FitEquip: To Monitor & Protect (with Giveaway!)

I’m so amazed by technology sometimes. It’s just so freaking cool. Here are two new products that Erin and I recently stumbled across and investigated at FBG HQ that we thought were cool enough to share. They’re both fashionable and functional!

Puma Cardiac Watch

PumaCardiacHeartRateMonitorTrue confessions of a Fit Bottomed Girl: I’ve never worn a heart-rate monitor. I know! How on earth is that possible? It’s so insane that when Puma contacted us to try out its new Puma Cardiac heart-rate monitor watch, I jumped at the opportunity. Plus, the company generously offered to give away a watch to one of our readers (a $100 value!), so we wanted to hook you guys up. You’re welcome!

Now, technology sometimes intimidates me, but the monitor was really easy to set up. You simply hook the chest strap around your chest, put the watch on, and your heart rate magically appears on the watch with the touch of a button. The watch also has a count-down timer, lap counter, alarm and LCD display, which are all cool, but the heart-rate feature is the belle of the ball.

Now that I’m pregnant, it’s especially important that I keep my heart rate in a healthy range, so I had fun testing it out on my walks and seeing how hard I could push myself. During my tests, I got solid, hilarious proof that the monitor worked: When I got attacked by a freaky black bug, my heart-rate went off the charts!

The watch is available in white, black, red and yellow, so you can easily find one to match your taste. The look of the watch is really sporty and almost retro, but it is a solid, well-built watch that will stand up to a lot of use. Plus, it’s funky!


We all know how easy it can be to go for a run with your MP3 player or iPod and come back with it sweaty, or worse yet, banged up from a trip here or a whoopsies there. Gosh knows I’m clumsy enough that it’s a rare occurrence if I don’t drop my iPod while at the gym. And while I’ve always had a rubber protector of some kind on my iPod because of said lack of coordination, I’ve never liked how after a few months it gets kind of dirty looking and little bits of dirt and dust get trapped under it. Ick.

We recently heard of Wrapsol, which  is a thin, clear film that covers your phone or iPod to protect it without a big,bulky covering. According to the company, the film has shock-absorbing properties that help keep your phone protected from scratches and falls of up to 6 feet. Unfortunately, neither Tish, Erin or myself have cell-phone technology cool enough to be coveredwith Wrapsol (although it does also protect GPS systems, cameras, iPads and more!) but it sure does look wicked cool. And with Wrapsol kits starting at about $25, it’s not too expensive!

Do you have a protector for your iPod or cell phone? Do you rock a heart-rate watch? Tell us all about it in the comments! —Jenn & Erin

Want to win a Puma Cardiac watch? Comment below for a chance to win! Winners will be notified via email. U.S. residents only, please.

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  1. Thank you so much for a fabulous giveaway !
    I would love to own and use the Puma Cardiac Watch. I have never owned or used a heart rate monitor, but have always longed for one for support with weight loss, fitness and health.

  2. I don’t currently wear a heart rate monitor, but I’m thinking I might ask for one for my birthday or Christmas. It would be really helpful for things like exercise classes.

  3. Aside from the heart rate dealios on the cardio equipment (which I think are suspect) I’ve never used a heart rate monitor. The Puma one is super cool though! Not surprising, since I love all things Puma.

    I actually use an Otter Box case for my iPhone, and it is amazing. It was a little pricey ($35 on Amazon if I recall correctly) but my 1-year old niece, who adores playing with my phone, can play with it and I have the peace of mind that when she drops it, it’s going to be safe. Plus I’ve had many mishaps with my phone all by myself, TYVM! And nary a scratch on the phone at all since I bought it. So it’s definitely worth the money!

  4. What a great giveaway! I am pregnant also and my heart rate monitor just broke! Would love to win a new one. Thanks!

  5. I tried a heart rate monitor during a spinning class once and it was really surprising how hard it was to keep my heart rate within the target ranges. It wouldn’t seem like I was working that hard, but my HR would be too high! I’d love to try one out running!

  6. The heart rate monitor looks pretty cool! I’ve never used one, but I’ve found that when I’m running I’ll get caught up in the music and go much harder than I really should! It would be great to have that instant feedback to keep things under control.

  7. Used to wear a heart rate monitor when I jogged – quit because I hated the chest strap. How comfortable was the Puma one? Did it interfere with your sports bra (no really, I’m not kidding)? Would like to win this contest and try again because that watch/monitor looks so cool!

  8. I have been wanting to try a heart rate monitor for a while now, but they’re always out of my budget. Would love to win one!

  9. I really love your site, and get a lot of tips from you.

    The heart rate monitor sounds like just what I need. I have heart disease, and a stent. Relying on the monitors on the machines at the gym is an iffy proposition.

    Thanks for the chance!

  10. Tony-My spin class instructor would love me + if I’d had one!!! i want to be able to reach a heart beat that burns my fat right off. Please pretty please with a giant cherry on top. 😀

  11. Love the Puma HRM – I’ve been using the Garmin forerunner but it is clunky and difficult – not user friendly at all.

  12. I’ve been thinking of getting a heart rate monitor but wasn’t sure what to buy. Thanks for the review! (I’d love to win one!)

  13. I’m a Zumba instructor and I’ve been looking for a really good heart rate monitor, but like someone else previously stated, they tend to be out of my price range. What I would like to know about this one is does it also calculate how many calories were burned? That is something my students are very interested in knowing at the end of my classes.

  14. I have been looking for a heart rate monitor that is more budget friendly. Wish I had the $100 for it…so how about you pick me!? Thanks ladies

  15. The trainer I work with keeps telling me to get a heartmonitor and that it will really change the way I work out…I keep putting it off, but I’m now rethinking that idea!

  16. Is the monitor comfortable? I see that it’s easy to use which is great, just wondered about the comfort as well!

    Great article and I’ll have to share the Wrapsol info as well!

  17. I have been looking for a great heartrate monitor and this looks like the perfect one 🙂

  18. My heartrate monitor just died! I sure could use a new one. Sure could use the iPhone cover, too!

  19. That puma monitor is really cool. I’d love to have one.

    When I got my phone, I had something similar to the Wrapsol put on it. I have to say that it was kind of pricy, but it does the trick.

  20. I have yet to plunk down the cash for a heart rate monitor – it would be SWEET to win one!

    As for my iphone – I have it in a super heavy duty cover because I’m the clumsiest gal you’ll ever meet.

  21. I’ve never used/owned a HRM, but would like to. I think it would be great to have something more accurate than some of the online calculators.

  22. I have to admit that I have never worn a HR monitor, and do not trust the ones on the cardio equipment at the gym. What a great, useful tool!

  23. I have never used a heart rate monitor either. I have been wanting to buy one, but unfortunately my budget can’t handle it right now. Those Puma ones look great!

  24. I would love to win a heart rate monitor, I myself have only used a pedometer and never had the chance to get a heart rate monitor.

  25. I use an armband for my iphone while running. It fits perfect and was only $8. I can still use my phone pretty well through the plastic and that way my phone is definitely protected.

  26. I’ve been looking for a HRM, but have not been able to afford one.
    This would be really wonderful for my training.

  27. A gym I used to go to provided heart rate monitors so I never needed to buy one. Now that I don’t go there anymore I would love to have a monitor of my very own! If I had a cool iPod the Wrapsol would be awesome, but I just have an iPod shuffle (which I really like!)

  28. I’ve been counting calories, making regular trips to the gym and even started a 5k running program. I’m improving my health so that I can be a healthy wife when I get married next year and, eventually, a healthy mom.

    My Fiance has joined me in trying to improve his health. We run together when we can.

    So far, I have all the pieces in making myself a better, healthier version except a heart rate monitor. The only kind I’ve used are those monitors on cardio machines, and everyone knows they aren’t accurate. I would love to have a legit one!

  29. I have never used a heart rate monitor, except for the ones on the gym’s ellipticals — but even those I didn’t really understand. This would be a great opportunity to begin monitoring my heart rate when working out.

  30. The monitor looks great! I’ve been wanting to get a heart rate monitor recently because I really want to step up my workouts and start paying more attention to being in the cardio vs. fat-burning zone. Plus, a new work schedule means I can’t always make my favorite classes at the gym, so I want to get more comfortable working out at home- meaning the count-down timer and lap monitor will also come in handy! Thanks, FBG!

  31. I’ve been shopping around for a heart rate monitor, but hey those little buggers are expensive. That puma one would match my puma shoes. My nike socks might get angry though.

  32. I’d love a chance to win the HRM, I’ve been looking into buying one now that I’ve gotten more serious about my exercise but just haven’t yet.

  33. I want the monitor. I currently monitor my heart rate by using a watch with a second hand right before I go into intervals.

    I received a film like the wrapsol for my ipod as a gift, but I’m nervous about trying it. I just don’t trust sticky stuff to go with electronics.

  34. I would heart rate monitor to better monitor my workouts. I use the RPE, but it’s hard to know exactly how accurate I am.

    Yes, I have a hard cover for my phone. I am too clumsy to be trusted without one.

  35. I would like to win the Puma HRM so I will know when I need to ramp up the effort during my workouts. Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. I used to have a leather/vinyl cell phone protector, it was on the first cell phone I ever purchased. The salesperson said EVERYONE was using them, so I took the plunge…and it was so ugly!

    Thanks for another great giveaway. I’ve tried my husbands heart monitor watch and would love my own!

  37. Recently, I’ve been wanting a heart rate monitor, I think it’ll help push me on my cardio workouts. I’d honestly buy one but I can’t seem to find one that works well enough and is less than $100 (I’m a student paying for her own way through school, simply put: I’m broke!).

  38. That looks like a pretty sweet heart rate monitor, much cooler than the ones my work sells, haha.

  39. I would love to be entered to win the heart rate monitor – I really would love one, but can’t afford one myself right now.

  40. Great article. My polar F6 isn’t working and I haven’t even used like 10 times. 🙁 Thems the breaks. Have a great day ladies!

  41. The Puma HRM looks terrific! I’ve been shopping around for one for a few weeks now. Thanks for writing about both of the products!

  42. What an exciting giveaway! I’ve been looking into getting an HRM but they’re all too expensive for me right now. I’d love to win one! Thanks for the opportunity FBG & Puma!! :]

  43. Just turned 50 and trust me galls (and guys) you want to stay fit when you are young! I would LOVE a heart rate monitor- things change with age, and it seems I have to do more to keep it off but with some modifications. It would be so nice to know if I am working hard enough!
    Thanks for the chance- I follow you on Twitter.

  44. First time poster, but had to participate (love your site, by the way!) What a great giveaway! I’ve also never tried a heart rate monitor, but I’m curious 🙂

  45. I’ve been training for a half marathon, and a heart rate monitor would really help me out!

  46. I have always wanted a heart rate monitor and this one by Puma looks awesome. I have tried them before in spinning class and they really give you a new perspective on working out.
    Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  47. I have been looking at getting a heart rate monitor for quite a while now, but the cost has been prohibitive. I’ve worked my way back to the point where I can run again (and actually love it now!) and I want to make sure I am training properly. Thanks!

  48. I’d love to try the heart rate monitor watch. It’ll give me more motivation to work out. Thanks!

  49. I’ve never worn a heart rate monitor, but I’ve wanted to try, just balked at the idea, but this could be the perfect opportunity to try one out should I win it.

    I use my iPhone as my iPod, and I have an arm band for my runs and my workouts. but it’s not able to have a cover on it, since with the cover, it’s too bulky to fit in the armband, so I’ve been living in fear of dropping my iPhone – I will def consider trying out the Wrapsol kit. Thanks!

  50. My cell protector has done it’s job, believe me. That watch looks even better than a Dick Tracy watch! Very cool! Thanks for the info.

  51. I, too, have not ever used a heart rate monitor (except for those on cardio equipment but it’s kind of cumbersome to run holding on to a bar). I welcome the opportunity to try one out, though 🙂

  52. I do not have a heart rate monitor but have been thinking more and more i should really really get one! How beneficial would it be?? Especially since the treadmills at the gym say my HR is obnoxiously high when I’m barely pushing myself…I only have a rubber protector thingy on my iphone, but my hubby has that armor that you have best buy put on and he likes it so far, not sure if it’ll withstand the wear of normal living, only time will tell!

  53. I have been eyeing a heart rate monitor for a YEAR now. Couldn’t decide on the right one, and I didn’t want to have to pay an exorbitant fee for bells and whistles. This would be perfect!I absolutely love that fire engine red color.

  54. Oh man, I would love a heart rate monitor right now! I just don’t have extra funds at the moment to spend on something like that, boo.

  55. My mini treat for losing the next 5lbs is to get myself a HRM – i’m very nearly there, so this would be perfect!

  56. I have never worn a heart monitor. I have been needing one. I have losy 80 lbs and still have lost 80lbs and still have a long ways to go! This heart monitor would be a big help.

  57. Sounds like a great heart monitor, I’m looking for a new one. Is this contest still going?

  58. I use a hard plastic cover for my ipod nano and I’ve never used a heart rate monitor, but I’d really like to try one. 🙂

  59. I need one of those heart rate monitors. I am overweight and when I work out I feel like my heart is going to explode out of my chest, I get scared and stop working out for a couple weeks. 🙂

  60. I have never used a heart rate monitor either! So crazy. I’ll have to try one sometime soon, though…I usually go by RPE instead. Love the reviews as always ladies!

  61. Awsome! I would love to have one! It would be perfect for helping me reach that level of intensity my workouts are lacking.

  62. I would love to try out the Puma HR Monitor! I am constantly having to hold the handrails on the treadmill to make sure my HR doesn’t get too high when I work out. I’d love to have this! 🙂

  63. wow, what a great additive to getting back into the gym…what a great giveaway, this is so fantasticly easy. 🙂

  64. I would love to win this. I have not used HRM before, but have been looking at them lately.

  65. I once had a watch that had a built-in heart rate monitor, but it seemed to be pretty erratic and inaccurate. It would be pretty cool to have a designated HRM! I never trust the monitors on the cardio machines at the gym, either.

  66. I love the look of that Puma watch! My old heart rate monitor worked great (before it died and even new batteries couldn’t revive it) but it was ginormous and looked like a man’s watch. Would be great to put something stylish on my wrist to gaze upon while the rest of me is looking sweaty and disheveled.

  67. Like Chrissy, I also had a watch with a built-in HRM, but it was a pain because it only tracked it when I pushed a button. My Mom has a carrier for her phone that wraps around her bicep. I think I need to get one of those for when I’m running.

  68. One of the first things I ever purchased when I first started running about 15 months ago was my Garmin 305 Forerunner. Best purchase I’ve made!!

  69. I have been wanting a heart rate monitor since I need a better way to track that. I have just started again with the exercising and new lifestyle of eating better, and this can only help me with that!

  70. I would love to try out this new product!!! I have a cheap version now but as Jessica says you feel as if you have to distract your excercising to monitor. Please enter me into the drawing!!! and as far as the information on Wrapsol, I wish that I would have had that protecting my phone this evening as I took quite a nasty spill on my bike ride!!! My phone looks like my knee and elbow!!!

  71. I’d love to get to use the watch especially the count down timer for when I do my runs by myself. The heart rate monitor would be such a great feature! I’d like one in black please. 🙂 Thanks FBGs!