Heart rate monitors : Chest straps v wrist

The big bpm heart rate debate settled

If you’re looking to get serious with sport, heart rate training is essential. But should you be looking for a chest strap or optical wrist monitor?

Optical heart rate monitors on the latest running watches and fitness bandshave got a bit of a bad rap, but in reality, the choice between strap and wrist isn’t black and white. For many people chest straps are a no-go and even they can’t provide spot-on accuracy.

Heart rate monitors: Chest v wrist

We’ve spoken to experts the world over and tried out all the latest devices, and can now offer some pretty clear advice on the matter. Unfortunately, there’s not a definitive answer without caveats – but we can arm you with the facts about a pretty impassioned area of technology.

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