So today I had to take a stress test and get fitted for a heart rate monitor. It was the first time ever doing these things so I was nervous but also geeked out. When you see all that tech and then they are showing you pictures of your heart before and after exercise it’s pretty cool. Anyway…
People talk about the “accuracy” of all the consumer based HR monitors for exercise. I decided to wear my Surge for all these tests, and sneak a peak at the EKG machines, which are really calibrated.
FB Surge: 56-60, EKG 58-61
Exercise HR – At 8 min. 10% incline, jogging
FB Surge: 140-154, EKG 151-155
So, while they didnt match up exactly I have to say that I am very impressed with the outcome. The Fitbit Surge is darn accurate, even more amazing as the EKG benifits from all the different direct connections for optimal readouts.
The obvious difference being the EKG is giving realtime where the FitBit Surge changes are a little bit slower. But that is to be expected.
Rest assured, if you are looking to see if the HR monitor of the Surge is accurate know that its close enough for exercise.
Thanks for tuning into another episode of Geek Life with me, Adrian