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    Watch for wearing to the gym?

    My couch potato days are at least theoretically coming to and end, I've joined a gym and starting to go there 2-3 times a week. Mixture of weights, cardio, stretches, sauna and swimming. I have a 10kg weight loss target (95kg down to 85kg) and am about to embark on the Zoe programme where I've finally had a membership confirmation.

    Is there such a thing as a cheap-ish sports watch that could track vitals etc, perhaps sending data to the iPhone in some shape or form, that tells the time while you are exercising as well, but that you don't have to wear all day? Would be nice if it could be worn in the pool too but I suspect that's not feasible at the sort of budget I'm thinking. Something I can wear when I grab my gym kit and ignore when I'm not actually training.

    Sub-£100? Or am I dreaming and anything that cheap would just break/stop charging after a few weeks?

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    I've just bought a Garmin Forerunner 45 which would do most of that. That said for swimming and the sauna I Wouldn't wear anything other than a G-Shock.

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    I mainly wear my CWC diver and track my data using an online log post hoc. I think the important stats (weights going up on the barbell and down on the scales) can be tracked without any smart tech, but I'm a bit of a luddite. I also run and swim but a rough indication of time is all I need, Parkrun provides more data than I want. Finally I see exercise as an opportunity to disengage from technology.

    In direct answer to the OP's original question. My wife and daughter are both happy with their Garmin. Robust and lots of features for the price.

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    thanks guys both look worth exploring, much appreciated.

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    Apple Watch. I use my solely for the gym. Records everything, flexible in set up and on the Milanese it can be moved up your arm if you end up using hooks (as I do) for some exercises without losing heartbeat tracking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Filterlab View Post
    Apple Watch. I use my solely for the gym. Records everything, flexible in set up and on the Milanese it can be moved up your arm if you end up using hooks (as I do) for some exercises without losing heartbeat tracking.
    Agreed Apple watch.
    I use mine for indoor running and swimming. It's very accurate for this, which is quite amazing, considering it can't use GPS for these exercises specifically.

    If you dont care about other apps etc, just buy a cheap older one off the forum, they come up quite often.

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    Garmin or Apple watch will cover 90% of answers here. Garmin is better if you don't want to constantly charge it or pony up for the Apple Watch Ultra/Pro

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    Watch for wearing to the gym?

    Another vote for Apple Watch. Plenty of refurbished and preowned series 4 and on for just over your budget. Be careful to check the battery isnít shot


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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt.D View Post
    Another vote for Apple Watch. Plenty of refurbished and preowned series 4 and on for just over your budget. Be careful to check the battery isnít shot


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    Idiot question but how do you do that?

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    Another vote for an older Apple Watch.

    For the battery, you will need to ask the seller to confirm the ĎBattery Heathí unless itís new and you could presume itís 100%.

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    I killed 3 fitbits in 3 months due to sauna and/or trauma (inside boxing gloves).

    Switched to 1st gen Garmin Instinct (now down to circa £150). Indestructible. Been in sauna 3 - 4 times a week, whacked with kettlebells, used every day, and just wont give up after three years of abuse.....

    Not sure if other Garmins are as robust, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimTheBob View Post
    I killed 3 fitbits in 3 months due to sauna and/or trauma (inside boxing gloves).

    Switched to 1st gen Garmin Instinct (now down to circa £150). Indestructible. Been in sauna 3 - 4 times a week, whacked with kettlebells, used every day, and just wont give up after three years of abuse.....

    Not sure if other Garmins are as robust, though.
    That's really useful thanks!

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    There's the latest Garmin Instinct Solar on SC currently, would be a good bet

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    Canít go wrong with a Garmin.

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    Maybe a citizen


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pan16520 View Post
    Maybe a citizen

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    Which citizen?

    I had a look at the Garmin but I'm not a runner or cyclist so don't need the GPS stuff.

    Fitbit might be the way to go though as said I doubt it will go in the pool.

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    My old iWatch (or Apple Watch - due to Swatch's intervention) seves me well.



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    Platona on each wrist.

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    [QUOTE=ralphy;6110616]My old iWatch (or Apple Watch - due to Swatch's intervention) seves me well.



    My gym has turned down the heating too,


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    The belt on my trousers is the best app Ive ever used.


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    I use my apple watch to monitoring the heartbeat that do not goes more than 130. It is very useful.


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    Casio F91, all I need to know is the time. Canít understand tge obsession with Ďcollecting dataí etc when exercising. My typical gym session consists of 10 mins cardio ( cross trainer), 1 hr on weights with short recoveries , then 10 mins cardio to finish. Might do more cardio and less weights and vice versa, but the basic session is the same. Really canít see what a fitbit or Apple watch would add, if anything it would be a distraction. If youíve got health issues and need to monitor your heart rate thatís different, but for most folks I canít see the point. Tech for techís sake.

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