Garmin Forerunner 225 Review

garmin-forerunner-225-gps-sports-running-smart-watch-with-wrist-based-heart-rate-blackby Coach Chris Winter

Hey, this is Chris Winter with Breakaway Running to talk about the Garmin Forerunner 225. The biggest features of the Forerunner 225 is the wrist-based heart rate monitor. I’ve taken it out for a few runs and rides and have found that the wrist-based heart rate technology is very similar to that of the chest heart rate strap that Garmin has, including its accuracy. This watch lets you track distance, calories, and has a built-in accelerometer allowing you to track distances indoors and on treadmills.

Another great feature of Garmin’s 225 GPS watch is the activity tracker, which includes a step counter, reminds you when to move and has a sleep monitoring aspect to it as well.

Wrist-based Heart Rate Technology vs. Chest Heart Rate Technology

I think that most runners will adapt to the wrist-based heart rate monitor over a chest heart rate monitor due to its comfortability, simplicity, convenience, and it’s less to keep up with. Women may like the wrist-based monitor more because it won’t interfere with her sports bra, which will be more comfortable overall for her and with her running experience. Also, you can still upload your workouts and activities wirelessly to Garmin Connect, as well as share your runs on social media.

Monitoring Your Waking Heart Rate (WHR)

What is good about the wrist-based heart rate technology for runners is that you can wake up in the morning and look at your waking heart rate.

Your waking heart rate is one of the best aspects to look at in terms of training. You will find over time that with exercising regularly, your waking heart rate will decrease indicating a more efficient cardiovascular system.


1. Upon first ‘waking’ in the morning, locate either your Carotid Pulse (in your neck), or your Radial Pulse.

2. Count the number of times your heart beats in one minute (or the number of beats in 30 secs and multiply by two). This is your waking heart rate.
Write this figure on a sheet.

3. Record your waking heart rate for at least 1-2 weeks initially for best results, as waking heart rate can vary slightly due to other factors such as bladder volume, crazy night out, sleep/wake cycles, etc.

* Note: For reliable results, it must be your ‘waking’ HR, not merely a ‘morning’ HR (i.e whenever you think of it).

Buying the Garmin Forerunner 225 at Breakaway Running

You can buy the new Garmin Forerunner 225 at both Breakaway Running stores for $299. Our staff will help walk you through the functionalities and features of this watch, as well as show you other running watches that best matches what you are looking for. We’ll also help you set up the watch and serve as your liaison with Garmin when you need support and have questions.


View my review of the Garmin Forerunner 225 watch in the video below.