Why You Should Never Wear a Heart Rate Monitor Chest Strap Again

Heart rate monitor chest straps are unpleasant, to say the least; they cut, slip, chafe, and need to be washed as often as you use them. Since we know most people hate wearing chest straps, we asked our Facebook fans to fill in the blank:

"I don't wear a chest strap anymore because________".  Here are the best answers we received, with explanations.


1. "It rubbed on a scar I had from the last chest strap I wore." 

Chafing and scarring is one of the biggest pitfalls of the chest strap. Better have lots of vaseline handy if you're strapping up.


2. "I feel like I can't breathe with a tight chest band around my chest when I'm running!"

It can take many uses of the chest strap to get used to the feeling of a tight band wrapped around your upper torso. Adjusting your breathing isn't easy when your heart rate is in the 150+ range.


3. "I'm sick of washing it, and it stinks."

You end up being more efficient at doing laundry, but often spend more time cleaning it than using it.

READ: What Everyone Should Know About Heart Rate Monitors

4. "The only thing that should be hitting my chest is the finish line ribbon."



5. "It is one more thing to have to carry/worry about."

Running is the most popular form of exercise because of its simplicity. Chest straps are counter intuitive.


6. "It feels like I'm wearing a second bra! Uncomfortable! #DownWithTheChestStrap!"

Can't argue with that.


Since heart rate monitor chest straps are so bulky and inconvenient, they're not practical for everyday use. The Mio SLICE activity tracker featuring PAI technology is a great option for a heart rate monitor activity tracker. It doesn't just track your heart rate but it also makes sense of your heart rate by telling you how much exercise you need to do to stay healthy. 

Learn more about Mio SLICE here.

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 at 3:46PM
I live in the desert. the dry air coupled with tech running/cycling shirts generate a lot of static electricity. Even with gel and Static Guard spray, my chest strap HR readings were always crazy. I've had my Mio link from when they were first released and love it. Plus- I can wear it next to my watch (suunto Ambit 2) and get *real time* HR during a swim.
Thursday, August 11th, 2016 at 5:34PM
Trading comfort for accuracy. That's just the concept of chest strap heart rate monitors. They aren't comfortable to use but bet you they give the best results. So if you are keen on achieving all your goals concerning your heart health and fitness, I will still say chest strap heart rate monitors are the best for you. but if you just want to have some training gains a wrist-based heart rate monitor will do.Few weeks ago I stumbled upon a site which gave a comprehensive guide on which hrm one should buy and why. click here to see
Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 at 1:55AM
When the wrist tools start to work more effectively then I will consider it. When I talked to mix staff. They could not guarantee it to work while wearing wrist wraps during crossfit workouts. My chest strap works pretty good, does not fail during lifting or doing burpees. I'm not going to spend several hundred dollars for a product just to try then find out it doesn't work. Not all chest strap versions work but my older mio version works the best I have found so far. Just wish it wasn't discontinued. Maybe I'll try the Garmin version which can be used solo or with a chest strap. Hopefully mio will be able help out. But last word I got from them was I could not use their wrist products for crossfit.
Grant Dickson
Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 at 11:04PM
After open heart surgery I could never wear a heart rate monitor chest strap again.
Garmin Fenix 3 HR
Friday, May 20th, 2016 at 3:52PM
Garmin Fenix 3 HR best heart rate monitor
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