Media Launch: Garmin Forerunner 225

Can we all say: “Ahhhhhhh! Finally!”

Garmin Malaysia launched the Forerunner 225 last week. It is the first of its kind with a wrist based heart rate monitor! Our battles with the chest strap (especially for the girls) are OVER!IMG_6653

Best of both worlds

I like how the top GPS running brand (Garmin) teamed up with the leading brand of wrist based heart rate technology (MIO) to develop an amazing product for runners, athletes and fitness enthusiast!IMG_6721

You can read about the importance of the role your heart rate plays when it comes to training, intensity, results and performance here and here.

How does the heart rate monitor work?

The Garmin Forerunner 225 uses Mio’s optical heart rate technology. You can check out Mio’s technology here.IMG_6848

The kiddo (Garmin sponsored athlete) sharing his views. Good job!

The 5-zones

Like the Mio, there are 5 (coloured) heart rate zones starting from grey (warm up), blue (easy), green (aerobic), orange (threshold) and red (maximum). You can either set the zones using the age-based max heart rate estimate (220 – age to get your maximum heart rate) or customise directly on the watch.IMG_6652


Testing the Forerunner 225!

Of course, the best part is that you can see your zone and beats per minute in REAL TIME! You can evaluate your effort and adjust accordingly during your run.


Other features/specifications

Activity tracker – Step counter, distance, calories burned, sleep monitor and a move bar that vibrates to get you going if you’ve been inactive

Battery life – Up to 4 weeks in watch mode and up to 10 hours in GPS mode with heart rate monitor

Accelerometer – Tracks distance covered and pace for indoor workouts without a foot pod

Water resistant – 50 meters

Advance workout program – Allows runners to customise goal orientated workouts with vibration alerts for heart rate, distance, time and calories

Get connected – Automatic uploads to Garmin Connect where you can share your workouts with other Garmin usersIMG_6619

The celebrities.


Going crazy over the new watch?!

How much lah?

After all of the tech gibberish, we are only concerned about one thing – the price!

Where to buy – The Marathon Shop, New Balance and Sports Empire outlets

How muchRM 1299.00 (inclusive of GST)IMG_6642

For more info on the watch, please visit, and


Goodbye chest strap

I can’t say this enough, this technology really makes measuring your heart rate so much easier! If you happen to be a gym goer and do more bootcamp, body weight based workouts and have no need for a GPS function, check out Mio.

Get up and get moving!




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