Simple steps to setup and start using CORE for performance sports
Congratulations on getting your new CORE... let's get you started quickly.
An assumption is that have followed the initial CORE sensor setup guide and have the latest CORE app and have (if required) updated to the latest firmware (the CORE App will prompt you) and any other software (on Garmin, Wahoo, COROS) is up-to-date.
1. Pair your Heart Rate Monitor
For sports, CORE provides accurate metrics when paired to your ANT+ Heart Rate Monitor.
2. Connect your Garmin, Wahoo or COROS to CORE
Your device will automatically find CORE and records core body temperature into the FIT file.
For Garmin, use the CORE Connect-IQ app.
A short step-by-step instruction for using Garmin devices can be found here.
For Wahoo, "Add a new Sensor" and choose "Muscle Oxygen". This is a working solution, but provisional (where units display in THB rather than ºC or ºF) so be rest-assured we are working with Wahoo on the integration. Here are further instructions for Wahoo.
For COROS, there is native integration and the CORE sensor is recognised over Bluetooth. Further setup guidance for COROS is available here.
3. Your device can be setup to display live Core Body Temperature
The on-screen metric refreshes once per minute. On Garmin, setup a data field and select CORE via the Connect-IQ. On Wahoo the provisional solution to display real-time data is to the Wahoo ELEMNT phone app to set a field using Muscle Oxygen -> Total Hemoglobin. COROS has native integration and can show realtime, max, min and average core body temperature.
Tip: Detailed information and instructions for viewing data and recording to FIT files and analysing core body temperature data here
4. For accurate results wear CORE correctly
Before an effort or workout, put CORE on well in advance to give it a chance to record your core body temperature (and not the temperature of the desk or sideboard).
For best results, CORE is worn on the heart rate monitor strap on the side of the torso (apical). While CORE can also be worn on an arm-strap or wrist-strap, the temperature values can differ from the torso.
Don't forget to use the small black tabs which are provided as these secure CORE.
5. Battery Life
CORE has a battery life of 5-6 days on one charge. If the standby-mode is set (via the CORE App), the battery life can be extended up to 1 month but don't forget to shake the core to wake it up. A single charge takes 2 hours.
6. Viewing and analysing core body temperature data
There are a range of options to both view the live core body temperature data and to record and view the data within training application.
We have prepared a complete overview:
How to View and Analyse the data from CORE
7. Your Core Body Temperature is Individual
Allow the time to understand your own individual temperature behaviour and learn your own individual thresholds. We have great resources to get you started including Heat Training information and the Heat Ramp Test.
- For best results, wear the CORE 10 minutes before starting a sporting activity.
- Take care with the magnetic charging cable - as the magnets mean it can attach to other metal items, don't leave it plugged in when not in use... to avoid a short-circuit.
- For sauna-use, unclip the heart rate monitor so that it is not paired - this is a scenario we are validating to improve accuracy
- Keep in mind that for heat training, "More is not better". Identify your ideal heat training zone with the Heat Ramp Test and this will help you train effectively.
The CORE sensor is not sold as a medical device and we encourage professional coaching and medical guidance for heat training.
The CORE sensor technology can be used effectively in sports to monitor core body temperature, guide effective heat training and to help avoid undercooling or overheating by taking preventative measures based on the real-time data.
Athletes should only train to their own individual thresholds.
The CORE sensor is intended to be used in scenarios / situations for which it is validated. For extreme testing scenarios, research and laboratory testing, please contact us to learn about the capabilities and limitations.