I’ve previously written about my frustration with the Peloton branded heart rate monitor, and how I didn’t feel the Peloton accessories back is a great value as you’ll immediately need to replace it. After some research, I upgraded to the Scosche Rhythm+ Heart Rate Monitor.
There are a lot of reasons to use a heart rate monitor during workouts. Tracking your personal heart rate zone and training with heart rate intervals will allow you to maximize your ride time with Peloton. If you train at lower BPM, it will require you to workout longer to achieve benefits. If you work out at BPMs that are too high for a longs period, you will burn out too fast, before you’ve reached the end of the class (this is know as hitting a wall).
The Scosche Rhythm+ Heart Rate Monitor is compatible with with all Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ (Peloton requires ANT+) enabled devices and equipment: watches, fitness equipment, and smartphones.
Setup with the Peloton was a breeze. After I charged it for a few hours, I strapped it on my forearm and went upstairs to my Peloton. I went to the settings on the Peloton screen and went to the Heart Rate section. One the Scosche Rhythm+ Heart Rate Monitor, you’ll then press and hold the button to put it into pairing mode. Peloton immediately connected to it, and I was off and running. I’ve not had a single disconnect yet.
The comfort of the heart rate monitor is one of the best reasons to purchase it, though. Since it’s not a chest strap, it’s much more comfortable during a ride. The strap is made of a breathable neoprene armband. It comes with a long and short version of the strap. There are a host of colors to choose from as well. I went with the red and orange combination.
The Scosche Rhythm+ Heart Rate Monitor has been fantastic since I purchased it, and I appreciate how easy it is to get connected to my Peloton bike. It has a six-hour battery life and is IP67 waterproof, so you won’t have to worry about running out of battery or ruining the sensor contacts with sweat. If you are looking to purchase your first heart rate monitor for Peloton or replace an old one, the Scosche Rhythm+ would make a great choice.