These days it seems everyone has a GPS watch that is also a heart rate monitor (HRM). Everyone, that is, except me. Actually, I’m pretty sure that there are other active people out there that don’t have HRMs — but would like one, if it were comfortable and easy to use.
Today I’d like to introduce you to the Blink 3.0 from Heartzones. Heartzones was founded by Sally Edwards — triathlete, ultramarthoner, and founder of Fleet Feet. Sally’s mission is to help people get and keep active — and that’s a mission I can get behind.
So first things first: hear rate training is all the rage these days. But why? There are many reasons, but here’s what it boils down to: your heart rate gives you precise feedback on when you’re training too hard or too light — or just right.
The Blink 3.0 allows you to customize three zones:
- Blue: easy
- Yellow: moderate
- Red: strenuous
The device itself blinks, and the blinker color changes as your heart rate changes to match your zones — when you’re working out easy, it blinks blue; as you ramp it up, it blinks yellow, and of course it blinks red when you’re going hard.
Disclaimer: I received at Blink 3.0 wearable free in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this post are my own.
HRM — no chest strap necessary!
I don’t know about you, but I really don’t want to have to strap something extra around my chest. My treadmill actually has a heart rate monitor — but since I have to strap it around my chest, I can probably count the number of times I’ve used it on two hands — and I’ve had the treadmill about fifteen years or so.
Comfortable and versatile
The stretchy neoprene band makes it easy to put on and light to wear.
Yes, it’s waterproof up to 10-20 meters. I didn’t end up testing it since I don’t like to take my iPod into the pool with me, but Holly @ Hohoruns did, and she gave it two thumbs up here. I also got to test it out in a torrential downpour yesterday — it definitely seemed to have survived!
Sensors for different skin zones
There are actually two optical sensors, which makes it more accurate for people with pale skin and people of color.
Okay, if you’re wearing your Blink 3.0, you’re not running naked. But what about those days you just want to run without worrying about pace or distance? Wouldn’t it be nice to still know you’re getting a good workout?
The Blink 3.0 is very lightweight, and very simple to use. In order to collect data and be able to easily see which zone you’re working out in, you will need to have your smartphone so that you can have the Heartzones App running (unfortunately only available for iOS devices presently).
Unless you enjoy running with your phone in your hand (hey, I’ve seen it!), the only actual feedback you’ll get on the run is the changing color of your Blink 3.0. This makes it easy to adjust your pace without getting hung up on the numbers — but you’ll have all the data on the app after you finish your run.
Also check out Teresa @ Findingfabulousatfifty’s in-depth review here.
So let me know in the comments:
Do you use a HRM?
Has your HRM helped you train smarter?
Does the Blink 3.0 sound interesting to you?