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TOPIC: Crane Heart Rate Monitor (Aldi)

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November 5, 2012 1:46 PM
Does anyone have any experience of these please?

I bought one from Aldi recently and it seems to work really well for heart rate accuracy (1 or 2 bpm away from what the grip sensors give me on the Precor machines at the gym) and the chest band keeps a good transmission with the machine, as long as nobody else wearing one gets too close.

The question I have is about the calorie burn estimation. Does anyone find this too high? Or have the gym machines been giving me too little? The HRM is giving me over double the burn.

I'll be delighted if I really am burning a lot more than I thought I was but need to be able to trust it if I'm to eat back without damaging my deficit.

Any advice very gratefully received :-)
  20223889
November 6, 2012 10:08 AM
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November 6, 2012 10:31 AM
Who are you calling Bump? ;-) Thanks Bear x
  20223889
November 6, 2012 10:37 AM
Gym HRM are always too high. My Crane HRM (aldi £13.99) is always less than MFP but is more in line with the effort I put in, so If I go guts out for a ride, I get a much higher Heart rate, than if I'm just pedeling.
My calorie burn is 100 or so less than the calculations here or anywhere else on line. But I feel it is the more accurate reading.
If Programmed right trust your HRM more than the machines or online calculators
Edited by tadpole242 On November 6, 2012 10:38 AM
November 6, 2012 11:28 AM
My HRM is giving me about 2.5 times what the gym machine is showing though.
  20223889
November 6, 2012 12:22 PM
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My HRM is giving me about 2.5 times what the gym machine is showing though.
I'd say your HRM is not programmed right then, or you're not wearing it in the right place, my HR will shoot up if I am not sweaty enough to make a good contact with the chest belt, ot the belt is in the wrong place.
November 6, 2012 3:42 PM
Thanks, but the gym machine was receiving the same heart rate - right or wrong - so that can't be it.
  20223889
November 7, 2012 12:06 AM
So the programming Must be wrong. Do you enter the same weight age etc on the HRM watch, as you do on the machine?
February 11, 2013 7:48 AM
Gee, I'd like to weigh in on this. Too bad they don't make them for ADULT MALE WRISTS.
February 11, 2013 8:07 AM
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Gee, I'd like to weigh in on this. Too bad they don't make them for ADULT MALE WRISTS.
I'm both an adult and male, and the watch fits me must just be your huge wrists.
February 22, 2013 6:04 PM
Hi, I just bought a Crane HRM (watch style) at Aldi's too. I'm wondering if you guys can help me. I bought this HRM to use while doing many different activities: Walking, running as well as kickboxing, yoga... In the directions it says to measure your stride by counting the steps in a predetermined distance. It seem like this HRM may only be useful if you're using it while running or walking. Anyone know if it would work accurately for the other activities? Thanks in advance wink
Edited by milstaxi On February 22, 2013 6:08 PM
February 24, 2013 11:32 PM
QUOTE:

Hi, I just bought a Crane HRM (watch style) at Aldi's too. I'm wondering if you guys can help me. I bought this HRM to use while doing many different activities: Walking, running as well as kickboxing, yoga... In the directions it says to measure your stride by counting the steps in a predetermined distance. It seem like this HRM may only be useful if you're using it while running or walking. Anyone know if it would work accurately for the other activities? Thanks in advance wink
Heart rate monitors are in general only useful /accurate for “steady State” exercises. Cycling Running, rowing, walking and the like, they are not really programmed for calculating activities that involved sudden burst of high heart rate, and then low heart rate, so using one for doing weightlifting and martial arts would not give you a very accurate reading. But They're better than Just guessing, and you can make your work out more intense, by watching how hard your heart is beating and working to keep it at or about 75% to 85% of max.
February 28, 2013 5:52 AM
Thanks Tadpole for the reply. So even the chest HRM's aren't accurate for the activities I'd like to track? If that's the case then I might as well just keep this one an guesstimate. I thought there were some out there that will track all kinds of activities. If anyone knows which one(s) do please let me know. I don't want to return this one, only to buy a more expensive one that isn't relatively accurate either...Thanks!
August 6, 2013 3:59 PM
It's a good watch. I recently purchased it (2013 version) as it has the majority of features a more expensive Suunto/Polar would have. There's a good review I found if anyone else is thinking about purchasing it - I'll link it below.

http://www.elementwellbeing.com/tech/crane-gps-watch-review/
Edited by JoshuaElement On August 6, 2013 3:59 PM
August 16, 2013 9:04 AM
Hello! I just purchased this from Aldi and using it now in fact and used it last night. It seems to work just fine, heart rate wise however the calories burned have got to be some kind of joke! it's giving me twice the amount of the machines and MFP, I mean, it would be great if true but just from the time I slept until now with sleeping and working over 10 hours of not any serious physical activity and it's telling me i've burned 776.05 cals!!! Then there is Fat which says 223.88, not sure what that is. Basically, i'm not going to follow the cals and wait to get a better HRM like next year when I can afford it or maybe Black Friday! Also, I REALLY want a FitBit, those seem to work really well from what I've heard.
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August 29, 2013 6:00 PM
I just bought this watch yesterday. Sorry to hijack your post! This may be a really silly question but how do I get my total calories burned reading?
October 23, 2013 6:03 PM
I got one today and can't figure out how to get to the calories burned part on the watch. Anyone care to help?
January 14, 2014 9:27 PM
for yoru calories burned you click mode until you get to work then clicken select until at the top it says cal. my question is how do you input your walking pace? i am so confused
January 31, 2014 6:36 AM
hey gang, just picked one up as well. seems to work great and helped big time in the water consumption. am using the timer set every 15 min to remind me to drink, best part of that is it resets itself until you turn it off.
question though on the heart rate too.....having trouble getting it to read one. what is the trick?
thanks,
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February 4, 2014 10:14 PM
I just came on here hoping to find the answer to the same question- or work out if you can program it with your actual weight ect. (lost the instructions shortly after purchase lol). I think the calories are probably too high- I burned a few just putting my runners on this morning. I never eat back calories anyway, but it would be good to get a better picture of what you're doing. I guess if its consistently innacurate, you can get a measure to compare different workouts, but if its off generally, we're stuffed ;)
February 13, 2014 10:49 PM
Glad to see all the positive posts. I just bought this and was unsure if i wanted to open it. But for less than $20 it cant be too big a mistake. Thanks!
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April 29, 2014 7:22 AM
I wanted to respond to the original question. I've been ecstatic thinking I was burning 1500 cal, yes, I'm an idiot. The main setting were on metric. Not sure how everything is going to change now, or what standard unit "sp" is. If you look at ur watch under calories and it says dl, ur using metric too. But I LOVE THIS WATCH ! WISH I could find another one to buy for my sister!;/
May 9, 2014 8:39 AM
QUOTE:

Thanks, but the gym machine was receiving the same heart rate - right or wrong - so that can't be it.


I have this one as well and I was leery of the readings as well. I did a comparison of the same machine at the Y and the crane is always 200-300 more calories burned than the other readings.....
  7758204
May 9, 2014 8:41 AM
QUOTE:

Hello! I just purchased this from Aldi and using it now in fact and used it last night. It seems to work just fine, heart rate wise however the calories burned have got to be some kind of joke! it's giving me twice the amount of the machines and MFP, I mean, it would be great if true but just from the time I slept until now with sleeping and working over 10 hours of not any serious physical activity and it's telling me i've burned 776.05 cals!!! Then there is Fat which says 223.88, not sure what that is. Basically, i'm not going to follow the cals and wait to get a better HRM like next year when I can afford it or maybe Black Friday! Also, I REALLY want a FitBit, those seem to work really well from what I've heard.


This was my thoughts. I got it on discount for $12.99 so I can't really be too upset..I really want the Polar FT4. I'm just sooo leery of those calories burned....
  7758204
May 9, 2014 8:47 AM
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So the programming Must be wrong. Do you enter the same weight age etc on the HRM watch, as you do on the machine?


This!^

Calorie burns depend upon many factors: height, weight, age, gender, and exertion level (and more). HRMs compare your resting heart rate against your heart rate while working out to estimate the exertion level.

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