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Colour Name: Black/Blue | Style Name: With Heart Rate Monitor
The Forerunner 620 is a touchscreen GPS running watch with a high-resolution colour display that tracks distance, pace and heart rate. It calculates your recovery time, and provides feedback on running form by showing your cadence, ground contact time and vertical oscillation. Not only that, it has connected features (when paired with a compatible smartphone) enabling live tracking and social media sharing. It’s the next best thing to having your own personal running coach. For indoor training, the 620’s built-in accelerometer tracks distance, so you don’t need a separate foot pod.
Regardless of how long you’ve been running, you likely want to know how you can improve and objectively measure your fitness. Forerunner 620 does just that by estimating your VO max – the maximum capacity of an individual's body to transport and use oxygen during incremental exercise. This is a good indication of your physical fitness or athletic capability. The number itself indicates the maximum volume of oxygen you can consume per minute, per kilogram of body weight at your max performance.
Previously, the only way to know your VO max was by paying for a lab test. The 620 estimates it using data such as beats per minute and heart rate variability from the special heart rate monitor with accelerometer (HRM-Run) along with data from the watch like your running speed.
A colour gauge on the watch shows how your VO max data compares to other runners of your gender and age range. Based on your VO max estimate, the 620 can predict your race times for several distances. This can give you a time target for your next race, assuming you’ve completed proper training.
Forerunner 620 takes out the guesswork when it comes to planning your recovery time between hard workouts. Just like a coach, it learns you and your physiology based on your heart rate data, so it factors this against your last workout and then shows how much time before you are fully recovered and ready for your next hard running workout.
When wearing HRM-Run, the 620 provides a recovery check, which is a real-time indication of your state of recovery within the first several minutes of your run. When you’ve completed a run, the recovery time shows how long before you should attempt another hard workout. Colour coding on the gauge makes it easy to interpret — green means you’re good to go. When you see red and a recovery time of more than 3 days, you might consider taking a rest day or just doing a light recovery run.
The 620 is the first GPS running watch that provides feedback on your running form by reporting multiple metrics. When used with the HRM-Run monitor, the 620 reports your cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time. These metrics are called running dynamics, and they impact your running economy.
The accelerometer inside the HRM-Run measures your torso movement as you run in order to compute these metrics. Cadence is the total number of steps you take per minute, left and right foot combined. Vertical oscillation is the degree of “bounce” in your running motion, measured in centimetres. Ground contact time is just like it sounds — the amount of time your foot spends on the ground during each running step, measured in milliseconds. A colour gauge makes it easy to see how your running dynamics compare to other runners.
Thanks to its wireless upload capabilities, Forerunner 620 can send your run data to Garmin Connect online for free data analysis and sharing, without being connected to a computer. It can transfer the data through the Garmin Connect Mobile app on your smartphone. You can also set up one or more Wi-Fi hot spots, like your home and office networks, and the 620 will automatically sync with Garmin Connect when in range.
Additional connected features include live tracking, which allows your friends and fans to follow along and see your stats in real-time. You must have your phone paired with the 620 throughout your run to use the LiveTrack feature. You can also share your victories on your social media sites by posting updates through the Garmin Connect Mobile app. And, for real-time coaching as you run, the 620 is compatible with free training plans at Garmin Connect. By regularly connecting your watch to Garmin Connect, you'll also benefit from a faster GPS fix due to satellite data that will be sent to your device automatically.
Super device once you work out how it works as any manuals leave so much unsaid. Great product tho!Published 11 days ago by a g carbert
GPS Accuracy - fine, GPS Satellite Signal Acquisition time fine. Wireless uploading to Garmin Connect - DOES NOT WORK. Read morePublished 22 days ago by T. Grealy
I find this watch brilliant and I am now able to view my runs in a lot more detail on the Garmin website and can see when my running is improving. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Mr. T. M. Andrews
This Garmin product is great from the point of view of capturing running data, but has difficulty locating sattelites when I travel. Read morePublished 29 days ago by No more Flymo