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HRM straps for those of us with bird chests...(7 posts)

HRM straps for those of us with bird chests..._rt_
Nov 24, 2003 9:15 AM
i've recently started training using a HRM and i have discovered that as a very small female the contact points on my HRM strap are placed to widely to consistently pick up my HR. as such my readings are often really eratic jumping from 150+ to 105 to 140 to 94 etc. i recently changed the battery in the sensor, so that is not the problem. i also wet the contact points (i tried gel yesterday to no avail) before putting the strap on. if i take a deep breath and expand my rib cage the HRM seems to read better but i can't spend my whole workout holding my breath!! ;-)

does anyone know of a chest strap made for women or small chested people?? i thought maybe Terry or Title 9 might have something but neither seem to.

any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Keep experimenting...biknben
Nov 25, 2003 7:11 AM
Some manufacturers may vary the spacing of the contact points but you'd probably just have to try them to find out. I've never seen that dimension listed in any HRM specs.

I'm surprised the gel didn't help. I had some issues with inconsistant readings but the gel cleared that up. BTW: I've also gotten good results using liquid soap.

Is it possible that the strap is sliding down/not staying in place? Are you using a HRM compatible JogBra? What model HRM is it. The contacts on my Polar strap are very wide. They are only a couple inches apart at the middle and each one is four or five inches wide. It would seem that they would occamodate a wide variety of chest sizes.
Keep experimenting..._rt_
Nov 25, 2003 7:19 AM
thanks. i think the problem is that the HRM is just a POS. it was free, so i guess i'm getting what i paid for! ;-)

the strap isn't sliding down because i secure it under my sports bra. the sports bras made by Polar with the strap slots are all too big on me. :(

the HRM is a VDO and the strap is an Axiom. VDO is the brand that Performance rebadges as Axiom so the strap should work with the monitor. like i said, the problem is likely crappy equipment, but i'll keep playing around with it to see if i can't get better readings.

Since you mention Performance...biknben
Nov 25, 2003 7:31 AM
This might be a good reason to take advantage of Performance's return policy. You could experiment with different brands/models until you find something that works. Just return the stuff that doesn't work out.

I've found the Polar stuff to be well worth the price. Many of the other brands are just knock-offs or intended more for runners.
can't return..._rt_
Nov 25, 2003 10:06 AM
the HRM was given to me by a friend who works for a performance owned company. i believe that the VDO monitor was something they used during product development and it was never stocked in the store. the strap, on the other hand, probably came off a different monitor, so returning it probably wouldn't go over too well!

i'll check into the Polar - i know a number of people who have them and can probably borrow one for a ride or two.


The only sure methodNo_sprint
Nov 26, 2003 10:16 AM
is to make an appointment with me for a personal evaluation. We'll get this situation ironed out! :)
We don't all like 'em big! (nm)53T
Dec 2, 2003 8:03 AM