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Polar A1 Heart Rate Monitor

Polar A1 Heart Rate Monitor Polar A1 heart rate monitor really is a most basic heart rate monitor. It is intended for general fitness training.

Here are the main features about the Polar A1 heart rate monitor. It has:

  • Continuous Heart Rate Monitoring
  • Visual indicator showing how long you have been exercising: 1 block = 10 minutes of exercise, up to a maximum of 6 blocks
  • Duration of Exercise Session (using its Stop Watch)
  • Average Heart Rate of Exercise Session

However, it does not have the following basic features:

  • Heart Rate Training Zone
  • Maximum Heart Rate of Exercise Session
  • Basic Time Keeping
  • Backlight

Other points:

  • It is a wireless heart rate monitor composed of an analogue chest strap transmitter and a wrist watch receiver.
  • It is water resistant up to 30m.


You can see that this heart rate monitor is VERY basic. It does not have a heart rate zone to warn you from overtraining or undertraining in an exercise session. It does not tell you the maximum heart rate you managed to reach during your exercise. It does not have a backlight. It does not even tell the time!

But it does the job if you are the kind of person who considers every feature (apart from showing the heart rate, of course) as an unwelcome distraction. If you are this type of person, then this is the perfect monitor for you!

Next one up in the Polar A series is the Polar A3. It represents a major improvement over the A1.

Note: This monitor is now discontinued i.e. Polar no longer makes it. The current entry level model is the Polar FS1 which corresponds most closely to the Polar A1.

Not sure which heart rate monitor is right for you? Take a look at the Which Heart Rate Monitor page.

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