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Custom Heart Rate Zones

Some of the people in our community like to use heart rate zone training during their activities. This would allow you to enter their own heart rate zones instead of using the standard values. In addition, other users want to be able to set their own heart rate zone audio cues that warn you if you are straying from the chosen zone.

Let us know what you think!

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Hey everyone!

Thanks so much for sending along your comments & observations! We'd love to learn a bit more about how you'd use this feature and how you'd like to see it implemented. If anyone is interested in chatting with the team during a quick 30-minute user interview, schedule a time here: https://calendly.com/chris-bulger-rk/user-feedback/06-02-2016

Spots will fill up fast so grab them while you can!

Jill

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I run with a Mio watch and use the low and high HRZ. However I don't hear the signals when running with music so would be ideal to have a signal via runkeeper or the ability to set low/high in runkeeper itself.

Paul 3 votes
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Yes, great feature to add. Runtastic has this (which I uses for road cycling) and I considered switching because of this feature (but haven't yet because I don't want to lose the ability to review my progress in Runkeeper).

Chris Perkins 2 votes
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This would be a perfect feature when training intervals.
Together with a pulse-band Runkeeper are then the optimized for my running.

Tony Hansson 3 votes
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Ive just sent an e-mail asking how to do this not realising that it's not a feature.

Yes this would be very helpful especially when interval training. I'm too busy or moving too much to look at my Mio to see the display. An accurate Audi cue would be great.

The 'standard values' are way off for me. The app took my resting HR as 'moderate' activity and I think displaying 50-60%. Granted it was not my MRHR but still I would consider feet up on a table for the last 20min as resting. Obviously not a moderate activity.

Elliot 6 votes
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Yes! Especially valuable for users at different fitness levels, or for those than may be using different means for determine the zones. IE heart rate reserve and/or Karvonen method.

Brian 2 votes
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I'd add that tracking your resting heart rate over time and using that to more accurately set zones would be very useful.

Uncle Jeff 5 votes
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It would definitely make sense to be able to set your estimated maximum heart rate and in that way have the zones deduced. I find that the percentage estimates I get now are way off.

Claes-Fredrik Helgesson 5 votes
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Have seen this many times on the forum. Must be one of the most requested features! I fully support this as this will push RK to the next athlete level.

Arjan 5 votes
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Yes to both.
Heart rate zones are fundamental to progressive run training, but if the zones are inaccurate the training is ineffective.
Manually setting the zones (based on independent fitness test data) would enable those zones to be set more accurately...but once set how do you stick to the required zone for a given session? Audio prompts (or info on smart watch).

Nick 2 votes
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I'd been looking for this feature also. I think what would be most useful would be the ability to set your own max heart rate value. Currently the app tells me I'm constantly at 90-100% when barely jogging.

Wayne Cowell 1 vote
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Yes please! My heart rates are much higher than the standard, so it would be a great improvement to RunKeeper if I could choose my maximum heart rate myself :)

Per Kristian Lie Løwe 3 votes
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It will be great if you add preferencies for heart rate zone audio cues. Users can choose the HR range, and in case if your HR is out of range you will hear audio cues.

Yury Smirnov 36 votes
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Yes, it would be very usefull to alerted during training plan, when zone is changing (heart zone but also speed zone and pace zone)

Fabrice AUGUSTIN-LUCILE 1 vote
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Heart rate zone training is absolutely essential to improving time and performance. the ability to simply enter a max heart rate would fix most of this.

Antonio Sempronio 1 vote
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Training in a desired HR zone would be excellent. In addition to defining my own HR zones, this would make an excellent option when running to lose weight or otherwise improve my running or other excercises.

Christian Kirkedal 1 vote
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This is probably one of the most essential features a running application should include. At present, even though the app has my age and other relevant information, the default HR zones are way off the mark for me. Although I am running in my proper zone 2, the app has me in zone 3 (upper end). Please, please add this feature

Chuck Colburn 11 votes
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This is so important! I considder to swits to another app, I hope that this feature will come very soon. Most other apps have this feature.

Martin holman 6 votes
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There are a lot of good feature recommendation around the heart zones in this thread. First and foremost, Runkeeper should allow the user to define zone ceilings. This is a simple change to existing app and would satisfy a large number of users. Audio clues for diverging would be great, but this and a few other requests would certainly take more development time.

Steve 3 votes
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Yes, this definitely makes sense. I fit not in one "formula for all" and I think most of the runners here will not :)

Jo Schm 2 votes
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I would love to be able to customize my heart rate zone. And also audio cues if out of HR zone.. please pleas..

Thomas Swenson 2 votes
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It would definitely make sense to be able to set my personal maximum heart rate!
Than such customable heartratezones (for example 65-75%) and alarm when left the zones.

uwe 3 votes