I come from a Polar S810 before I moved onto the Ambit 2S back in 2014 or so (because there was no way to synchronize this old Polar on a new Windows 8.1 computer… ). The Polar gave you different phases with each a number of repetitions. So when you wanted to program a pyramid interval, you had a lot of sets of one interval each. A hassle to set up, but it was possible. The Ambit series allow you to program it in some sort of code, the latest Suunto models don’t allow this currently it seems. How useful it is? I honestly don’t know. For ramping isometric strength training you work with constant intervals but ramp up the intensity so the fixed intervals of the the latest models are fine. But for running I actually like variable intervals and/or recoveries. When intervals are supposed to be all out, it is just easier to work with intervals decreasing in length (like the second half of the pyramid intervals). I think you’d otherwise end up preserving energy for the last few sets whereas otherwise you will actually always go all out the way you’re supposed to. But maybe the experts will tell me here that this makes zero sense from a training perspective ;). Indeed all training exercises I’ve been given by actual coaches have been with fixed length intervals.
Either way, what the Suunto 5 and Suunto 9 seem to have is SuuntoPlus with the “sprint” option. I haven’t tried this yet (have the Suunto 5) but it is supposed to recognize when you perform the interval. So if you have a separate interval timer (like the Gymboss unit, an old Polar watch, or a coach, or a training partner, or landmarks etc) you can just let that/those trigger you to perform the interval and the Suunto watch will register this as such. This function only works for running with GPS or footpod though, so for other sports you might need something else.
@isazi , idk, you tell me 🙂
Just for some reson people tend to discredit A3P structured intervals for things like “fixed length warmup does not really work for me” or “structured intervals are too strict to be useful (for group training)” and the like. I mean generally, not just in this thread. But those are more like user errors or restrictions set by users themselves, not some shortcomings set by Workout system.
Whoever defined how A3P Workouts should behave, came up with some absolutely brilliant ideas. Though locking the builder only into app was not one of those… But the flexibility of this thing is still nothing but awesome 🙂
@sartoric I’ve created a new route and the type of WP is shown only when you get in the proximity of it, like few hundreds meters. When you zoom out you just see a dot, so that if you create multiple types of WP you can’t tell the difference between them.
I did not know this feature was in SA, how do you add WP to a route?
It’s in the beta version. Create a route and long press along the line, then you can choose the type of WP you want to add.
I don’t have beta version, and I use iOS version. Will have to wait.
A3P data that syncs to SA is crippled and then it goes to QS, my distance, heart rate, ascend, descent lap data is blank. Power is non existent and no built in epoc graph for endurance pacing analysis. Epoc would need licensing from FB, and Ambit power data would need to be included from SA side. Maybe it is possible to import from stryd and merged? 💡
@Takeshi-Kakeda QZSS is integrated on Navstar system. You don’t have to do anything to use regional Japan system. It means that if you use Navstar alone (GPS) is nav+QZSS, if you use nav+gal you real use in Japan Nav+QZSS+Gal.
Thank you for your detailed comment.
I have grasped what QZSS is.
Ok, I’ll try gpstest to know how the system does 😉 .