When you are searching for the best swimming heartrate monitor, there are many things to consider.
You will want many of the same features as people who are doing other types of fitness training, but there are some things that are special to a swimmer.
This article considers what you would look for in any heart rate monitor plus the extra features needed for swimming.
Of course, you will want to choose a good brand. You will want equipment that tracks the heart rate accurately and you may want it to give other performance indicators too, like calories burned. It is good also to have equipment that looks good and is comfortable to wear.
A heart rate monitor for pool use should provide a chest strap to measure your heart rate with a wireless transmitter that sends the information to a wrist watch where it is displayed and recorded. Strapless heart rate watches that measure the heartbeat at the pulse are not so accurate while you swim because they move around too much in the water.
The first question to ask, of course, is whether the watch is waterproof. You don’t need something for deep sea divers but you’ll need it to be water resistant up to 3 meters (9 ft) which is a pretty deep pool.
It is not easy to check your heartrate when you are actually swimming. It is useful to have one that sounds an alarm when you leave your target heart rate zone, but even then you might not always hear it.
Obviously you cannot bring your wrist in front of your face to read the display without interrupting your stroke, unless you are using the breast stroke. Therefore a very basic watch that just shows the heart rate on its display will not be very useful, especially if it is the type where you have to press a button to even see the display.
This means that the top swimming heart rate monitor is one that records your heart rate all through your swim and saves the results of several swims. That way you can keep track of how you are doing during each rest break.
A heartrate monitor is an important purchase. Do not waste money on equipment that does not have all of the features that a swimmer needs. Choose a top HRM for swimming and you will soon be wondering how you ever swam without it.