On Using Gomore
Q: Is GoMore just another heart rate monitor with added-on features an athlete may not need?
A: Nope, quite far from it actually. GoMore is foremost a stamina monitor, which is a first of its kind that could possibly transform the way athletes work with their bodies. For instance, by knowing the amount of stamina you had at anytime during exercise, you would know whether to speed up or slow down to finish a distance. By knowing how you use stamina during exercises, you would be able to devise better training strategies to optimize effectiveness.
Q: What types of sports is GoMore best suited for?
A: Currently GoMore works best for endurance exercises including running, cycling, hiking, and treadmill training.
Q: How does GoMore work to obtain a stamina reading?
A: To measure stamina, GoMore records your ECG signals through the stamina sensor and the two electrodes on the chest belt. Your ECG signals carry unique information about how you respond physiologically to different exercise intensities, durations, and frequencies under various environmental conditions such as elevation, temperature and humidity. Along with your soft biometrics including height, weight, and age, the embedded algorithm processes relevant ECG signal features to deduce your perceived exertion levels to calculate the amount of stamina you have remaining during workouts in real time.
Q: How does GoMore alert me when I’m at certain stamina levels?
A: The GoMore stamina sensor alerts you with vibrations at specific stamina levels. Three short vibrations correspond to 60% and 30% stamina remaining; one long vibration corresponds to 0%. When you regain stamina to 35% and 65%, there’s one short vibration at each level.
Q: What should I do when my stamina is at 0%?
A: When your stamina is at 0% it’s usually an indicator to slow down or stop. However, if you feel strong enough to continue, it could mean that your capability for that particular exercise is improving. The key is to listen closely to your body and not over work it.
Q: How is training with stamina different from training with heart rate zones?
A: Heart rate zones serve as a reference of different physiological loads at different exercise intensities. Stamina, on the other hand, not only reflects the physiological load of different exercise intensities, it also provides information on how long those intensities can be sustained.
Q: Why do I need to calibrate the sensor for the different exercises?
A: Your capabilities are most likely to differ across different exercises due to the different muscle groups and fitness skills required to perform. Hence in order for the stamina sensor to effectively capture and monitor your stamina changes for each exercise, separate calibrations are required.
On technical specifications
Q: When will the GoMore app be available on the Android OS?
A: In July 2015.
Q: Does GoMore support iOS 6 or 7?
A: iOS 6 is not supported. GoMore works on iOS 7, however ongoing technical support will be limited due to discontinued development. We recommend users upgrade to iOS 8 for the best experience and full technical support.
Q: Does GoMore support Bluetooth 3.0 and ANT+?
A: No, GoMore supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) only.
Q: Does the GoMore app work with cadence meters, power meters, and cycling computers?
A: No, not at the moment.
Q: Does the GoMore stamina sensor work with other fitness apps, such as Strava, RunKeeper, or Sports Tracker?
A: When paired with third party apps, the GoMore stamina sensor only functions as a regular heart rate sensor. For the best user experience, the GoMore stamina sensor should be used together with the GoMore app. Furthermore, we recommend that users avoid using other Bluetooth-connected apps while using GoMore to prevent interference.
Q: Is the GoMore stamina sensor waterproof?
A: The sensor is currently water resistant, that is splash resistant (IPX 6). However, it’s not waterproof and hence should not be submerged in water. It’s suitable for withstanding perspiration from aerobic and endurance exercises.
Q: Do I have to bring my iPhone with me while working out to obtain my stamina measurements?
A: Yes, the GoMore stamina sensor needs to communicate with the app via Bluetooth connection as you’re working out.
Q: Can I view and print my workout results on my other Apple devices?
A: No, this feature is currently unavailable.
Q: Do I need to look at my iPhone while working out to know how my stamina is faring?
A: Not necessarily, the sensor will vibrate when you hit different stamina levels. Three short vibrations correspond to 60% and 30% stamina remaining; one long vibration corresponds to 0%. When you regain stamina to 35% and 65%, there will be one short vibration at each level.
Q: Where can I purchase GoMore?
A: Pre-orders can be made on www.gomore.me as well as on our Kickstarter campaign; the campaign will launch on March 12, 2015. GoMore will be shipping in May 2015.