Product Review: My Zone MZ-3 heart rate monitor

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

MZ-3 shown without the chest strap
Heart rate monitoring is thought to be another tool athletes can use to tailor their training to their individual needs.  Depending on your session goals, the program design will be to get the heart to beat at a certain rate.  In order to monitor this, you will need to wear a heart rate monitor (HRM).  My Zone recently released the MZ-3, which is a Bluetooth chest strap that works with an app in your phone that gives you real time feedback and logs your session info for future reference.

The HMR charges with a USB plug and the Bluetooth capability turns on when you are wearing the device.  In order to prolong battery life, it is recommended to keep the transmitter detached from the strap when not in use so you need to be careful to keep the transmitter and chest strap in the same place so they are not lost.  I had to wet the connector bit before wearing in order for my heart beat to be connected (I can assure you I am alive) which is often the case with HRMs.  The app then displays your heart rate continuously throughout your session to help you stay on target. Usually, I prefer a wrist HRM, but I wore the strap below my sports bra on my chest and wasn’t bothered by it during my run or indoor cycling classes.

My heart rate profile during my trail marathon

Wearing the strap on your chest (rather than wrist) captures your heart rate more accurately which will in turn help you make a more informed decision about effort levels during a training session.
I keep my phone out of sight when I exercise, so I downloaded my workouts after I got home from the gym. To do this, you need to put the strap on and sync via Bluetooth to the app.  The app keeps a training log for you and has a social aspect that allows you to link with friends.  Another fab feature is a food log, which I have yet to try.

All the cool features of the app

If your gym uses My Zone equipment, you can earn Bounts (www.bounts.it) points too (my referral code mmillin1695). Unfortunately, you cannot sync My Zone to Bounts as an individual.

The MZ-3 is a small piece of kit that you can keep in your gym bag in expedite your results in the gym.  Your heartbeat tells you a lot about your body's reaction to a workout so use the MZ-3 to take note and help you monitor your progress.

If you are interested in receiving a free MZ-3, contact Health Rewards about their amazing insurance plans and quote PTMollie for more info.  Health Rewards offer you a free activity tracker (from selected list) when you sign up, which also earns you additional benefits with each healthy action you take, such as free cinema tickets, Starbucks, discounts on travel and more.

I was given this product to try out.  All opinions are honest and my own.

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