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Furbs311
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Fitness Tracker
Hi All - 34 yr old male and it’s time to get back into shape. I’m 5’9” 175 so could stand to lose weight, but mainly my cardio has dropped off a cliff.

My OCD likes the idea of a fitness tracker to get a good handle on real data and tracking improvements instead of just mindlessly running.

What’s the boards go-to tracker? Also I work in a profession environment so want something that’s understated and sleek. I’m not all that interested in an Apple Watch as being even MORE connected to my phone doesn’t sound appealing.


Mingo Was His NameO
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Whoop is the only answer


Walter White
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I really enjoy my Garmin


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Furbs311
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Main problem with the whoop is the lack of display. For spending that much money, I’d at least like for the the thing to tell me the time if it’s strapped to my wrist all the time


tke_swamprat
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Yea I agree. I had a Whoop but returned it bc it was annoying wearing the Whoop and a watch.


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Mingo Was His NameO
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Main problem with the whoop is the lack of display


Then you're going to get an inferior fitness tracker, which is fine, just know it going in.


pwejr88
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I got a $39 one off Amazon. Works perfect. Lost 41 lbs. and got my abs back. Diet is the main thing but it helps me on so many different levels. Helps me compete against myself.


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goldennugget
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I have a Garmin vivoActive4 and I like it a lot. It's $350 but worth it for me. I had a Fitbit Charge 4 but it broke after 6 months and was a bit too basic. The

The Vivoactive does a little bit of everything and appeals to the stat nerd in me. If you are just focused on running and want even more stat nerd stuff for running the Forerunner might be better. But the Vivoactive has basic support for things I also use like skiing and golf that the Forerunner didn't have.


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TigerFanatic99
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I have a Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro. It gets the job done and has a very subtle appearance.


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tke_swamprat
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When it comes to HR, steps, cals burned, and sleep my Garmin forerunner was pretty even with Whoop. Obviously the whoop had a lot more data to look at which was great. If it had a simple time display on it, it would be great!


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Mingo Was His NameO
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When it comes to HR, steps, cals burned, and sleep my Garmin forerunner was pretty even with Whoop.


The sleep validation and not ever having to take it off are the two biggest differentiators. I sit in front of a computer all day with a phone in my pocket. A watch isn't that big of a deal, and I used to wear one. Still do when wearing a suit or business attire


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DabosDynasty
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When it comes to HR, steps, cals burned, and sleep my Garmin forerunner was pretty even with Whoop.


I have a forerunner 245 that I think is great for everything you said except sleep. I sleep terribly, but according to my forerunner I sleep great. It doesn’t register my tossing and turning, lot of times I really don’t think it registers if I get up to pee in the middle of the night. My Fitbit seemed much better for sleep tracking, but very much lacking in everything else the Garmin does.

That said, would 100% recommend the Garmin Forerunner 245.


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Garmin 645 music


Popths
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Fitbit Charge 3. Waterproof


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Jax Teller
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I had every version of Fitbit up until about a year ago. Made the switch to Apple Watch because of the functionality outside of just having a tracker.. They all do the same basic thing. Just get the one you like.


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TheRange
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How accurate do you think the Heart rate tracking and calories burned during workouts is on the forerunner?
This post was edited on 6/11 at 8:24 am


Mingo Was His NameO
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I have a forerunner 245 that I think is great for everything you said except sleep.


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That said, would 100% recommend the Garmin Forerunner 245.


Sleep is the most important thing you do


LSU Patrick
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Heart rate is pretty accurate with the new forerunners. The newer wrist monitors seem to be just as accurate as the chest strap I used to use. You will run into spotty areas (around huge powerlines and grids or business that use a ton of wifi or radio) as you will with any device. Just keep in mind, that it takes a little while for your the device to detect and process changes in HR, so there will be a little lag.


TheRange
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Ive had my forerunner 245 for a little over a year and have loved it, but always been curious how it compared to other devices regarding heart rate and caloric burn, etc.

I also think the sleep tracking is somewhat accurate as far as recharging the body battery goes, it can definitely tell when ive had a few drinks and sleep like shit, the battery recharge is always a fraction of what it is on normal good sleep nights for me.


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HeartAttackTiger
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I have a garmin Fenix 6 pro. Highly recommend. Gives steps, heart rate, sleep info, training status, body battery, pulse ox while you sleep. Lots of other data for activities such as running.

Borrowed a heart rate chest strap for comparison and VERY close to wrist.


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