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Don’t Be Still My Beating (Omron) Heart (Rate Monitor)

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA
Strapless Omron HR Monitor

What 2 things are strapless in this picture?

Would you be surprised to hear that sometimes Alexandra needs monitoring? Apparently Omron Heart Rate Monitor company thought the same as they sent us heart rate monitors to try out and review for you.

Kymberly: Two features I noticed and liked right away (besides the fact that the monitors were complimentary! Always nice):

1) The little gizmo is strapless. Yes, just like the dresses I never wore in college! No strap around the torso, no electrodes to hook up to. I just popped that baby onto my wrist like a watch.

Alexandra: Oh, I SO want to hook Kymberly up to some electrodes right now, just for research purposes. Say, maybe I can talk her into touching the electric fence around my garden (my 17-year-old and his friends touched it on purpose. Silly boys; shocks are for cars).

K: 2) Super easy to check my heart rate. I simply placed two fingers on top, waited 6 seconds, and voila! The number and a little heart symbol appeared. Yes, it revealed my heart rate, not IQ or waist size. Sheesh! It can also tell you how many calories you’ve burned.

A: Did it reveal whether or not you have a heart? One thing I noticed, since I like to wear things on my right wrist, is that the monitor really only works if you wear it on the left. I never could get a reading when I tried to use the left hand/ right wrist combo. Maybe there’s a version out there for lefties.


K: Fine print (meaning my comments are so Fiiiine, you will want to keep reading): to take advantage of the watch, calorie burning indicator, stopwatch, alarm, and other features, keep those instructions handy and actually read them.  My experience went like this — read, press stuff, enjoy beeping, get reading glasses, read the next two lines, poke at the monitor more, read more, get more beeping, distract the new puppy who wanted to chew the Omron monitor. (She liked the beeping I guess). You get the picture.

Omron HR Monitor

So simple to use even Kila can figure it out!

In case you want one for you or your pet, here’s the link to Omron.

If you’re on Twitter, please join in the TweetChat #FitWithOmron to ask questions such as, “Do you have a left-handed version,” and other workout-related topics. The chats are Jan. 09 and Feb. 06; both at 6:00 pm PST.

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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25 Responses to Don’t Be Still My Beating (Omron) Heart (Rate Monitor)

  1. Miz January 9, 2012 at 7:34 am #


    I was an vowed RPE woman.

    Misfit ;-)

    You may be swaying me….
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  2. Kerri O January 9, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    What IS it with boys and electric fences? ;) I love that it requires no chest strap! And it’s not bad looking either.
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    • AlexandraFunFit January 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

      You know, Kerri, I’m not sure. I have two boys and my eldest is defnitely the type who says, “Hmm, what will happen if I do this?” No wonder he’s going to study science in college.
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  3. Cindy January 9, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    Wow this one seems to be really great! I could use it while jogging, I have been searching for a good runner-watch with EKG, but I haven’t found the right one. Thanks for the idea, I”g going to give a try to this one!
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    • AlexandraFunFit January 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

      Well, Cindy, I can tell you that Kymberly loves the look, feel and behavior or hers so much that she’s now wearing it as her watch. I suspect she’s hooked on the beeps when she checks her HR. One thing I think you’ll like since you run is that it didn’t bounce around on our wrists during the little bit of running we actually do.
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  4. fitknitchick January 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Love the look of the monitor; I really need to get one. Hubby didn’t take the hint before Xmas…
    You should go strapless more often!
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    • AlexandraFunFit January 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

      hahahaha. I don’t have enough anti-gravity matter to hold up most strapless things! Here’s the thing that really surprised me, truly. It was the price. I thought it would be over $100 since you don’t have to do the strap, but this sucker was just at $50. I could use the $50 I saved and buy some straps! Or some cleavage!
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  5. Crystal January 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    This sure has a lot of features! Thanks for sharing!
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  6. Carrie with Children January 9, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    This looks like a great monitor! I need to look into getting one of these for my hubby!
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    • AlexandraFunFit January 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

      Well, I have fairly large wrists, and it was a good fit, so I think it would work for men too. Hey, if we can get it onto the dog, I guess a husband would be easy! And it really is a great monitor.
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  7. Emily (faliLV) (@FamilyNLifeLV) January 9, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    You guys have such a creative way of doing reviews! This was a great one! It really is a great monitor at a great price.
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  8. Stephanie January 11, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    Strapless always wins me over…unless it’s a bra. Too many wardrobe malfunctions in that scenario.

    But I digress…
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  9. Chris January 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Re: Boys and Electric Fences – Like Moths to flames.. We can’t help it .. it just happens.. haha

    I love my Garmin but i for sure would love to try that one because it seems quick and easy.. no chest strap!
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  10. Rachel @RunningRachel January 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    I have been very impressed with Omron products. Their HRMonitor looks fantastic :)
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  11. AlexandraFunFit January 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    So true Rachel. This was our first experience with Omron and we were definitely impressed – both by the price and the ease of use, especially considering that it’s strapless to boot!
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  12. Heather@Just a Colorado Gal January 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    Agreed, I’m loving the strapless… long as it works and stays on! Unlike those silly tube tops…..
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  13. STUFT Mama January 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    I have never tried any Omron products, but really want to. This looks amazing and a great way to monitor your workouts. :) Yay for this giveaway and for the Shorty award nomination! :)
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  14. Anna January 12, 2012 at 5:15 am #

    I was also looking for good and accurate runner watch with ECG. But do you think that especially concerning the Heart rate this one is accurate?
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    • KymberlyFunFit January 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

      Hi Anna:

      Not having ever tried the much more expensive monitors, I cannot compare to them. What I can say is that when I compared the monitor HR read out to a 60 second pulse check timed on my watch, the numbers came out fairly similar. The small variance was probably due to having stopped to conduct both checks so my HR was dropping. What I suggest is to try the same if you can – before you buy or with a good return policy just in case……. Go to the store (ok, ok, RUN to the store), and put on the monitor to test the numbers. Then repeat the conditions and take a pulse check with your fingers and second hand. That is my fancy way to say —- not really sure whether runners need accuracy each time to the exact rate or use a reading as a baseline and indicator of relative ups and downs. Whew. My pulse went up just typing all this.
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  15. Rylai03 March 29, 2012 at 5:53 am #

    Excellent interview.. Very interesting indeed!
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