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The Garmin Forerunner 405CX Is A Serious Runner’s Secret Weapon – Find Out Why

20 March 2011 Author: William 4,523 views No Comment

If you want a top of the line heart rate monitor and fitness watch, then you need to get the Garmin Forerunner 405CX. In this review I tell you why it’s a must-have.

Imagine you are running through the woods. The trail starts to thicken and soon you’re in the middle of the deep forest, no houses, roads, or people around. You start to hear some growling sounds. Is it your stomach or could it be a grizzly? What do you do?

A) Cry out for your mom.
B) Stay where you are, eat some red berries, and hope the park ranger is looking for you.
C) Glance down at your Garmin Forerunner 405CX and follow the navigation arrow back to the path, out of the woods.

Now, you’ll probably never be in this situation, but if you ever were, the Forerunner has got you covered and then some. I have to say, of all the sports watches and cardio speed measuring devices out there, the Garmin Forerunner 405CX is the most amazing technology-wise. It is a deluxe, luxury vehicle type model with dozens of incredible features all designed to help you perform better and become more healthy and fit.

Combining the latest advanced GPS tracking, heart rate performance measurements, and electronic data collection, the Garmin Forerunner 405CX is a must-have for serious runners and cyclists. Here are some of the coolest things that I found that you can do with the Forerunner.

Plan Your Own Road Course

Now this Forerunner feature is really awesome. You set the Garmin up to follow a route or course that you did in the past and was recorded on your monitor. Then you can have the wrist watch track you as you try to beat a previous time. Or you can create a new course on your computer. You get to plan the route and distance beforehand. It’s like plotting out your own race.


You can even add the little Virtual Partner (see below) to race against you. Plus you can load up your courses to the Garmin website where others can follow it and compete against you. You can also download other people’s workouts and see if you can beat their times. This can really get you motivated!

Before you start the course, you can jog or bike around to warm up, then as soon as you are on any part of the course path, the Forerunner will start recording, and the race begins! It will even tell you if you stray off course at any time through an icon on the display. You can then use the navigation page to find your way back. How cool is that!

Compete Against A Virtual Partner®

Think Tamagotchi here, but instead of feeding it food, you feed it miles. And you compete against it and try to kick its little ass. Well, maybe not so much, but it can be really motivating to finish out a run strong and cross the finish line before your virtual partner. You can set the pace and speed of the partner before you start your run.

This video shows the Virtual Partner in action.

Know Where You Are At All Times With Garmin’s GPS (Global Positioning System)

Now this is where Garmin really excels. Your Forerunner is programmed with GPS using a network of 24 satellites. The GPS works anywhere in the world, in any weather conditions, 24 hours a day. There are no setup charges or monthly subscription fees to use the GPS. In the navigation mode you can set an original location and a destination location. You can then pull up a compass on the Forerunner 405 and follow the direction arrow and distance reading to get to your destination. Different locations can be saved and selected from a scroll down list on the wrist monitor.

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