Utilizing patented bone-conduction and infrared technology, the latest swim technology product to hit the market – the AquaPulse Heart Rate Monitor – provides heart rate awareness to maximize a swim workout.
FINIS, a world leader in technical swimming products that maximize fitness potential and technique, has released the AquaPulse Heart Rate Monitor, an audible heart rate monitor for swimmers and water fitness enthusiasts. The AquaPulse Heart Rate Monitor is a small workout accessory built for swimmers looking to get the most out of their workout through heart rate training.
Users simply slip the AquaPulse Heart Rate Monitor inside a goggle strap, attach a soft rubber clip to the earlobe and start swimming. Using an infrared sensor, the heart beat is detected through the earlobe by capillary activity.
The heart rate is then audibly communicated to the swimmer in real time, where the information is transmitted directly to the inner ear via Bone Conduction Technology. No ear buds, no cumbersome chest straps and no watch device is needed. The AquaPulse Heart Rate Monitor is now available for US$149.99 MSRP at the AquaPulse page on the FINIS website.
“As a fitness or competitive swimmer you should know your maximum heart rate and train in your zone to optimize your workout,” said John Mix, President of FINIS. “Current heart rate monitors are meant for running and dry land training, but are awkward in the water as athletes are hindered by slipping straps and delayed information on watches.
“Our heart rate monitor features a design that provides an audible heart rate announcement while you swim, eliminating the need to stop and calculate your heart rate or look at your watch. Because you don’t have to stop you will have a more accurate heart rate calculation and no down-time, thus maximizing your workout.”
For the past decade heart rate training has been utilized by top athletes in all sports to improve their training levels. As an accurate measurement of intensity or exertion level, a heart rate monitor is the easiest and most precise way to continuously measure heart rate. By understanding and monitoring ideal heart rate zones while training, athletes are able to consistently train at the optimum fitness levels.
Knowing the work zone for the heart prevents over-training, under-training and encourages correct pacing. As a result heart rate monitors (HRMs) can show consumers when they are dehydrated, running out of nutrition, or are not sufficiently recovered from a previous day’s workout.
“As an elite swimmer, the more I know about my body, the better I can train,” said Jason Lezak, seven time Olympic Medallist. “I use the AquaPulse Heart Rate Monitor consistently during my training practices because it’s more accurate and easier than stopping to take my pulse. I do heart rate specific training sets in addition to monitoring my heart rate when I train. I can also hear my heart rate instantly at a press of a button whenever I need it.”
FINIS AquaPulse Heart Rate Monitor features and benefits include:
- Audible heart rate in real time – heart rate is announced whilst on the move; no need to pause and look at a watch
- Bone conduction audio announcement – the unit verbally conveys heart rate through the cheekbone into the inner ear; no ear buds needed. (Humans normally hear through air conduction, but because there is no air underneath the water, bone conduction provides the clearest sound quality possible)
- Infrared sensor technology – the infrared sensor measures the light pulses due to capillary blood flow in the skin and calculates the number of beats per minute (bpm) at which the body is working
- Instant heart rate button – push the ‘Instant Heart Rate’ button to hear the last recorded heart rate reading
- Heart rate fluctuation monitoring – audible updates given at selected time increments; if there is no change in the heart rate the user will not hear an update
- Announcement increments – set the device to announce every 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 30 seconds, 45 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes or 5 minutes
- Waterproof – made for swimmers by swimmers; all buttons are waterproof
- Easy attachment – no chest strap or watches needed; just slip inside the goggle strap
- Lithium-ion battery – lasts from 5 to 8+ hours depending on interval setting; gives an audible low battery announcement when battery is low
- USB charging – to recharge, plug the AquaPulse Heart Rate Monitor directly into the USB port on a computer or a USB wall charger