Those of us geeks who like to stay fit have all sorts of gadgets out there that we can use to track our workouts. I’ve been using various tracking applications for years over various platforms (all the way back to my old Palm m105), along with a Polar heart-rate monitor, but generally have to rely on a lot of manual input if I want to try to match up heart rate data with various points on a run. Scosche has a better solution in their award-winning iPhone app that works exclusively with their myTREK Wireless Pulse Monitor.
Scosche starts with the myTREK Wireless Pulse Monitor, an armband that tracks your heart rate and wirelessly connects to your iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, or 3rd and 4th generation iPod touch (Bluetooth, I’m assuming, as it’s stated to work within 33 feet of your device of choice). From there, you use the myTREK App (free download from the App Store) to monitor your heart rate, calories burned, workout time, and on your iPhone you can see run distance and speed using the integrated GPS and accelerometer.
The app supports up to 5 color-coded training zones, based on your on personal health information, allowing you to easily identify what heart rate zone you’re in so you can adjust your workout accordingly. That’s always been a tough thing for me with the heart-rate watch solutions, as it’s not always easy to see if you’re in the right zone. With the color coded zones and larger iPhone display and user interface, you could see just at a glance where you are. You can even control your music from within the app using the integrated buttons on the myTREK Wireless Pulse Monitor.
The app adds motivational voice prompts during your workouts, helping to keep you in the zone, and has an integrated calendar so that you can track your workouts and heart-rate statistics over time (nothing says data-geek more than watching your resting heart rate go down over time on a nice, pretty graph).