Garmin breathes new life into old Fenix 6 smartwatch with improved training tools

Heart rate variability can now be tracked thanks to this new update to Garmin’s Training Status widget

Image shows Garmin Fenix 6
(Image credit: Future)

Garmin is improving its training tools on older smartwatch models by introducing Heart Rate Variability (HRV) tracking and other analysis features to Fenix 6 smartwatches with a new software update.

Smartwatches can be better value than cycling computers as they give you 24/7 health monitoring; HRV is one of these many features.

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Anna Marie Abram
Fitness Features Editor

I’ve been hooked on bikes ever since the age of 12 and my first lap of the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit in the bright yellow kit of the Hillingdon Slipstreamers. For a time, my cycling life centred around racing road and track. 

But that’s since broadened to include multiday two-wheeled, one-sleeping-bag adventures over whatever terrain I happen to meet - with a two-week bikepacking trip from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia being just the latest.

I still enjoy lining up on a start line, though, racing the British Gravel Championships and finding myself on the podium at the enduro-style gravel event, Gritfest in 2022.

Height: 177cm

Weight: 60–63kg