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180 Strides Per Minute

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

In a previous post I was marveling at how my RS800sd displayed my running index and how it was giving me positive feedback. Efficiency, however, is only part of the equation when seeking to run fast times and compete well in running. The title of an email that I receive from Runner’s World caught my eye and it is a good opportunity to explain another facet of our running training - stride rate. After reading the article, I now know that elite and world class runners have a stride rate of about 180 strides a minute. This about twice my stride rate on my easy runs in base training and as I move into the speed phase of my training, I will focus more on what my cadence is when I look at the feedback that my Polar RS800sd gives me.

Ed Eyestone says that, “Once, after a less-than- memorable junior high race, my dad said, “It looked like you spent a little too much time in one place.” Dad hit the nail on the head: To run faster, you need to minimize your time in one place. That is, you need to move forward as effectively and efficiently as possible. And the two determining factors for forward momentum are running stride length and running stride rate.

When you go from jogging to race pace, your stride length naturally increases as you generate more power. Yet despite increasing your stride length nearly twofold, your stride rate–or how frequently you take each step–remains pretty constant. That’s because stride patterns are hardwired into your natural biomechanics.

But with the right training, you can develop a faster stride rate, which leads to faster times. Increasing your stride frequency will also lessen your vertical bounce, because the quicker steps force your body to stay closer to the ground. This lighter touchdown not only makes you faster but will also reduce impact, which is a major cause of running injuries.” Continued…

6 Lucky Customers

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

The Free IrDA USB 2.0 Offer that Polar ran in July is over and inventories with the offer are running low. Currently there is 1 RS400 with the free USB, 3 RS800 with free USB and 2 RS800sd with free USB. Please email howtobefit@aol.com to make sure that the item you want with the USB is still available.

Polar S725X New Version and Special Offer

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

As of today, the Polar S725X cycling and multisport heart rate monitor is being shipped with a free Polar Cadence Sensor. In addition, the Polar S725X cycling computer is now available in two versions, the original S725X and the S725X Pro Team Tour Edition. Both are priced at $349.95. The S725X Tour Edition has the same sleek carbon fiber look and the same training options. The S725X is the only complete cycling system that combines heart rate with speed, distance, altitude, ascent, cadence and optional power output. It also features mobile connectivity and Polar OwnOptimizer” recovery test. Cross-training athletes you can measure running speed and distance with the optional Polar S1″ Foot Pod. The S725X also lets you record personal performance, optional running and cycling data plus training conditions like altitude or temperature, then analyze your performance when you download via Infrared technology directly to your PC. The most complete cycling computer just got better.

Polar Launches Multisport Training System

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

RS800G3 System Now Available with GPS for Measuring Speed and Distance Across All Sports

Salt Lake City, UT. (August 08, 2007) – Polar, the leader in heart rate monitoring and fitness assessment technology, today announced at the Outdoor Retailer Show the nation-wide availability of the RS800G3 multisport training system, the most comprehensive planning and analysis tool for athletes who train across multiple disciplines.

The RS800G3 multisport training system’s integrated view helps athletes plan their training, measure their body’s response, and then analyze their performance against personal goals. By providing the data that helps athletes avoid over- and under-training, the system helps users train in the most efficient manner possible to achieve peak performance and fitness.

Polar’s RS800 training system was initially launched with the s3 stride sensor for runners in the fall of 2006. With the introduction of the G3 GPS (global positioning system) Sensor to the system, the new RS800G3 multisport training system enables athletes to measure speed and distance for a variety of outdoor sports including running, cycling, kayaking, hiking, canyoneering, in-line skating, cross-country and downhill skiing.

The RS800G3 multisport training system is comprised of the RS800 wrist unit, Wearlink® W.I.N.D. heart rate transmitter, ProTrainer 5™ software and the G3 GPS Sensor. Athletes who already own an RS800 Training system can purchase the G3 GPS Sensor separately as an accessory.

Incorporating the SiRFstarIII™ chipset, the G3 GPS Sensor talks wirelessly to the RS8000 providing excellent coverage and optimal power consumption. A single AA battery provides up to 15 hours continual use. The G3 GPS Sensor is also water resistant and weighs only 80 grams (including battery), making it compact and built to withstand training in the harshest conditions, typical of many extreme adventure sports.

“As cross-training and sports like adventure racing continue to grow, the RS800G3 training system gives multisport athletes the versatility and support they need to train in any environment or terrain – all while still getting speed, distance and the wealth of training intelligence Polar is known for,” said Jeff Padovan, President of Polar Americas. “The RS800G3 reflects our commitment to meeting the needs of every kind of athlete, regardless of how or where they train.”

Polar’s ProTrainer 5™ software, which is included in the complete multisport system allows an athlete to be involved in every step of the training process. This includes creating up to three weeks of workouts, to downloading insightful graphs to track performance and stay on-target with training goals. In addition, the RS800G3 multisport training system’s wrist unit serves as a digital personal trainer, guiding an athlete through detailed workouts.

How the G3 GPS Sensor differs from the s3 Stride Sensor™

The G3 GPS Sensor can be worn on the arm, attached to a belt, or even carried on top or inside a back pack. Movement in outdoor activities is tracked by GPS technology, which provides speed and distance data.

The s3 Stride Sensor, which can be used both outdoors and indoors, attaches to the shoe and uses sophisticated sensors to track the position of the foot, giving highly accurate speed, distance, leg cadence and stride length measurements.

Polar heart rate monitors for fitness

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

Whether you go to the gym and do aerobics, do strength training workouts, use any number of different machines at the gym, walk or swim, there is a Polar heart rate monitor for fitness that is just right for you. To make your selection easier, Polar provides a fitness heart rate monitor comparison chart. To see and use the comparison chart, please click here.  Also please note that the Polar F4 male is not available in the U.S. market

Polar heart rate monitors for running

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

Everyone has a unique personality and so it is with runners.  Whether you run for fun or train at a world class level, Polar’s running heart rate monitor comparison chart will help you make the right choice to fit your running “personality”.  To see and use the comparison chart, please click here.