I’ve been wanting to be physically fit for quite some time now. Honestly, I really tried but I couldn’t sustain it. Running has been my choice because it’s the cheapest form of exercise. I don’t have to drive to a gym and pay super expensive monthly membership fees. Since I don’t know how to use the exercise machines in the gym, I have to find myself a physical trainer which will cost me another few thousand bucks a month. So yeah, running wins my vote.
There were a couple of times I tried to run in popular jogging places like UP, Ayala & the Fort. However, just after 10 minutes, I couldn’t catch my breath. I felt that I really don’t know how to jog or run at all! I needed a coach to train me step by step. I asked around but I couldn’t find a coach that is available for a 1:1. If ever there is one available, it’ll cost me a fortune.
When I discovered the Pear Mobile Training Intelligence, I already know I found my answer!
Pear Training Intelligence is a smart, interactive personalised training system meant to improve our physical workouts. Whether it’s running or biking, we will be able to train efficiently with the accessory. We can do all this while listening to our favourite music!
What’s in the box?
- Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor
- Adjustable chest strap
- Pear Stride earbuds with inline mic & controls
- Two additional sizes of Earlock earbuds
- Nylon Ripstop Gear Bag
- Quick start guide.
3 Main Components of the Pear Mobile Training Intelligence System
Let me break down the Pear Mobile Training Intelligence System into its 3 main components so you can understand better how it works.
- Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor
Pear lets you analyse and track your workout through the Bluetooth heart rate monitor. All we need to do is connect the heart rate monitor with the adjustable chest strap through a button. Then you can simply go to the iPhone settings, enable bluetooth, then launch the Pear Training Intelligence iPhone application, connect the heart rate monitor to the app, and you’re good to go for your workout.
I also like that we can replace the heart rate monitor’s battery easily. We just need to remove the battery from the back of the heart rate monitor, then replace with a new one.
Lastly, the heart rate monitor + chest strap is comfortable to wear. This is especially important since our workout varies from 10 minutes to an hour or two. You don’t have to worry about the size because the strap is adjustable.
- Pear Stride Earphones & Earlock Earpieces
You need the Pear Stride earphones to be able to hear the coach train you on the training plans as well as listen to music while you work out.
Now, this is not your typical earphones because Pear Stride earphones were made to keep the earphones intact in your ears. They won’t fall out easily while you are exercising. Plus, you won’t be so disconnected from the world because you can still hear sounds beside the training plan & your music.
The Pear Stride earphones has a three-button controls which are MFI (Made For iPad) certified, meaning it works perfectly with your iPhone. With your earphones, you can control your music, answer calls, & access your live statistics for your workout.
- PEAR Sports Training Intelligence application for the iPhone
The Pear Sports Training Application for the iPhone is the brain of the Pear Mobile system. It’s basically where you can find all the interactive training plans, and where the workout statistics are tracked and reported.
The iOS application is FREE to download on the App Store. It works perfectly with the Pear Mobile Intelligence system but can also work with other heart rate monitors. But why will you use other branded heart rate monitors when the application is made especially for Pear Mobile accessories, right?
Various training plans are available for download. Some are free and some are available for a fee. Since I’m a beginner, there is already a number of free plans available suitable for me. Take note that the coaches featured in the training plans are world class (i.e., Matt Fitzgerald, Jenny Hadfield, Robert Reames, Matt Dixon, Fit chef Katy, Ben Greenfield, Chelsea Gutmann, Newton Campbell, Noelle Kozak, and Macca).
What I like about using Pear Sports Intelligence iPhone app is that it works with MyFitnessPal app which I use to track my food intake. With that compatibility, my Pear workout statistics are automatically sent to MyFitnessPal. Really awesome!
PEAR Sports Training Intelligence application for the iPhone is easy to use. You open the Pear application, pair the heart rate monitor, choose a workout, play your music, and you get an international coach who will help you every step of the way. The PEAR app uses the iPhone’s GPS to track the speed and distance of the workout.
After you finish your workout, you’ll see a report of your heart rate, route map, calories burned, distance covered, and exercise duration.
I believe the Pear Mobile Training Intelligence System is perfect for my needs. It’s very easy to use and I just love the personalised audio coaching which really motivates me during workouts.
Before I started using the available Pear training plans, I ran with the heart rate calibration session first. It was a 20-minute workout that includes both walking & running. The calibration session aims to determine your level of fitness.
On that session, I experienced first-hand how effective the Pear Mobile System is. While I don’t have a physical coach with me, it felt just the same with the Pear iPhone app. The coach was providing instructions every step of the way and was motivating me all throughout. The voice was telling me to either increase or decrease the intensity of my run/walk and even telling me how I should feel at those levels.
With a press of a button, I can know my workout statistics at the time. At the end of the workout, I get to see a complete report. Since there are a lot of available training plans for download, I can definitely change my workout plan as I improve on my fitness level.
The Pear Mobile Intelligence System for iPhone is available at Php 4,450. I believe it’s decently priced considering you get the tools to help you reach your fitness goals. This is just like 1-2 months worth of fitness gym membership compared to the Pear mobile kit, you can use it whenever, wherever, with no time limit 🙂