For a few years, I have been running and exercising. The team here at iSource knows it and forwards many requests for reviews of exercise-related apps (like here and here) and products. As a matter of fact, it was because of an iPhone app that I became a runner! I was approached to try out a couch-to-5K running app. Given a desire to change my then sedentary lifestyle, I figured, “what the heck? It couldn’t hurt!” And in a few weeks I was running 3 miles in 30 minutes. I have kept that lifestyle going, eventually lost 30 pounds, and now run fairly regularly. The app I continue to use is RunKeeper (user “bghuna”).
Then a few weeks ago, a friend let me borrow the Wahoo Blue HR Bluetooth heart rate monitor to wear while I run. She knew that I wrote reviews for iSource, was a runner, and might like to combine those two passions into a single experience. What I discovered was a surprise – both in now easily it works, and in the data of my heart rate while running!
The Wahoo Fitness Blue HR Straps around your midsection with an adjustable elastic strap. Then by turning on your Bluetooth on your iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, you activate your favorite exercise monitoring app and pair the device from within that app.
The Wahoo Fitness Blue HR heart rate strap connects wirelessly to the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 without the need for any adapters and delivers accurate real-time heart rate data through the free Wahoo Fitness App. Additionally, our open API allows other popular Apps, such as Strava, RunKeeper, MapMyRide, Cyclemeter, MotionX-GPS, and 321Run to work with the Blue HR. With the Wahoo Blue HR and your favorite fitness App, you now have your heart rate data, your playlists, your phone, GPS maps and more– all in one device!
It’s pretty seamless in set up. Rarely did I have any connection problems, and it never disconnected while I was working out. The only drawback to the unit that I am beginning to see is the distortion and over-stretching of the elastic band. Not something you want to see on a borrowed unit! Considering I’ve only worn it about 3 or 4 times, I am wondering about the longevity of the strap.
Earlier, I mentioned a second surprise, which was the data of my heart rate! It turns out, my heart rate runs around 190 beats per minute while I am running my 4 miles. Given my age, that’s a cautionary number, and something I’m glad to know of. (And yes I checked its accuracy!)
The Wahoo Blue HR Heart Rate Strap is available at the company website for $79.99