How to Calibrate a Garmin Foot Pod

by Melissa King
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Garmin's Foot Pod attaches to the shoelaces of your running shoes and analyzes your performance as you jog. The Foot Pod tracks your movements, measures distance covered and provides valuable feedback on your training. Garmin suggests that you periodically calibrate the Foot Pod for the most accurate results. The Foot Pod offers an automatic and manual calibration option. Garmin recommends that you calibrate the Foot Pod via the inside lane of a regulation track where two laps equals 800 meters or one-half of a mile.

Automatic Calibration

Step 1

Power on the Foot Pod and go to the main menu.

Step 2

Select "Settings," "General" and then "Accessories."

Step 3

Select "Foot Pod" and "Calibrate." Choose "800 m" and select "Continue."

Step 4

Press "Start" to begin calibration. Walk 800 meters or one-half of a mile at your normal pace.

Press "Stop" when you finish walking to complete the calibration.

Manual Calibration

Step 1

Turn on the Foot Pod and go to the main menu; then select "Settings."

Step 2

Select "General," "Accessories" and "Foot Pod."

Step 3

Select the "Calibration Factor" field and enter 1000 as the default value.

Step 4

Press the "Start" button and then walk one-half of a mile or 800 meters at your normal pace.

Step 5

Press the "Stop" button when you stop walking. Look at the number in the Calibration Factor field.

Step 6

Divide 800 by the number shown in the Calibration Factor field and then multiply the result by 1,000. The resulting number is your new calibration factor.

Enter the new number in the Calibration Factor field.


  • Garmin does not recommend that you calibrate the Foot Pod using a treadmill, as it provides very inconsistent accuracy.


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About the Author

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.

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