Two High-Tech Workout Partners You Can Depend On

Woman running with Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Flyer

Peanut butter and jelly. T-shirts and shorts. Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Flyer. Some things were just meant to go together. The latter, especially, is a no brainer: Flyer, Fitbit’s new wireless headphones can sync to Ionic, Fitbit’s newest watch, without the use of a smartphone.

The only thing easier than pairing Ionic and Flyer is using them. Although they’re both designed for all-day use, the devices really shine during exercise. From providing video workouts to tracking your heart rate to keeping you motivated, you won’t find better fitness pals. Below, the top ways they will get—and keep—you moving.

14 Ways Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Flyer Help You Make Every Workout Better

Listen to what moves you—without your phone.
Whether you like listening to high-energy music, an entertaining podcast, or a thought-provoking book, you can now transfer hundreds of files (2.5GB worth) to Fitbit Ionic. The Pandora app will also come pre-loaded on device, giving Pandora Plus and Pandora Premium subscribers (US only) the ability to download their favorite stations. And with Flyer, the audio will sound great. The headphones create an in-ear seal that helps block outside noise and also feature a Power Boost mode, enhanced by Waves MaxxAudio technology, to amplify bass.

Access on-demand workouts that get results.
Ionic comes pre-loaded with three, free video workouts from the newly re-branded Fitbit Coach app. Later this fall, subscribers will also be able to add their favorite sessions to Ionic. Formerly known as Fitstar Personal Trainer,* these video workouts increase or decrease in difficulty based on your feedback. Fitbit research shows 85 percent of people who use these video workouts for at least five sessions see an increase in strength.

Stay focused on your workout.
No more fiddling with your sport watch or headphones. Three different perforated Sport bands are available for Ionic, delivering maximum breathability. And Fitbit Flyer comes with three ear tips (in sizes small, medium, and large), two wings (sizes small and large) and two fins (also sizes small and large) so you can find the most secure fit.

Go longer on every charge.
Ionic has a battery life of more than four days, or up to 10 hours when using GPS or playing music. Flyer features up to six hours of playtime.* Audio prompts will let you know when Flyer’s juice is running low but if you ever find yourself in a pinch a 15-minute quick charge buys you an extra hour of use.

Get real-time stats that you can actually see—and trust.
With integrated Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and industry-leading GPS with GLONASS in Ionic’s unibody frame, you get more accurate pace, distance, elevation climbed, and split times, as well as a map of your walk, run, or ride route on-device. During workouts you’re shown three stats—the top and bottom can be customized; swipe the middle stat to scroll through additional stats or see the time of day. Finished? Ionic will serve up a workout summary. Best of all, you shouldn’t have to squint: Ionic’s increased pixel density and amplified brightness up to 1000 nits allows for optimal visibility in all conditions.

Strengthen your heart.
With GPS, comes the ability to get a more accurate Cardio Fitness Score, an estimation of your VO2 Max—the maximum amount of oxygen your body can use when you’re working out at your hardest—which is widely accepted as the gold standard measurement of cardiovascular fitness. Here are 5 Big Reasons to Improve Your Cardio Fitness Score, plus how to do it.

Buy refreshments on the go.
Nothing ruins a workout faster than finding yourself seriously thirsty or starving. Avoid bonk town with Ionic. Coming soon, its built-in NFC chip will allow you to make purchases in any store that accepts contactless payments** so you can pick up a bottle of water on your long run or an energy bar to nibble on during your bike ride.

Never forget to log a workout.
Ionic offers SmartTrack, which automatically recognizes and starts tracking over 20 types of activities, such as walking, running, and outdoor biking, and will record any session longer than 15 minutes in the Fitbit app. Running in particular is simplified—just lace up your sneakers and go. Ionic’s new Run Detect feature will automatically kickstart GPS tracking for instant heart rate, pace, distance, elevation, and split data. Stop to grab some water? Tracking will pause and then resume when you start running again.

Nail every split and interval.
No matter what type of workout you’re doing—high-intensity interval training, CrossFit, hill repeats, you name it—Ionic can help you do it better. Start a stopwatch, countdown timer, or interval timer straight from the watch. The stopwatch and countdown timer can even run at the same time for some next-level training precision.

Give heart rate training a shot.
Ionic comes equipped with enhanced PurePulse continuous heart rate tracking for greater accuracy during for high intensity workouts and exercises like cycling, elliptical, and weight lifting. Monitor your heart rate during exercise using Ionic and then see how well you stayed in zone by checking the Fitbit app. Fitbit automatically creates heart rate zones for you based on your age and maximum heart rate, but you can also customize your own.

Challenge yourself.
Track your personal progress or try to set a personal best by using Matched Runs on the Strava app. This feature remembers the routes you run most often and compiles all your performances into one graph, so you can see your pace improve over time.

Swim yourself fit.
Not only is Ionic water resistant up to 50 meters, but it also features a new Swim Exercise mode that tracks real-time laps, exercise duration and calories burned. If you don’t use the Exercise Mode, Ionic will automatically track your swim with SmartTrack when you’ve been swimming for at least 15 minutes and then record your stats in the Fitbit app

Check the weather.
From getting dressed for an outdoor workout to avoiding an oncoming storm, being able to check the weather right from your wrist, just makes life easier. The weather app on Ionic is powered by AccuWeather, a source of superior accuracy and the most complete global, real-time, and historical forecast data. See the weather for your current location as well as two additional locales of your choosing.

Multitask—or don’t.
Both Ionic and Flyer put convenience at your fingertips. Take a call on the fly—Flyer’s audio prompts will let you know when one’s coming in—and then pick up without taking out your phone: Flyer also features a dual microphone that reduces external noises so your caller can clearly hear you. Are you one of those people who remembers things at inconvenient times or does their best thinking while working out? If you connect Flyer to a phone with a voice assistant, such as Siri, Google Assistant, or Cortana, you can summon it to add an item to your grocery shopping list, make a note, or text your wife without missing a single crunch. Or, if just the thought of multitasking makes you stressed, zone out. You can easily disable Ionic notifications and unpair Flyer from your phone so that you don’t receive notifications during exercise.

*Battery life varies with use and other factors.

** Not available with every card-issuing bank.

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