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My Garmin 305 wont record calories when I'm in the Gym. I select the "Other" sport mode, the little guy skiing, and It doesn't recored or even register calories? It records during my Jog sessions while using GPS but not during my indoor workouts? Anyone have any clues?

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  • jerrywriter Dec 27, 2007

    Same problem...maybe it only records calories in GPS mode???

  • suej8041 Jul 09, 2008

    Mine used to record calories in the "other" mode, and now it doesn't.  It could possibly changed after an update was downloaded?? 

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The 305 uses distance to calculate calories. They sell a "foot pod" that you can use indoors, and that will count your calories by calculating the distance you have traveled. The problem however, is that using distance to calculate calories is so inaccurate! The calorie count that the 305 provides is almost always WAY too high. Other heart rate monitors use heart rate to calculate calories burned, and it is a much more accurate measure. My garmin thinks i burned 700 calories an hour today while i was snowboarding, and, while that would be nice, there is NO way it's true!!

Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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I have similar problem, looking online now to see if there is a fix or whether it's just when GPS mode is on. Will drop a note to Garmin or call, and hope to get an answer.

Posted on Aug 19, 2008

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