Orangetheory Heart Rate Monitor Not Working (Solved)

I love to do Orangetheory fitness classes in my local gym in Coral Gables but for the last couple of wokrouts, my heart rate monitor wasn’t working.

Today I want to highlight some of the common reasons why it happened, and, most importantly, things you can do to fit the Orangetheory heart rate monitor not working issue.

photo of my orangetheory heart rate monitor

Orangetheory heart rate monitor not working

After scrolling the web for hours, I found there are many ways that can cause malfunction of your Orangetheory heart rate monitor.

  • Orangetheory heart rate monitor connects to the screen and displays my heart rate, but the screen in the class doesn’t display my heart rate zone and does not show splat points.
  • The signal is not showing up on the Orangethoery screen at all. Even after replacing the battery, the Orangetheory heart rate monitor is not working.
  • It works, but it provides me with incorrect, inconsistent, or abnormal heart rate metrics while working out.

Common reasons why Orangetheory heart rate monitor doesn’t work

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks troubleshooting my Orangehtoery heart rate monitor. During this time, I was doing all my OTF classes without a heart rate monitor (trust me, it’s not the same experience).

As a result, I’ve spent dozens of hours searching through the web about all the possible problems there are with this device.

Here are some of the reasons that I’ve discovered why my Orangetheory heart rate monitor wasn’t working as I expected.

1. The battery is low

Start with the low-hanging fruit and check the battery. I know it sounds simple, but often If you’re having trouble with your Orangetheory heart rate monitor, first, make sure the heart rate monitor is turned on and that the battery isn’t low.

2. Loose chest strap

Another reason is the loose chest strap (assuming you’re wearing a chest trap monitor). Ensure the chest strap is snug but not too tight. If it’s too loose, it won’t pick up your heart rate accurately.

Also, make sure that you’re wearing it underneath your clothing. If it’s covered by a shirt or jacket, it won’t be able to pick up your heart rate properly.

3. Incorrect electrode placement

One common reason your Orangetheory heart rate monitor may stop working is incorrect electrode placement.

The electrodes need to be placed on clean, dry skin in order to work properly. If they’re not correctly positioned, the heart rate monitor may not pick up your heartbeat accurately.

4. It may be broken

Another reason why your heart rate monitor doesn’t work is the simple wear and tear problem (it is broken). If you used the device for a couple of years, maybe it’s a good idea to get a new OTBEAT Burn heart rate monitor.

5. Check with your coach

Check with your coach if your Bluetooth is turned off and if the screen catches your signal. Make sure it’s turned on and try again.

6. Static electricity caused by wearing synthetic shirts

Another common reason for the malfunction of the OTBeat heart rate band is static electricity from wearing synthetic shirts. Choose cotton clothes and see if that makes a difference.

7. Dry sensors touching the skin

Older Orangetheory heart rate monitors have sensors that need to be in contact with your skin in order to work properly. (Newer OTBEAT monitors are snugger as there stay on your arm.)

If your skin is dry, it can interfere with the sensors and cause them to produce inaccurate readings.

The best way to avoid this problem is to apply a small amount of water or gel to the sensors before putting on the heart rate monitor.

8. Other conductivity issues between the electrodes and the skin

High conductivity refers to how easily an electric current can flow through the skin.

Moist skin has a higher conductivity and can easily pass an electrical current, which makes the Orangetheory heart rate monitor readings more consistent.

On the other hand, dry skin has low conductivity, which can cause the peloton heart rate monitor to stop working, as well as provide an inaccurate reading.

Also keep in mind that the OTF chest strap heart rate monitor picks up the electrical signal (which works similarly to the electrocardiogram).

How do you get the Orangetheory heart rate monitor to work?

Here are the things you can do to improve OTBEAT heart rate monitor connectivity.

1. Fit the strap snugly

You can make your Orangetheory heart rate monitor work by fitting the strap snugly close to the skin.

(Just under the sports bra for females and under the chest for males)

2. Wet heart rate monitor electrodes

Sweating is enough to conduct the signal accurately because the salt in the sweat helps to conduct the electrical signals.

However, in the beginning, before you start to sweat, you can pour the water on the Orangetheory heart rate monitor electrodes.

The only problem I find is that if I do an easy ride that doesn’t make me break a sweat, my heart rate monitor can stop working mid-workout.

3. Use conducting gel

I find that using conducting gel or ultrasound gel is better than water because it lasts for the whole class.

Conducting ECG gel reduces the resistance between skin and electrodes, which enhances the accuracy of the heart rate monitor.

4. Use saliva

This is not very classy but if you don’t have a conducting gel, you can always use saliva. Saliva, as well as other saline solutions, are a mix of water and salt.

5. Tighten the elastic strap

To ensure your Orangetheory heart rate monitor works, adjust the strap to fit closely to the skin under your chest.

If the strap doesn’t contact the skin, is placed in the wrong place, or is too loose, the signal can get impaired.

6. Use different clothes

Using tumble dryers can increase the electrostatic charge. Also, as well as wearing synthetic clothes that rub against each other and generate static electricity.

This can create a disturbance that impedes the signals.

7. Wash the strap

Regular high-intensity interval training classes and sweating often can lead to an increased amount of chloride on your OTBEAT heart rate monitor, which can cause corrosion.

To maximize the life span of your Orangetheory heart rate monitor, you should wash the strap regularly in lukewarm water and hang it to dry.

How do I get my Orangetheory heart rate monitor to show up

Now let’s talk about what happens if the peloton heart rate monitor is conducting properly, but the signal is not showing up on the class screen.

8. Unpair all other devices

If you had connected your heart rate monitor with other Bluetooth devices or apps, it may have set onto another app signal, not to the Orangetheory studio screen.

Also, ensure you’re using the heart rate monitor for the OTF class and don’t use it with other apps.

9. Avoid electromagnetic disturbances

Look around you. If your heart rate monitor is located close to cellular phones, or electric security gates, it may cause false readings and provide incorrect data.

10. Change the battery

I found that the Orangetheory heart rate battery is robust, but when is running low, it can reduce the transmission range.

Changing the battery will ensure you have a strong signal and can pair with the screen. Also, replacing the battery can help you if you notice that your heart rate monitor does not flash.

The bottom line

Problems with Orangetheory heart rate monitors are common.

Usually, they’re flaking out and dropping out a lot during workouts.

In most cases, these issues are related to poor conductivity, battery life, or just regular wear and tear.

Michal Sieroslawski

Michal is an exercise physiologist (MSc) and a veteran endurance athlete. He loves to experiment and share his successes and failures to help busy men and women who want to lose weight.

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