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Garmin needs to make its indoor workouts as compelling as its outdoor ones

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Sunday Runday

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In his weekly column, our Senior Editor of Wearables and Fitness Michael Hicks discusses the world of smartwatches, apps, and fitness tech related to running and health, in his quest to get faster and more fit (and help you do the same).

When it comes to tracking indoor workouts, Garmin is incredibly ambitious, trying to track reps for thousands of exercise types that most smartwatches can’t recognize. At the same time, though, it doesn’t do nearly enough when it comes to indoor workouts. Garmin started to address this last year, but 2024’s the year where it needs to go further.

Most fitness watches use your wrist movements to analyze your running form, track steps, or automatically detect when you start a workout. Some brands like Samsung even track specific reps like squats and curls, though usually not very well and not very many types. 

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