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iFit introduces automatic heart rate training with ActivePulse

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One of the patents owned by NordicTrack is the auto-follow technology that they’re currently suing Peloton over. If you’ve never used it on a NordicTrack or Peloton Bike+, it’s a pretty magical experience. Today, NordicTrack is launching ActivePulse as a next step in that ecosystem.

iFit’s ActivPulse allows your heart rate to automatically adjust the treadmill’s speed and incline to always stay in the optimal heart rate zone. Until this feature, the benefits of heart rate training have hinged on how well a person can manually monitor and adjust their effort to remain in a particular zone. With iFit’s ActivePulse, you’ll create a real-time feedback loop between a user’s measured heart rate and the treadmill’s speed and incline.

ActivePulse automatically changes the intensity of any iFit program to optimize the current workout based on their heart rate at any given moment – even incorporating advanced algorithms to gradually “learn” their unique behavioral patterns over time.

“ActivePulse lets each iFit customer’s heart rate personalize their treadmill workout without the complicated calculations and constant manual adjustments that have long been associated with heart rate training,” said Mark Watterson, president of iFit. “ActivePulse provides a workout that is catered not just to a member; it is catered to that member based on how their heart rate is functioning during the workout.”

iFit ActivePulse

ActivePulse is compatible with multiple Bluetooth heart rate monitors with broadcast functionality, including the iFit SmartBeat and third-party devices from Polar, Garmin, Wahoo, and WHOOP.

ActivePulse will be available on all iFit enabled NordicTrack, ProForm, and Freemotion treadmills via an automatic software update this month. ActivePulse will become available for bikes, rowers, and ellipticals from NordicTrack, ProForm, and Freemotion soon after.

By Bradley Chambers

Rides a Peloton bike all over Chattanooga, TN.

Contact: bradley@9to5mac.com
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