Before we get into our Best Smartwatches for Running, Weightlifting and Cross Training, which is essentially me saying "The Best Fitness Smartwatches" or even "The Best Fitness Tracking Smartwatches", I suppose; I do want to be extremely clear of where I stand.
I do not wear a smartwatch to keep tracking of how many calories I burned throughout the day or during my workout.
In my opinion it's too inaccurate and just gives you another range to be slightly off on.
I talk about this a bit in my article about "Does Calorie Counting Work? The Problems With Calorie Counting and Why It Isn't Always A Perfect Solution".
To that same point: I DO calorie count.
But these are just things we need to be aware of in order to be effective.
Stanford did a study and stated:
"“The heart rate measurements performed far better than we expected,” said Ashley, “but the energy expenditure measures were way off the mark. The magnitude of just how bad they were surprised me.”
The exact findings she referring to were:
"Even the most accurate device was off by an average of 27 percent. And the least accurate was off by 93 percent."
The purpose of getting an indicator is to bring us closer to something that will make our transformations and tracking easier, not to just add in another variable.
For that reason I actually find it easier to just let our nutrition calculators in The Academy and Superhuman System simply do their job and then play around with it based on what we learn during our programming and results.
That being said, if you want to take a look at some of my other recent gear oriented listicles, you can check them out here:
- The Best Work From Home Cardio Equipment Setup
- The Two Best Pieces of Portable Fitness Equipment
- The 5 Best Jump Ropes for All Levels of Skippers
But, without further ado: let's get into the best fitness smartwatches.
THE BEST OVERALL FITNESS SMARTWATCH
Apple Watch Series 5
Coming in as the top Smartwatch on nearly every list that is an overall fitness tracker and fitness smartwatch is Apple's Apple Watch.
This could also be subcategorized as "Best Smartwatch for Apple Users" but it's generally the winner across the board.
BEST SMARTWATCH FOR MIXTURE OF PRICE AND FEATURES
Fitbit Charge 4
This one can also hit two different categories. This is great for beginners looking to get their first Fitness Smartwatch, but it's also the best all around mixture of features for the price point that it's at.
This would be my go-to if I wasn't an Apple Fanboy!
BEST SMARTWATCH FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES/TRAINING
The Coros is a bit pricier, but it begins bringing us into a performance watch geared more towards all around training.
The Coros Apex is a multisport GPS watch with excellent battery life and a data-rich companion app that offers a wealth of insights about your performance biking, running, swimming, and more!
BEST BEGINNER SMARTWATCH
Samsung Galaxy Fit Smartwatch
The Samsung Galaxy Fit is the actual winner for beginner smartwatch, although Fitbit Charge 4 is a close second.
The fact that Samsung's price is well under $100 marker and is sleek and easy brings it in as the top choice.
FOR ANDROID USERS
Fitbit Versa 3 Smartwatch
And, ironically enough we're right back to Fitbit, but this time discussing the best for Android users.
The Fitbit Versa 3 brings the price up a bit but takes everything we like about the original smartwatch and adds an always-on AMOLED display, a microphone for Amazon Alexa, and Fitbit Pay.
BEST SPORTS TRAINING SMARTWATCH
Polar A370 Smartwatch
Technically I already ranked the best ourdoors/activity watch with the Coros above, but Polar's A370 comes at a price point that is great for fitness tracking because it brings you similar tracking with less price.
I would call this the "beat up" tracker so you don't have to be as worried about breaking or hitting it like the Coros.
BEST SMART WATCH FOR WYZE DEVICE USERS
Wyze Smartwatch Fitness Tracker
I also recently did an article on The Best Smart Fitness Scales for Tracking your Weight Loss and Fat Loss for your transformations.
Our Wyze scale came in at the same price range as a great budget option, so if you went with that one, here's the budget Wyze fitness tracking watch as well!
That’s a wrap.
Either way, get out there and begin unleashing your inner superhuman!
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