Garmin Forerunner 255 Complete Beginners Guide and Features Overview


Just a very quick note for those who are not YouTube subscribers, that I have posted my huge 50 minute user guide for the Forerunner 255 series. This guide covers virtually every feature of the Forerunner 255 from start to finish. end, explaining to you not only the newness of the FR255, but also the essential features of the watch itself. So if you’re jumping into a Garmin watch for the first time, or upgrading from a 3 or 4 year old model, this will cover all the things that have also been added over the past few years.

Of course, I’m also diving into the new Forerunner 255-specific features. Areas like new HRV status, morning report, race calendar, dynamic training plans based on said races, revamped suggested daily workouts , and more – all based on actual daily usage loads over a period of time.

There’s a lot of goodness and tips/tweets in this video that I just haven’t incorporated into my full written review – especially regarding navigation, music and contactless payments (however, those sections will also be added shortly to the written review – hopefully on a quieter day on Thursday). And best of all, you can jump straight to the video section you’re looking for using the YouTube chapters in the video itself or the quick links below:

0:00 The game plan
0:40 FR255 vs FR255S and music
1:00 Basic usage and hardware overview
2:18 Watch faces, widgets, daily activity tracking
7:24 Sleep tracking, body battery, resting heart rate
10:55 Body Battery vs Garmin FR955 Workout Readiness
11:55 In-depth HRV status analysis
13:56 morning report
14:48 Training Status, Acute Load, VO2Max, Recovery
18:53 Race calendar and dynamic training plans
21:08 Sports modes, suggested daily workouts
24:15 Sport mode configuration and operating power
28:41 Structured training and classes
30:20 Multiband GPS
32:48 Battery saver mode
33:34 Contactless payments (Garmin Pay)
35:08 Pairing sensors, music and Spotify

I’m also considering a deep dive between Forerunner 255 and Forerunner 955, which goes into all the little nuances beyond the big differences. Let me know if this is something you’re interested in below, or if there are specific areas you’d like to focus on. Likewise I will do an in-depth analysis of Forerunner 255 vs Instinct 2 series but I want to wait for the next Instinct 2 firmware update which gives it many features of Forerunner 255 so it is a bit more useful in the long term.

With that, thanks for watching!

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