Is a pulse belt necessary as many training bells come with a built-in heart rate monitor?
Pulse belts of newer generations are not just a "pulse belt", but a sensor belt that has a built-in and multi-axle accelerometer to measure slope, vibration and shock. The data that is most used is related to movement in the legs, that is, your footsteps, how long the foot is in the ground and pendulum on the foot.
The registration from the sensor belt is logged in parallel and continuously along with heartbeat and other functions from the clock itself, such as GPS position and time course. Some units in the training context will have overlapping features such as training bells with built-in accelerometer. Overlapping features gives the user greater accuracy on the data being presented.
In addition to logging, there are some static data that you manually registered for the first time when you "clarified" the clock. This included, among other things, your age, gender, weight and height.
Reading methods for running:
- Training Clock: GPS, Cadence, Speed and Distance
- Sensor Belt: Heart rate, cadence, vertical movement, ground contact
- Foot Pod: Cadence, speed and distance
With the gathering data of footsteps, distance traveled and time combined with the estimated length of your legs, it produces information such as runaway, ground contact, step length and individual foot vertical swing. When you know the speed of the sketch, you can reveal the individual's strength and efficiency that you then use to customize your training. With the training clock's continuous presentation of your running injury, you will easily be able to measure your progress to achieve an effective run.
"One of the elements for achieving a more efficient and energy-efficient running is to focus on lifting your legs faster."
Reading error and proper mounting of the sensor belt
If you have used the sensor belt flawlessly for a period of time and you experience strange readings, it is in most cases the battery that needs replacing.
To avoid misread reading from your sensor belt such as heart rate, there are some checkpoints that are important to consider. Some and especially cyclists prefer to have the belt's reader on the back, but this location increases the likelihood of reading errors. For best reading, read the belt's reader with the logo "correct" way and on the body in excess of the solar plexus.
The belt itself has some rubberized sensor areas that read pulse / rhythm. Sensor areas have electronic conductivity that is impaired due to lack of contact surface. In order to have the best reading possible on the sensor areas, the substrate should contain moisture. Normally, it is considered that your own sweat should be adequate when it comes to applying moisture to your skin, but it is recommended to apply some water or lick the sensor areas in advance of a workout to reduce the likelihood of reading errors. Lack of moisture to the skin escalates in colder climates and now in winter it is recommended to apply some electrode gel or lotion.