Working with Heart Rate and Zone Transition Feedback

Fitdigits gives you the ability to turn on/off both visual and audio heart rate zone alerts, and in iOS pace zones as well. You can also manage the amount of information that is spoken when zone transitions happen in the transition, so that you can hear both the Zone number and the range, or just one or the other.

For beginners, hearing the range set for the zone is often interesting, and in fact when you hear the zone boundaries, you can tell if you are rising into the zone or descending into the zone. For example, if you are going up to Zone 3, you would hear the zone range from the lowest point to the highest “Entering Zone 3 from 128 to 145”; if you were descending to Zone 3, the audio would read the zone from highest to lowest, thus say “Entering Zone 3 from 145 to 128”.

After a while zone ranges can be a bit verbose, so many will shut them off and just hear the zone number spoken as they change zones.

On your iOS device, you can also customize further with Custom Interval Structured Workouts by enabling heart zone transition alerts and the number of seconds to be notified leading up to a transition as well as the duration of the visible alert for Custom Routines you define.

Audio and visual transition notifications are set on a per activity basis, so you can customize depending on the sport.

iOS

ZONE TRANSITION VOICE ALERTS

Select the workout type you want to configure, then tap the gear / settings icon. Alternatively, you can go to Menu > Settings > Options by Activity Type and select the Activity type there. Tap Voice Feedback.

iOS - Zone transition voice options

Zone Name: Announce the name of the zone on transition.

Zone Range: Announce the range associated with the zone on transition. As you learn more about your heart rate, this becomes less necessary, however the way the range is said, in either descending or ascending order, matches the direction of the transition. For example “Entering Zone 1 from 118 to 98” means you went from above Zone 1 down to Zone 1, If the numbers were read as “98 to 118” it indicates you are rising into the zone.

For more on the different audio options and triggers in iOS, see our how to on Working with Audio in Fitdigits Apps.

CUSTOM ROUTINE ZONE TRANSITION ALERTS

For iOS users who are doing Interval Structured Workouts, different options for prompts in change of zones are available, bot for heart rate or pace zone transitions.

Tap Menu > Settings > Zone Alerts & Prompts (iOS)

Enable Zone Alerts and Transition Prompts

  1. Zone Visual Alert: Do you want to be visually prompted when you change zones? Yes / No
  2. Zone Audio Alert: Do you want to be prompted by a chime when you change zones? Yes / No
  3. Zone Local Notifications: Do you want the app to notify you in “Local Notifications” when you change zones? Yes / No

ZONE TRANSITION PROMPTS

These are for Custom Workout Routines only.

  1. Transition Prompt: Do you want to be prompted when a scheduled transition is coming up (visual and audio)? Yes / No
  2. Prompt Pre-Transition: How long before the transition would you like to hear “get ready to transition” – in seconds. Some like more lead time than others.
  3. Prompt Duration: How long the visual prompt should appear when it pops up, in seconds

 

Android

HEART ZONE TRANSITION VOICE ALERTS

v4 – Choose the activity type you want to change the voice settings for. Tap the gear / settings icon. Tap Voice Feedback.

Zone transition alerts in Android

Heart Rate Zone: Announce the name of the zone on transition.

Zone BPM Range: Announce the range associated with the zone on transition. As you learn more about your heart rate, this becomes less necessary, however the way the range is said, in either descending or ascending order, matches the direction of the transition. For example “Entering Zone 1 from 118 to 98” means you went from above Zone 1 down to Zone 1, If the numbers were read as “98 to 118” it indicates you are rising into the zone.

For more on the different audio options and triggers, see our how to on Working with Audio in Fitdigits Apps.

v3 – Home Screen > Choose the Workout Type to want to set options for, tap the Workout button, tap Voice Feedback.

Android Prompt Settings