The Polar RCX3 GPS heart rate monitor includes great data recording features. To enable following long-term progress the device stores all the data starting from the last reset and is capable of storing 99 training files (with summaries) and a weekly history if this option is selected.
For the maximum training benefit the Polar RCX3 set enables measuring average and maximum heart rate of each lap as well as average, minimum and maximum heart rate of training. Heart rate can be expressed as the number of beats per minute or as percentage of the maximum heart rate. It can also be expressed as a percentage of the heart rate reserve (the difference between resting heart rate and maximum heart rate). Using the Polar software the heart rate can be displayed as a graphical trend as well. The feedback also includes the highest number of heart beats per minute (bpm) during maximum physical exertion (HRmax). It is a useful tool for determining the intensity of training.
The Polar RCX3 GPS heart rate monitor can also measure the user’s aerobic fitness at rest in just five minutes. The result, Polar OwnIndex, evaluates the maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) based on heart rate and heart rate variability at rest and personal information.
The Polar RCX3 GPS heart rate monitor set includes the G5 GPS sensor. It enables accurate distance measurements (training, lap, trip and total), route mapping (with optional polarpersonaltrainer.com web service), as well as offers Running Index and speed/pace feedback. Running Index is based on heart rate and speed data. It gives daily information about performance level, aerobic fitness and running economy. By setting a target pace, the users can follow how fast they need to run in order to reach a certain distance in a predefined time.
For easy data transfer data between the training computer and polarpersonaltrainer.com (optional) the Polar RCX3 GPS heart rate monitor includes the DataLink. It can be plugged to any USB port on a Mac or PC and detect the training computer in the room.