If you’re a running gadget geek, you probably have every piece of electronic gear you can attach to your body while you run. GPS watch. Check. Speed/distance monitor. Check. Heart rate monitor. Check. iPhone with RunTracker Pro. Check.
But what if there was a gadget that could tell you stay in bed and get some extra sleep instead of heading out the door? There is. It’s called Omegawave, and it’s pretty darn cool.
Omegawave looks a lot like a heart rate monitor, but it’s actually a Bluetooth enabled ECG sensor and strap that measures your cardiac fatigue, stress level and adaptation reserves. A free mobile app then analyzes that data, providing you with training advice, recovery guidelines and aerobic readiness trends.
The patented algorithms used to determine the numbers are based on data collected from thousands of athletes.
When you look at the data, you can see if you’re ready for a hard workout, a maintenance workout, a recovery run or a day off.
Testing is pretty simple. Open the app. Lie down and rest for two minutes. Start the measurement. The hard part: Convincing yourself to take it easy on a day you planned on doing a difficult training session. Unfortunately, the numbers don’t lie, and to improve, you should try to follow the apps suggestions for both workout intensity and rest.
Because the data is analyzed in the Omegawave Cloud, there’s a subscription fee of $8.90 a month or $89 for the year. Omegawave comes with a 14-day free trial period, so if you don’t like it, you can return it.
Omegawave works with the iPhone, the iPad and Android devices.