Wahoo's Run/Gym Pack is a great place to start for prospective fitness nerds
Fitness apps for the iPhone aren’t exactly thin on the ground. Hit up the App Store and you’ll see a confusion of GPS-enabled trackers for running, biking and probably even skipping. What is slightly less common is hardware that lets these apps do more than simply tell you how far and fast you were.
Wahoo, which sounds like something Mario might shout in his more recent outings, is a “run/gym pack” which includes a heart-rate belt and companion dongle that slots into the dock port. It works with Wahoo’s own free app, but will also play nice with most any other fitness app or measuring device on the market thanks to its industry standard ANT+ integration.
The best thing about heart-rate monitor (apart from letting you go all “bondage chic” in the summer as you strap it around your naked chest) is that you can more accurately determine calories burned. Plain GPS trackers guess at this, but they’re often horribly inaccurate. With a heart-rate monitor, you can correctly determine the exact amount of donuts needed to redress your energy inbalance.
The new run pack costs $110-$130, and is available now.