Over the last few weeks I've been really wanting to focus my training to a more 'functional' goal. By this I mean I actually wanted to feel physically fitter, improve my cardio fitness, and actually enhance my performance while reducing recovery time in high intensity training situations - and not just training for aesthetic reasons! In an attempt to keep my HIIT sessions more intense I enlisted the help of MioGlobal, and their FUSE Heart Rate, Sleep and Activity Tracker.
The Mio FUSE tracks the distance you've travelled and the steps you've taken throughout the day, the calories you've burned and of course your heart rate, notably all through its wrist based technology, alleviating the need for an uncomfortable chest strap as with some other competitors' devices. In fact it's extremely comfortable to wear, and the durable silicone won't slide around or cause irritation during any seriously sweaty sessions!
The first thing you'll notice is the pleasingly large LCD display, and its very 'easy to use' scrolling system, making navigation round the device a pleasant and largely stress free experience perfect for outdoor and indoor sessions. Discreetly placed buttons either side allow you to move through the different metrics and one at the top enables easy access to the heart rate monitor mode. The design of the strap allows one size to fit every wrist.
Metrics tracked include average heart rate, pace, speed, steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes, as well as the recent addition of the sleep tracker, which was something I'd never really looked into before, but being able to monitor my 'quality sleeping' hours I found really interesting. In addition to being able to see most bits of information on the LCD, you can view a much more detailed report of your stats when you link your FUSE up to the Mio Global App, which syncs your data quickly and easily via Bluetooth allowing real time access.
I found the Mio FUSE particularly useful during my High Intensity Interval sessions as you can set the heart rate monitor to vibrate when your heart rate drops outside of the fat burning zone, which psychologically stopped me from having an extra minute or two recovery time as I ended up almost challenging myself not to let the watch vibrate!
It is available in four different colours for the more gym-wear fashion conscious amongst us, and it is water resistant for up to 30 metres (great choice for you swimmers!). I found the battery life to be decent too - around 5-6 days of continuous use, possibly a bit less if you have the heart rate monitor working away constantly.
For any further information and to view the range of other heart rate monitoring devices Mio Global specialise in visit the website now; www.mioglobal.com.
Overall I found the Mio FUSE to be a great addition to my training kit and is certainly an 'all in one' watch when it comes to tracking your workouts. Oh, and it also tells the time too....on that note - gotta go, places to be, people to see and all that! ;)
waterproof: 30 m