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Sigma Sport Fit Watch Heart Rate Monitor
The Sigma Sport Fit Watch heart rate monitor is an intermediate heart rate monitor. It has a number of additional features (indicated in bold in the list below) compared with the Sigma Sport PC 15 heart rate monitor. However it has also dropped some features from the Sigma Sport PC 15.
The main features of the Sigma Sport Fit Watch heart rate monitor are:
- Continuous heart rate monitoring
- Fitness Test: You do a 5 minute warm up, followed by a 1 mile (1.6 km) walk and at the end you get a number. You can do this test on a regular (probably monthly) basis, to see if your fitness has increased.
- You get a more refined calculation of calorie burnt during your session via setting Calorie Index
- The Fit Watch can automatically set 3 heart rate training zones based on your personal data. The zone limits can be overridden manually.
- You can read which heart rate zone you are currently training in and your current heart rate as % of your HR max.
- You can set a zone alarm to beep when you cross your heart rate zone boundaries.
- You can set the watch to start (or stop) the training automatically when you have reached a specified heart rate. E.g. You can set it to start your session once your heart rate reaches 120 beats per minute.
- You can run 2 independent stop watches with start, (pause, restart,) and stop.
- Your training now includes an optional 5 minute recovery phase at the end of it.
- You can view, both during and after the exercise session, the following session data: Time spent training in the 3 heart rate zones, exercise duration, average heart rate, maximum heart rate, calories burnt and recovery heart rate. Note: The recovery heart rate can be viewed only after the exercise.
- You can now save data for up to 7 training sessions.
- You can also view the following multiple session totals: Total training time 1 and total training time 2.
- Basic time keeping: Time, date
- You can adjust the contrast of the display
- Wireless heart rate monitor (ECG accurate) with an analogue chest strap transmitter and a wrist watch receiver
- It can work with gym equipment (e.g. treadmills) capable of picking up your transmitter's signals to show your heart rate on the equipment's display panel
- Bicycle mounting bracket
Note: HR max = maximum heart rate
Note: The batteries should be changed by an authorized dealer.
Calorie Index is factor which takes into account the type of exercise you are just about to do. For example billiards has an index of 18 whereas cross country running has an index of 74. Clearly playing an hour of billiards is going to consume considerably less calories than running cross country for an hour. There is a sheet of paper supplied which gives you the Calorie Index for many different types of sports. You input this index prior to your workout to ensure that the calories calculated by the monitor are more accurate.
You may be wondering why there are now two training time totals. You can use them this way, for example. If you reset time 1 monthly and time 2 weekly, time 1 will give you a monthly total and time 2 a weekly total of your training time.
The list below shows the features not present in the Sigma Sport Fit Watch though they are included in the PC 15:
- Wake up alarm
- Lap counter
- Multiple session calorie consumption total
The Sigma Sport Fit Watch is not a straightforward upgrade of the PC 15 as it has also dropped a number of features that the PC 15 has.
The Fit Watch's ability to save data for up to 7 sessions is a significant enhancement. It allows you to review how your training has been progressing and can give you pointers about how you should plan your next session.
Reviews: This page has a concise summary of Sigma Sport heart rate monitor reviews.
Further information: Visit Sigma's official web site.
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