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    ? about calories and fitness trackers

    It sounds like Vantage isn't sampling the HR as frequently. Maybe Polar is trying to preserve the battery. It would ruin a workout not to have accurate readings. At this point, I find it difficult to workout without a HRM. I need those numbers! I've tested the A360 when I first got it using...
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    ? about calories and fitness trackers

    I want to second what DirtDiva said. I love my Polars, all the ones I've used over the years. I'm still using my A360 right now. The new H10 transmitter is a massive improvement over the H7. I had 2 H7s and they would periodically give a HR spike or a wrong reading. I've been using the H10...
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    Extended warm up

    Could you please add an extended warm up as a bonus? It would be very helpful particularly before the HIIT workouts. I know the focus of this series is on 30 min workouts but many of us will use them as mix&match modular workouts to create longer sessions. It would be great to have an...
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    DIY SOAP AND CANDLE MAKERS???

    The two that I buy from repeatedly are: Wellington fragrance company and Fragrance Buddy. They have gift certificates. They have good prices and consistent high quality EOs and FOs. I prefer to use FOs in soaps because they are safer than EOs. I've tested >500 different samples from more...
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    Plant-based suggestions please

    My suggestions for cookbooks: 1-America's Test Kitchen: The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook. If you only want to buy one book, this is the one to get. An alternative would be their Mediterranean cookbook. 2-Martha Stewart Living: Meatless. 3-Kaushy Patel: Prashad at home and Vegetarian Indian...
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    A testament to the effectiveness of Cathe workouts

    What an inspiring post! Thank you for sharing. Good luck with next year's challenge. I'm sure you'll crush it. I avoid workouts that are promoted using before and after pictures. They are based on distorting the truth and making unrealistic promises. I know people who developed permanent...
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    Correction needed

    The article about the stroke risk needs a correction. The sentence that reads "One study found that a ratio of potassium to sodium in the urine greater than 1 is linked with a 47% higher risk of stroke" reversed the salts. I think it should read a ratio of sodium to potassium in the urine...
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    Low Blood Pressure = lower calories burned during workouts? Anybody know?

    Right now, I'm using the Polar A360. I wrote about it in the HRM thread. I got it to monitor sleep mostly and ended up using it as a watch/HRM/activity tracker. There is a new version the A370 and a new transmitter the H10. I use the A360 with and without the transmitter and it is pretty...
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    Low Blood Pressure = lower calories burned during workouts? Anybody know?

    Your numbers are almost identical to mine. Your blood pressure has nothing to do with your calorie burn. The number of calories burned during a workout is dependent on the zone you work out in (ie intensity) and not your HR. The zone is indirectly measured using the HR. If you used the...
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    HRM: Chest strap or no Chest strap???

    I have used Polar products for decades and they are the only HRMs I recommend. I can't workout without them. I bought the A360 few years ago and I use it all the time. It tracks activity and sleep and functions as a full featured HRM. It gives me the flexibility of using it as a HRM with or...
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    Loving fit/split except for abs...

    I can't do planks holding dumbbells because of wrist pain. I've tried 2 different WAGs but neither size worked for me. I went back to using yoga blocks. I have them on top of my exercise mat which is covered with a thick carpet. This combination works the best for me. My wrists leave small...
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    Squat Form

    I have 3 suggestions for you from what I use: 1- Mark Lauren Mobility RX. Use it to try new movements and then incorporate them into your workout (after the warm up and at the end of the workout) once you figure out which ones address your issue. I've reverted to the old days of doing some...
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    Does anybody know a HRM that works?

    You can get the watch battery changed at any store that does that like (JC Penney) if you don't want to do it yourself as long as you don't need it to be waterproof. DH started changing mine and his after sending it to polar several times for ~$40 each time. The transmitter is easy to change...
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    Article about The Biggest Loser

    The BL show is a reality show which by definition brings out the worst in people to attract a type of viewer. It's all scripted and not worth watching or getting upset about. Unlike other reality shows, BL ended up having some utility because it tested one approach to dealing with the problem...
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    Tracie Long fans--She is filming again!!

    I ordered too. I'm waiting for the new Cathe's. I thought we would have a preorder already. New Tracie's are most welcome in the meantime. We'll probably get them before the end of June.
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