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Squad Heart Rate app for bootcamps, gyms, and team sports. Squad tracks exercise intensity, energy expenditure, and aerobic fitness in training groups. Supports 24/7 heart rate monitoring, sends workout reports automatically, and syncs iCloud data across iDevices.

US$9.99/mo Multi-User or FREE Single-User

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Squad Heart Rate

DESCRIPTION

Squad Heart Rate app for bootcamps, gyms, and team sports. Squad tracks exercise intensity, energy expenditure, and aerobic fitness in training groups (requires Bluetooth heart rate sensors^). Supports 24/7 heart rate monitoring, sends workout reports automatically, and syncs iCloud data across iDevices. Squad can help increase motivation, optimize workouts, and improve aerobic fitness.

EVIDENCE-BASED TRAINING

On-screen heart rates helps push athletes towards higher training zones. Gives coaches and personal trainers accurate feedback on training effort and recovery times. Workout reports helps clients track progress towards their fitness goals. What you can measure, you can improve!

SET-AND-FORGET

Fully automated training session recording and workout report delivery via email. Syncs session data across all your iDevices on the same iCloud account. You can display heart rates on a large TV via Airplay from one iDevice, and analyse training results on another iDevice. A powerful coaching, motivation, and retention tool!

SESSION SHARING

Tracks progress, updates leaderboards, and provides expert feedback to clients training from home. Your clients can simply download and run the free single-user version onto their iPhone/iPad, record training sessions, and share the data with you through Email, iMessage, or Airdrop (via Bluetooth). Session data is compressed at 4Kb/hour (approx) and nickname is the only personal data used to identify the sender. Fast, simple, and private!

SCALABLE TRAINING SYSTEM

Connects up to 12 Bluetooth heart rate monitors^ on one iDevice, seamlessly. Expands to 24 Bluetooth heart rate monitors by running Squad Hub FREE companion app on a second iPhone. When both iDevices are connected to the same local WiFi network, tracking distance to Hub-connected athletes can span the full signal range of your network.

You can download Squad Hub FREE on the App Store here:
https://apps.apple.com/app/id1527683664

FEATURES

* Records real-time heart rate (requires Bluetooth heart rate sensors^)
* Calculates training effort, energy expenditure, and training scores (TRIMP)
* Estimates energy afterburn (EPOC) and aerobic fitness over time
* Starts, stops and records individual training sessions automatically
* Sends workout reports via email automatically
* Shares remote client sessions directly via Email, iMessage, or Airdrop
* Exports raw heart data to iCloud Drive for charting
* Syncs profile and session data across all iDevices on the same iCloud account
* Runs multiple app instances on all iDevices on the same iCloud account
* Connects up to 12 Bluetooth heart rate monitors on one iDevice^
* Expandable to 24 Bluetooth heart rate monitors by running Squad Hub FREE companion app on second iDevice^
* Supports all Bluetooth heart rate monitors compatible with iPhone/iPad/iPod
* Screen mirroring onto HDMI-equipped TV via Lightning Adaptor, Apple TV via Airplay, or Airplay2-enabled Smart TV

VERSIONS

*FREE version can track one heart rate monitor

*CLUB version (In-App Purchase) can track multiple heart rate monitors simultaneously^

You can purchase an auto-renewing CLUB subscription through In-App Purchase for US$9.99/month or US$99.99/year. Your subscription will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase and will automatically renew (at selected duration) unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. To manage your subscriptions open iPhone settings > your name > subscriptions.

Check out our website for setup info at squadheartrate.com. If you need any help, write to us at team@squadheartrate.com. We will respond at the earliest.

^Actual Bluetooth connection limit may vary depending on your iDevice model. For example, iPhoneX and iPad Pro are limited to 12 simultaneous Bluetooth heart monitor connections, while iPad (5th Gen) and iPod Touch (7th Gen) are limited to 6 heart monitors.

Mirror to HDMI-equipped TV via Lightning Adaptor, Apple TV via Airplay, or Airplay2-enabled Smart TV

Send workout reports automatically to help gym members track progress

Frequently Asked Questions

Setup

What Is The Minimum Setup To Run Squad App In My Bootcamp/Class/Gym?
You can setup Squad App to run 24/7 on your TV, projector, or computer monitor using the following equipment:

• New iPod Touch# USD199 (or iPhone/iPad)
• Bluetooth Chest Strap Heart Monitor USD50 or Bluetooth Armband Heart Rate Monitor USD80 (examples only)

ON STANDARD TV, PROJECTOR OR COMPUTER MONITOR
• Digital AV Adaptor^ USD49 or Apple TV^ USD149
• HDMI Cable^ USD20

ON AIRPLAY2-ENABLED SMART TV
• Simply tap AirPlay icon on your iPhone/iPad/iPod and select latest AirPlay2–enabled Smart TV

#Squad currently supports simultaneous tracking up to 12 athletes on iPhone/iPadPro and 6 athletes on iPod/iPad(5thGen)
*Prices last updated 25th Jan 2020

Performance

What is Heart Rate Training?
Heart Rate Training (HRT) is the method of tracking your heart rate to optimize your workout. Heart Rate (HR) is simply the number of times your heart beats per minute (bpm) as it pumps blood through your system. HR shares a direct, linear relationship with exercise intensity - the more intense the exercise, the higher the heart rate. This makes HR one of the best indicators of how hard your body is working during a workout. HR must increase to match the increased demand of the working muscles. As aerobic fitness develops, your muscles ability to pull oxygen out of the blood improves, and so your HR decreases at any given level of work output (exercise load). HR and physical characteristics such as body weight, age, and gender are used to estimate energy expenditure, exercise intensity, and aerobic fitness.

In general, a drop in exercise heart rate is a good indicator of improving fitness.
How Is Max Heart Rate Calculated?
Max Heart Rate (MHR) is defined as the highest number of beats per minute your heart can pump under maximum effort. So when you exercise at the highest possible intensity, your heart will reach MHR, the fastest rate it is capable of beating. MHR can be estimated from the commonly used formula 220 minus age. However this formula is not perfectly accurate, especially for people who have been fit for many years or for older people. You can accurately measure your true MHR by warming up properly and then performing a series of high-intensity intervals to maximum effort, such as hill-climbs (running/cycling) or inclined treadmill, while wearing a heart rate monitor. There is also a settings option to update automatically when peak heart rate exceeds current maximum in session. MHR is used primarily to calculate your heart rate training zones.

For safety reasons people aged over 35, overweight, poor physical condition, sedentary for several years, or have a family history of heart disease, should have their max heart rate clinically measured by a cardiologist or exercise physiologist.
How Is Energy Expenditure Calculated?
Energy expenditure (Cal/kJ) is estimated using an equation developed in a study published in the Journal of Sports Sciences in 2005 and funded by Polar Electro Oy. In this study, participants completed three steady-state exercises on either a treadmill or cycle ergometer at multiple exercise intensities. Heart rate and VO2 data were collected during each stage. The researchers demonstrated it is possible to estimate physical activity energy expenditure with good accuracy using heart rate, age, weight, and gender.
How Is Energy Afterburn Calculated?
The afterburn effect, also known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), occurs when your body continues to burn calories after you exercise to replenish oxygen stores in the muscles during recovery. Energy afterburn is predicted using an equation derived from a 2011 study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. In this study, ten men performed a vigorous 45-minute workout on a stationary bike in a metabolic chamber. Total energy expenditure was compared to a controlled resting day. The vigorous 45-minute workout resulted in a significant elevation in post-exercise energy expenditure that persisted for 14-hours. The results demonstrated an additonal 37% post-exercise energy expenditure to the net energy expended during the 45-minute workout. Based on these results, Squad calculates 37% of the net energy expended above a vigorous training threshold of 70% maximal heart rate (aerobic) to produce a conservative value for afterburn.
How Is Training Score Calculated?
Training Score (or TRaining IMPulse, "TRIMP") is a measure of the cumulative exercise intensity from a single workout to quantify training load. Edwards' summated heart rate zones score method is used to calculate your training score. Training score is calculated as the product of the cumulated training duration (in minutes) for five heart rate zones multiplied by a coefficient relative to each zone (ie. 90-100%HRmax = 5; 80-90% = 4; 70-80% = 3; 60-70% = 2; 50-60% = 1; <50% = 0). The highest possible score would require training in your maximum zone (90-100%HRmax) for the full duration of the workout (ie. total session minutes multiplied by 5). The estimated change in training score from the first session is based on the angle of the trend line (best-fit) - upward indicates increasing training score, and downward is reducing. In general, higher training scores may produce better training-induced adaptions.

Higher training scores can be achieved with longer duration and/or more vigorous workouts.

Recovery

What Is Recovery Heart Rate?
Recovery Heart Rate (RHR) is the speed at which your heart rate returns to normal after stopping exercise. In general, RHR will become faster as you become fitter. RHR can be measured as both time in seconds from maximum to recovery zones, and how many beats per minute heart rate drops during one-minute and two-minute rest periods. RHR is a good indicator of aerobic fitness, but should only be used as a guide.
How Is Recovery Time Calculated?
Recovery Time (RT) is the number of seconds it takes for heart rate to drop from red maximum zone (>90%max) to blue recovery zone (<60%max). When multiple RTs are measured in a session, the fastest RT is recorded for the session. RT is the metric used to track aerobic fitness (or heart health). The estimated change in aerobic fitness from the first session is based on the (inverse) angle of the recovery trend line (best-fit). Therefore, a downward trend line indicates RT getting faster (increasing fitness), and upward indicates RT getting slower (decreasing fitness).

RT measurements can be obtained through high-intensity training (HIT). For best measurements, once heart rate enters red maximum zone (>90%max) during a HIT interval, rest seated until heart rate falls to blue recovery zone (<60%max).
How Is Recovery Drop Calculated?
Recovery Drop (RD) is the number of beats per minute heart rate drops from peak to low heart rate after a one-minute and a two-minute rest period. In general, a recovery drop of 50-60 beats in one-minute is considered excellent, 25-30 beats is good, and less than 25 is poor. Track one-minute and two-minute recovery drops over several weeks to determine whether fitness level is improving. If fitness has not improved then consider making workouts more demanding.

RD is measured from peak to low heart rates in a session, over both one and two minute periods, regardless of training zones. This may make RD a better method than RT for measuring fitness when maximum training zones are unattainable.
How Is Recovery Rating Determined?
Squad determines recovery rating using fastest recovery time in a training session. Recovery times measured between heart rate zone thresholds provides higher level of precision than recovery drop. Recovery rating is based on the fastest recovery time from 90-60%max heart rate. A recovery time of less than one-minute is considered excellent, less than two-minutes is good, and more than two-minutes is poor.
How Is Recovery Trend Calculated?
Squad uses linear trend estimation (trendline) to determine the percentage change in recovery time between a start and end date (end-points). Since recovery time is a good indicator of aerobic fitness then the percentage change may also represent fitness trend. It's important to highlight the accuracy of percentage change will depend on how linear are the reference points (recovery times). In other words, more linear recovery times will produce a more accurate percentage change.

In general, you can increase accuracy by resting in the same way after each high-intensity interval. For example, resting seated (or standing, or lying flat) until heart rate falls to blue recovery zone.

Activity

How Are Session Titles Used?
Set custom titles to give all completed sessions the same title, such as your fitness club name. Select auto to give each completed session the time-of-day for title, such as "Monday Morning Workout". Time-of-day titles may be preferable when running activity continuously over 24-hours.
What Is The Difference Between "Device" And "Display" Limit?
Display limit is the maximum number of athletes tracked in the activity leaderboard. Note this is not the same as \"device limit\" of simultaneous Bluetooth connections your iDevice can support. For example, iPhoneX and iPad Pro running iOS13 can support 12 simultaneous connections, while standard iPad and iPod Touch running iOS13 can only support 6. You can extend the maximum number of athletes on iPhone display to 24 by running Squad Hub app on 2nd-iPhone. Both iPhones exchange athlete data via Bluetooth (short-range) or local WiFi network (long-range). Below are current display limits for iDevices running iOS13:

*Up to 6 players on iPad / iPod
*Up to 12 players on iPhone / iPad Pro
*Up to 24 players running Squad Hub on 2nd iPhone
What Does Each Indicator In The Player Tile Represent?
Player tiles feature training effort (%MaxHR) or average heart rate (BPM). Optional training data includes elapsed time, energy expenditure (Cals/kJ) and training score (TRIMP). Low battery indicator appears whenever heart rate sensor power level falls below 25%. When enabled, recovery time appears momentarily whenever heart rate falls from red maximum zone (>90%max) to blue recovery zone (<60%max). Drop players from activity (disconnect sensor) and discard session data by pressing and holding player tile.
How Can Clients Sync At-Home Training Sessions?
Squad supports remote session syncing through Email, iMessage, and Airplay (via Bluetooth). Clients can download and run the Squad app which is free for single-athlete tracking (requires iPhone/iPad/iPod running iOS13 or above). Ask them to create their own profile to match the one on your own iDevice, including identical nickname which is required to identify their shared session files. After recording at-home training sessions, they can simply left-swipe → more or tap the share session button, and select Email, iMessage, or Airdrop (via Bluetooth) from the options list. Session data is compressed at 8Kb/hour (approx) and nickname is the only personal data used to identify the sender.

Reports

How Are Workout Reports Sent To Athletes?
Workout reports can be sent automatically after each athlete has ended their training session (ie. disconnected heart sensor) or when the stop button has been pressed. Reports will only be sent to athletes with a valid email address, elapsed time >1-minute, and iDevice display on. Reports can also be sent manually from the profiles screen.
How Much Mobile Data Do Workout Reports Require?
Raw results data from each training session is transmitted from your iDevice over cellular/wifi to the Sendgrid email service. Sendgrid formats this data into a workout report and then sends this via email to your recipient. As a guide, the raw data size from a single 1-hour workout being sent from your iDevice is around 4Kb. Therefore, the total data size sent from your iDevice after training a group of 10 people would be around 40Kb, and so on. You may need to consider your data requirements when relying on a cellular network to deliver workout reports (ie. for outdoor bootcamps). Alternatively, disable automatic delivery from the Activity screen and wait until you're in a WiFi zone to manually send workout reports.
Why Are Some Members Not Receiving Workout Reports?
Squad utilises the Sendgrid email service for reliable and trusted automated delivery of workout reports. However, due to the high volume of emails delivered by this service, it's still possible some recipient email servers will incorrectly flag messages as spam. This could lead to some of your members missing out on their important workout reports.

Bluetooth

How Do I Pair Heart Rate Sensors?
Bluetooth heart rate sensors can be paired/unpaired either by swiping-left on the main profile screen or by tapping the "+" button on the add/edit profile screen. To pair you must first activate the sensor (ie. wear strap/band or hold finger across snap connectors), and then bring it close to your iDevice until you hear a confirmation beep (like Apple Pay). Sensors with unique identifier names (ie. Polar H7 4C47911A) will be prefixed with a cloud icon. The cloud icon indicates this sensor can also be found on the activity screen of other iDevices on the same iCloud account. Sensors with non-unique identifier names can only be found on the activity screen of the iDevice it was originally paired to.
Why Are Some Athletes Not Appearing In The Activity Screen?
First ensure heart rate monitors have been correctly fitted and are powered-on. Chest straps may require moistening the electrodes to make good contact with the skin. Also check that Bluetooth is enabled in system settings on your iDevice, and if it is - try toggling Bluetooth off and on. Shutdown any other apps running in the background that may be using Bluetooth. Finally, try restarting your iDevice to force the closure of all apps that may be hogging Bluetooth connections. For further assistance please email us at team@squadheartrate.com and include as much detail as possible.
Which Bluetooth Heart Rate Sensors Are iCloud Compatible?
Below is the current list of heart rate sensors which can be found by all iDevices on the same iCloud account.

HRM 508/803
HW 702/807
MYZONE
Polar H7/H9/H10/OH1
Wahoo TICKR

Backup

How Does iCloud Syncing Work?
Squad will automatically sync profile and session data to your iCloud account (when enabled). iCloud syncing allows Squad to run and share data on multiple iDevices on the same iCloud account. iCloud syncing will also automatically restore your profile and session data when you replace your iDevice or accidentally delete Squad app from your iDevice. However, you can't transfer your profile and session data to another iDevice on a different iCloud account.
How Does iCloud Backup Work?
When iCloud Backup is enabled on your iDevice, Squad data including profiles and session data will be automatically backed-up periodically. However, iCloud Backup does not offer single-app data restore - you can only restore the entire contents of your iDevice to a new/erased iDevice.
How Does Squad Backup Work?
Squad Backup was designed to give users the option to back up valuable profile and session data without iCloud. Squad backup files can be created on-demand and managed through the Files app on your iDevice. This lets you safely store your backup files on your computer or another iDevice on a different iCloud account.
How Do I Create A Squad Backup File?
You can create a Squad Backup File on your iDevice using app settings > Backup Now. You can manage this file through the Files app, or by connecting your iDevice to your computer. You should always move this file from the Squad app folder to a new folder or your computer to keep this backup safe, just in case your iDevice is lost or stolen. Also, accidentally removing the Squad app will also delete its application folder where your backup files are saved.
How Can I Copy Backup Files To Another iDevice Or My Computer?
You can copy backup files to another iDevice or your computer using the Files app on your iDevice. The Files App (by Apple) can be downloaded free from the App Store. Backup files can easily be shared via email or airdrop using the Files App. For example, launch the Files app > Squad folder > backup file > share button > email.
How Do I Restore A Backup File To My iDevice?
You can restore your profiles and session data from a backup file in Squad settings > Restore From Backup > your backup folder > your backup file. Depending on where you copied your backup file to, the backup folder may be found on your iDevice or iCloud Drive. When saving a backup file from mail, for example, open mail > select backup file > Save To Files > On Your iDevice or iCloud Drive > Save.
Can I Merge My Backup File With Existing Squad Data?
No. Backup files can only be restored when there is no profiles and session data already on your iDevice and in iCloud. Deleting Squad from you iDevice will not remove profiles and session data stored in iCloud. To erase all profiles and session data in iCloud open device settings > your Apple ID > iCloud > Manage Storage > Squad > Delete Data.

Membership

How Do Subscriptions Work?
Squad can be downloaded free from the App Store and includes all features except multiple heart rate tracking. Squad FREE can track one heart rate monitor only, while a Squad CLUB subscription can track up to 12 heart rate monitors on one iPhone. You can trial all features, test Bluetooth limits, and determine whether Squad is right for your fitness business before paying for a subscription.
Can I Run Squad Club On Multiple iDevices With One Subscription?
Yes. One subscription can be used to run Squad on multiple iDevices on the same iCloud account. Simply download and run Squad free onto your 2nd (or more) iDevice, and select settings > Membership > Restore Previous Purchase.
How Do I Cancel My Subscription?
Squad subscriptions can be cancelled in iPhone/iPad Settings > your Apple ID > Subscriptions > Squad. Subscriptions will automatically renew (at selected duration) unless cancelled at least 24-hours before the end of the current period.
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