Fitness analytics provide training reports
Heatbeat analytics from Firstbeat have been added to the Huawei Watch 2. The company licenses analytics to consumers and has also developed a specialised sports monitoring platform that is used by over 600 professional sports teams around the world to optimise performance, reduce injuries and fast-track player development. The two companies worked together to create Fit, which was launched in 2016.
This generation of smartwatch focuses on fitness monitoring and introduces training reports. It uses multiple sensors with advanced algorithms to offer analytics such as automatic VO2max fitness level detection. The metric defines personal fitness levels by revealing your body’s ability to use oxygen. Traditionally available through laboratory testing, Firstbeat estimates VO2max fitness levels using a combination of speed and heartbeat data obtained during running and walking activities. Users can see their current fitness level, compare it to other people of the same age and gender, and evaluate whether they are currently fit enough to gain health benefits, or if there is room to improve. It also holds the key to personalising training prescriptions. Watching VO2max fitness level change over time can be rewarding and serve as a powerful motivator for improvement, says the company.
Training Effect is another program. It reveals, in real-time, the physiological impact a workout will have on aerobic VO2max fitness level. This allows Watch 2 to tell the wearer if a workout is maintaining or improving current fitness levels. It can even reveal when the wearer is pushing too hard and increasing risk of injury or overtraining in good time.
The Recovery Time feature uses a countdown timer to display the number of hours remaining before the wearer’s body is ready for the next workout. The countdown timer updates at the completion of each training session based on the Training Effect score achieved, the amount of time remaining on the countdown timer at the start of the session, and additional data, says the company.
The watch also offers Real-time Coaching and adaptive Running Training plans, designed to help enable the wearer to achieve targets for each session and long-term training goals. It also uses Firstbeat’s oxygen-based energy expenditure calculation to provide accurate calorie counts throughout the day.