You can use a Bluetooth heart rate monitor with BitGym which will give you the following benefits:
- Your heart rate will be displayed on the screen during a workout
- Your caloric burn will be accurately calculated in your workout summary
- Your heart rate will be charted along with your pace on the workout summary.
✅ This feature is available for any tour you have access to — even as a free user!
Note that your heart rate monitor must support the Bluetooth Smart (also known as Bluetooth Low Energy or BTLE) protocols. The BitGym mobile application does not support ANT+ heart rate monitors.
See our article on supported HRM monitors.
⚠️ NOTE: BitGym on Android supports Bluetooth connections for the first time from version 3.5.0. If you experience issues, please write to us with as much information as possible.
Pairing your Bluetooth HRM with BitGym
- Launch BitGym, select a tour, tap Start. This will bring you to the workout configuration screen, showing the settings you last used with BitGym.
- Look for HR MONITOR in the bottom panel. Tap this to open the heart rate monitor configuration.
- Tap Start Scan. BitGym will begin scanning for nearby heart rate monitors.
- Grant any necessary permissions (on Android, Coarse location and all bluetooth permissions are necessary to find BT devices).
- Most heart rate monitors will only be discoverable while they are turned on and attached to your body.
- In a few seconds, you should see the monitor appear as a connectable option. It may show up as a model number. Tap it to initialize a connection.
⚠️ 2022/07/01: If these instructions don't match your app, please make sure to update your app to the latest version available in the store.
Troubleshooting HRM connections
- If you do not see your device come up from a scan, it might be already paired with another application in the background. Bluetooth Smart devices can only pair with one app at a time, and you may need to launch the other up and explicitly unpair first.
- Note that this could be the Wahoo app, Strava, etc.
- Once unpaired, force-closing other apps can ensure the BT connection is freed.
- You should not pair the HRM with iOS directly. If you did this in the settings app for iOS it will not pair with other apps as a Smart Bluetooth device anymore.
- Ensure the HRM is being worn and in contact with your skin as instructed by the HRM device manual. Many of them turn off to save power if they don't detect a contact pulse.