ADVANCED: INTENSIVE WORKOUT, LONG RUNS, SWIMMING, ATHLETE GRADE FORERUNNER 935 PREMIUM GPS RUNNING/TRIATHLON WATCH:
When it comes to the advanced sports and fitness segment, very few companies do it well, such as Garmin, Polar or Moov. Also, it is difficult to pin point one fitness device as it purely depends on what sports or fitness activity you train for – running, swimming, golf, cycling, boxing and so forth. However, Garmin addresses the advanced fitness seeking users well with its premium Forerunner and FENIX series. Forerunner focuses on running as a core activity with different models from Forerunner 230 to 935. Our ideal pick for Triathlon type activity tracking is the watch style fitness band - Garmin Forerunner 935.
The Forerunner 935 is integrated with a holistic array of sensors - heart rate sensor, barometer, altimeter, electronic compass, thermometer, gyroscope, accelerometer GPS, & GLONASS - to capture a multitude of data points. The data capture varies from elevation changes to advanced dynamics for running such as ground contact time, stride length, etc., to swimming parameters such as stroke count and pace, and physiological measurements - VO2 Max, EPOC, etc.
The 935 tracks your performance, training and recovery in quite detail. For e.g., Anaerobic training effect gives great insights into the training load and how much you can push the limits by measuring exercise volumes. The 935 also helps you analyze techniques with biomechanical measurements such as cadence, stride length, balance, vertical oscillation and so forth. When paired with the heart strap and dynamics pods, it allows you to capture distance, pace, stroke count and more while swimming with a greater level of detail and accuracy. The Forerunner 935 promises a battery life of two weeks in normal smart mode and 24 hrs in GPS/HR mode. It connects to the Connectiq app on your smartphone and is thus capable of receiving smart notifications, weather, music controls, different watch faces and other features.
Garmin Forerunner 935 retails from USD500 to USD800 depending on whether you pick it up standalone or with the accessories bundle that includes HRM Swim, HRM-TRI Monitor, performance tracking bands, Running Dynamics Pod and different colored Quickfit watch straps.
So, when it comes to premium fitness tracking options with longer battery life and advanced training, coaching and performance analysis, Fitbit and Garmin are two brands which stand out from the crowd. Both these brands are also further partnering with fashion houses to make the designs more appealing and unique. These fitness bands should help you methodically inch towards your fitness goals.
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