Are fitness trackers actually useful? If so, which ones are recommended?

Are fitness trackers actually useful?
If so, which ones are recommended?

  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No lol. If you need to track mileage, your phone + armband is fine. If you actually need to track your heart rate, then you'd use a chest strap.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Don't waste your time and money on just the fitness tracker, get the full smart watch that does everything those do and more. Everyone complains about them not tracking heart rate very well, but my Venu 2 always matches the hr of my blood pressure monitor, with at most 2 bpm off. Maybe just don't buy the overpriced, cheap apple shit.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I have a Huawei GT3, I use it mostly to track my time and heart rate, it also looks good so I wear it like a normal watch. Do your research, they all claim to track all kinds of things but most of them have shit, inaccurate sensors, not a single one is good at everything. Decide what is important to you and then look for the watch that is good on tracking those things. For example my watch has a good heart rate sensor, but it also has things like altitude measurement, which is just a fucking joke, it can also measure your wrist skin temperature, which is again completely useless and just another thing they can stink into a marketing promo. Look up "The Quantified Scientist " on youtube, he compares watch measurements to professional medical tools

      The only one worth a shit is the apple watch, cheapo ones like Fitbit are wildly inaccurate. Not sure about the new google watch.

      I have been owning a garmin venu 2 for over a year now
      >automatically recognizes and tracks exercises, I just have to type in the used weights
      >logs your stats and can do some chart magic, if you're into that
      >heart bpm is only off by 1-2 beats compared to medical cardiograph
      >calculates your TDEE accurately enough, inbetween +-100kcals
      >works as a decent enough smart watch with standard functionalities
      >can be customized with standard 20mm with wristbands and app for watch face
      >sleep tracker is off by 30-60mins, can't properly recognize you waking up
      >body battery gives you completely random numbers, avoid
      >health snapshot noticed me coming down with a cold twice
      For 200 bucks would recommend

      [...]
      I use the original Samsung Watch I bought in 2019 and it still works great and I literally wear it every day. Showering, working in a factory, swimming, jogging, everything I do with it
      It even records some my gym workout as other workout automatically

      I would like to buy a new one because its huge with 46mm but honestly, I think it brings me luck and has enormous battery life of 3+ days compared to Apple, new Samsung Watches and any other

      Also there are hardly any improvements made

      https://i.imgur.com/WYO8ZMU.png

      I have a garmin 645 since 2019 or so and it's great. You could go with a 245 as well but I like it not being plastic:
      >don't have to use an app unlike some trackers
      >just copy over music and playlists using MTP from windows, linux, mac, whatever
      >HR only like 5-10 bpm off my apical HR when worn correctly (which I only do when lifting or running)
      >tracks sets/reps if you must, but you need to use the app to list the correct exercises, but I use a whiteboard to track those anyway
      >step counting isn't the greatest as are most wrist-worn counters. Your phone will work better in your pocket. A $12 pedometer clipped to your belt will work better than anything
      >takes normal watch bands, but I would stick with something adjustable/stretchy and handles sweat well like silicone
      >GPS reception isn't the greatest. I set it to GPS + GLONASS for running but if it's really cloudy I can't get a good connection. I run on a known-distance trail though so I just turn off auto-lap and lap it manually each go-round
      All that said, you absolutely can get by without a fitness tracker. I had a phone I ran fucking lineageOS on (pixel4) and used uLogger to measure runs. Or you can use a stopwatch on a known-distance track like people have done since forever. You can use a phone or a cheap pedometer to count steps too. The only thing you're missing is HR tracking/SpO2.

      Smart watches are for gays.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Nice opinion, I'm sure most people outside your little online friend circle share it.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I got my girlfriend and I fitbit's for christmas at the start of december and she's already lost 10lbs. She's competitive as fuck but has trouble motivating so I turned into a game with this shit. It tracks sleep which is questionably accurate and follows our walks and steps and shit and I just constantly taunt her and tell her she'll never beat me and shit. Hopefully she goes head first into this shit and gets swole as fuck and becomes my hand job muscle mommy in the next few years.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have a Huawei GT3, I use it mostly to track my time and heart rate, it also looks good so I wear it like a normal watch. Do your research, they all claim to track all kinds of things but most of them have shit, inaccurate sensors, not a single one is good at everything. Decide what is important to you and then look for the watch that is good on tracking those things. For example my watch has a good heart rate sensor, but it also has things like altitude measurement, which is just a fucking joke, it can also measure your wrist skin temperature, which is again completely useless and just another thing they can stink into a marketing promo. Look up "The Quantified Scientist " on youtube, he compares watch measurements to professional medical tools

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Literally it gives you wrong bpm, gives you random number of steps while tracking your location via gps and sending it directly to china. Just get a normal watch.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This.

      Your heart could be pumping at 140 bpm yet those fuckers display between 70 and 90 bpm, at least in my experience. They're not worth the buy.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What's China going to do with that information?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        China is just the scapegoat, but:
        GPS data can be used to determine high foot-traffic areas that are lacking in propaganda

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The only one worth a shit is the apple watch, cheapo ones like Fitbit are wildly inaccurate. Not sure about the new google watch.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It's shit and wont work in 2 years

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It's shit and wont work in 2 years

      I use the original Samsung Watch I bought in 2019 and it still works great and I literally wear it every day. Showering, working in a factory, swimming, jogging, everything I do with it
      It even records some my gym workout as other workout automatically

      I would like to buy a new one because its huge with 46mm but honestly, I think it brings me luck and has enormous battery life of 3+ days compared to Apple, new Samsung Watches and any other

      Also there are hardly any improvements made

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Like these bros say they're not the most accurate BUT if used as a means to motivate you it can be great. I use mine to hit 12,000 steps a day and it motivates me. When I had an Apple Watch same thing, but it displays calories burned and active minutes l, you set the goals and can be a very useful tool to hit those. Plus they'll tell you your streak and warn you when you're being too lazy.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have been owning a garmin venu 2 for over a year now
    >automatically recognizes and tracks exercises, I just have to type in the used weights
    >logs your stats and can do some chart magic, if you're into that
    >heart bpm is only off by 1-2 beats compared to medical cardiograph
    >calculates your TDEE accurately enough, inbetween +-100kcals
    >works as a decent enough smart watch with standard functionalities
    >can be customized with standard 20mm with wristbands and app for watch face
    >sleep tracker is off by 30-60mins, can't properly recognize you waking up
    >body battery gives you completely random numbers, avoid
    >health snapshot noticed me coming down with a cold twice
    For 200 bucks would recommend

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have a garmin 645 since 2019 or so and it's great. You could go with a 245 as well but I like it not being plastic:
    >don't have to use an app unlike some trackers
    >just copy over music and playlists using MTP from windows, linux, mac, whatever
    >HR only like 5-10 bpm off my apical HR when worn correctly (which I only do when lifting or running)
    >tracks sets/reps if you must, but you need to use the app to list the correct exercises, but I use a whiteboard to track those anyway
    >step counting isn't the greatest as are most wrist-worn counters. Your phone will work better in your pocket. A $12 pedometer clipped to your belt will work better than anything
    >takes normal watch bands, but I would stick with something adjustable/stretchy and handles sweat well like silicone
    >GPS reception isn't the greatest. I set it to GPS + GLONASS for running but if it's really cloudy I can't get a good connection. I run on a known-distance trail though so I just turn off auto-lap and lap it manually each go-round
    All that said, you absolutely can get by without a fitness tracker. I had a phone I ran fucking lineageOS on (pixel4) and used uLogger to measure runs. Or you can use a stopwatch on a known-distance track like people have done since forever. You can use a phone or a cheap pedometer to count steps too. The only thing you're missing is HR tracking/SpO2.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Goy bracelet.
    Get a real watch, picrel.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Why would you wear a shitter?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I didn't know Rolex made bracelets with that small of a diameter. Did you just have to attach one from a women's watch?

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Kek, I am still on the waitlist for the Submariner and the Blue GMT. My AD had pity with me and gave me a new 43mm Sea-Dweller. Indeed it's a bad fit, I have girly 15cm wrists. The divers extention is all the way out visible and all the removable links are removed.

          Still a good investment. Wear this only on dates or special occasions. Actually I am the guy who wears the Galaxy Watch everywhere

          [...]
          I use the original Samsung Watch I bought in 2019 and it still works great and I literally wear it every day. Showering, working in a factory, swimming, jogging, everything I do with it
          It even records some my gym workout as other workout automatically

          I would like to buy a new one because its huge with 46mm but honestly, I think it brings me luck and has enormous battery life of 3+ days compared to Apple, new Samsung Watches and any other

          Also there are hardly any improvements made

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Luxury watches stopped being a good investment last year when the moneyprinter stopped. 13 years of QE is what made them rise in value because people were running away from cash. Now rollies, pateks and what have you are plummeting in price along with all other speculative investments.

            If you mean investment as in boosting your career, fine, but all you need is one patek or one rollie. Having several is a waste of money

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              If you get them new they trade well above retail. In fact, compared to crypto they have held up too well. Imagine, 4 years ago I bought a fucking OP for 3500 Euros used. This thing is now 7500 if I sell to Watchbox, if I try it myself I can get properly 9000-10000

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        mirin

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

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      Smart watches are for gays.

      https://i.imgur.com/ihvPmkY.jpg

      Why would you wear a shitter?

      What opinions do you watchfags have on brands like Oris, Marathon, or the higher end Seiko. I like my Garmin watch for daily use, but looks kind of off when I have to get dressed up and wear suits. Not a big enough enthusiast to make an investment in something like Rolex or Omega etc.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I had an Oris Diver 65 myself. It's a good independent brand like Sinn. Also, Seikos are good, especially the higher-end ones. I have a Grand Seiko too but also considering getting one of those King Seiko releases. Marathon is a bit in shitter territory, also the close ties to Israel's military are just yucky.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Didn't know about Marathon's Israeli ties, I thought they were a Canadian brand. Out of the little bit of looking around at watches in the price range I'm willing to spend, the Oris Divers 65 is the one I like the most, just wish I could find one with day/date. Appreciate the insight, anon.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I need cheap ass pulsometer. Is there are some good ones at Ali press or something? I don't need them to be connected to the phone and shiet. Just to measure my rpm and do it quite accurately

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Had a FitBit for the last three years. just the standard non premium package. But it works and does what I want it to.

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I like my apple watch for running. It was a gift which I use and appreciate. It's not stylish and it's not that useful so I wouldn't buy one for myself. Nice for controlling music at least.
    I like that my dad has one because it detects falls.

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >spend $60 on a Huawei Band 6 plus $10 for a protection plan that allows me to literally smash it with a hammer and get a brand new free one if I want
    >does basically everything a smartwatch does minus bells and whistles (can check weather/push notifications but can't play any games on it)
    >pretty accurate at tracking HR
    >can control music apps without touching phone
    >buzzes if my HR dips so I know to pick up the pace
    >generally just handy for keeping track of time/effort during workouts
    >seeing numbers go up make brain feel good
    I like it

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