Polar ProTrainer

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This desktop software only works with Polar Heart Rate Monitors, but offers the most sophisticated recording and analysis. Want to know how much time you spent each week at a high heart rate over the last 5 years? Polar reports can tell you. Ratings (out of 5)

  • Ease of use: 4 - just upload the data from your polar HRM. Extra data can be added manually.
  • Reporting and analysis: 5 - very flexible and sophisticated reporting.
  • Social: 0 - No option to share workouts online.
  • Flexibility: 4 - A vast array of custom reporting options, and data to work with. However, no custom data or ability to add new data types (body fat for instance)
  • Data Capture: Requires Polar HRM and captures lots of data automatically, with manual augmentation quite easy.
  • Summary: Best option for long term, detailed analysis, but requires investment in Polar HRM and has no social networking.

1 Images


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Specific workout

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Simple report (weekly distance over three years)

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Advanced report (time in heart rate zones above a particular threshold, weekly for three years)

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2 See Also

  • The importance of a training log, which includes a list of logging applications and web sites
  • SportTracks - The best training log, with extensible functionality via plugins. This is my top recommendation for serious runners.
  • Dailymile - This is my top pick for social logging. Casual runners can use this site as their only training log, or combine it with SportTracks fir more sophisticated analytics.