About the Garmin Forerunner 45
Heart rate training and downloadable fitness
Heart rate training and downloadable fitness
I almost always train with heart rate. That way I know that I'm going hard enough when I need to push the envelope, or maintaining a sustainable effort when I need to go long. The wrist-based heart rate monitor on Garmin's Forerunner 45 running watch provides that information, but it's access to Garmin's downloadable training plans that make it easy to know exactly what you should be doing for each workout. With this guidance, you'll toe the starting line confident that your training will propel you to the finish (and maybe a new PR!).
Built-in heart rate monitor (Lava Red model pictured)
All your metrics at a glance
The watch's accurate GPS receiver keeps close tabs on the distance you put in. You'll know at the end of your workout how far you've gone, how long it took, and what your average pace was. And on rainy days, a built-in accelerometer records distance run on a treadmill or indoor track. The Forerunner 45's Auto Lap function automatically records your lap times at whatever distance you choose — you don't even need to push a button during your run. Best of all, the watch face can be customized to let you see the data fields you want during your workout.
Forerunner 45 works in sync with your smartphone to notify you when you get a call or text. And Garmin's Live Track feature will let your friends track you in real time during your runs or races when used with your smartphone. Incident Detection will notify contacts if it detects an accident during select activities. Through Garmin's Connect App, you can share your workouts or races with a broader community, or sync up to your other favorite training apps. And when you're on the move, you can even control the music from your smartphone from Forerunner 45.
Stay active all day
Thanks to its excellent battery life, Forerunner 45 will be a part of your daily lifestyle. The activity tracker records your steps and even helps set new step goals. And the move bar reminds you to ditch the office chair and get up and move around. Sleep monitoring tracks both how much and how well you sleep, so you can be sure you'll get enough rest to recharge for your next big workout.
- GPS/GLONASS/Galileo multisport training watch with color illuminated display
- Garmin Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate monitoring
- .93" x .93" color LCD display (208 x 208 pixels)
- compatible with Garmin Connect, Strava, and popular training apps
- live tracking and smart notifications when paired with compatible devices
- GPS speed and distance, AutoLap, AutoPause, interval trainer, heart rate, calorie counter, cadence, and fitness functions
- downloadable training plans
- VO2 max estimator with recovery advisor and race predictor
Activity Tracking Features:
- step counter with auto goal setter
- move bar
- sleep monitoring
- Forerunner 45: 1.65" x 1.65" x 0.45"
- Forerunner 45S: 1.55" x 1.55" x 0.45"
- 5 ATM water rating
- battery life: 7 days in smartwatch mode, 13 hours in GPS mode
- weight: Forerunner 45 - 1.3 oz; Forerunner 45S - 1.13 oz
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # 010-02156-06
What's in the box:
- GPS sports watch with 42mm case (Lava Red)
- 21" Data/charging cable (Type A USB on one end and proprietary connector on other end)
- Quick Start Manual
- Important Safety and Product Information
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More details on the Garmin Forerunner 45
Overview: The Garmin Forerunner 45 is a lightweight, stylish running watch with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver which accurately records the distance, time, speed, and location of your runs. You can also use it to simply count your steps during an activity or throughout the day. The watch has the Elevate™ built-in wrist heart rate monitor which helps you meet your health goals. The device keeps track of your personal records, and lets you know when you have set new ones. The Forerunner 45 provides constant feedback, including the distance traveled, elapsed time, pace, lap time, speed, and your heart rate. After your run, you can upload your results to the Garmin Connect online community.
Versions: The Garmin Forerunner 45 comes with a 42mm (1.65") diameter case, and is available with Black or Lava Red bands. It fits wrists with a circumference of 5" to 7-3/4" (129-197mm). A smaller version, the Forerunner 45S, comes with a 39mm (1.55") diameter case and a choice of White or Iris bands. The Forerunner 45S fits wrists with a circumference of 4-7/8" to 7-1/4" (124mm to 185mm).
Water Resistant: The Forerunner 45 has a 5 ATM water rating, which means it is resistant to moderate moisture contact. Not only can you run in the rain and wet weather, you can even swim or shower while wearing the device. The device also has a wide operating temperature range of -4° to 140°F.
LCD Screen: The Forerunner 45 features a 1.04" diameter LCD screen with a resolution of 208 x 208 pixels. The display has a backlight timer that can be set to 8 sec, 15 sec, 30 sec, or 1 minute.
High-Sensitivity GPS Receiver: The unit features a high-sensitivity GPS receiver which will stay locked onto satellites, even near tall buildings or under tree cover. By default, the devices uses the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) to locate overhead satellites. When you're in locations with poor sky visibility, you can use a combination of GPS and GLONASS (Russian satellite system), or GPS and Galileo (European Union satellite system) to obtain a more accurate position. Using GPS and another satellite system together will reduce battery life more quickly than using GPS alone.
Rechargeable Battery: The Forerunner 45 has a built-in Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery, which will give you up to 13 hours battery life in GPS mode. When not using GPS, the device has a battery life of up to 7 days in watch mode with smart notifications, activity tracking, and wrist heart rate. A 21" data/charging cradle is provided for charging the battery and uploading your training data. It takes approximately 2 hours to fully charge a depleted battery.
Add-on Sensors: The Forerunner 45 can be used with wireless 2.4 GHz ANT+ add-on sensors, such as the optional chest-worn Heart Rate Monitor, Foot Pod, Bike Speed, or Cadence Sensor.
User Profile: The Garmin Forerunner 45 uses information that you enter about yourself to calculate accurate training data. You can modify the following user profile information: Maximum Heart Rate, Gender, Birth Year, Height, and Weight.
Move Alert: Sitting for prolonged periods of time can be harmful to your health. You can set the Forerunner 45 to simply remind you to move. The Move Alert is a timer that is triggered after one hour of inactivity. When the alert is triggered, the move alert is reset only after a couple of minutes of continuous activity, such as a short walk.
Health Stats Widget: The Health Stats widget gives you instant feedback on your health data. At a glance, you receive your current heart rate, stress level, and Body Battery Level. The stress level is the result of a 3-minute test performed while standing still. The Forerunner measures your heart rate variability to determine your overall stress, expressed within a range of 1 (Low) to 100 (High). If your stress level is high, you'll be prompted to start a relaxation activity. The Body Battery level is like a gas gauge for your car, indicating the amount of your available reserve energy. The device analyzes your heart rate variability, stress level, sleep quality, and activity data to determine your overall Body Battery level. Your level is expressed in a range between 0 and 100, with low (0-25), medium (26-50), high (51-75), and very high (76-100) reserve energy designations. In addition, you can view your heart rate, stress level, or Body Battery level over a specific period, if desired.
Heart Rate Alerts: When using an optional chest-worn Heart Rate Monitor or the built-in wrist-based HRM, you can set the Forerunner 45 to alert you when your heart rate is above or below a target zone or a custom range. Each time you exceed or drop below the specified range or custom value, a message appears on the display. The device will also beep if audible alerts are engaged.
Auto Lap: Auto Lap automatically marks a lap after every mile. This feature is helpful for comparing your performance over different parts of an activity. Each time you complete a lap, the device will beep or vibrate, and the lap time is displayed.
Auto Pause: You can set the Forerunner 45 to pause the timer automatically when you stop moving, or when your pace drops below a specified value. This feature is helpful if you have to stop for traffic or to tie your shoe during your run.
Sleep Tracking: If you wear the Forerunner 45 while you are sleeping, the device automatically measures your sleep time and your movements. Sleep statistics include: total hours of sleep, sleep levels, and sleep movement. Your sleep statistics can be uploaded and viewed on your Garmin Connect account.
Garmin Connect: After you complete and save an activity to the Forerunner 45, you can upload the data to Garmin Connect, the online tool for tracking, analyzing, and sharing your health and fitness activities. You can view the results of each activity, along with detailed analysis of your progress. Garmin Connect compiles your weekly, monthly, and yearly averages of your activities and health stats, and earn badges for meeting your goals or other accomplishments. You can also connect with your friends and share your results, or even compete with them in like activities. Garmin Connect is compatible with iOS (requires version 11.0 or later) and Android devices (version varies with device). Versions are also available for Windows (Windows 7 SP1 or newer) and Mac (OS X 10.11 or later).
Garmin Coach: Part of your Garmin Connect account includes access to the Garmin Coach where you can download custom training plans to your device. Whether you're training for better overall health or a half-marathon, you'll receive a dynamic training plan designed by a professional coach. Each day's activity is displayed on your device, and prompts you to schedule and start it.
Bluetooth Connected Features: The Forerunner 45 has Bluetooth Smart technology and many connected features for your compatible smartphone or mobile device. The Forerunner 45 is compatible with iOS and Android devices. Some features you can enjoy include: activity uploads, audio prompts, Find My Phone, Find My Watch, music controls, phone and email notifications, safety and tracking features, social media interactions, software updates, weather updates, and workout downloads.
Watch Functions: When you're not working out, the Forerunner 45 can be used as a basic watch, displaying the time and date, along with an alarm. The time and date are automatically set by the GPS receiver (or manually, if desired), and can be displayed in 12-hour or 24-hour format. You can change the appearance of the watch face by selecting different colors and layouts. Custom watch faces are also available from the online Connect IQ store.
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