Pulse Monitor is an application designed for computers running Microsoft Windows 7,8 and 10 operating systems. It allows you to control the heart rate of participants in Fitness clubs and indoor cycling.
A trainer conducting fitness classes has a preview of the current parameters of each participant in the group. This allows to properly adjust load intensity for a given organism depending on an individual capacity of lungs, heart or the current fatigue state. Pulse Monitor enables you to continuously monitor 42 training participants. Each of the ANT + heart rate monitors, put on the participant’s chest emits a digital signal that is received by the application by means of a compatible antenna. ANT+ Heart Rate Monitors should be within 10 meters from the receiver.
The measurement results are displayed on the monitor screen. The screen of the training can also be presented on the large LCD TV after being connected to a computer via RGB or HDMI link.
Tip: The Pulse Monitor set does not include an antenna and pulse sensors. If you are interested in a full set – kits are available in various quantitative configurations.
Installation comes down to downloading and running the installer package. The installation process will run automatically.
Note: Do not connect the receiver to a USB port before the complete installation.
Once the installation process is finished, you can connect the receiver to any USB port and start using the system.
The application periodically checks whether a new version of the program has come out. In the case it found the new version, while running the program, the user is asked to carry out an automatic update of the application. It is recommended to perform each upgrade, because they introduce a number of improvements. Automatic update is associated with downloading of a certain amount of data from the Internet.
Before starting to use the system during trainings, enter the data of the participants (they will be chosen to participate in the classes) and pair (enter in the register of the application) belts with pulse sensors.
Go to settings: Tools → configuration.
Got to “Others”. Setup Units user in your country (metrics or imperial).
After finishing the classes, participants who were provided with e-mail addresses can receive reports with charts presenting the course of trainings and basic training data.
You have to set up you SMTP server and Account setting before sending email reports.
There is a possibility of setting the name of the club, location and logo, which will be located in the header of the report in a PDF format.
Configuration of these parameters can be done by selecting the top menu:
Tools → configuration.
Pulse Monitor System is certified to comply with the ANT+ standard. It means that it is compatible with the USB receiver and any pulse watchers having the designation: ANT+
Before purchasing the heart rate monitor, make sure the retailer supports this standard.
For a list of compatible devices visit www.thisisant.com/directory
In order to be able to receive signals from individual heart rate belts, they must be paired in the Pulse Monitor system. Each device has a unique number (ID) consisting of a number of digits, according to which it is recognized by the application.
Adding more heart rate monitors is possible after pressing the "Devices" button on the main screen or by selecting the menu:
Tools → configuration.
Each paired device must be assigned a name, which will facilitate their identification in the allocation of them to individual participants.
Some heart rate monitors (unfortunately, very rarely) have IDs printed mostly on the back of them, you can then manually enter the device number and assign a name to it.
Tip: It is recommended to use consecutive numbers from 1 upwards as choosing a name for a device. It is worth to write the number using a permanent marker or stick with a tape to the heart rate monitor.
If the device is not assigned with ID number, use a scanning devices option. Once scanning is initiated („Scan for devices” button), the program is listening to register signals coming from unknown heart rate monitors. A list of numbers of found devices will appear on the screen below. You can then click on the number – it will be rewritten to the window of adding a new device and assign it an individual name.
Most heart rate monitors begin to emit signals only after putting them on the participant’s chest. Before pairing a new device the heart rate monitor will make sure that the belt was put on the chest and that it adheres well to the body. Contact spots of sensors and the skin should be moistened with water. Heart Rate Monitor should be located no more than 10 meters from the receiver.
Tip: While pairing new devices use only one belt to make sure that you are assigning the appropriate device.
While creating a participants a trainer can quickly select them for training sessions he will be running in the future. The management of participants database is done by clicking „Participants” button located on the main screen.
In order to add a participant the trainer gives his name and nickname. The nickname appears on the screen during an on-going training session. In addition, he enters the age of the participant and physical data, such as weight and height.
These parameters are used to estimate the maximum heart rate of the participant. If the participant knows his maximum heart rate (measured e.g. during the training session), you can enter it manually here. On the basis of the physical data, the amount of calories burned during each workout is also calculated.
If the participant’s e-mail address had been entered, they will be able to receive the report in a PDF format on the course of the training session.
Editing of participant data occurs in the left box by selecting it from the list on the right. Removing the participant’s name takes place after right-clicking and selecting "Delete".
Adding participants may also be carried out with the very level of the training session, as will be discussed below.
In order to commence carrying out of a training session with the Pulse Monitor system, choose „New training session” button located on the main screen. The system will ask for the name of the workout and the name of the trainer conducting given classes. As a default name the current date and time is suggested, however, it can be any name, e.g. strength training etc.
Then you move to the main screen of the training in order to select the participants. In the future, when the training is already completed, this screen will presented data summarizing the training of each participant.
Adding another participant to classes takes place in the upper left gray form, through the selection of the participant and belt and that they will be wearing during workout. From this level you can quickly add a new participant or the pairing of new device by pressing the "plus" button behind the checkboxes.
Adding of another person to the classes is confirmed by the appearance of their name on the list of participants below. The maximum heart rate of the participant is also included on the list.
By right-clicking of the mouse we can quickly edit the data of the person (e.g. correction of his maximum heart rate) or remove it from the list of the participants. After selecting all the participants of the classes, click on the button "Go to the training" located next to it – then appears the screen with signal lights presenting the nickname and condition of each participant selected for the course participants.
Start recording your workout after pressing "Start" button at the bottom or "Play" at the center of the screen. From now it counts workout time and saves the current Commencement of recording of the training session takes place after pressing the “Start” button at the bottom of the screen or u „Play” at the centre of the screen. From now on the workout time counts and the current values of the pulse of the participants are being saved.
An exemplary training screen is presented below:
The screen presents the condition of individual participants.
The status of the participant during the training session:
Possible alerts include:
The buttons controlling the screens of the training session:
After commencing the training session, keeps presenting data received from the heart rate monitors from each participant.
You can decide which participant's data is presented during the training
Tools → configuration → Other.
Data presented: Participant’s nickname, the number of heart beats per second and the percentage of heart rate in relation to the maximum value entered for a given participant, calories burned. Additionally an element associated with the participant takes on colours depending on the heart rate zone, in which it is currently in.
During training it is possible to exit from the screen presenting participants’ data t (e.g. for the purpose of adding the person who was late). Return to the training screen and pressing the "Start" button will always resume training.
After you exit the training screen you can end and save the course of training. This is done by clicking "End a training session". After completion of training, it can no longer be continued, and the entrance to the training screen shows a general summary of your workout. The summary of training for each participant presents calories burned and average heart rate.
After the finishing a training session there is a possibility of sending reports to each of the participants. The only condition of sending out of the reports is providing an e-mail in the edit field of participant data and access to the Internet. Reports can be sent at any time after completion of a training session.
Before sending the report you should input fitness club data (name, location, etc.) parameter and SMTP settings (see section 3).
You can also save the report in PDF file locally.
You can also provide training monitoring without creating lessons for a specific duration.
In Open workout mode paired sensors appear automatically on the screen if the system recognizes them and emits pulse signals. If the trainee finishes the training and moves away, after some time it is automatically disconnected from the screen.
This allows the system to work throughout the day and control heart rate without the participation of a supervising trainer.
Unfortunately, this mode has several restrictions:
For every trainee you can export such data after the lesson is over.
Data is sent from the heart rate monitor at various intervals. Mostly once a second, but sometimes several times a second. Sometimes once every 2-3 seconds. To make the presentation stable, we average the data in intervals of about 5-7 seconds. This applies to on-screen presentations.
You can export these data in TCX (kind of XML format). By right-clicking on participant’s name when the lesson is finished.
Additionally, you can export full data sent by heart rate monitor in CSV format, but as I wrote, they are not always exactly one second intervals.
Additionally, you can export full data sent by heart rate monitor in CSV format (Save Full HR Data), but as was wrote, they are not always exactly one second intervals.
The system allows you to configure 5 cardio zones. These zones represent in a coloristic way the heart rate of the participant in relation to its maximum value.
Zone 1: 0 to 60% of the maximum heart rate – gray
Zone 2: 61 to 70% of the maximum heart rate - blue
Zone 3: 71 to 80% of the maximum heart rate - green
Zone 4: 81 to 90% of the maximum heart rate - yellow
Zone 5: 90 to 100% of the maximum heart rate - red
Depending on the type of training and trainers' preferences, these values can be freely changed.