Best Fitness Trackers for Weightlifting 2021

f you’re fed up of carrying around your pen and paper to track your weight training you are probably on the lookout for a fitness tracker designed specifically around tracking weightlifting.

We’ve taken a look at fitness trackers that are currently on the market to see which is the best when you are doing functional training, crossfit or weight training.

Garmin Forerunner 945, Premium GPS Running/Triathlon Smartwatch with Music International Version, Black
Fitbit Versa 3 Health & Fitness Smartwatch with GPS, 24/7 Heart Rate, Alexa Built-in, 6+ Days Battery, Black/Black, One Size (S & L Bands Included)
Garmin Vivoactive 4, GPS Smartwatch, Features Music, Body Energy Monitoring, Animated Workouts, Pulse Ox Sensors and More, Black
GARMIN FORERUNNER 945
FITBIT VERSA 3
GARMIN VIVOACTIVE 3
Pros
  • Strength tracking app
  • Can be used with chest strap for increased accuracy
  • Works across many activities
    • Active Zone minutes instead of step counting
    • On board GPS
    • Strength tracking app
    • Reasonable price point
    • Animated workouts on the screen
      Cons
      • Garmin App can be overwhelming
      • No specific weight training app
      • Battery life poor when used in GPS or music mode
        Garmin Forerunner 945, Premium GPS Running/Triathlon Smartwatch with Music International Version, Black
        GARMIN FORERUNNER 945
        Pros
        • Strength tracking app
        • Can be used with chest strap for increased accuracy
        • Works across many activities
          Cons
          • Garmin App can be overwhelming
          Fitbit Versa 3 Health & Fitness Smartwatch with GPS, 24/7 Heart Rate, Alexa Built-in, 6+ Days Battery, Black/Black, One Size (S & L Bands Included)
          FITBIT VERSA 3
          Pros
          • Active Zone minutes instead of step counting
          • On board GPS
          Cons
          • No specific weight training app
          Garmin Vivoactive 4, GPS Smartwatch, Features Music, Body Energy Monitoring, Animated Workouts, Pulse Ox Sensors and More, Black
          GARMIN VIVOACTIVE 3
          Pros
          • Strength tracking app
          • Reasonable price point
          • Animated workouts on the screen
            Cons
            • Battery life poor when used in GPS or music mode


              In general, will want to look for trackers that come with at least some of the following features:

              • automatic counting of number of reps
              • tracking of weight lifted
              • ability to create custom routines
              • ability to learn exercises

              Top 3 fitness trackers for weight training

              Garmin Forerunner 945

              Fitbit Versa 3

              Garmin Vivoactive 4

              There are really 2 different routes to take when looking at the features you need to look for in a fitness tracker for weightlifting.

              1. Tracking the weightlifting exercises

              2. Tracking your heart rate and calories burnt

              Alernatively, you might not be interested in tracking information about the weights specifically but more how much of an impact your weight training had on your overall session. For this you would look for some of the following features:-

              • Real-time Heart Rate Monitoring and calorie tracking
              • Ability to pair with a chest strap heart rate monitor
              • Compatibility with weight training apps on the tracker itself

              Accuracy

              Fitness tracker manufacturers have found the tracking of weightlifting a hard nut to crack. There have been a few attempts at trying to automatically track weights with devices such as the Atlas Wearables WristBand, Push Armband and GymWatch but the reviews are mixed about their ability to do it accurately.

              It seems at the moment that the ability to accurately and consistently identify a rep is not quite there.

              Advances in machine learning and big data helping the trackers identify the exercises from a large data set probably mean we are not too far away. Atlas are in the process of developing a new tracker the Atlas Multi Trainer which is the next iteration in this direction.

              Aside from reps another potentially useful metric to track during your weights session is heart rate.

              Most modern day fitness trackers use wrist based optical heart rate monitors. The nature of the exercises you do during a weights session it is all too easy for the watch to move around your wrist and lose the heart rate tracking – which somewhat negates its effectiveness.

              In this case, you are best pairing your ANT+ compatible fitness tracker such as a Garmin Vivosmart 3 with a chest strap heart rate monitor which will give you both a reliable heart rate source and more accurate reading of calories burnt during your workout.

              Fitness trackers with weightlifting apps

              Last update on 2021-08-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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