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New Start 2 Run update links heart rate and is now also available on Apple Watch

One year after its renewed version, the Start 2 Run app is expanding with even more functionalities.

In the past year, partly thanks to the lockdowns, the app experienced a significant growth in users and those users also ran more. In order to provide maximum service to all (new) followers, there is now a new release of the app with two remarkable novelties: the option to connect Bluetooth heart rate bands and a version for Apple Watch to train without having to bring your mobile phone. 
 
Over the years, Start 2 Run has not only built up a large and loyal following who are coached by Evy Gruyaert (in Flanders) or Loïc Nottet (in the French version). It also evolved into a very interactive community that talks to each other and the creators. The big advantage is that the makers can respond perfectly to what is going on in the community.

We are extremely proud of this next step. It responds to the current reality in which even starting runners are very busy with numbers and sports devices. At the end of last year, we already launched our own treadmill that you could conveniently link to the app. With today's release, we are also introducing two remarkable novelties. With Start 2 Run, we are a very relevant app among the major players, with a unique focus on supervised, healthy and responsible sports practice.Klaas De Waele, Product Manager of the Start 2 Run app

Follow your heart! 

The new version (which is now available in the app stores) provides the option to connect Bluetooth heart rate bands in the Start 2 Run app. Previously you could train on heart rate, with coach Evy or Loïc whispering in your ear per segment in which heart rate zone you are allowed to run. Now you can also effectively connect your heart rate monitor: you can now read your current heart rate on the app screen, as well as your average and maximum heart rate per workout. You will soon be told whether you need to run faster / slower to train in the right zone. 

Train healthy, train with an Apple (Watch) 

There was even more demand for using the app on a (sports) watch to train without having to bring your mobile phone. And here we are: the new release of the Start 2 Run app can be used on watches series 3 and following. It also contains a link with Apple Health ("Gezondheid-app" in Dutch) so that your Start 2 Run training is included in your Apple statistics and counts towards achieving your daily exercise goals. 

Energy Lab teamed up with Switch (Apple Premium Reseller in Flanders and Wallonia) for the Apple Watch version of the Start 2 Run app. When purchasing an Apple Watch or AirPods, you will receive a Start 2 Run annual subscription in the months of April and May.

Apple Watch

Corona boost 

The Start 2 Run app guides anyone who wants to run. Most of the new users build up to the first 5 km. Those who want more can choose from 25 different running schedules with distances and levels up to a marathon. The Start 2 Run app is your personal coach and is available today in 6 different languages with the same number of coaches. In Flanders this is Evy Gruyaert, in Wallonia Loïc Nottet. The app has been downloaded 2.6 million times since 2013 and had nearly 500,000 users last year. The app continues to grow and between 500 and 1500 new users join each day. All together, they registered just under 2 million training sessions in the app last year alone.

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