TOP 10 fitness and bodybuilding watches 2022 ⌚️

In the name of your health, I have decided to establish this comparison of fitness and bodybuilding watches. Because you worth it ! It evolves of course each year according to the novelties of the market.

Why talk about connected watch or activity tracker?

Because more and more of you are interested in it, and you're right. Let's see why they are useful, sometimes even motivating and essential... 

A connected fitness watch, what is it for?

It must be said that having a kind of portable coach on the wrist, available 24 hours a day, is really practical. A fitness tracker is a perfect way to monitor your activity (or inactivity 😉 ) with incredible accuracy. It's like having an electronic finger measuring your pulse, your movement or your sleep all the time.

I also find that it's not bad for motivation.

But which one to choose? There are so many available, and at all price points, that you may no longer know which Saint to choose… Today, fitness bracelets are stuffed with functions, and the majority can do a fairly good job of tracking. But what you probably want is the best.

So, here is a small comparison (I remain modest). I established it from my own tests, but also from the biggest American sites. We must give back to Caesar what is his...

comparison of connected watches, fitness watches

In this TOP of connected watches, you will discover only the best models on the current market. You will see what sets them apart from others in their features, prices, and software quality. All this is extremely important, since it is above all a question of your health.

I'm not going to go into a detailed review of each product, because it would take me weeks of work to get there. But this summary of my research will help you make your choice.

You will find several models of the brand Fitbit. This is normal, since this manufacturer holds 30 % of the world market. The other behemoths in this sector are Garmin and of course, Apple.

WARNING : There are many very cheap Chinese models on the Internet (including Amazon). But it seems that many positive reviews are fake and come from people who are not verified buyers. So beware! I only offer models that have proven themselves and whose quality is proven.

Connected bracelets are classified according to their capacity and use. Some are quite expensive while others are very affordable. It's up to you to choose according to what you want to do with it.

Comparison of connected watches

Here are the best fitness watch models with their strengths and weaknesses:

Fitbit Charge 4 or 5: Best fitness and bodybuilding watch

The main comparisons place the brand's fitness bracelets Fitbit in the first positions. This is the case of large American sites techradarwareable and bestproducts.

It must be said that they offer excellent value for money.

Fitbit Charge 4 Fitness Tracker for Health and Sports with GPS, Swimming Tracking and Up to 7 Days of Battery Life

SOME TECHNICAL DATA:

Screen: Yes
Heart rate tracker: Yes
Waterproof: Yes
Activity tracking: Yes
Sleep tracking and analysis: Yes
GPS: Yes
Battery life: 6 days
Android-, iOS-compatible

The connected watch Fitbit Charge is one of the best trackers available on the market today. It is also very light and offers excellent autonomy. If you want to use it while doing sports, whether fitness or running, this is an excellent model. Especially since the other models intended for running are much more expensive.

It is a GPS watch from the latest versions. Its screen is large enough to easily display your data. In addition, it has the advantage of being usable as a classic watch, because Fitbit offers many bracelets to personalize it.

For the moment, I do not recommend version 5 which seems to have some configuration problems in Europe. This will probably be fixed in the future...

ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES :

+ Very light
+ Large screen (color on version 5)
+ integrated GPS (since version 4)

– No color screen on Charge 4

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Fitbit Charge 4 Advanced Fitness Tracker with GPS, Heart Rate...
  • Battery life Up to 7 days
  • iOS and Android accounting
  • Built-in GPS: Track pace and distance in real time even...

Fitbit Alta HR: The best sports watch for girls

Choosing an activity tracker for a smaller wrist is not that complicated with this model. Indeed, some connected watches are so big that they give the impression that you have been put a grandfather clock on your arm.

The Fitbit Alta HR, on the contrary, is a perfect watch for sporty women, with all possible functions in a very thin strap. In addition, in an aesthetic effort, the brand offers many models of metal or leather bracelets to accompany your outfits.

Fitbit - Alta HR - Daily fitness activity bracelet: up to 7 days of autonomy - Blue - Size: L

SOME TECHNICAL DATA:

Screen: Yes
Heart rate tracker: Yes
Waterproof: Yes
Activity tracking: Yes
Sleep tracking and analysis: Yes
GPS: No (possible with a smartphone)
Battery life: 7 days
Android-, iOS-compatible

Overall, its abilities are identical to the Fitbit Charge.

ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES :

+ Very light
+ Feminine
+ integrated GPS

– No color screen

Fitbit - Alta HR - Daily fitness activity bracelet:...
  • Continuous wrist-based heart rate monitoring
  • Automatic recognition of sports activities
  • Track the number of steps, distance traveled, calories...

Garmin Forerunner 45/45S: GPS watch for athletes

This Garmin sports watch really has a lot to offer for a super-controlled budget. In addition, it is very classy and available in 4 colors.

The Garmin Forerunner 45 offers sports activity and heart rate monitoring, as well as an integrated GPS function. It's a real sports coach on the wrist.

Garmin - Forerunner 45 - Running watch with support for Garmin Coach training programs - Small, White

SOME TECHNICAL DATA:

Sizes available: 2 boxes (model 45S in 39 mm and model 45 in 42 mm)
Screen: Yes
Heart rate tracker: Yes
Waterproof: 50 meters
Activity tracking: Yes
Sleep tracking and analysis: Yes
GarminGPS: Yes
Battery life: 7 days without GPS, 13 hours with GPS
Compatible with Bluetooth and ANT+ sensors
Compatible Android, iOS, Windows

Not much to say about this Garmin tracker which gives a lot for the price. A success !

ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES :

+ Very complete for the price
+ Color screen
+ Very aesthetic and 4 colors available
+ Powerful GPS and heart rate monitor
+ Measures your body's energy level and stress
+ Follow-up of cardio and weight training programs
+ Excellent autonomy without GPS

– Autonomy limited to 13 hours with the GPS activated
– Not designed for swim tracking

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Garmin - Forerunner 45 - Running watch with support for...
  • Small, easy-to-use running watch with cardio...
  • Works with free Garmin training programs...
  • Connected features2, including Smart Notifications in case of...

Garmin Vivosport: GPS navigation in a connected watch

Simplicity and an affordable price are the watchwords of this model. In addition, it is waterproof and its GPS is integrated.

Unfortunately, this bracelet is not very comfortable, like its big brother just above.

Garmin Vivosport - Sport Bracelet with GPS and Cardio Wrist - Size S/M - Black/Fuchsia

SOME TECHNICAL DATA:

Available sizes: 2 (S/M and L)
Screen: Yes, color touchscreen
Heart rate tracker: Yes
Waterproof: Yes
Activity tracking: Yes
Sleep tracking and analysis: Yes
GPS: Yes
Battery life: 7 days (8 hours in GPS mode)
Compatible Android, iOS, Windows

We can also blame him for his discomfort to keep it on the wrist at night.

ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES :

+ Color screen
+ integrated GPS

– Uncomfortable at night
– Poor design

Garmin Vivosport - Sport Bracelet with GPS and Cardio Wrist -...
  • Wrist cardio and integrated GPS (distance, speed, etc.)
  • Integrated sports activities for the outdoors and...
  • Fitness tracking with VO2 max estimation.

Moov Now: Fitness watches for aquatic animals

If you're looking for the best activity tracker for going to the pool, you'll hardly find a better one than the Moov Now.

It is waterproof up to 30 meters and fulfills a real coaching role with voice function. Start a session via your smartphone, and at the end of your session you will have everything: your pace, distance traveled, time, energy, etc.

The weak point of this model is of course the absence of a screen. So you won't be able to know where you are during your session, or what time it is...

MOOV Now - Multisport Trainer and Fitness Tracker, Activity Tracker, 6 Month Battery, Replaceable Battery, Waterproof Design, 2 Straps - Black

SOME TECHNICAL DATA:

Screen: No
Heart rate tracker: No
Waterproof: 30 meters
Activity tracking: Yes
Sleep tracking and analysis: No
GPS: No (possible with a smartphone)
Battery life: 6 months
Android-, iOS-compatible

The Moov Now tracker won't appeal to everyone, that's for sure. But it has great qualities if you are looking for simple, inexpensive and effective equipment to monitor your sports sessions.

ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES :

+ Incredible battery life
+ Inexpensive

– Limited functions
– No screen

MOOV Now - Multisport Trainer and Fitness Tracker, Tracker...
  • SMART TRAINING: Monitor your training...
  • MOOV NOW: has the best motion detection technology...
  • MOOV: Tracks your activity around the clock, even when you...

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2: For style

Samsung's reputation is well established in the field of new technologies. Their equipment is innovative, efficient and resistant.

The Galaxy Watch Active is no exception. You will like it if you are looking for an elegant analog style watch. Its dial can even match your outfit of the day! Plus, it's an activity tracker that pushes you to move more.

The icing on the cake, this model is compatible with iOS and Android. However, it is with a Samsung Smartphone that it will give you the most.

Samsung - Galaxy Watch Active 2 Bluetooth - Aluminum 44 mm - Carbon Black - French Version

SOME TECHNICAL DATA:

Screen: Yes, Super AMOLED color touchscreen
Heart rate tracker: Yes
Waterproof: 50 meters
Activity tracking: Yes
Sleep tracking and analysis: Yes
GPS: Yes
Battery life: One day
Android and iOS compatible

ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES :

+ Style (men and women)
+ Screen size
+ Anti-stress exercises
+ Embedded technology

– Autonomy

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Samsung - Galaxy Watch Active 2 Bluetooth watch - Aluminum 44 mm -...
  • Digital rotating bezel
  • Thin 10.9mm
  • Advanced wellness & sport functions

Garmin Venu 2 and Venu 2 Plus: For all sports in style

Our favorite this year! 💖

This connected lifestyle sports watch is perfectly suited for most workouts, including bodybuilding. It is beautiful, efficient, and available in several colors. A real success from Garmin.

The Venu 2 tracks 25 different sports (running, cycling, swimming, walking, yoga, Pilates, HIIT, golf, etc.) and has built-in GPS. It can perfectly suit women as well as men with its 2 sizes and 5 colors (black, white, beige, blue gray, light gray).

Technically, she is amazing with heart rate monitor, GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, barometric altimeter and pulse oximeter (SpO2). All this is responsible for collecting as much information as possible to analyze your activity levels with maximum precision.

Its functions include trackers for health status, energy levels, sleep quality, physical age, and more.

Garmin Venu 2 - Multisport GPS connected watch with AMOLED screen - long battery life (11 days) - Black / Gray - 45 mm case

SOME TECHNICAL DATA:

Sizes available: 2 boxes (S model in 40 mm and standard model in 45 mm)
Screen: Yes (Amoled color touchscreen)
Heart rate tracker: Yes
Waterproof: 50 meters
Activity tracking: Yes
Sleep tracking and analysis: Yes
GarminGPS: Yes
Battery life: up to 12 days without GPS, 22 hours with GPS
Compatible with Bluetooth and ANT+ sensors
Compatible Android, iOS, Windows

This Garmin tracker costs a little money, but it definitely gives a lot for tracking your health and workouts!

ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES :

+ Very complete and very precise sensors
+ 2 sizes available (40 and 45 mm)
+ Beautiful AMOLED color touch screen
+ Imitation of super realistic needle watches
+ Ergonomics and design in 5 colors
+ Powerful GPS and heart rate monitor
+ Measures your body's energy level and stress
+ Super comprehensive tracking of 25 sports
+ Synchronization with the Garmin Connect app with numerous training programs
+ Contactless payment function with Garmin Pay
+ Excellent autonomy up to 11 days

– Lacks a little brightness in the sun

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Garmin Venu 2 – Multisport GPS connected watch with AMOLED screen...
  • More than 25 integrated sports (running, cycling, swimming,...
  • Personalized training and free coaching with animation...
  • GPS and tracking and security functions (detection...

The Venu 2 Plus model has the same features, but also offers voice assistance with integrated microphone and speaker. You can take calls on iPhone and Android, dictate messages, use voice control for music, and trigger other tasks through these voice assistants.

Garmin Venu 2 Plus - Multisport GPS connected watch with calls via...
  • Long battery life with ultra-bright AMOLED display...
  • Connected functions: calls via Bluetooth, voice assistant,...
  • Health monitoring (sleep score, wrist cardio, stress levels...

Garmin Fenix 6S Pro: Rambo's computer

The Garmin Fenix 6S Pro is arguably the best multisport tracker for outdoor use. Unlike the model 6X Pro Solar, even more expensive, it does not charge with solar energy.

But in addition to Garmin's impressive satellite navigation systems and tons of different sport modes, this sports watch has a plethora of new power management features to extend battery life.

It's interesting if you find yourself out longer than you thought. It also includes Garmin's new emergency alert and incident detection system.

The watch is quite small and comfortable like the Fenix 5S, but with a larger screen, in color and visible in the sun. It also includes complete topographic maps.

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro - Premium Multisport Connected GPS Watch with Garmin Pay Contactless Payment, Integrated Maps and Music - Gray Black with Black Silicone Strap - 47 mm Dial

SOME TECHNICAL DATA:

Screen: Color
Heart rate tracker: Yes
Waterproof: 100 meters
Activity tracking: Yes
Garmin GPS: Yes (and more)
Battery life: 14 days in Smartwatch use, 36 hours with GPS activated
Android and iOS compatible

ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES :

+ Crazy technology (MP3 player, altimeter, compass, gyroscope, accelerometer, thermometer, GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, topographic maps, contactless payment, etc.)
+ Screen size
+ Different wrist sizes

– Autonomy in GPS mode
– Ouch, the price hurts!

Garmin Fenix 6S Pro High-End Connected Multisport Gps Watch...
  • Engineered for performance with a rugged, sophisticated design...
  • Improves wrist heart rate (both data and...
  • Advanced training features include pacepro for...

Apple Watch (3 models): When you love, you don't count

I can't finish this list leaving out the Apple brand. Especially since the Apple Watch, whatever the model, is undoubtedly one of the best connected watches for athletes. It's the only choice if you're using an iPhone anyway.

But pay attention to the note! She is salty.

Of course, for fans of the apple brand, it will be the first choice. It is both a great watch for everyday use, very beautiful and more, but also an activity tracker with one of the best heart rate sensors on the market.

The different models in the range, from the Apple Watch SE to the Series 6, are powerful and very easy to use. Even experienced athletes find their account. On the other hand, they are a bit bulky for fitness or bodybuilding sessions.

Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS + Cellular, 44mm) Silver Aluminum Case, White Sport Band

SOME TECHNICAL DATA:

Display: Color OLED
Heart rate tracker: Yes
Waterproof: 50 meters
Activity tracking: Yes
Sleep tracking and analysis: Yes
GPS: Yes
Battery life: 18 hours
iOS compatible (What else, George?)

Autonomy in fitness use is quite limited due to the GPS + cellular function, the bright screen and their high-performance chips. This is the price to pay for embedded technology.

ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES :

+ Fabulous large Retina OLED display
+ Extremely complete

– Autonomy
– The price is scary (especially to play sports with)

Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS, 44 mm) Blue Aluminum Case,...
  • The GPS model allows you to take calls and answer...
  • Measure your blood oxygen level with a sensor...
  • Check your heart rate with the ECG app

Comparison of connected fitness watches 2022

In the end, you can separate the different models into 2 distinct groups based on price:

Affordable Trackers

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Fitbit Charge 4 Advanced Fitness Tracker with GPS, Heart Rate...
Amazfit T-Rex Men's Connected Watch 1.3" Waterproof Smartwatch...
Garmin Vivosport - Sport Bracelet with GPS and Cardio Wrist -...
Garmin - Forerunner 45 - Running watch with support for...
Samsung - Galaxy Watch Active 2 Bluetooth - Steel 44 mm - Black...
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Fitbit Charge 4 Advanced Fitness Tracker with GPS, Heart Rate...
Amazfit T-Rex Men's Connected Watch 1.3" Waterproof Smartwatch...
Garmin Vivosport - Sport Bracelet with GPS and Cardio Wrist -...
Garmin - Forerunner 45 - Running watch with support for...
Samsung - Galaxy Watch Active 2 Bluetooth - Steel 44 mm - Black...
Our rating
4/5
4,5/5
3,5/5
4/5
3,5/5
Current price
108,90 €
115,03 €
109,99 €
126,99 €
150,00 €
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Fitbit Charge 4 Advanced Fitness Tracker with GPS, Heart Rate...
Description
Fitbit Charge 4 Advanced Fitness Tracker with GPS, Heart Rate...
Our rating
4/5
Current price
108,90 €
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Amazfit T-Rex Men's Connected Watch 1.3" Waterproof Smartwatch...
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Amazfit T-Rex Men's Connected Watch 1.3" Waterproof Smartwatch...
Our rating
4,5/5
Current price
115,03 €
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Garmin Vivosport - Sport Bracelet with GPS and Cardio Wrist -...
Description
Garmin Vivosport - Sport Bracelet with GPS and Cardio Wrist -...
Our rating
3,5/5
Current price
109,99 €
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Garmin - Forerunner 45 - Running watch with support for...
Description
Garmin - Forerunner 45 - Running watch with support for...
Our rating
4/5
Current price
126,99 €
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Samsung - Galaxy Watch Active 2 Bluetooth - Steel 44 mm - Black...
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Samsung - Galaxy Watch Active 2 Bluetooth - Steel 44 mm - Black...
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3,5/5
Current price
150,00 €
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Top-of-the-range models

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Garmin Venu 2 – Multisport GPS connected watch with AMOLED screen...
Garmin Fenix 6S Pro High-End Connected Multisport Gps Watch...
2020 Apple Watch SE (GPS, 44mm) Space Gray Aluminum Case,...
Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS, 44 mm) Blue Aluminum Case,...
Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS + Cellular, 40 mm) Stainless Steel...
Description
Garmin Venu 2 – Multisport GPS connected watch with AMOLED screen...
Garmin Fenix 6S Pro High-End Connected Multisport Gps Watch...
2020 Apple Watch SE (GPS, 44mm) Space Gray Aluminum Case,...
Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS, 44 mm) Blue Aluminum Case,...
Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS + Cellular, 40 mm) Stainless Steel...
Our rating
5/5
4,5/5
4/5
4,5/5
5/5
Current price
338,00 €
534,86 €
278,83 €
442,11 €
577,47 €
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Garmin Venu 2 – Multisport GPS connected watch with AMOLED screen...
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Garmin Venu 2 – Multisport GPS connected watch with AMOLED screen...
Our rating
5/5
Current price
338,00 €
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Garmin Fenix 6S Pro High-End Connected Multisport Gps Watch...
Description
Garmin Fenix 6S Pro High-End Connected Multisport Gps Watch...
Our rating
4,5/5
Current price
534,86 €
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2020 Apple Watch SE (GPS, 44mm) Space Gray Aluminum Case,...
Description
2020 Apple Watch SE (GPS, 44mm) Space Gray Aluminum Case,...
Our rating
4/5
Current price
278,83 €
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Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS, 44 mm) Blue Aluminum Case,...
Description
Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS, 44 mm) Blue Aluminum Case,...
Our rating
4,5/5
Current price
442,11 €
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Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS + Cellular, 40 mm) Stainless Steel...
Description
Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS + Cellular, 40 mm) Stainless Steel...
Our rating
5/5
Current price
577,47 €
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As you can see, there is something for all tastes and all budgets when it comes to sports connected watches. It's up to you to choose the model that suits you, both for the technical characteristics and for the price.

Even if there is no perfect model to date, all these activity trackers today represent a real plus in the practice of your favorite sport.

And you, which connected fitness and bodybuilding watch do you use? Are you satisfied with it?

You can tell me more by leaving a message in the comments box below to tell me which sports smartwatch you like to use and why. You can also ask your questions there. THANK YOU !

FAQs

Which tracker for bodybuilding or fitness?

Due to its lightness and the quantity of functions available for a tight price, the Fitbit Charge has our preference. It will allow you to monitor your bodybuilding sessions on a daily basis, but also your cardio sessions, whether on a elliptical, a rower, a spin bike or one treadmill. It is a very versatile model whatever your physical activity.

Which connected watch to choose for a woman?

Fitness girls generally appreciate the Fitbit Alta HR for its discretion. You can indeed wear it every day, even at the office or in town. Although it is bulkier, some sporty women also love Apple Watch models with premium colors and finishes. But it's not the same budget and you have to have a smartphone from the brand.

What is the best multisport smartwatch?

If you do intense outdoor activities or team sports, the Garmin Fenix 6S Pro is a real competition tracker. She is the most impressive in her abilities and functionality. It is the best model for the most demanding among you.

What is the best model to stay classy?

Without a doubt, the Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch Active are the ones that look best when you go out on the town. Of course, this is all a matter of taste and also depends on whether you are more IOS or Android. Both will fully satisfy you for tracking your daily activity.

Which fitness watch to choose for swimming?

If your goal is above all to follow your sessions at the pool without fearing for your tracker, order the Moov Now. This tracker is more than enough, does not fear water and does the job of tracking. Icing on the cake, its price is very affordable.

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