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Viavito Heart Rate Monitor View

Viavito Heart Rate Monitor

Supplied with a chest strap for wireless heart rate transmission to the watch, this product from Viavito is a multi-purpose training tool! In addition to providing heart rate measurement, an array of programming options are on offer with visual and audible alarms for efficient status communications.

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TomTom Touch Small Fitness Tracker with Heart Rate Monitor View

TomTom Touch Small Fitness Tracker with Heart Rate Monitor

Delivering a minimalistic, sleek design, suitable for modern athletes and active people, the TomTom Touch Small Fitness Tracker with Heart Rate Monitor boasts a one-button control system to check your body fat and muscle mass percentage, allowing for checking your actual fitness progress. The device is a great partner throughout the daily activities, since it tracks your every move 24/7 providing with feedback on distance traveled, steps taken, calories burned, time and more, including sleep quality and length to indicate how's your body rejuvenating after practice or a simple day filled with tasks and endeavors. What is more, the tracker also includes a precise heart rate monitor which helps in understanding the current progress in fitness, as well as health, plus you don't need any additional accessories for proper measurement, it simply monitors heart rate from your wrist in regular intervals. Also, this lightweight and comfortable device includes a legible touchscreen display with easy to understand interface, it notifies the user of incoming calls and messages, and can be synced wirelessly via Bluetooth to compare your miles stones and challenge yourself with higher goals.

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TomTom Touch Large Fitness Tracker with Heart Rate Monitor View

TomTom Touch Large Fitness Tracker with Heart Rate Monitor

The TomTom Touch large fitness tracker with heart rate monitor is a versatile, multi-functional device that not only measures your steps, active minutes, distance, calories burnt, and sleep time, but also lets you track what your body is made of and analyse body fat percentage and muscle mass index with a touch of a button! This feature-loaded fitness tracker with an eye-catching, elegant design offers 24/7 activity tracking and highly accurate heart rate measurement on your wrist and has a bright, user-friendly touchscreen display showing smartphone notifications ensuring you never miss a call or text. It is splash and showerproof and allows for choosing a Sports mode, challenging yourself to a daily or weekly target or checking your progress and sharing achievements thanks to compatible TomTom MySports application.

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Polar M460 GPS Bike Computer View

Polar M460 GPS Bike Computer

Track your speed, distance, route, altitude and gradient with GPS and barometer and make your rides more fun with Strava Live Segments using the Polar M460 GPS bike computer. This easy to use device has a sleek, clear-cut design with sensitive and highly-accurate GPS and enables you to get alerts about messages and incoming calls from your phone thanks to Smart Notifications feature. It offers Smart Coaching Features and advanced power metrics for TrainingPeaks software platform and has a battery life of up to 16 hours of training. Plus, there is a front LED light for added safety and the side buttons are textured for an improved grip and easy selections. The M460 is suitable for road cycling and mountain biking and compatible with several Bluetooth power meters.

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Polar M460 GPS Bike Computer with OH1 Optical Heart Rate Sensor View

Polar M460 GPS Bike Computer with OH1 Optical Heart Rate Sensor

Great for road cycling and mountain biking, the Polar M460 GPS bike computer lets you track speed, distance, route, altitude and gradient with GPS and barometer and ensures accurate heart rate measurement thanks to an included OH1 optical heart rate sensor. The bike computer enables you to make your rides exciting and fun with Strava Live Segments and features a sleek, clear-cut design. There are Smart Coaching features, advanced power metrics for TrainingPeaks software platform and to keep connected while riding, the device has Smart Notifications feature providing alerts about messages and incoming calls from your phone. For added safety, there is a front LED light, while quick selections and a better grip are guaranteed by textured side buttons. The OH1 sensor has a machine-washable armband made of a soft textile material and can be worn on upper or lower arm. This great alternative to chest strap boasts 6 LEDs for optical measurement and stores up to 200 hours of training data. Plus, it is compatible with Polar Beat, Polar Club, Polar Go Fit and Team app and lets you easily sync data to Polar Flow, Polar’s free app and web service.

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Swimovate Pool Mate Live Swim Watch View

Swimovate Pool Mate Live Swim Watch

Using your arm movement the Swimovate Pool Mate Live swim watch will measure all the essential data of your swim including speed, distance, number of laps and strokes, calories burnt, stroke length, strokes per minute and efficiency. This premium watch will vibrate when you complete the number of laps, time or distance that you choose, and its chrono mode makes it suitable for use in other activities. The large display characters make it easy to read when wearing goggles, and the sleek-looking, durable watch can be worn for everyday use as well. Use the optional download clip to analyse and store the data after each swim to monitor your progression.

Sports Technology

Look at the history of different sports and you will see how each one has evolved with the times, encompassing scientific advances, adapting to the spectators and enabling athletes to push themselves further and harder. This has never been clearer to see than since technology has been incorporated into sport, enhancing training, technique and competitive play, for both individuals and teams as a whole.

Photo finishes were used in horse racing around the turn of the 20th century, a significant development which would go on to revolutionise innumerable sports. A few years later electrical scoring allowed for quicker and more accurate timekeeping and results. Jump to the 21st century and a whole host of breakthroughs have led to improving or modernising equipment, playing areas and refereeing with super-slow motion replays, goal-line technology, ball tracking and prediction, and much more.

For the individual athlete looking to understand their bodies and performance better and find a way to eke out the 'extra one per cent' that will accelerate them ahead of the rest, there is a multitude of technology available, from sport-specific equipment to general fitness accessories.

For example, GPS and golf range finders will feed you precise course information so you can adapt your shots to the situation and not just rely on experience and eyesight. Cycle computers will deliver live information about your workout or race. On the other hand, heart rate monitors, which became popular for use in sport in the 1980s, can check that you are working hard enough to get your pulse up and burn calories efficiently and at the same time help to prevent dangerous overexertion. Activity trackers will allow you to set goals and hit them, informing you of vital performance statistics on the way.

Whatever your sport, whatever your level and whatever your goal, there will be technology to monitor and boost what you are doing. Some say that technology is no replacement for natural talent and hard work, but combine devices, cameras, trackers and so on with your attributes and it certainly can help to give those extra few percentages in training which will, undoubtedly, translate to the field, track, court, pool or course.

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