It seems like a new fitness tracker is popping up every week. How do you know which one to choose? I was asked to give the Pear Mobile Training Intelligence System a try for a FitFluential campaign. So far, I really like it. Unlike many other products that just track steps and movement, the Pear Sports System tracks your activities and calorie burn with the use of a heart rate monitor. I’ve been meaning to try heart rate training for ages, so I was really excited to give the Pear Sports System a try.
The Pear Sports System retails for $99.95 and comes with the following:
- Bluetooth® Heart Rate Monitor
- PEAR Stride™ Earphones with Earlock by
Surefire Retention System
- PEAR Training Intelligence App
for iPhone and Android®
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The first step is to calibrate the Pear Sports System to your heart rate during exercise. Using five narrow heart rate zones, based on your calibration, PEAR helps you workout more precisely to get the maximum intended benefit. By calibrating to your body and understanding your goals, PEAR monitors your heart rate and coaches you through each workout in real time. After your workout you can review your training results and track your progress within the app or via the customer website.
What else sets Pear apart from any other fitness tracking tool is they offer real time coaching within the app. There are hundreds of workouts available on the App, most of which are free to download. You can sort workout based on your goals and activity. Some of my favorites include:
The Dirty Thirty
This one-week plan features five 30-minute workouts. There are 2 treadmill runs and 3 strength workouts.
Super Slim and Tone Bands
This 27 minute resistance bands workout is a comprehensive total body strength and toning experience that includes both core and flexibility training plus warm up and cool down.
The Fat Blaster Treadmill Workout
This 30 minute workout starts with a thorough two-step warm-up including walking and running and then builds to a high intensity with eight 30-40 second intervals in Zones 3, 4 and 5 followed by a recovery and finishes with a walking cool down.
The Pear Sports app can also be used as an accurate tracking tool by using the ‘Free Format’ workout. When using the ‘Free Format’ you can record your pace, distance, calories, average heart rate, time, and max heart rate. I’ve enjoyed using this feature to test my calorie burn in classes like pilates and yoga.
The coached workouts coach you through the entire workout through your headphones, and you can still listen to your own music too. Many other apps can’t do this.