Since I have been on my own personal fitness journey I have been monitoring my intake of calories through My Fitness Pal and using the gym equipment to monitor my calorie burn. As we all know, these machines are not accurate. The ones I use at my Virgin Active Gym do not allow me to programme in my weight and height, and they have the normal grips to check your heart rate. I am sure this has some use, maybe for people who are aware of exactly what their heart rate should be, but that is not me. I was using the figure on the machines to calculate my calorie burn and, by inputting this information in to my go to place for monitoring everything, My Fitness Pal https://www.myfitnesspal.com/, to measure whether I was on target with my food tracking for the day. I did hit a plateau with my weight loss so I decided to purchase a Heart Rate Monitor. Having never used one before I was reluctant to buy anything too expensive so I searched for one within my price range. I was not dissapointed.
I purchased the Geonaute http://www.geonaute.fr/On Rhythm 410 Progress for £34.99 at Decathlon https://www.decathlon.co.uk/onrhythm-410-progress-hrm-id_8349302.html. It was one of the cheapest that they sold so I thought it was worth a go.
The box contains the watch, chest strap and a manual. Now, the manual is definitely the downfall of this product. The diagrams were not easy to follow and the instructions were pretty vague. I followed each step as well as I could but my watch did not seem to operate in the same way that the manual stipulated. I suppose I am used to smart phones and tablets operating in a certain way, maybe it was the fact that I actually had to press buttons instead of a touch screen. I can’t fault the product for this, it is clearly me who is at fault!
After an hour or so of messing about with the watch I finally got to grips with it. I did this without the manual, so maybe just having a play around with it yourself is the best option for some.
The watch has various settings including ‘cardio'(which is where it links to the chest strap monitor), ‘Timer’ (which I haven’t figured out yet but I haven’t needed to), ‘Data’ (which gives you all of the information from your workout), ‘Settings’ (where you input your age, weight, height and gender. As well as your maximum and minimum heart rate.), and finally ‘Time’ (which is exactly what is says it is).
I’ll quickly break down the ‘Data’ setting as this is the most useful one for me. When you press start in ‘Cardio’ mode it begins to record your heart rate. Your heart rate clearly displays on the screen of the watch so you can have a quick glance during your workout. When you have finished you press stop and it records it all in the ‘data’ setting. This setting shows your minimum and maximum heart rate, the duration of your workout, how long you spent ‘in the zone’, calories burnt and fat burnt. If, like me, you just need to know your calorie burn it is such a useful device. I do have a quick look at the fat burnt but as I don’t record that information on My Fitness Pal I don’t take too much notice of it. When I compare the calorie burn on the watch to the calorie burn on the gym machines there is usually a difference. However, this does correspond to the work out I have completed. If I take the treadmill as an example, I always vary my workout on there. Sometimes I run at a steady speed for 5k, sometimes I walk for some and sprint for the rest, and sometimes I walk uphill for a lot of it. The calorie burn recorded on the treadmill is pretty much the same if I do a 40 minute workout. The calorie burn on the 410 Progress really does correlate to how much effort I have put in, which makes me believe that it is a far more accurate way of monitoring my calorie burn.
Oh, the chest strap is also very easy to put on. I read somewhere that you need to lick the sensors before you put it on your skin. Yep, I actually do this! I don’t share my chest strap with anyone though, so that makes it okay right? Anyway, it tucks easily under my sports bra and I really can’t feel it once it is on. Having never worn one before I thought it would feel awkward but it really doesn’t.
So, here are my pros and cons of the Onrhythm 410 Progress and my summary below:
Gives me exactly the information that I need
Easy to put on and easy to forget you have the chest strap on
Cheap in comparison to other similar devices
Robust and definitely not flimsy or fragile
G-Coded so other devices don’t interfere with my device readings
Waterproof, although I haven’t tested if for swimming yet
Easy to navigate the menus after you’ve had a bit of a play with it
I couldn’t get on with the manual and the diagrams were a bit rubbish
Takes a little bit of fiddling to get used to it
As you can see, I really only have two negative things to say about this device. For the price that I paid I am very happy with it and I would actually recommend it if you are looking for a cheap heart rate monitor. It gives me the information that I need to know and hasn’t let me down yet. I bought it in August 2015 and I have used it four times a week since then. There is a lot to be said about spending a ridiculous amount of money for something with a flashier screen, but for me, the 410 Progress is perfect.
DECATHLON GEONAUTE ONRHYTHM 410 HRM
If you have any questions about this device please drop me a comment. I am reviewing this because I bought it and I think it’s pretty good. It has definitely helped me on my fitness journey if only to serve as a reminder that sometimes you have to put a little more effort in.
Thanks for reading and I hope if you decide to get one, that you are as satisfied as me with it.