Introducing ActivePulse™: iFit’s New Heart Rate Training Feature

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At iFit, we’re focused on giving 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 new, groundbreaking feature called ActivePulse: our latest tech that uses your heart rate to personalize your workout!

We’ve also introduced another new 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 along with the 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 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 in order to maintain the ideal heart rate zone for your workout. This includes recovery, speed, or strength runs!

ActivePulse is not currently available for manual workouts or Live 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 new 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 easily find workouts that have been optimized for ActivePulse.

Equipment required for ActivePulse:

Treadmill (Using an iFit-enabled treadmill or your machine with a tablet utilizing the iFit app. This feature is not available on phones.)




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

Please note that Apple Watch is currently not supported.

iFit Chest strap

iFit SmartBeat armband

How do I try out the new features?

First, verify that you are on version 2.6.50 or later. If you are on this version or later, you can now try out these new features!

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” 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 press play.

After dismissing the warm-up by pressing 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, ActivePulse will begin working automatically.

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 workout experience by raising the bar to give you a truly personalized workout experience. We hope you enjoy this incredible new feature as you work to achieve your fitness goals with iFit! 

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