The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Polar.

A short while ago, I asked my Facebook fans what kind of heart rate monitor they would suggest. Literally seconds later, a huge rush of comments suggested “POLAR!”

I had never used any type of heart rate monitor before. Only the unreliable ones on the treadmill or elliptical at the gym. Being the luckiest girl in the world, Polar contacted me to try out their new Polar RC3 GPS heart rate watch!

I have literally never been so excited to exercise in my life until I met my Polar RC3 GPS! As you guys know, I’m not a huge fan of working out, I more of a walker/barre class-er, but being on #TeamPolar has pretty much changed my life! It has been so much fun to take my Polar with me to spin class and on runs and actually see the hard work that  have accomplished. With the RC3 GPS, not only does it track your calorie burn with the heart rate sensor, but it also uses Integrated GPS to track your route, distance, and speed. It’s so rewarding and exciting to checkout all of your stats after a workout. Another feature that I love about the Polar RC3 GPS is that you can sync all data from your watch and upload it to your free Polar Personal Trainer account and compare workouts to improve your performance and endurance. This is also where you can see your runs on the map!

Polar RC3 GPS Review

Essential features in one compact package:

  • Tracks your route, speed and distance using built-in GPS
  • Shows GPS based altitude during and after training
  • Training Benefit gives you instant feedback after your session
  • Running Index scores your performance
  • Improves performance with endurance training programs, downloadable for free from polarpersonaltrainer.com
  • Compatible with Polar running and cycling sensors
  • Rechargeable battery, 12h in continuous use with GPS on

Polar RC3 GPS Review

What’s in the box when you purchase a Polar RC3 GPS with heart rate?

  • Polar RC3 GPS training computer
  • Polar H3 heart rate sensor
  • USB cable
  • RC3 GPS Getting Started Guide

The Look: because I’m a girl and I like pretty things!

  • Comfortable watch band with endless sizing options
  • Super slim design as compared to other HRM (heart rate monitor) watches with integrated GPS
  • Large display for easy viewing
  • On the Polar website, this particular watch color is listed as “orange” but I would like to tell you that it’s definitely a bight red-orange! Similar to Pantone: 1797C if you want to get specific!

Polar RC3 GPS Review
Polar RC3 GPS Review
Polar RC3 GPS Review

The pros:

  • Easy to setup and use
  • Comfortable watch band with endless sizing options
  • Trusted ECG-accurate heart rate monitor
  • Integrated GPS. No need for an extra device or arm unit
  • Accurate GPS and map viewable online
  • All data can be synced to your free online Polar Personal Trainer account
  • Super slim design as compared to other HRM watches with integrated GPS
  • Large display
  • Holds data for various workouts
  • Heat rate sensor allows you to view your average, maximum, and minimum heart rate
  • Records calorie burn and fat burn %
  • GPS feature records altitude (maximum, ascent, and decent)
  • Records average and maximum speed
  • Charges via USB which makes it easy for me to charge through my computer, iPhone charger base, or even my interchangeable USB car charger
  • Can set to do interval training
  • Really motivated you to do your best and improve your performance every time!

Polar RC3 GPS Review
Polar RC3 GPS Review
Polar RC3 GPS Review

The Cons:

  • Hard to hear the watch beep for interval training, I wish it was louder or had a vibrate function!
  • You cannot forget to charge the watch. Even if it has about 1/4 battery life, it may not let you start recording a workout.
  • Only IPX 7 waterproof, which means its safe in a rainstorm, but not safe for swimming.
  • I wish this particular heart rate sensor had bluetooth so I could sync it to my iPhone as well
  • Also wish that the watch could sync wirelessly to my computer to download data, but now Im just being picky! hahaPolar RC3 GPS Review

The Battery:

  • A fully charged battery gives 12 hours in continuous use with GPS on, and up to 1700 training hours with the GPS off.
  • I quickly learned the hard way that the GPS feature is pretty draining. I wasn’t expecting to charge my watch every 3-4 days after taking it to 45 minute spin classes, but then found out that it was because GPS was enabled. Since I don’t need GPS to route my stationary bike, I solved that problem and the battery life has been excellent.

Polar RC3 GPS Review

PolarPersonalTrainer.com website:

  • Accounts on PolarPersonalTrainer.com are free
  • Data is easily synced via USB
  • Extremely easy and flawless download system
  • Logs all of your training files
  • Compares training files to help you improve performance and endurance
  • Shows your GPS recorded route on a map
  • Provides printable training programs

Polar Personal Trainer
If you love exercising outdoors, the integrated GPS on the Polar RC3 GPS with be your new best friend. If you’re more into workout classes at the gym, there are other excellent heart rate monitor watch options on Polar’s online shop for you to checkout.

If you’re tight on cash or simply not a fan of watches, Polar also has a free iphone appPolar Beat” that is compatible with their H7 Bluetooth Heart Rate Sensor Strap ($79.95 on shoppolar.com and often less on websites like amazon.com)! Just strap on the heart rate sensor, connect with bluetooth on your iPhone, and your heart rate and calorie burn will be visible on your phone!

Having a Polar RC3 GPS has been so motivating for me! I can’t imagine workout without it now!

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Do you have a heart rate monitor? If so which one do you have and what do you think of it?

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9 Responses so far.

  1. Thanks for such a detailed review!

    Response from Stacey@XOStacey
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  2. Great review! How does it monitor your HR without a chest strap?

    Response from SuperGirl83
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  3. very thorough review! I am debating whether to get a GPS watch or not. It’s nice to get more accurate mileage and split times, but I also don’t want to get too obsessive with number when I am running. Most runners I know use Garmin, so it’s nice to read a review about another brand.

    Response from Jojo @ RunFastEatLots
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  4. I have the Polar FT4 and love it! I love knowing exactly how much I’ve burned in a particular workout.

    Response from Angela
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  5. Polar watch + Cartier bracelet = perfect combo!

    Response from Joanna
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  6. Looks like an awesome watch! I have the RCX3 which comes with a GPS on the side, which is fine cause it fits into all small pockets (I think), and my watch seems a fair bit smaller which is good if you have small wrists (my wrists are skeleton-like …its actually a bit weird).
    But great review and love the colour! :D

    Response from Idapie
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  7. Do you know if you need the extra cycling sensor to use it while biking or do the basic functions of the actual watch work just as well without it?

    Response from Amy
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  8. I would like to
    know
    if the Polar RC3 GPS calculates and displays the calories burned without
    buy
    and wear the heart rate monitor.
    Thanks.

    Response from Francesco Perna
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    • Hi Francesco, yes you have to wear the chest strap for the watch to read your heart rate and get an accurate calorie burn estimate.

      Response from Catherine
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