Get to Know ActivePulse™, iFIT’s Heart Rate Training Feature!

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At iFIT, our goal is to give you a truly interactive workout experience. That’s why iFIT-enabled equipment automatically adjusts your incline, decline, and resistance during workouts. That experience isn’t just about climbing hills or challenging yourself, however. We’ve extended it to a groundbreaking feature called ActivePulse™, our latest technology that uses your heart rate to personalize your workout!

We’ve also introduced another interactive feature for iFIT-enabled treadmills called SmartAdjust™ that automatically scales your workout as you make adjustments to either the speed or incline so you can follow your iFIT Trainer at your own pace.

What is ActivePulse?

ActivePulse™ is iFIT’s first heart rate training feature, designed for users who want to get the most out of their workouts. With ActivePulse turned on, SmartAdjust enabled, and a Bluetooth®-enabled heart rate monitor connected to your machine, the intensity of your workout will be automatically adjusted, based on your target heart rate zone. You will automatically be sped up or slowed down to maintain the optimal heart rate zone for your workout, including recovery, speed, or strength runs. Please note that ActivePulse is not currently available for manual workouts.

An initial number for your max heart rate will automatically be calculated for you according to your profile information. In your settings, you can adjust your max heart rate and resting heart rate, or you can take a max heart rate test.

Ready to try ActivePulse? Join iFIT Trainer Gideon Akande for an introduction to this feature in the Intro to ActivePulse Workout.

Which workouts are compatible with ActivePulse?

For your convenience, we have added a new section in the Library called “ActivePulse Training,” where you can find workouts optimized for ActivePulse.

Equipment required for ActivePulse:

Treadmill (using an iFIT-enabled treadmill or your machine that connects to a tablet via the iFIT app). Please note this feature is not available on smartphones.




You’ll need a Bluetooth-capable heart rate strap or armband that can publicly broadcast your heart rate data. If your current heart rate monitor connects to your machine, it will work with ActivePulse.

Please be aware that SmartAdjust will be automatically enabled on your treadmill when you use ActivePulse. Learn more about SmartAdjust here.

iFit SmartBeat armband

How do I try out the new features?

First, verify that you are on the latest version of the iFIT app. For details on how to check your current app version and steps to update your machine to the latest version, please follow these instructions.

ActivePulse instructions

Before trying out ActivePulse, please make sure your Bluetooth-enabled heart rate monitor is powered on, reading your pulse, and is discoverable. If you have an iFIT heart rate monitor, simply put the monitor on before starting your workout, then tap the center button to put it in discovery mode.

Tap “Browse” in the iFIT app to navigate to the workout Library and scroll down to the “ActivePulse Training” section. You can also use ActivePulse with other workouts in the Library.

Select your desired workout, then tap the play button.

After dismissing the warm-up by tapping the “End Warmup” button, your workout will start, and we will automatically scan to connect to your Bluetooth-enabled heart rate monitor. The scan can take up to 30 seconds.

After your heart rate monitor has been connected, tap the “Enable” button to activate ActivePulse.

Adjusting your ActivePulse settings

In the Personalized Training section of the “In Workout Settings,” you can modify your heart rate zones, set a max speed, and set the starting state for ActivePulse and SmartAdjust. Here are instructions on how to make those modifications.

We’re always working to improve your workouts by raising the bar to give you a truly personalized experience. We hope you enjoy this incredible feature as you work to achieve your fitness goals with iFIT!

Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. iFIT assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article. Always follow the safety precautions included in the owner’s manual of your fitness equipment.

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