Alongside its new vívoactive 3, vívomove HR, and vívosport devices at IFA 2017, Garmin also announced a new software update coming to its fenix 5 lineup and Forerunner 935. With the new update, these four devices (fenix 5, fenix 5S, fenix 5X, and Forerunner 935) will be able to easily count your reps, track interval training exercises, keep track of your stress levels, and more.
Starting off with improved strength training activities, this new software update will allow the devices to keep track of reps, sets, and rest times during free weight and bodyweight exercises. On the cardio front, this update brings the ability to track activities like boot camp classes, high-intensity interval training, and more. And if you happen to be getting bored of your monotonous workout routines, you can now create customized cardio and strength workouts on Garmin Connect and download them to your watch.
Perhaps the biggest news here is that, for the first time, users will be able to create their own workouts on their phone via the Garmin Connect Mobile app. This will be really convenient for those who like to mix up their workouts every couple days.
Improving your emotional wellbeing is an important factor when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle
Improving your emotional wellbeing is an important factor when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which is why Garmin is also bringing all-day stress tracking to the devices. That means you’ll be able to view your current stress levels directly on the watch, as well as a more detailed overview of your stress on Garmin Connect. No matter where you view your results, you’ll be able to identify patterns in your stress levels and make changes to help cope with stressful situations. Stress levels are measured by monitoring your heart rate variability data.
There’s also a new Four-Fold Breath relaxation timer built into the watches that will help make sure you calm down in stressful situations.
Garmin says the software update will roll out to the fenix 5, fenix 5S, fenix 5X, and Forerunner 935 sometime “next month”, though we don’t have an exact rollout date as of yet.