Polar ProTrainer 5 is a dynamic, advanced piece of software that gives you a deeper understanding of your training based on heart rate zones, speed, distance, time and increasing/decreasing heart rate.

Step 1: Plan

The benefits of proper planning before you train are essential, that way you can estimate the intensity of your workout, set your goals, keep to them, and most importantly, see your fitness gradually improve over time. Once you’re happy with your planned sessions, you can transfer them straight to your wrist unit. And if you want to adjust the duration of your session whilst you’re training you can do that manually on the wrist unit too.

Step 2: Train

During training there are six different display settings that can be viewed on your wrist unit – these will help you to follow your training plans and meet your training objectives. Each row is fully configurable so you can scroll through and select what information you want displayed whilst you’re training. Stay on your current phase target by pre-setting the zone alarm.

Step 3: Upload/download

Polar ProTrainer 5 software is completely versatile. It enables you to transfer up to 21 pre-planned training sessions to the wrist unit (via IrDA infra-red link) and then, once you’ve trained, download the results back to your computer for analysing. If your computer doesn’t have an IrDA connection built in, you will need a Polar IrDA USB 2.0 Adapter.

Step 4: Analyze

For quick analysis, you can review recorded data on the wrist unit display immediately after training. However, once it has been transferred to the Polar Pro Trainer 5 software, that’s when you’ll get a real understanding of every aspect of your training session in exacting detail. You can then select any point during the training and analyze and compare your data against previous sessions using easy-to-understand graphs.

Step 5: Follow

Now it’s time to take what you’ve learnt from the results of your previous training sessions and improve on it. The great thing about Polar ProTrainer 5 is that you can follow your progress over time and use your training history as a tool for future goal setting and planning.