October 29, 2011

Garmin FR70 Fitness Watch

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Garmin announced their FR70 Fitness watch that offers a wide variety of capabilities that open up more and more ways to track fitness beyond the ordinary - definitely puts the word "Fitness" back into the Fitness Watch. What makes the FR70 cool is that not only does it track distance (clarification - through the optional foot pod it doesn't have a GPS), time and all that normal stuff, but also tracks information like foot speed (optional foot sensor needed), or cadence on a bike, or even information from ANT+ compatible fitness equipment that is starting to show up on the market. Got an ANT+ compatible scale? Yea, the FR70 tracks weight, body fat and other measures right on the fitness watch, then uploads it to the data to your Garmin Connect account.

The FR70 comes in men's and women's colors (blue and pink), and will be priced at $129 when it hits stores in November.

Full press release follows......

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the FR70 fitness watch - a sleek fitness watch plus workout tool that tracks users' time, heart rate, calories burned and when combined with one of Garmin's powerful accessories will track pace and speed. The FR70 is available in both a men's and women's version and its low profile design makes users forget it's even there!

"A lightweight, comfortable and stylish watch that helps users accomplish their goals is what the FR70 is all about," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "Wear it as an every day time piece and keep it on during walks, runs or fitness routines to monitor these activities and progress."
Train Indoors or Out: Whether users are headed to the community center for a workout or out on the road for a jog around the block, FR70 tracks all their workout data, including time, heart rate, calories burned and more. At the heart of its success is FR70's wireless ANT+â„¢ technology, which allows FR70 to connect to other ANT+ compatible devices, like the included heart rate monitor, optional foot pod, speed and cadence sensor or even ANT+ compatible fitness equipment like treadmills, spin bikes, elliptical trainers and more.

When the FR70 is paired with the optional wireless foot pod, it tracks users' distance, speed and run cadence effortlessly, both indoors and out. Using advanced accelerometer technology, the foot pod collects and sends precise data about runners' movements, gathering distance and speed data. Users who would prefer to trade their running shoes for a bicycle can pair the FR70 with an optional speed/cadence sensor. With this sensor the FR70 tracks the speed and distance of users' cycling workouts. The wireless speed/cadence sensor attaches securely to cyclists' bikes and measures pedaling cadence and wheel speed as they ride. It can even be used to train indoors on a cycling-trainer because the sensor attaches to the rear wheel.


Monitoring Health: To get the most out of the FR70, users can pair it with the Tanita BC-1000 body-composition platform. Once paired, it can track weight, body fat, body water and six other measurements stored directly on the FR70, then can be automatically sent to Garmin Connectâ„¢ (http://connect.garmin.com) when in range of a user's computer. Here users can quickly and easily log their workouts, track their totals, set goals, share workouts with friends and family and participate in an online fitness community of more than 70 million activities around the world. Garmin Connect displays metrics such as time, distance, pace, and heart rate. This information is shown through charts, illustrations, and reports.

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Posted by Scott Martin at October 29, 2011 9:15 PM

Recent Comments

Dan - yes, but it's worth the added clarification; thanks. With Garmin's move into the fitness segment they certainly believe their brand has the right to offer Fitness, and not just "GPS", but it's always a double take when they don't have the capability.

-Scott


Posted by: Scott Martin at November 5, 2011 7:06 AM

You know that this watch doesn't use GPS, right?


Posted by: Dan at November 5, 2011 5:56 AM
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