Tracking My Fitness With A Polar FT60 Watch

August 27, 2013

Over the last few months I have been tracking and following my fitness levels with a Polar FT60 Watch.

Some of you may already know about Polar  and the things they do but for thoses of you that don’t, here’s what they say:

“Listening to your body is one thing, understanding what it is telling you is an altogether different story. Polar helps you get under the skin of your training. We put it down to a combination of expertise in sports, physiology and electronics, coupled with a deep understanding of customer needs. It’s no surprise then that we’ve been leading the way in technological innovations and heart rate monitors since 1977.

And we cater for all levels of fitness by offering a comprehensive product range, along with essential support and advice. Everything from improving an athlete’s sports performance to helping people enjoy a healthier lifestyle, and aiding rehabilitation and weight management.

This desire to be the best is made possible by ambitious and highly talented professionals who still believe as passionately in what we do today, as we did over 30 years ago. And our success is clear to see. Today, Polar employs 1200 people worldwide, manufactures all products in its fully owned factories, has 26 subsidiaries globally and manages a distribution network supplying over 35,000 retail outlets in more than 80 countries. Now that’s what we call the power behind Polar.”


So, back to my watch, the Polar FT60.

Upon removing it from it’s box, I was instantly impressed with the quality. In hand, the watch feels strong and well made which is always important when you’re going to be wearing it to workout.

The first thing you need to do when taking the watch out of the box is activate it, for this you go through a list of things to tell the watch:

-current date
-current time
-preferred units of measurement
-date of birth

The next thing you need to do is perform the fitness test. The is where you lay down for a set amount of time and let the watch analyze your heart rate which it will score you on.

Next the FT60 asks you to create a training program where you give it your goal – weight loss, fitness, endurance etc. I chose weight loss and it put together a plan for me.

This is where I went for a quick jog to test it out….

First of all my favorite part – the calorie counter lets you know how many calories you’ve burned in the workout…this is a real motivation for me! I also love how it shows you your highest and average heart rate.

The watch itself is pretty comfy and I have no problems with it getting in the way while I workout. Even though it looks bulky it’s lightweight which is great.

I would definitely recommend the FT60 or another from the Polar range to anyone that wants to track their fitness levels, heart rate or calorie burn


The photos in this post are from workouts I did while I was doing the 5000 calorie challenge.

Disclosure: I was sent the Polar FT60 of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

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