Last Updated:  January 5th, 2021

Best Fitness Tracker for Weight Training in 2020

Today’s market is exploding with fitness training technology. While most are designed for running, biking, swimming, and other aerobic and cardio-based activities, a few manufacturers are beginning to include weightlifting as a built-in activity with gyroscopic embedded sensors to track strength training workouts. Meanwhile, accelerometer style trackers and heartrate features can benefit your workouts. And popular fitness watches like the Apple syncs to your smartphone or computer with third-party apps to guide weightlifting routines and log progress with time under tension and recording techniques.

Our Top Picks

Remember it isn’t all about getting a “six-pack” or a toned body for the beach. There’s a laundry list of strength training health benefits from improved posture to fighting off inflammation related to infections. Improved mood and sleep, avoiding chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, the list goes on and on. The best fitness trackers for weightlifting in our collection can make your home workout as effective as going to the gym.

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch, Black, Large (US Version)
Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch.
  • multisport modes
  • heart rate monitor
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POLAR VANTAGE M –Advanced Running & Multisport Watch with GPS and Wrist-based Heart Rate (Lightweight Design & Latest Technology), Black, M-L
Best for Weightlifting
Polar Vantage M Multisport Watch
  • 130+ sports profiles
  • Training Load Pro for weightlifting
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Garmin 010-01746-00 Forerunner 935 Running GPS Unit (Black)
Garmin Forerunner 935
  • multisports modes
  • small and lightweight
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Atlas Wristband 2: Digital Trainer + Heart Rate Band
Best Multisport
Atlas Wearables Wristband
  • tracks multiple sports
  • syncs with latest Android and iOS
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Ticwatch Pro 4G LTE Cellular Smartwatch GPS NFC Wear OS by Google Android Health and Fitness Tracker with Calls Notifications Music Swim Sleep Tracking Heart Rate Monitor US Version
TicWatch Pro 4GLTE Smartwatch
  • multifunctional dial
  • stainless steel bezel
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Garmin vívosmart HR Activity Tracker Regular Fit - Black
Best Value
Garmin vivosmart HR Activity tracker
  • advanced heart rate monitor
  • smartphone compatible
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Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS, 44mm) - Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Band
Best Overall
Apple Watch Series 4
  • 5 metrics to track training
  • optical heart sensor
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Scosche Rhythm+ Heart Rate Monitor Armband- Optical Heart Rate Armband Monitor with Dual Band Radio ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart - Bonus Pack Includes Additional Free Armband (Green)
Scosche Rythm+ Heartrate Monitor Armband
  • works with popular fitness apps
  • Rythm+ optical heart sensor
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HalfSun Fitness Tracker, Activity Tracker Fitness Watch with Heart Rate Monitor, Blood Pressure Monitor, IP67 Waterproof Smart Watch with Sleep Monitor, Calorie Counter, Pedometer for Kids Men Women
HalfSun Fitness Tracker Watch
  • continuous heart rate/bp monitor
  • works with Apple H band
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Letsfit Fitness Tracker HR, Activity Tracker Watch with Heart Rate Monitor, IP67 Water Resistant Smart Bracelet with Calorie Counter Pedometer Watch for Kids Women Men
Letsfit Fitness Tracker HR
  • minimalist design
  • 14 preset workouts
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Best Weightlifting Fitness Trackers


Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch.

Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch, Black, Large (US Version)

Track runs, weightlifting, and other workouts with the multi-sport Fitbit Surge. SmartTrack and GPS keep up with pace, distance, split times, and elevation climbed all while getting continuous automatic heart rate and heart zones displayed in a simplified manner. Track and review any workout activity by viewing active hours and minutes. You’ll also see how many calories the workout burned.

The Fitbit Surge syncs to your computer and 150 common smartphones. Get call or text notifications and download your favorite workout music from your playlist right from the touchscreen display. It also automatically monitors your sleep and has a silent alarm to gently awaken you. It has a long battery life of 7 days, or 10 hours when using GPS mode. The Surge is not waterproof.

Specifications

  • multisport modes
  • heart rate monitor
  • syncs to 150 smartphones
  • GPS function
  • monitors sleep
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Best for Weightlifting

Polar Vantage M Multisport Watch

POLAR VANTAGE M –Advanced Running & Multisport Watch with GPS and Wrist-based Heart Rate (Lightweight Design & Latest Technology), Black, M-L

The slim, lightweight Polar Vantage M is a multisport GPS watch that helps you improve in your favorites sports with 130-plus sports profiles. For weightlifting, the Training Load Pro gives a comprehensive summary of how the activity strains the body by session and over time. It separates cardio load, muscle load, and perceived load. Get your stats on the always-on colorful display.

The Polar Vantage M works with the training app Polar Flow to analyze progress on your smartphone or computer. The Polar community lets you share and compare progress with other athletes via social media. Additionally, the Polar precision Prime has accurate wrist-based heart rate monitoring and analyzes quality and duration of sleep.

For runners, the Polar Vantage M features a personalized, adaptable running plan and calculates a running index score after every run. Innovative swim tracking for swimmers detects distance, pace, stroke, swimming style, and rest times. It has a battery life of 30 hours in GPS mode.

Specifications

  • 130+ sports profiles
  • Training Load Pro for weightlifting
  • uses training app Polar Flow
  • share data on social media
  • Innovative swim tracking
  • GPS connection
  • 30-hour battery life
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Garmin Forerunner 935

Garmin 010-01746-00 Forerunner 935 Running GPS Unit (Black)

Serious athletes wanting all the metrics and features they need won’t mind the higher price of the Garmin Forerunner 935. And at just .49 grams, weightlifters will appreciate the lightweight, smaller size. Measure steps, pace, gain, training effect, and more with workout alerts. Five buttons around the bezel of fiber-reinforced material give it ease in use.

The Garmin has an optical heart rate monitor and also connects to an external heart rate strap. For swimmers, it features SWOLF, a score for measuring swimming efficiency in the pool or in open water. Walkers and hikers can make their own routes or follow others by uploading GPX files. A barometric altimeter records elevation gains and losses.

Smartphone compatible, you get notifications and music controls but without internal music storage. The battery lasts up to two weeks in watch mode, 24 hours in GPS mode, and 50 hours in UltraTrac mode.

Specifications

  • multisports modes
  • small and lightweight
  • gives SWOLF score
  • uploads GPX files
  • smartphone compatible
  • barometric altimeter
  • battery life of 2 weeks
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Best Multisport

Atlas Wearables Wristband

Atlas Wristband 2: Digital Trainer + Heart Rate Band

Reach your weightlifting and other fitness goals with science-based guidance when wearing the Atlas Wearables Wristband. Track CrossFit, HIIT, swimming, and more with Adaptive Motion Tracking technology to auto-detect exercises and repetitions. Its a wrist-based heart rate monitor is validated to maximize training.

An app syncs to the most recent versions of Android and iOS so you can review your performance. Look up and learn new workouts with Atlas’s learning mode feature. Once you complete one new workout, the Atlas will automatically remember it. The tracker is removable from the band. Pin it to your sock for leg lifts, etc.

The Atlas is motivating, easy to use, and priced low. The battery life is shorter than some other fitness trackers but should last for a 90-minute workout or more.

Specifications

  • tracks multiple sports
  • syncs with latest Android and iOS
  • features a learning mode
  • water-resistant to 30 meters
  • tracker removable from band
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TicWatch Pro 4GLTE Smartwatch

Ticwatch Pro 4G LTE Cellular Smartwatch GPS NFC Wear OS by Google Android Health and Fitness Tracker with Calls Notifications Music Swim Sleep Tracking Heart Rate Monitor US Version

Go from the weight lifting to the pool with the TicWatch  Pro Smartwatch. It has a heavy look with a dial and subdials, a knurled stainless steel bezel, Gorilla dial cover, and analog watch display with luminous hands. However, an ergonomic silicone strap makes it surprisingly lightweight.

The TicWatch Pro features 6 sports modes. Built-in GPS and TicMotion technology detects and monitors fast walking, running, and swimming. With connectivity for Verizon phones, you’ll stay notified with cloud sync notifications, smart home controls, music streaming, and more by activating the 4G/LTE from the Verizon website.

Track and monitor sleep by downloading TicSleep and monitor your heart 24 hours with an emergency notification feature via TicPulse technology. The TicWatch Pro is IP68 waterproof. The battery lasts 2 days in smart mode, 5 days in essential mode, and 18 hours with cellular usage.

Specifications

  • multifunctional dial
  • stainless steel bezel
  • compatible with Verizon
  • 4G/LTE capability
  • IP68 waterproof
  • long battery life
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Best Value

Garmin vivosmart HR Activity tracker

Garmin vívosmart HR Activity Tracker Regular Fit - Black

Monitor your intensity level during weightlifting and other activities with the Garmin vivosmart HR. It features wrist-based heart rate monitoring to better determine calories burned. Also displaying steps, distance, and floors climbed. A move bar and vibration alert remind you to stay active.

The vivosmart is smartphone compatible with Android, iPhone, and Windows. Get call and text notifications with a vibration alert. Download music, games, and Garmin Connect to share your stats and progress with their online community. An intensity minutes monitor measures your progress against goals set by the leading health organizations.

The vivosmart is light and comfortable to wear as a fitness tracker for weightlifting. The always-on display shows your stats clearly even in bright sunlight. For a minimalistic fitness tracker, it has all the functions of more expensive fitness trackers except for GPS connectivity. The long-lasting battery stays charged up to 5 days.

Specifications

  • advanced heart rate monitor
  • smartphone compatible
  • uses Garmin Connect
  • intensity minutes monitor
  • battery lasts 5 days
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Best Overall

Apple Watch Series 4

Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS, 44mm) - Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Band

Familiar, yet redesigned for a variety of workouts, the Series 4 Watch brings Apple technology to the fitness world. Glance at the time and get 5 metrics to track your favorite ways to train from weightlifting to yoga and hiking. The colorful display is 30 percent larger than other trackers and features a haptic digital crown. It’s made of lightweight aluminum and won’t get in the way during strength training exercises like squats, deadlifts, or bench presses.

The GPS-connected Apple 4 cadence and pace alerts for runners. Heart rate is monitored with a second-generation optical heart sensor. With high/low heartbeat and irregular rhythm notifications, it’s like having an ECG on your wrist. One unique feature is the Fall Alert. Send an SOS emergency message and get help.

Apple Watch Series 4 is compatible with iPhone 5 or later and iOS 12 or later. Get all the techy features you’d expect from Apple including phone call and message notifications, Apple Music (with subscription), podcasts, and all your favorite apps with Siri shortcuts. It’s great for competing; personalized coaching, accept monthly challenges, achievement awards, and sharing with friends keeps you motivated.

The Apple Watch Series 4 is available in space gray with a black band or silver with a white band. It has a battery life of around 18 hours.

Specifications

  • 5 metrics to track training
  • optical heart sensor
  • compatible with iPhone or iOS
  • apps for competing
  • GPS connectivity
  • case size: 40 mm
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Scosche Rythm+ Heartrate Monitor Armband

Scosche Rhythm+ Heart Rate Monitor Armband- Optical Heart Rate Armband Monitor with Dual Band Radio ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart - Bonus Pack Includes Additional Free Armband (Green)

As tough and rugged as a weightlifter, the Scosche Rythm+ Heart Monitor works with popular health and fitness apps like Digifit, mapmyfitness, Run Keeper, and Strava. It’s also compatible with ANT+ enabled equipment and devices, smartphones, tablets, and Bluetooth Smart to a 100-foot range to provide workouts that are effective and safe.

Heart rate is important for weight training routines. Training at lower BMPs will require longer to achieve results and training at BMPs that are too high can cause burnout before reaching your goal. Scosche takes out the guesswork with the Rythm+ optical heart sensor to help you find your personal heart rate zone and maximize your workout by giving you a precise BMP reading. And the breathable, lightweight green or yellow bands eliminate the need for a chest strap.

With IP67 waterproof construction, the Scosche Rythm+ Heart rate Monitoring can live through sweat and water submergence up to 1 meter. It has an 8-hour battery life and comes with an extra free armband.

Specifications

  • works with popular fitness apps
  • Rythm+ optical heart sensor
  • compatible with ANT+ equipment
  • provides personal heart rate zone
  • IP67 waterproof
  • 8-hour battery life
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HalfSun Fitness Tracker Watch

HalfSun Fitness Tracker, Activity Tracker Fitness Watch with Heart Rate Monitor, Blood Pressure Monitor, IP67 Waterproof Smart Watch with Sleep Monitor, Calorie Counter, Pedometer for Kids Men Women

With both heart rate monitoring and blood pressure monitor, The HalfSun Fitness Tracker display gives you the time, date, and stats on a 1.3-inch IPS HD color screen. It tracks and records steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, and quality of sleep.

Weightlifting causes a temporary spike in blood pressure, but the good news is, over time, the benefits pay off in lowering blood pressure. Strength training along with cardio lowers your risk of stroke and heart disease. The HalfSun’s heart rate and blood pressure monitor track stats in real-time automatically and continuously.

Connect your smartphone to the HalfSun via the Apple H band and get call and message notifications including Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp. A sedentary reminder keeps you active, and GPS connectivity shows run stats and workout routes. It’s IP67 waterproof specific for showering and swimming to a depth of 3 meters. The battery has a charge life of 3-5 days.

Specifications

  • continuous heart rate/bp monitor
  • works with Apple H band
  • GPS connectivity
  • smartphone compatible
  • IP67 waterproof
  • battery life 3-5 days
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Letsfit Fitness Tracker HR

Letsfit Fitness Tracker HR, Activity Tracker Watch with Heart Rate Monitor, IP67 Water Resistant Smart Bracelet with Calorie Counter Pedometer Watch for Kids Women Men

At a fair price and with a minimalist design, the multisport Letsfit Fitness Tracker packs a powerful punch. With 14 preset workouts, the multisport tracker is sure to have a mode that weightlifters can expand on. Keep up with active minutes and use your smartphone’s GPS for real-time stats to track steps, distance, and calories burned.

The Letsfit tracks your heart rate with the latest HR sensor. Use your resting heart rate to adjust weightlifting and other routines for real-time results. Quality sleep is important for hormonal balance and a healthy immune system. The Letsfit monitors wake, light, and deep sleep and has a peaceful silent alarm to wake you.

Connect the Letsfit to your smartphone with the VeryFitPro app and don’t miss call and message notifications during your workout. With IP67 specific waterproofing, you can run in the rain but not swim or shower while wearing the Letsfit. Enjoy cordless charging with the USB plug. Simply remove the tracker from the band and insert it into a USB charger for 10+ days of run time.

Specifications

  • minimalist design
  • 14 preset workouts
  • latest HR sensor
  • smartphone compatible
  • USB charger
  • 10+ hours run time
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