Polar Beat adds real-time coaching to smarten up your heart rate training

Plus, new colors incoming for H10 and OH1 HR monitors
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If you're all about heart rate-based training, Polar Beat is one of the best apps out there to track those BPMs. If you have a heart rate monitor made by Polar, that is. And now the sports watch giant has decided it wants to make one its companion apps more insightful by adding smart coaching features to help you get the most out of your sessions.

Once you've paired one of Polar's heart rate sensors, like the Polar H10, H7 or the Polar OH1 HR armband to the app, you'll now see the option to tap into four new features that should prove useful during and after workouts.

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The first is 'Fitness Test', and provides a five-minute test to gauge current fitness levels. 'Energy Pointer' will provide real-time guidance to reveal the main effect of your workout, while 'Benefit Target' enables users to set goals and get voice-based, real-time guidance to let you know how you're progressing towards those goals. Last up is the 'Running Index', which provides a score based speed and heart rate data to offer insights athletic running performance and running efficiency.

All of the new features are free to access and will be available on the iPhone and Android versions of the Polar Beat app.

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In addition to the new Beat features, Polar is also rolling out new colors for its HR chest strap and armband, adding melange grey, melange orange and melange turquoise options - good for those who want something more eye-catching to work out with in the gym.

We use the H10 and the OH1 for our in-house HR accuracy testing, so we're already big fans of what Polar has done with its heart rate monitoring wearables. The addition of these new smart coaching features means they're now going beyond simply churning out data and are now putting the biometric information to further use.

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Michael Sawh

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Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011.

Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of T3.com.

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.


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