A few months ago, I bought a Fitbit Charge 2 and a lot of you have asked my thoughts on it. I thought today I’d share what I love (and maybe don’t love) about the Charge 2.
Last year I bought my first Fitbit, the Charge HR. Within 6 months, the little plastic piece over the charger broke off, making charging the thing impossible. Since I was still under the warranty, I reached out to Fitbit to see what my options were. The company is super responsive and helped me out so much! They gave me the option to completely replace my old version, at not charge, or to use a 30% off code to buy a new device. Naturally, I wanted the upgrade!
I ordered the Charge 2 in black, but also ordered a new band. Which brings me to the first thing I love about it.
1) Replacable bands
I ordered a champagne gold colored band from Amazon and was happy to see about a million nice, cheap options! I know a lot of people wear trackers now, so it’s not like it stands out, but I’d prefer a more classic “watch” look most of the time.
2) Improved sleep tracking
The latest updates don’t just track awake/asleep/restless. They now track your sleep stages, too. I love this feature! I’m a big nerd when it comes to this stuff, so I love looking at the previous night and comparing the stats to how I feel.
3) Workout modes, including GPS
The older Fitbits had “workout mode,” but you couldn’t really specify what you were doing ahead of time. The Charge 2 let’s you choose run, weights, treadmill, general workout (like yoga, barre, etc.), elliptical, bike, or interval workout.
The interval workout option is my favorite. You select how many/how long you want the intervals to be on the app, then start interval mode and start working out! It buzzes on your wrist when the interval’s over and again when the next one begins. I’ve been using this a lot to tack a quick 10 minute kettlebell circuit to the end of my gym days.
3) Relax mode
I don’t use this one as much as I should, but I really like it, especially in the middle of a long work day or before bed. It senses your breathing (no idea how…) and guides you through 2 or 5 minutes of deep breathing exercises.
4) Cardio fitness score
Ok, I actually don’t like this one. Not because it exists, but because it’s super flawed. The app assigns you a cardio fitness score that’s supposedly based on your resting heart rate, age, weight, and how your heart performs. The reason I’m not a fan is that there’s only ONE way to get a new or updated score: you run on a flat surface for at least 10 minutes. That’s it! So basically, if you can’t or don’t run, you never get a score.
I ran through my neighborhood to get my score, but it’s pretty hilly around my house so I wasn’t going super fast. It gave me an “average” score. I know my competitive nature is partly just annoyed that it rated me as “average,” but it basically ignored all the other cardio I did that week- treadmill, elliptical, kettle bells- none of it counted. Only those measly 10 minutes around the hills. Until they make improvements, I just don’t pay much attention to that aspect of the app, unfortunately.
Luckily, the Charge 2 has gps tracking through your phone, so it’s able to track you pace. It’s not something I use much, but for runners who use a gps watch normally, this will give you all the stats you want, plus heart rate tracking.
Overall, I really love the improvements Fitbit had made recently and would wholeheartedly recommend the Charge 2 to anyone. The Alta HR almost got me with the slimmer look, but the additional features of the Charge 2 just couldn’t be beat.
Do you have a fitness tracker? Which one?