Chest Strap with my Apple Watch

ZebraDude

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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.
 

ZebraDude

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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. https://www.twelvesouth.com/product/actionsleeve
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).
 
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midloman

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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).
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. :)
 
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ryanide

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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. https://www.twelvesouth.com/product/actionsleeve
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?
 
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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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