Fitness trackers are pretty remarkable devices when you know how to use them. When used right, they let you pick apart data from your training to get the most out of your exercise regime.
On the other hand, if it’s used by someone that doesn’t know how to act on the data, it’s all too easy to end up with a device that simply spouts numbers and stats that don’t mean much to you.
In an ideal world, your fitness tracker would be like a digital personal trainer that sits on your wrist and coaches you through a training regime, powered by the rich data that it’s observing.
We sat down with Tom Fowler, President of Polar (and former professional triathlete) to talk about the state fitness trackers are in now, and where they are going.
The end of ‘neato’ data
Tom Fowler, President of Polar
One of the main takeaways is that Polar has realized that fitness trackers need to go beyond the basic ‘this is what you’re doing’ tracking that many devices do:
“There are lots of companies that can track GPS based metrics or heart rate based metrics and show you a billion different permutations of those numbers in terms of …read more