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wearable heart rate monitor for boxers, can I wear it around my ankle?

br1ckhouse 337 50 February 24, 2016 at 08:34 AM
For those that use heart monitors that are worn on the wrist, can they work if they are worn on around the ankle? I do boxing workouts and with the hand wraps and boxing gloves, I am thinking that a wrist heart rate monitor won't work well.

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Try it? I would imagine it would depend upon the device. Not sure the wrist ones are that accurate anyways but you have the vanes all running on the underside of your wrist those tend to tap into. Not sure the ankle has the same. I would think a chest based model might be better?
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For those that use heart monitors that are worn on the wrist, can they work if they are worn on around the ankle? I do boxing workouts and with the hand wraps and boxing gloves, I am thinking that a wrist heart rate monitor won't work well.
Doubtful. Blood vessels in the ankle aren't as close to the surface of the skin, also you ankle is quite a bit bigger around than your wrist.

+1 for a chest strap, they work better anyways.
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FWIW, there was something in the news yesterday of a lawsuit against Fitbit. The class action suit states that the Fitbit devices don't report the heart rate accurately. Fitbit is saying that they aren't accurate because they aren't medical devices. In one case the HR was off by 40 points.
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you're off by 40 points.
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you're off by 40 points.
lol. slickdeals: come for the deals, stay for the comments.

I heard about the fitbit HR inaccuracy as well. Perhaps I should just get a cheapie like the Xiaomi Mi Band...
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lol. slickdeals: come for the deals, stay for the comments.

I heard about the fitbit HR inaccuracy as well. Perhaps I should just get a cheapie like the Xiaomi Mi Band...
Scosche Rhythm + was the best reviewed strap that wasn't a chest strap that I found. I haven't used it though. Although the instructions say to use it on your forearm, you could certainly see how it fairs on your leg.
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