I absolutely adore my Heart Rate Monitor. Even though it’s an older model, it’s pretty great. It tracks your calories and fat burned. It keeps a log of your daily & weekly workout records.
You can set and maintain your target heart rate zones to see how hard you are working in an exercise. Knowing how you are doing during your workouts is a BIG thing! Once you know what your resting heart rate is and know what your fully pushed heart rate is – you can easy tell when and where you need to push it a little harder!
For strength training it can be essential!! In a lifting workout you should be burning a higher % of body fat rather than in a high intensity cardio where you burn more calories but less % of fat…
For example: During a 2 mile run – I burned 465 calories, 15% fat, in 30 minutes.
During a session of ChaLEAN Extreme: Push Curcuit 3 (strength) – I burned 282 calories, 55% fat, in 30 minutes… See the difference???
Mine is a Polar F6 PINK!
This set only comes with 20LB for each dumbbell. The weights are thick, so I only use the 15 LBs on each and then I add the skinner single 2.5LBs (sold separately, by any brand) to up my dumbbells to 25-30lb each!
For warm-up and smaller muscles, I use my single Reebok dumbbells @ 5lb, 8lb, and 10lb.