Review of the Polar A360

December 27, 2015

For a long time, I stopped wearing heart rate monitors of all kind. Why? Well, back in the day (I totally sound like I’m elderly), I would exercise and ONLY focus on how many calories I’m burning. I wouldn’t leave the gym until I burned X amount of calories, and each time I worked out, that number would increase. It wasn’t really a fun time, and it was completely liberating to just let go of any time of heart rate monitor.

These days, I know better, and I know it’s certainly not about burning a certain number of calories. I workout to feel strong, with a goal in mind, to just feel good, and to increase my strength. It’s more about enjoying the workout and having fun with it! Once I found weight training, this is exactly what happened.


Trying out my A360 during a shoulders and triceps workout!

I’ve been eyeballing different polar heart rate monitors for a while now, because it’s fun for me now to know my heart rate during certain exercises. I had the opportunity to try of the Polar A360 and I was STOKED! I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now so I could give a proper review, and so far I absolutely love it.

The first thing I have to say I love is that you don’t have to wear a heart rate strap under your bra. This one is big, because with my old heart rate monitor, that was one thing I wasn’t the biggest fan of. It takes your heart rate using the pulse in your wrist instead of a strap, and you don’t have to worry about the uncomfortable chest strap or even remembering to put it on.

Key Benefits:

  • Optical Heart Rate Activity Tracking Color Touch Screen
  • 2 Week Memory Mobile Connectivity
  • Vibration Alert Smart Notifications
  •  Continuous, accurate heart rate without a chest strap
  • Steps, calories, activity goal and sleep
  • High resolution, touch screen navigation
  • 14 days of memory with 24/7 activity tracking and 1 hour daily heart rate session
  • Seamless communication via Bluetooth Smart to Polar Flow app on mobile devices
  • Be alerted for periods of inactivity and smart notifications • Get notifications of incoming calls, messages and calendar

Another wonderful feature that I love is not only does it track your activity throughout the entire day (including number of steps and activity you are getting), but it gives you the option to chose what type of workout you are doing when you do go to do your workout. A lot of heart rate monitors only have the option for different cardio options, but the fact that this includes a strength training option is a HUGE plus for me.

All you do is download the “Flow Mobile App” once you get your monitor, and it keeps track of all of your activity so you can see it in a bigger screen. The heart rate monitor is also touch screen, and stays interactive throughout the entire day. It is touch screen and easy-to-use, and it also vibrates if you have been inactive for a long period of time. This helps you remember that you may need to get up a stretch, take a walk, etc. Working from home and constantly on the laptop, this is also a big plus for me. Sometimes I get sucked into my laptop and my work that I don’t move for hours. Increasing your daily activities, including simple things like stretching and walking, can make a really big difference.

Polar  currently only offers the A360 in black and white, and overall I highly recommend this product. Ya’ll know I always share things I personally love with you all, and only recommend products I believe in.

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Polar.

    1. I heard that tracking your heart rate is very helpful to also track your progress and the intensity of your workout! Great review!

    1. Thanks for sharing, I was curious about this monitor. I use to wear a Polar chest strap every workout and stopped several months ago because I felt I was too focussed on the numbers. I may return to monitoring as I think it is helpful, but wanted to go by feeling and perceived exertion for a while.

    1. Great, thanks. Can you wear it all day to track calories burned? I’m always curious how much I burn in a day! Tamsin

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