Winter training indoors with sensors

Bluetooth, Bluetooth SMART, ANT+ and Android Wear

Now it's winter for many of us, you may be tempted to do some indoor workouts using the app Sensor Only mode. There are a choice of Bluetooth, Bluetooth SMART, ANT+ and Android Wear devices that are compatible with the app and may be used in Sensor Only mode. These sensors can also be used when using the app in GPS mode. An alternative to using a sensor for indoor workouts is to simply log your workout as a manual activity on the website or in the app.

Regular Bluetooth sensors

Heart rate monitors using regular bluetooth are compatible with older phones running Android 2+. There is a choice of the Zephyr HxM, Polar Wearlink Bluetooth or Zephyr BioHarness.

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Bluetooth SMART sensors

New phones running Android 4.3+ can connect to new Bluetooth SMART devices such as heart rate monitors, bike speed and cadence sensors and footpod speed and cadence sensors. Bluetooth SMART is lower energy and designed specifically for these fitness sensors.

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ANT+ sensors

ANT+ compatible phones running Android 4+ can connect to ANT+ devices such as heart rate monitors, bike speed and cadence sensors and footpod speed and cadence sensors. Some phones offer native ANT+ support while others would require an On-The-Go cable and ANT+ dongle.

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Android Wear Smartwatches

Compatible with Android 4.3+ the new Android Wear smart watches are ideal for viewing your workout details at a glance. Many of them also contain heart rate sensors allowing recording of your heart rate with your workout.

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Posted on Jan 5
Written by Sam Lawson