Being both a fitness and gadget enthusiast, I’ve tried three other fitness watches before.
#1: A fairly simple model with a chest strap heart rate monitor
#2: Fancy-schmancy GPS watch that I used to track the speed and distance of my runs
#3: No-frills band that tracked my movements and heart rate.
As you can see, there’s been quite a bit of trial and error when it comes to finding the right fitness watch. The TomTom® Spark 3 is the first fitness watch I’ve tried that combines activity tracking with Bluetooth and music, and I’m preeeetty enamored with it.
The TomTom® Spark 3 is a sleek and simple looking watch with a large digital display and a four-way button below it that you use to move through its menu options. Because of its sleekness, it can easily be worn as a watch for daily wear without getting any weird looks (and I’ve been doing just that).
What sets it apart from other fitness watches is that it stores 3GB of music and is Bluetooth-enabled – you can connect the included wireless headphones and jam out during your workout without having to carry a separate device.
For my lifestyle, the best features are the heart rate monitor and the ability to review your workout data using the free TomTom® MySports app. The first thing I did with it was wear it during a weightlifting workout. It was leg day so I knew my heart rate would get pretty high and make for some interesting data.
When you’re ready to begin your workout, you choose from the menu of workout types (I picked Gym) and start the timer. Aside from timing the workout, the watch also monitors your heart rate and can tell you which heart rate zone you’re in.
I stopped after one set of hack squats to check my heart rate out of curiosity and it was at 103. And I had burned a whopping one calorie! (That’s the number in the lower right of the screen.)
The heart rate function is really going to come in handy when I’m back on the cardio wagon preparing for a competition. Instead of relying on the built-in monitors on cardio machines, I’ll use this to make sure I have the resistance or speed high enough to maximize every boring cardio minute.
*sigh* Not looking forward to diet season. Better enjoy the holidays while they last.
Since the watch also comes with the capability to store music, you have the option of purchasing the TomTom® Spark 3 with Bluetooth headphones included, and I’d recommend that you do.
The headphones are extremely secure and comfortable, hooking over the tops of the ears and wrapping behind the neck. They come with three different sizes of earbud covers so you can get the perfect fit. Trust me, having tried two other pairs of bluetooth headphones in the past that weren’t secure and comfortable, these are really tickling my fancy!
I listen to music while I work out because it gives me a point of focus when I’m lifting, and these headphones let me keep the focus without having to adjust them or worry about cords.
Post-workout, I made sure to tell the watch I was finished lifting, then opened up the MySports app to check out my data.
As you can see, my workout was about 40 minutes long, but I’d also been active for 10 more minutes outside that window (probably when I was dashing around the house getting ready to leave for the gym).
After giddily reviewing these numbers, I was totally sold on the TomTom® Spark 3 and wore it for the rest of the week – and not just at the gym! I set a daily activity goal of 30 minutes (though I should probably make it at least 60) and I’ve really been getting a kick out of the watch buzzing to congratulate me when I reach my goal just by putzing around the house.
I think the TomTom® Spark 3 would make a great gift for anyone who’s into being active. Runners, hikers, and bikers will love the GPS function, and music lovers will like being able to listen from the watch and leave the phone in their gym locker. And anyone results-oriented, as fitness lovers tend to be, will love the data from the heart rate monitor and being able to review it from the app.
Want one of your own? Get the TomTom Spark 3 here!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of TomTom. The opinions and text are all mine.