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FAQ: Polar Ignite Fitness Watch – All (Or Most) Of Your Questions Answered

To get the most out of your Polar Ignite fitness watch, we wrapped up some of the most frequently asked questions – and yeah, took a shot at answering them for you.

Read on to learn how the brilliant Polar Smart Coaching features on the Polar Ignite shape the way you work out and recover like never before, and what makes the Polar Ignite optimal for fitness – whether you’re after some specific fitness goals or just looking to stay active and fit.

Where does the name ‘Ignite’ come from?

Polar Ignite was named to describe the people it was designed for – energetic, powerful and ready to spark their fitness. There’s so much hidden potential inside all of us – just waiting to be ignited. 

What makes Polar Ignite optimal for fitness workouts?

Because the Polar Ignite fitness watch is thin and super light, it works optimally in all types of fitness workouts without you even noticing it – meaning it won’t be distracting you in an annoying way.

But you likely won’t want to ignore this smart workout buddy. It’s sort of like a PT on you wrist, that coaches you every step of the way with smart connected guidance – combining sleep, recovery and personalized workout tips.

Can I use Polar Ignite for tracking swimming?

Yes, you can. Polar Ignite’s Precision Prime optical heart rate sensor offers a well-functioning and comfortable way to measure HR when swimming, something that our pro athletes have asked for. In addition to your swimming, Polar Ignite also tracks your swimming style, distance, pace, strokes and rest times.

Is the optical HR accurate enough for fitness or do I need to use a chest strap, such as Polar H10?

Polar H10 is totally optional, i.e. training with Polar Ignite does not require the use of Polar H10. However, for the crème de la crème of HR measurement, we’d recommend going with Polar H10 as well. 

Some activities, such as strength training, lend themselves more favourably to chest-based HR monitoring. Ultimately, chest-based and wrist-based HR compliment one another with a blend of comfort, accuracy and simplicity. 

What type of exercises the Fitspark™ daily training guide suggests?

Suggested workout sessions cover three types of training: Cardio, Strength and Supportive. The FitSpark™ bodyweight workouts include exercises that you can do using your own body as resistance. No additional weights needed. Only circuit workouts include exercises for which you’ll need some additional weights and equipment.

Is Fitspark mainly for super fit enthusiasts who work out several times a week? 

Whether you’re a beginner, experienced exerciser or professional, the FitSpark™ daily training guide works for all fitness levels. The workout suggestions are based on your training history, current fitness level and Nightly Recharge™ recovery measurement and, therefore, your personal fitness level is not an issue.

Ultimately, it’s you who chooses the workout you do each day. FitSpark is your assistant, not your boss.

What does the new recovery feature, Nightly Recharge™, measure?

The Nightly Recharge™ feature on Polar Ignite combines two aspects: your autonomic nervous system (ANS) recovery (your heart rate, heart rate variability and breathing rate data) and your sleep score. 

Based on the Nightly Recharge results, you get tips which help you to adjust your daily training plan and understand what you can do to boost your recovery.

How can Serene™ (guided breathing exercise) help me improve fitness results?

The Serene breathing exercise is a stress management tool that helps you to relax your body and calm down your mind and recover better. Doing breathing exercises before bed can help you to sleep better, which will boost your fitness performance. 

We recommend you start with a few minutes of daily deep breathing (for example 3 min) and gradually increase the time once you get better with the deep breathing technique (diaphragmatic breathing).

There’s no rule on how long and how often you should do deep breathing (the impact varies from person to person) but you can aim for e.g. 10 minutes 2-3 times per day and see how that works for you.

How long is the battery life?

With a single charge you’ll get up to five days use (with daily training, continuous HR and phone notifications on). Put in another way, you’ll get up to 17 hours of continuous training.

How much does Polar Ignite weigh?

The Polar Ignite weighs 35g (and it’s only 8.45mm thick). To give you a point of reference, the Polar Vantage M is an extremely light multisport watch that weighs 45g. So… the Polar Ignite truly is super light. 

What are the wristbands made of?

The Polar Ignite is available with silicone, TPU and textile wristbands. 

In case you were wondering, TPU stands for thermoplastic polyurethane. In normal person talk, it’s a commonly used type of plastic that’s stretchy and resistant to oil, grease and abrasion – perfect for use when working out 💪. Silicon is slightly softer and more flexible than TPU. 

Which wristband size is right for me?

We’d recommend measuring your wrist. 130-175mm = S. 140-210mm = M/L. The textile wristband is suitable for 140-200mm. 

What is the screen made of?

Polar Ignite has a color IPS TFT touchscreen with Ambient Light Sensor (ALS), and its resolution is 240×204 pixels. The lens is dragontrail finished and it’s encased within a stainless steel bezel. 

Why doesn’t the touch screen work during training?

Although the touch screen is super handy out of training, we want to make sure that we avoid anything that could interrupt your training, such as unintentionally pausing or stopping the recording. The use of the button allows you to ensure that nothing compromises your training data.

Note that if you want to have the screen on during your workout, that’s easily doable: Just swipe down from the top of the screen and you’ll see the quick settings menu with the backlight option.

Where can I find more info on the Polar Ignite?

To get a better understanding of how Polar Ignite can help you reach your full potential…

If you want to know more, dive into the Polar Ignite product and features.

If you already have the Polar Ignite, check out the Support pages for more instructions on how to use all the cool features:

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Please note that the information provided in the Polar Blog articles cannot replace individual advice from health professionals. Please consult your physician before starting a new fitness program.

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