With NS50 happening this year, you might have heard stories of the rite of passage every Singaporean son goes through.
One of the main highlights is its IPPT (Individual Physical Proficiency Test) that every enlistee has to take. For pre-enlistees, you get an 8-week reduction from your 2-year service if you pass. For those garang enough, getting Gold elevates your chances of getting into Officer Cadet School. And if you are Operational-Ready, who wouldn’t want a $500 incentive?
Goals differ but remain challenging if you are not properly trained and prepared. But be it passing the test for the very first time or getting that elusive gold badge, Polar’s M430 comes packed with a ton of features that can help you improve your results and build the best version of yourself.
1. YOUR 2.4KM TRAINER
One of the biggest feat for NSFs is the 2.4 kilometre run. Accounting for half of your IPPT results, it has a significant weightage on your overall score. With the Polar M430, you not only can you time your runs, but you can keep track of every single session with your heart rate, pace, interval times and speed recorded down.
Thanks to its accurate GPS tracker, you no longer have to guess how the far you have ran if you don’t have a running track near you. With this, you can set a goal distance of 2.4km and it will time until you complete the run. It also tracks how you should pace yourself if you want to hit a specific timing.
But the watch is just the beginning.
Using Polar Flow, you can see exactly where you have ran on the map together with a detailed analysis of your runs. Seeing the records of all your 2.4km sessions will not just keep you informed, but motivated as well when you track your progress.
2. IT’S YOUR PERSONAL ENCIK
Don’t worry, it won’t make you kiss trees. But you can create training programs using Polar Flow where you can schedule trainings on your calendar based on the goals you enter. This includes mobility, core, strength and more to shape you up for your test day.
So if you are having difficulties with the push-ups and sit-ups stations, the trainings will get you prepared. And if you are looking to just push up those numbers to get gold, the training has levels tailored for the more experienced users.
But be warned, the trainings are not easy.
In addition, the Polar M430 vibrates when it senses that you have been sitting down for too long. It’s the Encik on your wrist telling you to get off your bum.
3. YOUR PERSONAL CALORIE COUNTER
True enough, you probably won’t be training everyday. But keeping check of how much calories you take and burn is essential to your IPPT and your overall fitness goals. With the Polar M430 you get an analysis of not just your trainings but when you are going about your day as usual. It counts the steps and calories you have burned throughout the day keeping you in the loop.
So if that 522 calorie McSpicy is making you feel bad, the Polar M430 will let you know when you have burned it all off.
4. IT ENSURES YOU GET ENOUGH REST
Intensive trainings will improve your endurance, strength and stamina. But without sufficient amount of sleep, it will take a toll on your physical and mental health. With the hustle and bustle of the Singaporean life, it’s often hard to forget that rest is crucial. But how do you keep track and find out if you are getting enough ZZZs?
The same Encik on your wrist who told you get off your butt will also tell you sleep well. It will remind you to you clock in enough hours of sleep - because deep down, he cares.
With Polar Sleep Plus, you get insights on your sleeping patterns, quality of sleep and good sleeping habits to ensure you get enough rest. This not only pushes you to perform better, but improve your well being.
5. IT HAS A HEART (RATE MONITOR) FOR YOU
The built in heart rate monitor in the Polar M430 delivers accurate heart rates integrated with essential programs to help you reach your goals.
High intensity interval trainings would require you to push harder in your sets to get bursts of high heart rates, while long duration cardio would need you to keep a steady heart rate for a longer period of time. But whichever training you are up for, the M430’s heart rate monitor keeps you informed for efficient training for your IPPT.
In addition, the M430 comes with a Fitness test to estimate your aerobic fitness at rest. This estimates how strong and efficient your heart is. It also helps you calculate your VO2 max which is a measure of how efficiently your body uses oxygen.
It’s the trainer, buddy, and medic - all on your wrist.