TOMTOM SPORTS LAUNCHES FITNESS AGE AND PERSONALISED WORKOUTS

MikkoK
MikkoK Retired TomTom Employee Posts: 23,905 Retired Community Managers and Staff
edited January 24 in TomTom Sports
[h2]Work out smarter and improve your Fitness Age[/h2]
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IFA, Berlin – August 31, 2017 TomTom today launches Fitness Age, Fitness Points and Personalised Workouts across their sports watch range[1]. Combined, these new features give users the tools they need to work out smarter, achieve their fitness goals faster and live a healthier lifestyle.
  • TomTom Fitness Age shows users how fit they really are;
  • TomTom Fitness Points give users direct feedback about their exercise to improve their Fitness Age over time;
  • TomTom Personalised Workouts provide step-by-step exercise guidance tailored to an individual’s fitness level and exercise goals.

Corinne Vigreux, co-founder and managing director TomTom Consumer said: “I always wonder when I exercise whether my efforts have any impact on my fitness level and I know I am not the only one. By introducing Fitness Age and Fitness Points we have now designed a reliable way to measure your fitness level. We are proud to introduce a ‘personal coach on your wrist’ to motivate you when you need to do more and acknowledge your efforts when you’ve done enough.”

[h3]TomTom Fitness Age & Fitness Points[/h3]
TomTom Fitness Age provides users with an age relating to their personal fitness level. It is based on their VO2 max and compares their fitness level to their age and gender. VO2 max (the maximum amount of oxygen an individual can consume per minute, for their body weight) is a key indicator of cardio fitness and a globally accepted measurement.

Based on your Fitness Age, you will earn Fitness Points every time you exercise. The greater the effort, the more points you achieve. Gain 100 Fitness Points per day to guide you in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If you hit around 500 Fitness Points, three times a week, your Fitness Age will improve over time.

Urho Kujala, Professor of Sports & Exercise Medicine at the University of Jyväskylä, involved in the research used to develop TomTom Fitness Age, said: “Recent research has proven that the recommended exercise to optimally improve people’s health and fitness is personal and especially determined by their current fitness level. TomTom Fitness Age is based on this research, and takes these individuals factors into account. Therefore it is an overall better guide to becoming fitter than just the existing and absolute metrics such as steps, calories, and active time and users are more likely to live a healthier and fitter life.”

[h3]Personalised Workouts[/h3]
Personalised Workouts offer users fifty running and cycling workouts directly on their TomTom Sports watch. Intensity and duration are automatically adjusted to reflect an individual’s fitness level. Personalised Workouts can help improve your Fitness Age, as well as support individual fitness ambitions such as running a marathon as well as fat burning, cycling or running speed and strength goals.

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[h3]Additional updates[/h3]
Phone notifications and Autopause are now also available across the TomTom sports watch range. Phone notifications allow you to see incoming phone calls and text messages on your watch. With Autopause, your TomTom Sports watch pauses automatically when you stop moving, preventing temporary breaks in activity from distorting your performance data.

TomTom Fitness Age and Fitness Points have been developed to give guidance and motivate everyone, no matter what their fitness level or fitness routine they enjoy. All the new features will be available via a software update across all our cardio Sports Products[2] and with the TomTom Sports app from September 2017.

See the full press release here.

[1] Available across TomTom Runner 2, TomTom Runner 3, TomTom Spark, TomTom Spark 3 and TomTom Adventurer

[2] Available across TomTom Runner 2, TomTom Runner 3, TomTom Spark, TomTom Spark 3 and TomTom Adventurer

Comments

  • DutchDiversion
    DutchDiversion Registered Users Posts: 45
    Outstanding Explorer
    The point systems and fitness age system sounds cool!
    And thank you for finally including the phone notifications. Not using it myself, but I am sure a lot of users had this #1 on the priority list for a long time.
  • chris-fr
    chris-fr Registered Users Posts: 41
    Apprentice Traveler
    Sounds good, just one question: When?
  • micdk
    micdk Registered Users Posts: 24
    Outstanding Explorer
    chris-fr wrote:
    Sounds good, just one question: When?
    The text says "All the new features will be available via a software update across all our cardio Sports Products[2] and with the TomTom Sports app from September 2017." :)
  • MikkoK
    MikkoK Retired TomTom Employee Posts: 23,905 Retired Community Managers and Staff
    Hi all,

    Thanks for your feedback here!

    I added a couple of links and a video to the announcement to give you more information.

    As mentioned, the updates bringing these new features will be released soon. I'll be of course announcing them here on the forum so stay tuned :D

    Cheers, Mikko
  • chris-fr
    chris-fr Registered Users Posts: 41
    Apprentice Traveler
    Big kudos for the VO2Max! Finally gonna stop using a third party app
  • ItalyRunner73
    ItalyRunner73 Registered Users Posts: 7
    Master Explorer
    "Phone notifications and Autopause are now also available across the TomTom sports watch range" - better late, than never :cool:
  • Noctuola
    Noctuola Registered Users Posts: 19
    Apprentice Traveler
    Is this going to be an opt-in feature or will it be automatically rolled out to everyone like the autopause function (which incidentally doesn't perform terribly well in my experience) regardless of whether we want it?

    Personally, I just want to keep using my watch the way I've been using it so far, so I wouldn't be at all happy if I suddenly found myself with a firmware update that changed the way I expect the watch to function.
  • MikkoK
    MikkoK Retired TomTom Employee Posts: 23,905 Retired Community Managers and Staff
    Hi Noctuola,

    Fitness Age and Fitness Points are available on all supported watches by default. But you can of course ignore them if you like and continue to use the features you're already familiar with just like you've done until now.

    Cheers, Mikko
  • Noctuola
    Noctuola Registered Users Posts: 19
    Apprentice Traveler
    Great, thanks for clarifying that. It was a little disconcerting that the autopause functionality just showed up one day and couldn't be turned off, because it has a way of detecting "pauses" that didn't actually happen. Good to know the fitness age stuff won't be obtruding itself on all users the way autopause does.
  • tfarabaugh
    tfarabaugh Posts: 16,948
     Superuser
    I believe they may also be adding a way to turn autopause off in this update.
  • enrico.tancredi_un44
    enrico.tancredi_un44 Registered Users Posts: 19
    Outstanding Wayfarer
    Great news here!
    I did'nt expect much after this article with declarations of TomTom CEO on sports division, so it's a big surprise to see these important updates.
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/paullamkin/2017/07/26/tomtom-struggles-in-wearable-tech-market-admits-focus-is-elsewhere/#595a6e8c2f7c

    It's a very good thing that the updates will be realease also per Spark and Runner 2, even if they are "old" products.
  • dmsellers
    dmsellers Registered Users Posts: 7
    Apprentice Seeker
    Cool! Will this feature be available with non-cardio watches using a heart chest band?

    Thanks
  • kent davies
    kent davies Registered Users Posts: 91
    Supreme Trailblazer
    I don't think so: If I remember correctly, even with external chest bands, it will only work if the watch has the built in HR monitor (even if it is turned off an external one)
  • rladkce
    rladkce Registered Users Posts: 2
    Apprentice Traveler
    Hi. This is a great feature. I will read up on the science about it as well. Thanks.

    Is there a forum to ask for new features?

    I am focusing, in training, on aerobic running. This means running to user a set Heart Rate. Currently the watch does not allow me to set a maximum Heart Rate.

    I have a Spark 2 cardio GPS watch

    So, the user requirements would be:
    User sets a max heart rate and then goes running.
    When running the user sets the view to the Heart Rate view.
    When the realtime heart rate exceeds the maximum, the watch vibrates and shows a symbol in the top right (or bottom right).
    When the realtime heart rate falls below the maximum, the symbol disappears.

    This would allow a user to run to their maximum heart rate without interfering with other functionality on the watch.

    If there is a better forum to place this request then please let me know.

    Thanks
  • kent davies
    kent davies Registered Users Posts: 91
    Supreme Trailblazer
    You can do that already.

    In training, select custom HR, set max and min and you will get what you described.
  • mnk
    mnk Registered Users Posts: 36
    Outstanding Explorer
    I see the launch will be in September but has any dates been revealed? I remember TomTom announcing that notification will be released in 2016 and it didn't happen. So with the new updated what is the expected release date?
  • Noctuola
    Noctuola Registered Users Posts: 19
    Apprentice Traveler
    tfarabaugh wrote:
    I believe they may also be adding a way to turn autopause off in this update.

    Great news, thanks!

    (Apologies for posting so late; I only just saw your reply. Still getting the hang of these boards and "subscribing" to a topic doesn't seem to keep activities in the thread on my radar.)
  • Krzysiek17
    Krzysiek17 Registered Users Posts: 51
    Outstanding Wayfarer
    I got some info on my mobile app if I agree to have it (fitness age) I agreed and nothing happened :-)
    I guess it was just information of what comes in the future, wasn't it?
    :-)
  • icemac
    icemac Registered Users Posts: 199
    Legendary Explorer
    Krzysiek17 wrote:
    I guess it was just information of what comes in the future, wasn't it?
    :-)

    Yes, you're right.

    It will come with new update (in September 2017, MikkoK wrote about it).
  • sweetman70
    sweetman70 Registered Users Posts: 39
    Outstanding Explorer
    Thanks for the good news, MikkoK.
    Just out of curiosity: is there a plan to include whatsapp, telegram, messenger... notification in the future?
    I think SMS are on the way of extinction right now, replaced by whatsapp, telegram... and others.
    You know: customers are never satisfied... :$
    Glad to know, anyway, TomTom is keeping updating their "old" spark watches.
    Tony