Makers of a Bluetooth 4 heart-rate monitor, Polar launched a new fitness app on Tuesday that they claim uses "exercise intelligence" to let users know exactly what your body needs to achieve to reach your goals.
The Finnish company says its new iTunes app, Polar Beat, is the next generation of exercise training apps in that it doesn't just track your fitness stats but gives you a training target, no matter what your fitness level. When you use the app with the Polar H7 heart rate sensor, you can set training goals, based on calories, time, or distance.
Polar Beat iPhone app ©Apple
Or upgrade the free app to the $3.99 version for more advanced targets, such as boosting metabolism, increasing sprint speed, and improving your aerobic or anaerobic fitness. Plus the app claims to help you stay in the target heart-rate zone, and can provide "deeper real-time analysis of the main effects of a workout, such as fat burning vs. fitness improving," Polar says.
Polar Beat is compatible with the iPhone 4s, the new iPhone 5, and any iPhone functioning on Apple's new iOS 6 operating system. As for the heart-rate device, the Polar H7 allows users to quickly connect to any Bluetooth Smart Ready device, such as a tablet or smartphone, to store and display heart-rate data and other statistics.
Still, Polar has plenty of stiff competition, particularly from portable fitness trackers such Nike+, Adidas MiCoach Pacer, Affectiva Q Sensor, Basis, BodyMedia BodyFit, Digifit, and Nike+GPS, all which of course come with their own apps and some that track heart-rate data.
If you're a fan of the trendy running app Runtastic, you may also want to check out the brand's latest devices: a GPS-enabled pulse watch and heart-rate chest strap that, of course, conveniently sync to the app itself.