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do you use HRM gel?(15 posts)

do you use HRM gel?jradford
Jun 17, 2003 7:25 AM
I a think of geting some and would like to know how well it works and what you experiences are.
unnecessary; use spit. nmDougSloan
Jun 17, 2003 7:28 AM
Sandpaper, a razor ....Humma Hah
Jun 17, 2003 7:32 AM
... I sometimes find I need some gel, but make my own. A dab of "joy jelly" (personal lubricant such as KY) and a dash of table salt does the trick just fine.

Medical technicians sometimes find that some patients need a little more prep. They may need to shave off body hair in the affected area, or use an abrasive on the skin. The modern self-adhesive disposable electrodes they now use for ECGs has made the need for these measures rare, but that doesn't help you with an HRM.

Most people don't need anything once they've worked up a sweat, but it may help you to get the unit working for resting HR or prior to starting a workout.
Ditto the dab of KY. nm.frankamo
Jun 17, 2003 8:29 AM
Jun 17, 2003 7:49 AM
re: do you use HRM gel?jradford
Jun 17, 2003 8:08 AM
I have found that in high winds and days where it is cool and harder to get a good sweat going my HRM will give me some very poor readings.
re: do you use HRM gel?Juanmoretime
Jun 17, 2003 8:10 AM
I use the Performance Bike brand and it works very well in situations of extended workouts when you body starts to dehydrate. When sweating starts to slow down or stop, I loose the heartrate reading and find I get more consistent readings using the gel.
Jun 17, 2003 8:10 AM
I got my Polar 710 over the winter. In the first couple of weeks I lost the signal from the strap a few times. It was a pain because I was wearing 5 layers. I knew my LBS had some of the gel so I just picked it up. I haven't had problems since.

I'd say it isn't neccessary unless spit doesn't cut it.

I've also found that liquid hand soap works.
Any skin lotion with a water base works wellContinental
Jun 17, 2003 8:35 AM
Vaseline intensive care lotion or similar lotion or skin cream. Vasolin petroleum jelly or ointments will not work!
Perspiration, water, saliva (nm)Fez
Jun 17, 2003 9:51 AM
It's nice that we can openly discuss this as adults.Spoiler
Jun 17, 2003 11:32 AM
Like most blossoming youths, I started using nothing. It was up to the individual to learn for himself. It's not like our culture encourages parents to provide guidance in this area.

When I was a young buck, all we had was spit, vaseline, motor oil, baby oil, olive oil, peanut oil, vegetable oil, straight lard, congealed bacon grease, or cherry pie filling. Now the miracles of modern chemistry have brough us these wonderful high tech lubes.

To be honest, when I was young it didn't take much to get my heart rate up so lotion wasn't necessary. After a few years though, I started needing something extra to enhance the contact, especially during winter months. Vaseline is a bit too greasy and messy, but as long as you shower immediately after, your skin should stay healthy.

Just remember, it's perfectly natural and healthy.
I just re-read my post ...Humma Hah
Jun 17, 2003 12:05 PM
... and think that perhaps I should have made it quite clear that I was speaking of improving electrical conductivity to the electrodes of a chest-strap HRM.

Salted Joy Jelly and shaving and sandpapering the area of interest, I'm working up a sweat just THINKING of another context!
That returns to the photo-caption contest! (nm)pitt83
Jun 17, 2003 12:15 PM
Yes, but I don't have a HRM.Gadfly
Jun 17, 2003 12:28 PM
I sure do love the gel, though. Thousands of household uses.
and one 'personal' one...nmbicyclerepairman
Jun 17, 2003 3:21 PM