The Fitbit Surge- the Pros and Cons

I recently purchased a Fitbit Surge to see what it was really like.  If you quit reading right now the take home message would be this: I like it for some features, but honestly you can get those features for a lot cheaper. In my opinion, the surge isn’t worth the money.  Here is my […]

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I recently purchased a Fitbit Surge to see what it was really like.  If you quit reading right now the take home message would be this: I like it for some features, but honestly you can get those features for a lot cheaper. In my opinion, the surge isn’t worth the money.  Here is my list of the Surge’s pros and cons.

Pros:   -Easy to set up and use the Fitbit and the app that goes along with it

-Like being able to read texts as they come in and scroll through previous texts on the watch

-The pedometer, distance, and floors features are useful tools to map movement/activity on a daily basis

-It tracks distances on runs/walks and has a little map on the app so you can see your route

Cons:   -when people say its “big”, it’s because it’s HUGE on your wrist and can actually get in the way during certain activities

-it doesn’t sync very well at all, especially with programs such as MyFitnessPal

BUT MY BIGGEST ISSUE with the Surge is:

-it is grossly inaccurate at measuring heart rate during exercise and as a result, it under reports the number of calories burned during workouts.  I have been an avid Polar Heart Rate monitor wearer for over 10 years, so I have an idea how many calories I am burning during my workouts.  The Surge general reports my calorie burn anywhere from 75-150 calories lower than what I am pretty sure I am actually burning.  I feel this is largely due to false heart rate readings during exercise.  There are times when I know my heart rate is up in the 140’s-150’s and the Surge is reading my heart rate as less than 110 BPM.  Since caloric burn is a direct result of intensity (i.e. heart rate), I know the counts are incorrect.  This is extremely frustrating when trying to accurately log calories consumed vs. calories burned.

 

While it’s been a fun experiment, save your money and buy a Polar, at least until Fitbit figures these issue out.

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Sophie Pratola

704-604-1518

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An Overview of Fitness Trackers: Picking the Right One

Fitness trackers are the new fad, but how do you pick one appropriate for your fitness needs?  The key is to do your homework.   Each device offers many features, so make sure you pick the one that will give you the information you are looking for.  If you are looking to track specific workout statistics […]

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Fitness trackers are the new fad, but how do you pick one appropriate for your fitness needs?  The key is to do your homework.   Each device offers many features, so make sure you pick the one that will give you the information you are looking for.  If you are looking to track specific workout statistics like instantaneous heart rate, these devices are not going to provide you with that information.  However, they do offer a variety of features (depending on the device) such as sleep monitoring, calorie burns, steps taken, steps climbed, active time, and distance traveled.

 Many devices don’t have screens and require you to upload information either to your smart phone or computer to get your results.  Some of them need to be plugged directly into your devices for read outs, and others sync within certain time periods which can be frustrating when you want instant results.  Be aware that some of these devices may not be compatible certain phones (for example the Nike Fuel Band doesn’t work with an android system).  Some devices are water resistant or water proof. They can either be clipped on or can be worn as a bracelet or watch.  However, I have read reviews about the quality of the bracelets saying they may fall off or break easily; so beware. 

Another thing to keep in mind is when you start to get techy things often can go wrong. If you are like me and something like that frustrates you more than benefits you, you might be better off going old school.  So if you want to try one of these fancy gizmos do your research, read reviews, and be ready for a learning curve while using them.

 

Sophie Pratola

Personally Trained By Sophie

www.personallytrainedbysophie.com

(704)604-1518

 

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