Now that you’ve learned about the benefits of heart rate training, and are excited to get started – you’ll need to know how to choose a heart rate monitor style. It’s not challenging, it’s just about choosing the HRM that is designed for how you exercise: general fitness, running, cycling or maybe hiking is your thing? Or maybe all you care about is strapless?

General Fitness

This category of heart rate monitor is the “jack-of-all-trades” good for weightlifting, classes like BodyPump and Zumba and, in general, is the go-to HRM if you’re into cross training. So if you run and walk AND weight-lift – i’d go for this type of watch.

The key features that make up a General Fitness HRM:

  • Calories burned
  • Workout time
  • Real time heart rate
  • What heart rate zone you’re in.


Running HRMs are for runners – pretty obvious. So if you’re a die-hard runner this is your watch.

The key features are:

  • Tell you speed, pace and distance
  • Interval timers
  • Upload running routes to computer.


Again, an obvious style name – if you cycle only get a cycling heart monitor.

The key features are:

  • Speed, pace and distance
  • Timers
  • Upload routes to computer
  • Elevation travelled.

Pre-warning: often-time cycling computers are the most expensive type.

GPS, Strapless etc.

Another sub-category of heart rate monitors are strapless, GPS, women’s, triathlon and so on… Some HRMs can be bought without the need for wearing a chest strap – which I personally find awesome. So have state-of-the-art GPS and some are specific for women, with more feminine colours and smaller watch size. Heart rate monitor reviews and tips has some great resources for narrowing down and picking the exact one that is best for your needs. Just head over there and today you’ll know which one to buy.