F3b Garmin Connect IQ


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-Brian B.

Useful Links:
Garmin Connect Mobile App Download -> https://connect.garmin.com/
Garmin IQ Store App Download -> https://apps.garmin.com/
Garmin Express Download -> https://www.garmin.com/express/

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Non-GPS Distance is Zero


I have been getting a lot of questions pertaining to the zero distance in the main bubble and activity sticker in Connect Mobile App saved activity.

The Distance is zero (or incorrect) on the Connect Activity Sticker and on the Activity main bubble, due to Garmin Policy does not allow CIQ applications to write NON-GPS values. However, these policies only applies to CIQ applications not the native Garmin apps.

I cannot change the decisions of the Garmin Executives, however if there is enough complaints they may change there policy.

I encourage you to politely complain to “Garmin” (in the Garmin threads below) to follow and use the IQ SDK Fit Contributor class ‘nativeNum’, which overrides the data in the FIT file as the Garmin Built-in apps do.

I want this functionality as a Garmin User as much as you do.

Add the “@AlphaMonkeyC” to the post.


Garmin blocks the distance in the following applications: Elliptical, Dance, StairStepper, SwimSports, work, any step based distance or non-GPS distance.

Here is a 30 minute elliptical workout distance is zero in the main field, but the distance is shown in the IQ section.


Until the policy changes, I provide the distance in the IQ Section.


-Brian B.


Tips for better optical heart accuracy


Yes, the Garmin’s first, second and third generation optical heart sensor hardware produces results with lower values than the Chest HRM.

Why is Optical Heart Rate generally lower:

1.) Wrist movement

2.) loose watch fit

3.) poor sensor contact

4.) hair, sweat or dirt will affect the values too

5.) Garmin Software filtering

Why are the high heart rate (Peaks) and low heart rate (valleys) missing:

Garmin Software imposes additional filters (Fast Fourier Transforms, FFT) in Activity types Strength Training, Tennis, Soccer and flexibility, due to high wrist movement in these activities. These FFT filters (advanced math) reduce the recorded peaks and valleys of a heart rate and calories calculations. Calories are based on heart rate, age, weight, gender and time.

There are a few solutions to improve the optical heart rate values:

1.) Wear the watch tighter. Poor sensor contact will result in lower HR values.

2.) Reduce wrist hair under sensor.

3.) Reduce wrist movement when possible, high movement reduces sensor contact.

4.) Chest HRM Gives best results.

Garmin Video explaining the difference between Optical and Chest Heart Rate monitors.


F3b Esports+ VR release!

Esports+ VR is a Premium application for Garmin CIQ watches and Edge Bike Computers.

Our watches needed support for Esports and VR gaming, the Esports+ application provides real time data and posts data to Garmin Connect Web and App.

Esports+ Custom graphs: Momentary Energy Expenditure, SaO2, and Breath Rate

Esports+ Custom data: Game Distance, Steps During Activity, average Steps per minute

Esports+ Gamer Efficiency (GE) which is a Metric to show physical improvements.

Displayed Data

-Calories, Heart Rate, Average Heart Rate, Elapsed Timer, Time of Day, SaO2 Breath Rate Momentary Energy Expenditure, and Training Effect

-Heart Rate is completely configurable and color coded.

-Configure Heart rate zones in Garmin Connect or Garmin Express using the generic zones

-Battery (Green Horizontal Line )meter uses the entire screen for reliability and acts as a divide to help focus one the upper fields.

-Battery color range: RED less than 15%, Orange 16%-35%, Green greater than 36%

-Fields are auto-adjust for all data ranges for maximum readability throughout your entire activity.

-inActivity configuration adjustment. Use phone Connect app to change during activity or at watch menus

–(Long press up button or long touch the screen)

-BlueTooth Connectivity as a simple letter "BLE".

Esports Download to your Garmin CIQ Watch -> (https://apps.garmin.com/en-US/apps/4e86574b-1941-4bb0-92be-916417a40a1c)

Esports Help page – > (https://www.fbbbrown.com/garmin-connect-iq/help-faq/app-help/esports)


Brian Brown