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How Does Garmin Unified Training Status Help You?

By Jiri Kaloc

If you bought a Garmin device in the past few years, you probably have access to a new feature called Unified Training Status. Let’s take a look at what this feature is designed to do and why it is of interest to cyclists in particular.

It builds on Physio TrueUp

Unified Training Status is an evolution of Physio TrueUp, a feature that keeps physiological information in sync between multiple Garmin devices. Here are a few examples of what kind of information Physio TrueUp synchronizes:

  • VO2 Max
  • FTP
  • Power Zones
  • Recovery Time
  • Training Load
  • Heat & Altitude Acclimation

After enabling the feature for the first time, the system will download and update your physiological metrics with the last 75 days of activity data.

How is Unified Training Status different from Physio TrueUp?

Unified Training Status synchronizes even more performance metrics across different devices, namely Training Status, Training Readiness and HRV Status. Every time a compatible device syncs, the data will be updated on your Primary Training Device, the wearable you use most frequently to log your activities.

This makes Unified Training Status a feature that provides you with a single, easy-to-understand metric that takes into account multiple metrics to give an overview of your current training status and progress. It is designed to give you feedback so you can avoid overtraining and undertraining.

Select your primary training device

When you use more than one device with your Garmin Connect account, you can choose which device is the primary data source for everyday use and for training purposes. You will find the following two options in the settings.

  • Primary Training Device – Sets the priority data source for training metrics like your training status and load focus.
  • Primary Wearable – Sets the priority data source for daily health metrics like steps and sleep. This should be the watch you wear most often.

Which devices support it?

Unified Training Status is compatible with most high-end Garmin sports watches. The company is gradually expanding the functionality to more wearables via firmware updates. Here is a list of currently supported devices:

  • D2 Mach 1
  • Enduro range
  • Edge 1040
  • Epix (Gen 2) Series
  • Fenix 6 and 7 Series
  • Forerunner 255, 265, 955 and 965 Series
  • Instinct 2 and Crossover Series
  • MARQ Collection (Gen 1 and 2)
  • Quatix 7 Series
  • Tactix 7 and DeltaSeries

When is Unified Training Status most useful?

There are two scenarios where Unified Training Status is really helpful.

Multiple devices: Cyclists often have a Garmin bike computer as well as a Garmin watch. Other athletes may have a specialized watch for outdoor adventures or diving as well as a simpler fitness watch for everyday wear.

Switching to a new model: Whether you’re buying the latest Garmin model every year or doing an upgrade every few years, Unified Training Status makes sure the transition is smooth and your new device knows all about you as soon as you put it on your wrist.