Here’s Exactly How to Connect Garmin Watch to Peloton

Whether you are an avid runner or just starting your fitness journey, being able to track and sync your Garmin Watch with the Peloton Bike and Tread is important. This feature can make or break your Peloton training and experience.

The good news is that all Garmin watches are able to sync easily with Peloton devices! In this post I’ll walk through exactly how to connect Garmin Watch to Peloton bike, treadmill and rower.

a garmin watch with the sync options displayed

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Connecting your Garmin Watch to Peloton is a must have feature if you’re looking to get the most out of your workouts. By syncing the watch, you’ll be able display your heart rate during the workout and calculate your Strive Score.

Not only is this a helpful to know, but it also makes it more accurate to calculate your calories burned during class.

Plus, you’ll be able to keep track on Garmin and Strava your workout – as well as any other workout app connections.

Benefits of Connecting a Garmin Watch with Peloton

When you connect your Garmin Watch to Peloton it can greatly enhance your workout experience. By having your watch connected to your bike or tread, you have access to real-time data such as your heart rate, calories burned, and distance miles run.

image of.a garmin watch with text that reads how to connect garmin to peloton

This can make your calories burned slightly more accurate on Peloton, as well as calculate a strive score for your workout.

The Garmin Watch will also track your miles run if you’re doing a Peloton run. It won’t track miles done in spin classes. This is because watches are dependent on tracking location when you’re biking and are unable to track just using body motion.

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Garmin Watch vs Apple Watch for Peloton

When it comes to choosing a smart watch to use for working out, it really comes down to your preferences and features.

Apple Watch is a popular and stylish option, but one of the downsides is the battery life. Apple Watches have a battery life of about 1-2 days, where Garmin watches last up to 7 depending on GPS use.

apple watch and garmin in front of peloton bike

Garmin watches are more popular with runners and cyclists because they have more advanced training options. For running, Garmin has training programs and allows you to customize workouts inside the watch.

Apple has been working to improve its fitness features, but so far Garmin’s features are more advanced.

How to Connect Garmin Watch to Peloton Tread and Bike

Ready to learn how to connect Garmin Watch to Peloton?

Here’s how to do it! I use a Garmin Venu in this demonstration, but it will be the same process for other Garmin watches.

On your watch, go to settings

main screen of garmin setting

Scroll down to “Wrist Heart Rate”

garmin settings menu

Select “Broadcast in Activity” (the little slider on the side will turn green when activated)

activating broadcast in activity

You will get a warning that by turning this on will effect the battery but I honestly haven’t noticed any kind of decrease on my watch since turning it on.

I’m still getting 7 days of battery life on every charge, with working out 60-90 minutes each day.

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Once this setting is turned on your watch you’ll be able to see your Garmin when you turn on your Peloton Bike or Tread under “Heart Rate Monitors”.

I noticed that when I connect my Garmin on my Peloton Tread that my Peloton Bike had it paired automatically on my next workout.

peloton screen to pair heart rate monitor

Once you sync your watch to a Peloton bike or tread it’ll automatically save so next workout it’ll pop right up!

Prefer to watch a video on how to connect Garmin to Peloton? Here’s my video on how to do it!

YouTube video

Best Garmin Watches for Peloton

These are my favorite watches I recommend to use with Peloton. I found these affiliate links on Amazon because they can sometimes be tough to find in stores.

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More Peloton Resources

Garmin and Apple aren’t the only watches that can sync with Peloton! Here’s how to sync your Coros watch with Peloton.

The Peloton tread is a great tool to train for a half marathon. Here’s a training plan with how to use Peloton for half marathon training.

A fun way to stay motivated with working out is to join a Power Zone Challenge. They’re year-round bike challenges that will take your fitness to another level.

Did you know you can use the Peloton bike without a subscription?

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activating broadcast in activity

How to Sync a Garmin Watch with Peloton

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Active Time: 2 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Did you know you can sync your garmin watch with the Peloton bike, tread and rower? Here is how to sync it to get the most accurate metrics in your next workout.

Materials

  • None

Tools

  • Peloton Bike
  • Garmin Watch

Instructions

  1. On the Garmin watch, go to settings
  2. Scroll down to "Wrist Heart Rate"
  3. Select "Broadcast in Activity" (the little slider on the side will turn green when activated)
  4. Once this setting is turned on your watch you'll be able to see your Garmin when you turn on your Peloton Bike or Tread under "Heart Rate Monitors".
  5. Once you sync your watch to a Peloton bike or tread it'll automatically save so next workout it'll pop right up!

Notes

I'm wearing the Garmin Venu in this demo, but it works with all Garmin watches

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  • Ali Van Straten

    Ali Van Straten is the founder and journalist of Champagne and Coffee Stains. She is a Peloton expert, certified running coach and certified nutrition coach. Champagne and Coffee Stains provides information and resources on Peloton Interactive, running and recipes.

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4 Comments

  1. Andy (SORTstreethawk) says:

    Hi Ali,
    thanks for sharing your insights, it’s very interesting and useful for me.
    I’ve been using my Apple Watch with my Bike+ since I became a Peloton user last year. I just bring the watch close to the Peloton logo near the webcam and the recording starts automatically, but there are some drawbacks (stability, failure rate, Peloton workout tracking without using bike+ not perfect). I used to be a Garmin Fenix user for swimming, running, cycling and hiking and after your review I would switch back to Garmin for a try.
    Many thanks for posting and greetings from Germany ✌

    1. Oh that’s good to know! I have the original bike that doesn’t have any integration (or I should say – direct integration lol) so I’ve always had to do roundabout ways to get it to connect. I’d love to know what you think of the garmin connection when you try it!

  2. Thanks for your step by step directions. Took no time at all and worked like a charm!

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