With the latest PM5 firmware update, version 22, Concept2 rowers are fully supported by our Group Fitness Premium application.
Technically, the latest firmware brings the ANT FE-C standard support.
To upgrade the firmware on your PM5 monitor, use the Concept2 Utility application.
After the update, you can enable the broadcast streaming in the PM5 with:
More/Turn Wireless On/Or connect with ANT will enable FE-C for the remainder of the session.
In the application, you just need to press “Start” and you’ll visualize multiple rowers at the same time on the screen.
After the session, you can upload the data on Selfloops and get a more advanced analysis and an historical account of all your sessions. This allows you to keep track of your efforts and analyze your sports performance, including your progresses. And you can share this information with your coach too.
Giro del Trentino 2016, Stage 2. Two out of three of the riders in the podium use Selfloops to track and analyze sports performance! Congrats Nippo–Vini Fantini and Gazprom-RusVelo nice to see such photo! (photo credit Stefano Sirotti)
Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali 2016, Stage 1b (TTT). Two of the teams in the podium use Selfloops! Well done Gazprom-RusVelo and Unieuro Wilier.
Our Group Fitness Premium app is compatible with 198 different products, quite impressive! And It supports many different sensors: heart rate monitors, bike power sensors, rowers, skiErg, elliptical machines. https://www.thisisant.com/directory/
If you like training with power in a group settings, this is the application for you.
The application is certified by the ANT+ Alliance.
The Group Fitness Premium application is now listed in the Concept2 website, in the third-party software section.
With the application you can track multiple Concept2 rowers or SkiErgs wirelessly at same time and in real-time.
After the session, the workout can be uploaded on Selfloops for an in-depth analysis, for coaches and users. PM5 and PM4 are both supported.
One of the tools we offer in our web platform is called the Mean-Max analysis.
The Mean-Max graph shows the max average value you had during your rides for a certain metric. You can visualize this graph for a single ride or for all your past rides.
Taking for example the Mean-Max Heart rate graph, the 183bpm (beats per minute) 20 seconds, means that in your ride, you have had a max of 183bpm in average for 20 seconds. You can use this graph to analyze how intense was your activity. And If you were in better shape, you were probably able to maintain a lower heart rate for the same effort.
If you use a bike power meter, the graph will show your ability to express and sustain a certain bike power for different durations. Sprinters will have a very high value of Watts for short durations, while a time trialist or a climber will produce different graphs as they will have lower Watts for short durations than a sprinter, but they will be able to keep the bike power for longer periods or stretches. The Mean-Max analysis for bike power is also called the Critical Power.
For more info, see Training and Racing with a Power Meter.
For a coach having a real-time understanding of the bike power (Watts), cadence and heart rate expressed by cyclists is important. At Selfloops we have built a telemetry service that allows to track, store and analyze sport performance data in real-time.
In the photos below you can see the Italian National team Under 23 being followed by coaches using our telemetry software.
To do this, on the Vivosmart HR you’ll have to dig into a bunch of menus. It’s as if someone is making this complex on purpose. You’ll press the button > Settings> Swipe 5 times to Heart Rate > Swipe to Broadcast Mode > Tap to Start Broadcasting. Then see this:
With the Selfloops platform, we offer an easy way to keep track of your fitness and sport activities intensity level.
You can select, for example, the Selfloops Trends feature and visualize how your TRIMP changes over time. The TRIMP score measures your activity intensity taking into account the heart rate data and the time spent while exercising. This is an easy and immediate way to see how hard you have worked during the year.
In the picture below the bar chart shows your accumulated TRIMP score for each month, and the line chart shows the number of the activities performed in that month.
If you use a bike power meter, instead of the TRIMP score, you can use the Training Load, that measures the activity intensity using the bike power (Watts) and the time spent while riding.
Any way, Selfloops Trends allows you to easily keep track of your efforts at glance.
The latest Garmin FR235 watch has an optical HR Sensor. The nice thing about this watch is that you can use it with our Group Fitness service since it can rebroadcast the HR signal.
From the DCRainmaker blog post Garmin Forerunner 230 & 235 In-Depth Review:
“Lastly, the FR235 can have its HR signal ‘rebroadcasted’ to other ANT+ capable devices. The unit rebroadcasts the HR over ANT+, identically to that of a heart rate strap. ”
To enable this, you’ll start from the main time page and press down till you see this HR page. Then, you’ll HOLD the up button down for a few seconds, which gives you this little nugget: