Heart Rate monitors and swimming

IronMikeIronMike BostonCharter Member
edited November 2012 in General Discussion
Anyone out there use a heart rate monitor while swimming? More questions:

What model do you use?
How do you design your training around the HR monitor?
Do you wear it while doing group workouts, like with a masters group?
Do you wear it in open water?
How did you find your (swim) max heart rate?

I remember reading somewhere about a pro triathlete whose coach designs his training week by week solely based on his heart rate during the previous week's training. And apparently this triathlete does really well in races.

Just here troubling deaf heaven with my bootless cries...



  • SuirThingSuirThing Carrick-on-Suir, IrelandMember
    I tried it with a cheap one but couldn't get it to stay on .... resistance from the water kept causing it to roll back, especially when pushing off the wall

    triathlete wearing a wetsuit wouldn't have this problem

    I tried to convince myself, but, orange flavour electrolyte, mixed with hot chocolate,
    tastes nothing like Terry's Chocolate Orange ....

  • WaterGirlWaterGirl Scottsdale, AZCharter Member
    I have a Polar heart rate monitor. Sometimes it works in the water, sometimes not. My best guess is that it works when the water temp is at or below 82F.

    I've heard that the Finis hrm is the only one that works reliably in the water. (Hard to imagine a reliable Finis electronic product, but there you have it.) That one doesn't save any data, it just audibly tells you your heart rate however often you tell it to.

    I thought the information I got from wearing the hrm was interesting. For example, on days when I'm swimming badly (slowly), my heart rate isn't any lower.

    You'd have to be really consistent technique-wise to be able to use it the same way runners and cyclists use it.
  • Ramous62Ramous62 londonMember

    I use the polar A300, it works well but you have to swim with a rash vest to hold it in place, a tight one as well. Otherwise, it will be moved by the water as you swim. Simply...a strap is never going to hold it in place.

    It has been consistent with it recording and as far as I know, the only option that works in the water. There may be newer watches out now that have the equivalent tech, I haven't had the need to keep up with those advancements.

    Whats great about heart rate training is you can see exactly how hard you're working. No mind games where you think you are pushing it but the monitor says no your not. This can help battle those days when you're mind and body aren't being honest with each other. :)

  • BogdanZBogdanZ Bucharest, RomaniaMember

    I use a swim HR monitor from Garmin, but the feedback comes post-training, not during the practice itself, in water; when the watch will search for HR save data and display it with the other statistical data.

  • sean80304sean80304 Boulder, CONew Member

    Anyone out there use an Apple watch? thinking of picking up a Apple 5. I am looking to do a 21 km swim summer 2020 and want to track my training as well as the event. Can't seem to find out from Apple if this can be used for a long swim. Any other suggestions for trackers?

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