Watches with GPS: Garmin Forerunner Advanced Workouts

Perhaps one of the most innovative and useful technology to become widely available for athletes of all levels are watches with GPS.

By receiving satellite signals that allow them to calculate your precise three dimensional location and then detecting subtle changes in motion over time, a GPS can provide a host of useful features that has a practical implications for your training and fitness goals.

For more information visit our GPS Watches Information Page.

Currently Garmin’s Forerunner is at the forefront of the GPS sports watch market by a long shot. The company revolutionized the GPS fitness watch with their early models, the 101, 201 and 301. More modern models feature better GPS sensitivity, more modern features and a smaller, more comfortable watch form factor.

Garmin have just released two models:

These are upgrades of the Forerunner 405 and Forerunner 305 watches.

You can see how the different Forerunner watches differ here

We have discussed the Garmin Forerunner (GPS running watch) Workout Types and have examined the Garmin Forerunner (running GPS watch) Interval Workout mode.

All Garmin Forerunner watches support “workouts” which are structured training sessions that you can customize to your personal requirements.

There different types of workouts are:

  • Simple Workouts allow you to do a run by time, distance and calories
  • Heart Rate Workouts are simple workouts but with heart rate zone alerts
  • Interval Workouts let you create repetitive sessions with recovery and the option of warm-up and cool-down
  • Advanced Workouts, are structured workouts that let you set goals at each step of the workout

In this post we talk about Advanced Workouts.

Unlike other types of workouts, advanced workouts can only be created using Garmin Connect or the Garmin Training Center software.

The Forerunner 405/CX watches allow you to schedule workouts. Once in the memory of the watch, they can then be wirelessly transferred to other Forerunner watches.

Scheduled workouts can be viewed while in time/date mode. Tap the bezel to view today’s scheduled workout and activated by pressing ENTER to start the workout.

Alternatively, advanced workouts can be started by:

  1. Touching and holding MENU
  2. Then selecting TRAINING -> WORKOUTS -> ADVANCED
  3. Then the specific workout you wish to start
  4. Then DO WORKOUT and START

During the workout, the Forerunner displays each step of the workout including the name of a step, the goal (if any) and current workout data. An alarm counts down at the end of each step until the next step of the workout begins.

An advanced workout can also be halted early by pressing the LAP/RESET button.

Advanced workouts are ideal for multi-discipline workouts at the gym, or sessions like Fartlek training where you may wish to structure your workout in phases.

Advanced workouts are available in the following Garmin Forerunner watches:

  • Garmin Forerunner 301
  • Garmin Forerunner 205
  • Garmin Forerunner 305
  • Garmin Forerunner 310XT
  • Garmin Forerunner 405
  • Garmin Forerunner 405CX

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