Great Gains with Garmin Forerunner 225

Posted on August 21, 2015 by Greg Lehmann | 0 comments

One of the leaders in wearable, technology has jumped on the growing trend of built-in heart rate monitor rather than the ubiquitous chest strap.  Although chest strap comfort and reliability has drastically improved over the last few years, it still remains an impediment for fully adopting heart rate metrics into a training regime.  Optical Heart Rate (OHR)...just strap on the watch and head out the door. There is some debate as to the accuracy of this technology when compared to the chest strap models.  Of all the tests or reviews I have scoured shows a very minor discrepancy between the readings of chest straps and OHRs.  In this reviewers opinion, having a minor discrepancy in the heart rate reading over NOT wearing one at all, seems to be an easy decision to make.  Having the instant feedback of perceived effort to an actual heart rate reading can really take your training to the next level.

Sadly, I am far too typical.  My chest-strap laden training watch far too often sits unused as this lazy human doesn't always want to spend that couple minutes and some minor discomfort to utilize the strap.  Thank you Garmin for solving this dilemma for me.

Combine this convenience with the feature rich Garmin connect app and web site, and you have an incredible new training buddy:

  • Colourful graphic interface shows your zone and beats per minute at a glance
  • Powerful GPS tracks distance, pace and heart rate; activity tracking counts steps and calories all day
  • Built-in accelerometer records distance indoors
  • Automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, live tracking, social media sharing
  • Compatible with advanced workouts and free training plans from Garmin Connect
  • It will even tell you how well you are sleeping each night

So much for a watch just telling you the time.

Come down to Play ASAP and pick up one of these "coaches".....but you better be quick, the staff here are making it difficult to keep in stock


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