BSX Insight Multi-sport Edition review

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Workability 
When the body works its muscles, they burn energy and produce acid. This acid, lactate, helps a muscle continue to turn energy into power,

Specifications

 Software
Operating system : Proprietary
Compatibility  : iOS, Android, Bluetooth devices

Highs :

⦁ Simple easy setup
⦁ Amazingly sleek design

  Workability:

When the body works its muscles, they burn energy and produce acid. This acid, lactate, helps a muscle continue to turn energy into power, but when the acid produced outpaces the body’s ability to process or remove it, the muscle begin to feel like it’s on fire.

Soon the athlete can stand it no longer and is forced to slow down. That point is the “lactic threshold.” The concept behind “zone training” is that by repeatedly breaking through the LT for short periods of time athletes can raise their threshold higher, allowing their body to go faster, harder, longer. Before performing zone training, however, athletes must first know where their threshold is so their training zones can be properly set. While many people use heart rate or power meters to measure this, most experts agree that the most precise way to measure fitness is by measuring lactate in the blood during exercise.

Blood doesn’t lie. In the past, getting an accurate lactate threshold measurement meant running on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike at increasing intensities, then having blood drawn (a finger pricked) and tested three or four times. Because of the equipment required, the tests are expensive ($150 to $200) and usually done only by professional athletes with their trainers. BSX Athletics aims to change all that.

Rather than testing blood outside the body, the company uses LED optical sensors to analyze blood inside your body. Not only is this less painful, it also means tests can be performed anytime at home, or in a local gym.

 Features and design :

The BSX insight lactate threshold sensor is a simple, black-plastic module with three optical sensor windows on the back. It has no power button nor screen, and looks very much like a heart rate monitor minus the chest strap.

In addition to the optical sensors the BSX insight is armed with both ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart connectivity. It uses an optical sensor to analyze blood without poking holes in an athlete’s body. During testing, the lactate threshold sensor is held against the back of an athlete’s calf by a Lycra compression sleeve.

It connects via ANT+ either to a heart-rate monitor for a running assessment or both a heart-rate monitor and power meter for bicycle assessment. The sensor then transfers data via Bluetooth Smart to a compatible smartphone running the BSX insight app (available for iOS and Android).

When the assessment is completed the data is uploaded to BSX insight’s servers, where it is processed, analyzed, and sent back to the phone as a lactate threshold that can be used to direct future zone-training plans.

The BSX insight ships in three configurations. One designed specifically for running, another for cycling, and a third multisport model that can handle both running and cycling.

I tested the multisport model; it included the lactate threshold sensor, a Lycra compression sleeve to hold the sensor to the calf, a base charging station, and a micro USB cable for charging and connecting to a computer.


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