Maximum Performance for Endurance Sports
The Polar RS800CX Heart Rate Monitor is for multisport athletes who require a wide range of performance information. The RS800CX measures detailed information about your performance and helps avoid over or under training by aiding you to train at the right intensity. The Polar Fitness test measures your aerobic fitness at rest and tells you your progress. Comes with Polar ProTrainer 5 software for analyzing, planning and keeping a training diary.
Altimeter and Barometer Features
- Altitude with graphical trend – available via Polar ProTrainer 5 software: Altitude is measured with an atmospheric air pressure sensor. Altitude is shown as ascended and descended meters/feet and uphill/downhill steepness in percentages and grades.
- Altitude, ascent and descent – meters, degrees, percentage: Altitude is measured with an atmospheric air pressure sensor. Altitude is shown as ascended and descended meters/feet and uphill/downhill steepness in percentages and grades.
Body Measurement Features
- Automatic age-based target zone - bpm / % / % HRR: To help you train safely and effectively, the training computer automatically determines your heart rate target zone limits according to your age-based maximum heart rate (220 minus age). The limits are determined either in beats per minute (bpm), as a percentage (%) of your maximum heart rate, or as a heart rate reserve (% HRR), meaning the difference between your resting heart rate and maximum heart rate (HRR = HRmax - HRrest). See also Manual target zone.
- Heart rate – bpm / % / % HRR: Heart rate is the measurement of the work your heart does. Heart rate can be expressed as the number of beats per minute (bpm) or as a percentage (%) of your maximum heart rate or as a percentage of your heart rate reserve (% HRR), meaning the difference between your resting heart rate and maximum heart rate (HRR = HRmax - HRrest).
- HR-based target zones with visual and audible alarm: You can define your target zones for a training session based on heart rate to help define the right intensity. When you are out of the preset zones, the training computer will give a visual and audible alarm.
- HRmax (age-based): The highest number of heart beats per minute (bpm) during maximum physical exertion. For a rough estimate of your maximum heart rate, subtract your age from 220. HRmax is a useful tool for determining the intensity of training as intensity zones can be defined using HRmax. Some Polar products define maximum heart rate during the Polar Fitness Test, see also HRmax (Polar Fitness Test -based).
- HRmax (Polar Fitness test-based): Some Polar products predict your HRmax simultaneously with the Polar Fitness Test. This predicted HRmax value is more accurate than the age-based formula (220 minus age).
- Manual target zone – bpm / % / % HRR: This feature enables you to manually enter the target zone that is suitable for your training. You can set the target zone for your training as beats per minute (bpm), as a percentage (%) of your maximum heart rate, or as a percentage of your heart rate reserve (HRR%).
- Polar Fitness Test: Polar Fitness Test measures your aerobic fitness at rest in just five minutes. The result, Polar OwnIndex, evaluates your maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max). With the Polar Fitness Test you can measure your aerobic fitness by yourself, automatically and without any exertion. All you need is your training computer. The Polar Fitness Test is as accurate in predicting the VO2max as any sub maximal fitness test. The test is based on heart rate and heart rate variability at rest and personal information.
- Polar OwnCal® – calorie expenditure with altitude adjustment: Polar OwnCal calculates the number of calories burned during training. This feature allows you to track the calories burned during one training session and cumulative calories burned during several training sessions. The effect of the ambient air pressure is taken into account in the calorie expenditure calculations: in moderate and high altitude there is less oxygen in the air so you can do less work and expend fewer calories at the same heart rate.
- Polar OwnCode® (2.4 GHz W.I.N.D.) – coded transmission: Coded heart rate transmission automatically locks in a code to transmit your heart rate to the training computer. The training computer picks up your heart rate from your transmitter only. Coding significantly reduces interference from other training computers. The 2.4 GHz W.I.N.D transmission is disturbance-free from other electronic devices.
- Polar OwnOptimizer – personal training status: Polar OwnOptimizer feature is an easy and reliable test to determine whether your training is optimally developing your performance. OwnOptimizer helps you to optimize your training load during a training program so that you experience an increase in performance and do not under train or over train in the long run. Based on the test, you are provided with a scale and description of your personal training status.
- Polar OwnZone® – personal heart rate zone: Polar OwnZone® determines your personal heart rate limits for a training session. Depending on the day and time, your physical state may vary, for instance, if you are stressed or tired, or if you are not fully recovered from your latest training session, Polar can determine that information from your heart rate and guide you to your ideal training zone for that moment.
- Polar sport zones: Polar sport zones provide an easy way to select and monitor the intensity of your training and to follow sport zones based training programs. Training is divided into five zones based on percentages of your maximum heart rate: very light (50-60%HRmax), light (60-70%HRmax), moderate (70-80%HRmax), hard (80-90%HRmax) and maximum (90-100%HRmax).
- R-R Intervals / Online HR Variability: R-R Intervals / Online HR Variability feature measures your heartbeat intervals and reflects autonomic nervous system activity in heart beat regulation. The R-R interval measurement is most useful at rest and at low intensities. Relaxation rate indicates the state of your physical recovery.
- Training load – available via polarpersonaltrainer.com: This feature is available in Polar software. When you transfer training results from your training computer to polarpersonaltrainer.com, you can follow your training load and recovery in the training diary. Continuous monitoring of training load and recovery will help you recognize personal limits, avoid over- or under training, and adjust training intensity and duration according to your daily and weekly targets
- Average and maximum heart rate of each lap
- Average, minimum and maximum heart rate of training
- HRmax (user set)
- Compatible with Polar ProTrainer 5 software – opt. with IrDA USB Adapter
- Compatible with polarpersonaltrainer.com – opt. with IrDA USB Adapter
- Combined training files: This feature allows combining consecutive training sessions. When you start a new training session within an hour of the previous one, you can combine the new session with the previous one.
- R-R Recording: R-R recording rate saves heartbeat intervals, that is, intervals between successive heartbeats. This information is also shown as instantaneous heart rate in beats per minute in recorded samples. This enables the analysis of heart rate variability (HRV) using the ProTrainer 5 software with an accuracy of 1 ms.
- Totals: Totals includes your training data starting from the last reset enabling you to follow your long-term training.
- Weekly history: Weekly history gathers your weekly training data. By selecting a week, you can review your training data for the week.
- Memory left indication
- Training files (with summaries) – 99
S3 Stride Sensor W.I.N.D. Features
- Average stride length: Stride length is the average length of one step, that is, the distance between your right and left foot contacting the ground. Runners adjust stride length to gather speed: stride length increases as speed increases. Yet one of the most common mistakes novice runners make is over-striding. The most efficient stride length is the natural one – the one that feels most comfortable.
- Cadence – current, average and maximum: Your cycling cadence stands for your pedaling rate in revolutions per minute (rpm). Cadence is the central factor in improving cycling performance. A higher cadence reduces the force needed for each pedal stroke, and thus improves overall performance. Running cadence measures how many times you’re either right or left foot hits the ground in one minute. Running cadence is measured as steps per minute. With this feature you can sharpen your cadence and make your ground contact time shorter. This will help you to find a balance between leg power and leg speed.
- Distance – training, lap, trip and total: Distance (km, mi) can be set and measured in several ways. Training distance tells you the distance traveled during a training session. Trip distance tells you the distance from the latest trip reset. Lap distance tells you the distance of one lap. Total distance is the distance accumulated since the last reset. Odometer tells you the cumulative distance which you cannot reset.
- Running Index: Running Index is based on heart rate and speed data measured during the run. It gives daily information about your performance level, both aerobic fitness and running economy. Improvement in running efficiency indicates improved economy of running performance.
- Shoe selection – settings for three shoes: Shoe selection feature allows you to select shoes for a particular sensor in your training computer and to follow your training distance for the particular pair of shoes.
- Speed/Pace – current, average and maximum: Speed (km/h or mi/h) is measured with GPS, footpod, stride sensor or cycling speed sensor. Pace (expressed as min/km or min/mile) stands for the rate of speed. Pace is usually used in running. By setting a target pace, you can follow how fast you need to run in order to reach a certain distance in a predefined time.
- Speed/Pace-based target zones with visual and audible alarm: You can define your target zones for a training session based on speed. When you are out of the preset zones, the training computer will give a visual and audible alarm.
- Automatic lap recording: With this feature you can set your training computer to take laps based on preset distance, for example, every 1 km/mi.
- Display zoom: Display zoom feature allows you to zoom in information on the display during training.
- Graphical target zone indicator: This feature points out graphically on the display the zone you are in during a training session helping you to stay on the desired intensity zone.
- Interval trainer guided workouts – heart rate / pace / distance: Create interval guided workouts based on time, heart rate, speed/pace or distance guidance with up to three linked timers or distances and up to three target zones.
- Time and distance based interval timers: Use timers, for example, as a training tool in interval training to tell you when to switch from a harder to a lighter period and vice versa. The timers can be time- or distance- based.
- User configurable displays – all lines: This feature allows you to configure training computer displays to show the information that you need during your training session. Configure the displays either in the training computer or in ProTrainer 5 software.
- ZoneLock: ZoneLock feature helps you to accumulate certain intensity. You can either lock a zone before a training session or during it by pressing a button when you are on the desired zone.
- ZonePointer: ZonePointer is a visible and moving symbol on the training computer display indicating whether you are inside the pre-set target zone. This feature helps you to reach the desired intensity/pace/speed/cadence targets.
- Number of laps – 99
- KeyLock: By activating KeyLock, training computer buttons are locked, and accidental presses do not cause problems, for instance, during training.
- Reminders: You can set reminders to alarm you of different tasks or training sessions, for instance, reminding you to drink during a training session.
- Date and weekday indicator
- Display text in English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian
- Dual time zone
- Low battery indicator
- Time of day (12/24h) with alarm and snooze
- Training reminder
- User replaceable battery
- Water resistant – 50m
What’s in the Box?
- Polar RS800CX training computer
- Polar WearLink®+ transmitter W.I.N.D.
- Polar s3 stride sensor W.I.N.D.
- Polar IrDA USB Adapter
- Polar ProTrainer 5 software CD