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How to Use My Polar Heart Rate Monitor With Life Fitness Equipment

by
author image Marie Mulrooney
Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. A retired personal trainer, former math tutor, avid outdoorswoman and experience traveler, Mulrooney also runs a small side business creating custom crafts. She's published thousands of articles in print and online, helping readers do everything from perfecting their pushups to learning new languages.

Most types of Life Fitness cardio equipment offer Polar heart rate telemetry with heart rate control programming. If you're wearing a Polar heart rate monitor, the treadmill, bike, elliptical trainer or stair stepper you're working out on can monitor your heart rate and adjust speed, incline or resistance automatically to keep you within a target heart rate range. You can either purchase a Polar chest strap heart rate monitor from Life Fitness or use your own.

Step 1

Moisten the electrodes on the heart rate monitor.

Step 2

Position the heart rate monitor around your chest, centered and as high as possible underneath the chest muscles. For women, the heart rate monitor usually sits in the same place as your bra band. The electrodes should be flat against your skin.

Step 3

Select the desired heart rate control program from your exercise equipment console. Some Life Fitness products offer several heart rate control options to choose from, including Heart Rate Hill and Heart Rate Interval programs. The fitness equipment should automatically detect the wireless heart rate monitor.

Step 4

Begin exercising. The Life Fitness treadmill, elliptical, stair stepper or bike will automatically adjust resistance, speed and incline to keep you within the selected target heart rate zone.

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