Polar Beat app makeover brings smarter coaching and running insights

Take your heart rate based training up a notch

Polar has been busy recently getting its software in order including introducing a new dedicated running program. Now its turning its attention to the Polar Beat app to help you get more from your heart rate based training.

The refreshed app is still best optimised for Polar's H7 heart rate monitor chest strap and is available for free on iPhones and Android phones.

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You'll still be able to track distance and map routes via GPS, with 100 sports supported and voice guidance to keep you on track during training. Along with a sleek, new UI, there's also a few new features that we think runners will mostly appreciate.

First up is the new Fitness Test to help determine users' aerobic fitness. This is actually something that was actually introduced with the Polar A360 fitness tracker when paired with the Polar H7.

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It's also adding a new Running Index that aims to offer insights into running performance, a Benefit Target to set targets and receive guidance to achieve goals and an Energy Pointer that shows fat-burning in real time.

If you're a Polar Flow users, data from Beat can be synced across letting you add training data to your activity and sleep tracking data.

We've used the Polar Beat app quite a lot, particularly when testing the heart rate accuracy of any new fitness trackers and smartwatches we get our hands on. So we definitely welcome any changes that make it a better experience.

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