Real time performance feedback is making its way into all kinds of sports gadgets, from the Adidas miCoach to fitness watches from Suunto. Newcomer Pear Sports uses your real time biological data to deliver audio coaching cues, helping you get the most out of each workout so you can accomplish your set goals.
Pear Square One is a training system that uses a wireless heart rate monitor and foot pod to measure your body’s response to a workout, then delivers real-time audio coaching to keep you on track towards meeting a particular goal. Pear does everything a hands-on coach would do, such as tell you the purpose and structure of a workout, tell you what’s coming up next, speed you up when you’re going too slow, give you form tips, and keep you motivated.
Whether you want to train for a marathon, 10K trail race, lose a few pounds, or simply get into better shape, Pear draws upon hundreds of training plans designed by world-class running coaches. These plans are adapted based on your age, gender, fitness level, and personal aspirations as defined using the Pear portal.
Before you start any specific training plan, you first complete a moderate 20 minute workout in order for the Pear training system to asses your personal heart rate zones. This will help ensure future workouts are calibrated to your specific intensity levels.
The complete Pear training system includes the Pear Square One control device, a wireless heart rate sensor, foot pod, sport earphones, and USB connector to upload your workout data. Compatible with your iPod Shuffle, Pear works the coaching cues into your favorite music playlists.
The Pear Square One training system retails for $250 and can be purchased from the company website.