It is often asked what types of sports watches do professional level athletes use to assist their training and races?
The answer to this varies from individual athlete. We are all different and even elite level athletes have unique preferences when it comes to sports watches.
The difference between high level runners and those who run for fun is that the top athletes prefer to measure a much wider range of statistics than others.
Such thing as heart rate intensity, running pace and speed, as well as the distance they have clocked up over their runs.
Tracking your training to such a high degree of detail requires an advanced level running watch that can take these kinds of measurements.
Which Running Sport Watch Brands Are Recommended?
Some likely candidates are the Suunto training watch packs, that provide high-level features like EPOC and Training Effect.
Polar watches are also noted for their high level features. Polar's watches also provide a lot more in the way of training and recording an athletes training over the course of many weeks and months.
The best GPS watches are among Garmin Forerunner's offerings. These can measure your speed and distance to a high degree of precision as well as offering a host of other high level training statistics.
Most of the modern Garmin watches also provide wireless ANT+ support which provides for seamless connection with other external devices that support the ANT+ protocol.
The Garmin Forerunner watches like most other top-level watches, have the ability to transfer training data to a personal computer where it can be entered into an electronic training diary software program.
Polar also has advanced software with their products as does Suunto and Timex. Timex have just released their Global Trainer watch, which like their Race Trainers and Trail Runner watches link up to high level software.
What About Keeping It Simple?
On the other hand, many elite athletes want to keep their training uncomplicated and so prefer a simple watch that delivers the basics. After all, good running equipment can get expensive.
Many are content with a basic Timex Ironman watch. The Ironman provides you with all the basic features that runners and other athletes need and is built to last.
The one weak area of the Ironman is that in some cheaper models a Timex watch band often wears out before the watch does. Fortunately this is cheap and easy to fix and the Timex is so cheap that replacing the entire watch is also another possible alternative.
For the professional runner, having a couple of running sports watches around is important because if one breaks down it can take some time to get a new one, and some very important data about their running performance could be lost.