Target zones and badges

Target zones

When you create a heart rate course, you need to select a Target zone. The available target zones are:

  • Performance (70-100% of maximum heart rate): develops maximum performance and speed,
  • Healthy heart (70-90% of maximum heart rate): improves aerobic fitness and performance capacity,
  • Active (60-80% of maximum heart rate): improves basic endurance and muscle tone, and
  • Custom target zone teachers can define themselves what the target zone should be.

You also need to select Time in target zone, which indicates for how long the students should aim to stay within the target zone in every PE lesson. The system evaluates students automatically based on their achieved percentages of the target time in target zone.

You can change both the target zone and time in target zone in either Polar GoFit or the Polar GoFit app after the course has been created. For more information, see Editing a heart rate course.


There are two kinds of badges: reward badges and personal best badges.

Students receive reward badges for training in the selected heart rate target zone during a lesson. They get a badge for every five or ten minutes spent in the zone, according to course or lesson properties. The reward badges are named after cats:

a domestic cat for 5/10 minutes in the target zone,

a cougar for 10/20 minutes in the target zone,

a lion for 15/30 minutes in the target zone,

a leopard for 20/40 minutes in the target zone,

a tiger for 25/50 minutes in the target zone, and

a cheetah for 30/60 minutes in the target zone.

Polar GoFit lesson summaries show the reward badges a student has received for each lesson. If a student stays in the target zone for less than 5/10 minutes during a lesson, no reward badge is achieved for that lesson.

In each heart rate course, a student receives a personal best badge for the lesson with the best performance in terms of minutes spent in the target zone. The personal best badges are shown in Polar GoFit lesson summaries.