothian, VA
    You are not the only one. I use the watch in the gym (cardio, weights) and I got tired of seeing periodic dropouts. I also started using the Polar chest strap and the issue is no longer an issue.

    I also have a Rhythm+ HR monitor, the one that goes on your forearm. I've started using that recently, and it works just as well. I think I prefer it; I was never a complete fan of wearing the chest strap. Always knew it was there, more so than I do the Rhythm+. And the Rhythm+ looks cooler. :)
  5. ryanide macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2002
    I bought this and I found that I don't like to wear it up around my bicep as it feels too constricting. So I use it on my forearm, which works pretty well most of the time, except on occasion when it loosens up and slips down.

    Sometimes I still get low reading in the 50s which are completely off and that is annoying. Not sure if that is just a watch issue or what. Maybe a reset will fix that too?
  6. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005
    As @midioman above noted as well I've had VERY good results with the Scosche Rhythm+ forearm monitor. It is MUCH more comfortable than a chest strap, portable too and gives very good results. They can be found on ebay for about 40$

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