Monday, November 9, 2015

Vivosmart HR review -- more about Intensity Minutes on an arc trainer and stationary bike

This will be the final IM post for a while.  I'm having problems repeating patterns, which makes me think this is an algorithm issue not an exercising issue.

Today, I did 20 minutes on the arc trainer with an HR above 100 and got 15 minutes on the VHR and 10 minutes on Garmin Mobile and Garmin Connect web.

I did 20 minutes on the stationary bike -- hitting 130 hr -- and got 0.

I'm back to my original post -- this is an interesting metric for Garmin to introduce, but the lack of consistency of earning these minutes with similar time/pace/effort shows its not yet ready for prime time. 

For now, I'll be sticking with the total activity time widget on Garmin Connect web (unfortunately not shown on Garmin Connect mobile) to compare cross-activity exercise.  

(PS: It would be great if Garmin Fitness could make web and mobile consistent with each other, both in terms of metrics and look and feel).


  1. I am 69 years old and trying to stay in shape while aging. I am getting my steps 8K+ in every day as well as flights of stairs (10-12) but have zero on the intensity time. What does it mean when the zero on that screen is blinking? What hr do I have to maintain in order to register time? If the hr drops for a few seconds does that reset the time to zero? I can see from reading some of the forum posts that there are a lot of unknowns about this function. Really don't want to be beating my head against the wall for nothing if you understand what I mean?

    1. The only consistent intensity minutes I get are from running. Have gotten from intense pedaling and fast walking, but only sporadically.