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Activity Monitor / Fitness Websites

greginhali

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Anyone using one of these activity monitors that help track your fitness? Which one do you like? Or did you go for the watch? I hear they can upload the info to a website as well.
 
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greginhali

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The one you were all day. Ive been on a bit of a health kick lately and was wondering if there is any information the band can provide that would motivate me / keep me going.
 

SJN

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Ah, so you're talking about something like a Fitbit or Fuelband?

Never had one of those. I can see the draw, but I think if you're training for something more seriously they aren't good enough - and you'll end up better off with a sport-specific app or watch. For that, I currently use a Forerunner 610 in conjunction with TrainingPeaks
 

greginhali

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Interesting. I looked over the website and it seems like its the real deal. I was leaning towards a watch even though im not a real runner.

So far my workouts consist of weights 3/ 4 times a week. Running twice a week. Swimming once a week. Playing hockey twice a week.

Pretty good start. But now im getting more interested in how my body is responding and how to fine tune the routine.

Would the Forerunner 610 be a good fit for this type of exercise regime? And would training peaks be able to input all those different types of exercises?

Thanks for the tips. Its nice to hear from someone who is currently using the hardware / software.
 
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SJN

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TrainingPeaks was co-created by Joe Friel, who wrote some great books on endurance training and is a well known cycling and triathlon coach. Best I can gather, the site is geared mostly towards more serious triathletes (or those competing in any of its three sports). When I started running, I just used in iOs app to track my runs (Runkeeper) - it was fine enough, but when I wanted to start training more seriously I came across one of Joe's books. My fitness level has improved dramatically since moving to the approach he coaches, which admittedly requires more quantifiable metrics, and I wanted a better way to track things. Enter the Forerunner and TP site - it's probably overkill, but I'm a numbers guy, and I like the wealth of information and data. Not sure if this link will work, but I picked a random running workout of mine and flipped it to 'public' so you can see some of what it keeps: Activity | TrainingPeaks

I think if you're just running or swimming for general fitness, it's way more than you'd need. If you're thinking of doing it more seriously, or competing, then I love the information.

Another good site for comparing hardware devices is DC Rainmaker .He's basically the go-to guy for reviews.
 

greginhali

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I like numbers too. It helps me see where i have been and where im going. But i am all over the map in the exercises that im doing. Its a bit of everything. The website part im not overly concerned about. But I would like to get a watch that would be able to track some of my fitness related numbers and allow me to look what i have done for the week.

I will read some of the reviews that Rainmaker puts out. Is there a watch that is suitable for a variety of exercises. One day i am in the gym the next im playing hockey and the next im swimming. Is there a devise that can read those kind of exercise.

thanks for the insight.

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