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Best fitness watches to track workouts
Working out in the 21st century means that you can depend on more than just the scale and the mirror to track your progress. Technology has given us access to more detailed data than ever before, directly on our wrists in the form of fitness trackers.
Whether you want a full-blown smart device for an immersive wearable experience or just a fitness-oriented timepiece to record your laps and splits, we've rounded up some of the best watches for every training regimen.
Fitbit's Versa, is one of the best this year. The Versa combines a slick design, powerful battery, and an attractive price point ($200) with all of the activity, heart rate, and sleep tracking functionality the company has used to become one of the biggest names in wearables.
Suunto 3 Fitness Smartwatch
Suunto, which is best known for high-level orienteering equipment, has made a smartwatch for more general exercisers and the result, the 3 Fitness, is a no-frills tracker that offers something for just about everyone. One of the biggest reasons the 3 Fitness works well is the newly-overhauled Suunto smartphone app, which gives more detailed feedback about your workouts than just about any other watch-style tracker.
G-Shock GBA800 Training Timer
If the reams of data available on a smartwatch screen are too much for you, you'll love the simplicity offered by this chunky analog. The durable, large face gives you the time, the ability to set timers, and your step count - and that's about it. For more smart features, you'll have to check out the connected smartphone app.
Apple Watch Series 3
Apple finally made a smartwatch you can use to make calls - but that's only if you pony up extra money for the cellular data plan. Even without that feature, the Apple Watch Series 3 is designed to be a fitness powerhouse. Track your workouts, heart rate, calories burned, and fill out those addictive activity rings.
TomTom Spark 3 Cardio+ Music
Love listening to music when you run or cycle, but hate having to carry your phone along with you? This watch eliminates that issue as it can store up to 500 songs directly on the device. As you'd expect from TomTom, GPS activity tracking allows you to map out running and cycling routes with precision.
Garmin Forerunner 35
This basic GPS-capable watch is ideal for runners. The tracker offers standard smartwatch features like smart notifications and a connected app, but the real attraction is the ability to track workouts without needing to bring a phone along for the run. Garmin Connect, the company's online fitness community, can give wearers an opportunity to socialize and compete with other users, too.