Heart Rate Monitor Options for Indoor Cycling

Heart Rate Monitor Options for Indoor Cycling

Your ability to track and manage heart rate is key to cardiovascular development. Gauging the intensity of your workout is far superior to a sweaty selfie.. It’s hot. Almost everyone sweats when it’s hot!  Even the notion of going breathless isn’t the best gauge.  You’re pedaling for less time than the length of a commercial and you go breathless.  How difficult is that?

In reality, heart rate is a reaction to work, not really an indicator of how much is being performed.  Over time, one should be able to do more work at a decreased beats per minute.  We are all experts at losing our breath. The true challenge lies in controlling your heart rate and maintaining effort over time. 

Wearable technology is the number one trend in fitness.  When cycling indoors, monitoring heart rate and varying your heart rate zones is a key part of nurturing your fitness levels. The following list of devices is not conclusive, but a survey of devices which may appeal to indoor riders.  

Check out one of these devices and take a few months to see how indoor cycling really impacts your performance.

 

Wahoo Tickr X ($79.99)

Wahoo TickrX

Wahoo TickrX

Worn by some of the top professional cycling teams, the Wahoo TickrX captures heart rate and workout activity data via a chest strap.  Its ability to detect cadence, how fast you are pedaling, differentiates the TickrX from other devices.    A mobile app displays real-time stats, including heart rate zones, and generates a post-workout report.

 

Motiv Ring ($199)

Motiv Ring

Motiv Ring

The Motiv Ring is an inconspicuous device for those who want all-day tracking.  Monitoring sleep and providing advice on recovery is the Motiv ring’s primary objective.  In doing so, it captures active heart and shares data with a mobile app.  The Motiv ring is water-proof and available in seven different sizes.

 

Whoop Band ($30 monthly subscription)

Whoop band

Whoop band

The Whoop band 3.0, worn around the wrist or via an armband, is a favorite of professional athletes, including LeBron James.  The Whoop band’s primary metric is heart rate variability (HRV), a measure of performance readiness based on its continuous heart rate monitoring.  During an activity, the Whoop band displays your active heart rate and afterwards provides a detailed analysis of your performance. 

 

Apple Watch Series 4 ($399)

The Apple Watch Series 4 continuously tracks heart rate via an optical heart rate sensor.  Selecting indoor cycling mode activates a session which tracks your ride and generates statistics.  You may download various apps to the watch to track heart rate zones and other metrics.   Integration with Apple’s fitness mobile app provides feedback on your weekly and monthly goals. 

Apple Watch ride summary

Apple Watch ride summary

 

Moov HR ($50 - $99)

Moov headband

Moov headband

The Moov HR boasts unmatched heart rate accuracy along with a coaching option to guide you through your HIIT workouts.   Available via a headband (Moov HR Sweat) or chest strap (Moov HR Burn), performance activity is shared with Moov’s mobile app. 

 

Garmin Fenix 5 ($500)

Garmin Fenix

Garmin Fenix

The Garmin Fenix 5 (version 6 is now available)  is an advanced device marketed for the serious outdoor athlete.   It monitors indoor training activities and shares it with the Garmin app for detailed analysis.  With an impressive battery life of up to two weeks, the Fenix is a perfect performance watch for those who plan to continue the experience outdoors.

Female Cyclists Who Started Riding in Their 20s (or Later)

Female Cyclists Who Started Riding in Their 20s (or Later)

Tips for Indoor Riders Transitioning to Riding Outside

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