The new Polar heart rate monitors now support ANT+, in addition to Bluetooth.
In particular, the new Polar H10 and the Polar OH1 support by default ANT+. If you have an old Polar H10 and OH1, you can update their firmware using the Polar Beat application for the Polar H10 and the Polar Flow app to update the OH1. Please refer to Polar website and support for further information about this.
To use Polar ANT+/Bluetooth heart rate monitors with the SELFLOOPS Group Fitness applications you need to enable either Bluetooth or ANT+. If you do not do it, you will see two device numbers on the screen (one for Bluetooth, one for ANT+).
To enable Bluetooth or ANT+, use the Polar Beat app and pair the heart rate monitor in the Settings of the Polar Beat app.
With the OH1
Enable “Visibility” if you want to use Bluetooth.
Enable ANT+ for ANT+
The same steps apply to the H10. The H10 has some additional options.
For Bluetooth, enable only the “Visibility” option.
Use a USB memory stick (if you use a tablet or smartphone, make sure you have a USB OTG cable together with the USB memory stick). If you have an Android TV, install a file manager app, like for example the FX File Explorer.
Use Bluetooth. If you have an Android TV, install a file manager app, like for example the FX File EXplorer.
Use Dropbox or Google Drive or any other cloud services to download files to your device.
The Group Fitness applications have the option to add gamification to the experience. You can enable this option in the Settings of the application.
Gamification is the application of typical elements of game playing (e.g. point scoring, competition with others, rules of play) applied in this case to fitness workouts. Gamification encourages engagement with the service and makes the experience more fun.
Selfloops Awards, Badges and Achievements
Zone Mates: recognition given to the two athletes that have completed the workout with the most similar heart rate zone distribution in the entire class. (More than two participants are required in the class).
Zone King: recognition of the athlete that have spent the most time in the heart rate zone the group trained the most in (More than one participant is required).
Rangechamp: recognition of the athlete that has reached the largest range between the lowest and the highest heart rate during the workout. (The calculation does not take into account the first 5 minutes. More than one participant is required) .
How It works
Enable the Gamification option in the Settings of the application. After the workout you can visualize the results and achievements by selecting the workout in the “Activity Logs” section and choosing the Summary view.
The tiles in the screen will be colored during the session according to the specific heart rate zones the participants are in. The personal MAX Heart rate can be set for each user or it is calculated automatically by the application using the age of the user.
We support the Spinner Chrono bikes by Precor, the Schwinn bikes with the MPower console, the Keiser M bikes, Technogym Connect bikes, the Spinner® Blade ION™ bikes, and any ANT+ bike power meters such as the Garmin Vector, SRM, PowerTap, Stages, 4iiii Precision, Wahoo Fitness Kickr and many others.
For a comprehensive list of supported bike power sensors, see this link.
You need an Android device with USB Host Support and Android version 3.0 or higher. Basically all modern Android devices on the market are supported. Android 6 o higher is required to support Polar heart rate monitors.