There’s a coach in every watch. The touchscreen Forerunner® 620 GPS running watch offers recovery advisor and VO2 max estimate and has connected features like automatic uploads to Garmin Connect™.
Top Features of the Garmin Forerunner 620 GPS Watch with HRM-Run
Touchscreen GPS running watch with high-resolution colour display that tracks distance, pace and heart rate¹ Calculates your recovery time and VO₂ max estimate when used with heart rate HRM-Run monitor¹ adds data for cadence, ground contact time and vertical oscillation Connected features²: automatic uploads to Garmin Connect™, live tracking, social media sharing Compatible with free training plans from Garmin Connect Product Data
Multi-sport: Yes Bluetooth Enabled: Yes GPS: Yes Vibration Alert: Yes Heart Rate Monitor Compatible: Yes (Included) Barometric Altimeter: No Time/Distance alert: Yes Auto Start/Stop: Yes Touchscreen: Yes Wi-Fi: Yes Ant+ Compatible: Yes Colour Display: Yes Backlight: Yes Cadence Compatible: Yes EU Plug Supplied: No US Plug Supplied: No Aus/Nz Plug Supplied: No Pace/Speed: Yes Distance/Calories: Yes It’s the next best thing to having your own personal running coach. Forerunner® 620 offers advanced features like recovery advisor, race predictor and VO₂ max estimate to help you train smarter and achieve new race goals. When used with the HRM-Run monitor¹, the 620 also provides feedback on running form by showing your cadence, ground contact time and vertical oscillation. For indoor training, the 620’s built-in accelerometer tracks distance, so you don’t need a separate foot pod.
It Knows Your Potential 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 VO₂ max, which is a good indicator of athletic capability. Previously, the only way to know your VO₂ max was by paying for a lab test. When used with a heart rate monitor, the 620 crunches several pieces of data, like your running speed, beats per minute and heart rate variability to estimate your VO₂ max. The number itself indicates the maximum volume of oxygen you can consume per minute, per kilogram of body weight at your max performance. A colour gauge on the watch shows how your VO₂ max data compares to other runners of your gender and age range. Based on your VO₂ 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.
Rest Day or Run Day 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.
Following Your Form 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 monitor¹, the 620 reports your cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time. These metrics are called running dynamics, and they impact your running economy. The HRM-Run has an accelerometer, which 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 centimeters. 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.
Get Connected Thanks to its wireless upload capabilities, Forerunner® 620 can send your run data to our online community, Garmin Connect, 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.
HRM Run The soft elastic strap provides an extremely comfortable fit around your chest, enabling you to carry on with your training without worrying about it. Garmin's HRM Run helps you get more from training with your Forerunner 620. The digital monitor continuously tracks heart beats per minute to help you improve your fitness level or compare your pace and heart rate to a previous training session. Training with heart rate is a useful indicator for whether you’re working your body too hard or not hard enough. Relying on pace or speed data won’t give you the same accuracy – your heart rate is a better measure of how hard your body is working. Your exertion level can vary depending on factors such as level of fitness, environmental elements like weather and temperature and your general wellbeing. Stress, fatigue and sickness can elevate your heart rate, so a workout on these days may still feel difficult even if you reduce speed or distance. Using a heart rate monitor gives you the ability to measure your heart rate and train in your optimal heart rate zone.
HRM-Run has an accelerometer in the module that measures torso movement to calculate 3 running metrics:
1.Cadence When used with HRM-Run, Forerunner 620 records your number of steps per minute. This feature counts total steps (right and left combined). Previous devices used a foot pod to measure foot strike rate. A typical cadence is between 150 and 200 steps per minute, with 180 steps being the sweet spot.
2.Vertical Oscillation When used with HRM-Run, vertical oscillation shows the degree of ‘bounce’ in your running motion. Vertical oscillation is measured in centimeters from a fixed point on your body (sensor on the chest mounted HRM-Run monitor). Typical oscillation is between 6 and 13 cm. Elite runners generally oscillate less.
3.Ground Contact When used with HRM-Run, 620 measures how much time, during the running motion, your foot is on the ground rather than in flight. Ground contact time is measured in milliseconds. Most running ground contact times are between 160 and 300 milliseconds. Elite runners typically spend under 190-milliseconds in contact with the ground each step.
Garmin’s ANT+ technology seamlessly pairs the heart rate monitor to your Forerunner 620 to avoid crosstalk with other equipment or other people’s monitors.
¹HR strap included. ²When paired with a compatible smart phone.
About GPS Running Computers
GPS receivers are now made waterproof, lightweight and small enough to take outdoors and provide you with a detailed record of your journey. Run units are not intended for navigation, rather as an extremely accurate way of analysing your workout giving you information on speed, distance, elevation etc. Some units offer integrated heart rate monitors.
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