Polar RC3

RC3 GPS - A Smarter All-In-One

Plan, Review and Track Workouts

View your route map and analyze your workout
in polarpersonaltrainer.com

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RC3 GPS – A Smarter All-In-One

The RC3 GPS is the smarter all-in-one. It’s packed with unique Smart Coaching training features that will help maximize your performance.

Slim and Lightweight

The RC3 GPS has a super slim profile, built-in GPS and rechargeable battery with up to 12 hours of usage time.

GPS-based Altitude and More

In addition to speed and distance, the RC3 GPS shows altitude while training. After your workout, download your data into polarpersonaltrainer.com to see your route map along with altitude, pace and heart rate curves. Your total ascent and descent will also be shown here.

Stay Motivated

After each workout the RC3 GPS will display your Training Benefit- a short summary of what you just accomplished in your workout. This helpful feedback will keep you motivated to reach your goals.

Plan, Review and Track Workouts

Connect to polarpersonaltrainer.com, our free online training diary. Here you can create personalized running and cycling training programs and upload them into the RC3 GPS. After your training, download your data into polarpersonaltrainer.com where you can analyze your workout and review your Training Load to prevent over training.

Optimize Training

Includes Running Index, a unique training feature that will help you improve your running performance. Based on your heart rate and speed data, your Running Index score is calculated automatically after every run. A higher reading indicates that you can run faster with less effort. Regular use over time lets you to see how efficiently you’re running.

The Polar Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart

Key Features

• Tracks your route, speed and distance using built-in GPS
• Shows GPS-based altitude during and after training
• Training Benefit gives you instant feedback after your session
• Running Index scores your performance
• Improves performance with endurance training programs, downloadable for free from polarpersonaltrainer.com
• Back to start GPS-based feature guides you back to your starting point
• Large display shows up to 3 rows of data
• Compatible with Polar running and cycling sensors
• Measures stride length and running cadence when used with the s3+ stride sensor
• Rechargeable battery, 12h in continuous use with GPS on
• 99 memory files
• Lets you share your training data via polarpersonaltrainer.com

Easy to use

Includes comfortable fabric chest strap
for accurate, continuous heart rate.
For best results, thoroughly moisten
the chest strap with water prior to workout.

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In The Box

RC3 GPS training computer
H3 heart rate sensor
USB cable
Getting Started Guide

Easy to Use

1) Enter basic settings
2) If you are using the H3 heart rate sensor, thoroughly moisten the strap with water, snap on the transmitter and wrap around your chest
3) Start your workout
4) After your training, download your data into polarpersonaltrainer.com using the included USB cable to analyze your workout.
5) To extend the battery life of your chest strap transmitter be sure to detach the sensor from the chest strap and rinse after each use.

The Polar Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart

Smarter Training Starts Here

Polar invented the world’s first heart rate monitor and pioneered the Smart Coaching training approach that delivers faster progress and better results. Each Polar product includes unique Smart Coaching features that listen to your heart and interpret the data for you so you can train smarter.

RC3 GPS with heart rate Smart Coaching features:

Training Benefit
Training Benefit

Motivating feedback right after exercise.

Training Load
Training Load

Helps you find the perfect balance between rest and training.

Fitness Test
Fitness Test

Tells you exactly how your fitness is developing.

Smart Calories
Smart Calories

Lets you know exactly how many calories you’ve burned.


Ensures you always train at the right intensity.

Running Index
Running Index

Illustrates how your running performance is developing.

Endurance Programs

Endurance Programs

Guides you to improve your running and cycling performance. Lets you create personalized training sessions that adapt to your progress, including warm up and cool down phases.

How Heart Rate Training Works

How Heart Rate Training Works

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When you train, you don’t always have to go faster or harder to get the best results. To reach your goals you just need to listen to your heart rate and train at the right intensity.

During training, there are specific intensity zones, each with a benefit. These zones are based on a percentage of your maximum heart rate- a number calculated by most Polar heart rate monitors. While training you can use your max heart rate to calculate and follow the recommended zones below. Training in the right zone will help you stay on track to reach your goals.

Zone 1 “Very Light” 50-60%: Improves overall health and helps recovery. Recommended for weight management and active recovery.

Zone 2 “Light” 60-70%: Improves basic endurance and fat burning. Recommended for everybody for longer and frequently repeated short exercises.

Zone 3 “Moderate” 70-80%: Improves aerobic fitness. Recommended for everybody for moderately long exercises.

Zone 4 “Hard” 80-90%: Increases maximum performance capacity. Recommended for everybody for shorter exercises.

Zone 5 “Maximum” 90-100%: Develops maximum performance and speed. Recommended for fit people and athletic training.

(Calculate your Maximum Heart Rate: 200 – Your Age= Maximum Heart Rate.)

Recommended accessories

CS cadence sensor W.I.N.D.

CS cadence sensor W.I.N.D.

Add the CS cadence sensor W.I.N.D. to measure your real-time and average pedaling rate of your ride.


S3+ stride sensor

s3+ stride sensor

Attach the small s3+ stride sensor onto your shoe to get your speed and distance as well as your Running Index to measure your running performance. This gives you the flexibility to measure your speed and distance inside or out.

Compare Polar Running & Multisport Models

Continuous Heart Rate Yes Yes (w/ heart rate sensor) Yes
Fitness Test Yes Yes Yes
ZoneOptimizer Yes Yes Yes
Integrated GPS No Yes No
Training Plan Compatible Yes Yes Yes
Interval Programming Yes Yes Yes
Sport Specific Profiles Yes Yes Yes
Altitude In Download Yes In Download
Download to Polarpersonaltrainer.com Yes (w/Datalink) Yes (included USB cable) Yes (w/Datalink)
Compatible with Polar running and cycling sensors Yes Yes Yes
Heart rate in water No No Yes
Customizable Displays No No Yes
Race Pace No No Yes
Multisport Mode (Triathlon) No No Yes
Battery Type User Changeable
(Coin Cell)
(12 hours in continuous use with GPS on)
User Changeable
(Coin Cell)


Polar Customer Care

Purchasing a Polar product is only the start of your experience with us. We’ll be there to provide training advice and assistance and help you get the most out of your new product.

Product Features

  • All in one GPS heart rate monitor tracks your speed, distance and route using the latest GPS technology (SiRFstar IV)
  • Slim and lightweight design with rechargeable battery (12 hours in continuous use with GPS on)
  • Unique Polar Smart Coaching features such as Running Index and Training Benefit analyze your training
  • Shows GPS – based altitude during and after training
  • Compatible with running and cycling sensors plus polarpersonaltrainer.com, our free training diary where you can download endurance training programs

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