One of the most effective ways to use Morpheus to improve your health, fitness, and performance, is to get in your zone and dial in the intensity of each workout.
Training with Morpheus starts using with the M7 chest strap to get accurate heart rates no matter what type of training you’re doing.
Unlike optical sensors that are not suited or accurate to use for high-intensity and/or high-speed exercises, the M7 can be used for virtually any type of training you can throw at it.
Wearing the M7
Before you use the M7 for your first workout, make sure you’ve completed the setup process first. Click here if you haven’t done that.
Once it’s time to train, wearing the M7 correctly is the most important step to getting consistent and accurate heart rate. There are three simple keys to wearing the M7 properly: placement, sensor orientation, and skin contact.
The M7 should be placed directly underneath the pectoral muscles with the sensor over the bottom of the sternum as seen below. It’s recommended to put the chest strap on and then snap the sensor into place before each workout.
In order to read accurately, the heart rate sensor must be snapped into the chest strap so that the Morpheus logo is right side up and could be read by someone facing you.
This means when you snap the sensor into the chest strap, the Left snap should be on the left side of your body and the Right snap should be on the right. The back side of the sensor also has L and R next to the pins.
To get the most accurate heart rate reading during all types of training, the M7 needs to have good skin contact. First, you should add either water or electrode gel to the chest strap as shown below. Electrode gel will provide the best contact possible, but water works well for most people.
Second, it’s important to make sure the strap is tightened to fit snugly. If the strap is too loose, it may move around when you’re training and lose skin contact.
Note: When you are not wearing the M7, always completely unsnap the sensor from the chest strap to save battery life. It will turn on automatically when you snap it back in and put it on.
M7 LED Colors
Once the M7 is worn correctly, the LED will begin flashing white to indicate that it is searching for heart rate.
When it has found your heart rate, it will flash blue for 10 seconds. This lets you know the M7 is working correctly and recording your heart rate.
When you take the M7 off or it’s unable to monitor heart rate, it will beep three times to let you know it is no longer receiving or recording heart rate.
Training with the M7
With its 10+ hours of onboard memory and ANT+ compatibility, the M7 gives you the ability to train with or without the Morpheus app.
Using the app gives you the best view of your Morpheus heart rate zones so you can dial in the right intensity.
Training without the app makes it easy to do various types of training where it may not be possible to use the app.
The different ways to train with the M7 will be covered in this lesson and the next.
Connecting to Morpheus app
Connecting the M7 to the Morpheus app gives you the ability to see exactly which Morpheus heart rate zone you’re in at all times.
This is particularly valuable when you’re doing a workout that incorporates any of the Morpheus training methods.
To connect the M7 to the Morpheus app, select “TRAIN” from the navigation menu and then choose the workout type: cardio, mixed, or strength workouts.
If you only be doing cardiovascular work, select cardio.
If you will only be doing strength training, then select strength. Note that heart rate zones are not displayed during strength-only workouts.
When you plan to do both strength and some form of cardio, choose mixed.
Next, choose START to get to the training screen. From here, you will hit CONNECT to pair the M7 to the Morpheus app using Bluetooth.
Note: make sure that you are wearing the M7 to turn it on before connecting it to the app.
The M7 will show up with its unique 5-digit ID in the available devices list. Press OKAY to connect to it to the M7 and your heart rate will be displayed on the screen.
Hit START to begin your workout.
Using the M7 without the Morpheus app
If the type of training makes it difficult or impractical to use the Morpheus app, you can use the M7s onboard memory to train and record your workout to sync to Morpheus after it’s done.
You can choose to use the M7 by itself, or you can also connect it to the M5 (or other ANT+ compatible HRM watch), to see your live heart rate.
Connecting the M7 to the M5 will be covered in the next lesson.
All workouts that you do with the M7 are automatically recorded as long as it’s detecting your heart rate.
When you train without using the Morpheus app, this makes it quick and easy to SYNC your workouts into the app so Morpheus can track them and adjust your recovery score.
Syncing your M7 workouts
To sync a saved workout from the M7 to the Morpheus app, you must first be wearing your M7 so that it is powered on.
Quick tip: you can also place your thumbs directly on the two silver nodes on the back of the sensor to turn it on as well.
Open the Morpheus app and press SYNC from the main navigation menu and then connect the app to the M7.
This will bring up a list of saved workouts that are stored on the M7.
Choose any of the saved workouts that you’d like to import by clicking on the box to the left of the workout(s). Once you’ve done this, you will see the workout details appear on the screen.
You can adjust the starting and ending time of the workout using the sliders. You will also need to select a workout category and then use the sliders to rate how hard the workout was, along with your performance.
When you are finished, tap “IMPORT” to complete the process.
DO NOT close the app or navigate away from the screen during the import.
Once the process is completed, it will give you the option to view the workout results or close the screen.
Note that if there are additional saved workouts that you have chosen not to import, it will ask if you’d like to delete unsaved data. If you choose YES then these workouts will be permanently deleted.
If you choose NO, then they will still be available to import later.
Q: Why doesn’t Morpheus see the M7 when I try to connect to it?
If you’re not seeing the M7 show up in your Bluetooth devices list when trying to connect to it, then it’s generally caused by one of three things:
- You don’t have the M7 in the correct place across your chest and/or you don’t have good skin contact.
- You have paired the M7 directly to the phone or to another app (or someone else nearby you has it paired to their phone or device).
- The battery is dead.
Start by making sure you are wearing the band in the correct placement across your chest and you have good skin contact by ensuring the electrodes are moist.
You can also unsnap the sensor and then snap it back in.
Open Bluetooth settings in your phone or device and make sure it’s not paired directly to the phone. Also, check to see if you have any other apps open that might have automatically paired to it.
If you verify the above, then it might be that the battery has fully discharged. The M7 can last about 200 hours of use from a full charge to fully discharged.
Q: Why am I’m losing connection during my workout?
The most likely causes for the M7 to lose connection to your phone or other device are that either the strap is losing skin contact, or your device is out of range.
Tighten the strap to ensure that it will not move around during your workout. Add water or electrode gel to the strap to improve connectivity.
Make sure that your phone or other Bluetooth device is within 30ft of the M7. It can begin to lose connection if this range is exceeded, or if there are objects in the way of the signal.
Q: Why do my heart rates seem inaccurate sometimes?
Inaccurate heart rates are almost always caused by poor skin contact and placement, or wearing the sensor upside down.
Follow the steps listed above to impact skin contact and make sure that the Morpheus logo is facing right side up so that someone facing you could read it.
Q: I’m still having a problem, how do I get more help?
If you need additional help with your M7, please don’t hesitate to contact us by sending us a support ticket from the Morpheus app, or by clicking here to submit a support ticket.
We answer all support tickets and email within 24 hours Monday – Friday and are happy to help make sure you’re getting the most out of your M7.