by Donna M. Airoldi | June 29, 2010
The more we learn about fitness, the more fitness elements we need to keep track of, including workout routines, caloric intake, conversion rates, body-fat percentages, vitamin needs, metabolic rates, and heart rates. The latter just became easier with Suunto’s new M-Series heart rate monitors.

The new monitors, which look like regular watches—and can be worn as such—but provide a slew of additional information in an easy-to-use set-up, telling users when to train, how long to train for and how hard to train. Users also will be able to upload workouts and share fitness tips with others on www.movescount.com, a new online sports community powered by Suunto.

The M-series comes in four models:

Suunto M1: introductory level; real-time training intensity guidance; heart rate and calories burned; automatically switches between three different heart rate zones for personal exercise targets; comfortable heart rate belt compatible with most gym cardio equipment.

Suunto M2: all the features of the M1 but with the additional Suunto Dual Comfort Belt  (compatible with gym cardio equipment) and Suunto Fitness Solution.

Suunto M4: start-up fitness test; three personal targets to choose from; real-time guidance during workout; displays exercise program for next seven days; Dual Comfort Belt; can upload data to Movescount.com with optional Suunto Movestick.

Suunto M5: all the features of the M4 but can also download any training program from Movescount.com; displays recovery time recommendation after exercise; tracks speed and distance (with optional Suunto Foot, Bike and GPS Pods).

In addition to program options, suggested workouts, and mid-workout advice, each model also offers nine language options: English, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish, and Dutch; color choices include black, pink, fuchsia, turquoise, silver, and gold. Prices start from $129.

Suunto is a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation with sister brands Salomon, Wilson, Atomic, Precor, Mavic, and Arc’teryx. For more information or to find a local dealer, visit www.suunto.com/mseries.