Anyone use the watch for yoga or weights yet?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by 01jeremy, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. 01jeremy macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2015
    I remember seeing that video of apple employees doing yoga in the apple fitness research area where they developed the watch.

    However, heart rate is apparently a bad way to measure yoga exertion. Similarly, heart rate is a bad way to measure weight lifting exertion. Your heart rate just doesn't get as high and stay high like running, and so it underestimates calories by a lot.

    So if they used yoga to develop the activity algorithms, then how does it perform?

    (An example: 1.5 hours of power/ashtanga yoga is supposed to be about 350 calories, but a heart rate monitor will only record a hundred or so, as if you're resting or taking a light walk. I don't know how many calories weights are supposed to give you, but I've read that HR monitors are terrible for it.)
  2. Nde macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    With our current technology, this is the best we can do without having a person standing next to you while you yoga. Those calories numbers are just a general number and consumers are not suppose to rely 100% on them. If he or she really wants the exact calories count, he or she will need to work with a trainer at the gym, measuring his or her fat content, weight, height, etc
  3. eg0 macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2014
    I was monitoring my heart right while weight training. I don't think it was working properly because it didn't change by more than 3bpm
  4. thefredelement macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2012
    New York
    I did pilates after a run today but didn't set the watch to an activity. I don't think I got any credit for it, I'm not really sure how it all works yet.
  5. betabeta macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2013
    When lifting weights the watch thinks I'm walking:D lots of steps.
  6. random person macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2008
    I set my watch to Other in the workout app when I do weights and it then counts calories etc as if it wer a brisk walk,which means about 250 calories for a heavy session of an hour or so. And frankly, that seems about right in tems of caloric expenditure for activities like that.
  7. kitkat2 macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2010
    I used Other for weightlifting and got a lot of credit for it. So far I haven't used the workout app with yoga since I practice a slower more deliberate style. I haven't yet figured out if I'm getting any exercise credit for it; I'm going to try to remember to pay attention to my exercise minutes before and after tomorrow to see what it catches.
  8. MartyCan macrumors 68000


    Oct 31, 2012
    Near Toronto, ON
    It treats it ad a brisk watch which it likeley is not.

    Hope they can improve that soon.
  9. Fwingonga macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2015
    Paris, France
    I am unlikely to have my AW for another couple of weeks but I will be very curious to see how it records the activity in various classes I go to, as most of the activities are very mixed within one class and no doubt will have to be lumped under "Other": one class combines weights with high-intensity cardio on a step, another starts with cardio/body weight intervals and finishes with dynamic stretching, another is like a cross between yoga and Pilates... All a bit confusing for the current software, I think!!!
  10. MartyCan macrumors 68000


    Oct 31, 2012
    Near Toronto, ON
    For full cardio stiff the HR mwtched any equipment I used this week.
  11. kjparfekt macrumors regular


    Sep 24, 2012
    Washington, DC
    I've tried all of the third party weight lifting tracking apps that all sync with the Apple Health app but none show heart rate (no third party access yet).

    None are great. Slow response time and often closing or restarting.

    Hopefully this all will get sorted out.
  12. dalcorn1 macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2008
    I've tried using fitstar yoga for a couple of sessions, whilst the health app registers it as a 'workout' it doesn't fill up my excercise ring which is kind of annoying.
  13. BD1 macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2007
    More on HR recording when in "Other"....

    I attached a copy of the message you get the first time you use the Other workout. I did a P90X2 Plyocide workout where you are elevating your HR into your target zone and then back down. My results seems to give me credit for more active calories for being in my HR target zone for part of the workout than just a brisk walk for the entire workout.

    Need to look at this more closely for future workouts and I would like to see Apple document their HR calcs in more detail.

    Attached Files:

  14. va.cambridge macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2015
    I used my Apple Watch in a bikram yoga class this evening. For those that aren't familiar with it, it's a 90-minute class in a room heated to 104 degrees. My workout stats came in at:

    - 717 calories (574 active, 143 resting)
    - elapsed time: 1:22:53
    - average heart rate: 131 bpm

    Before the class started my heart rate was about 65bpm. Looking at the raw data, my heart rate ramped up to about 100-110bpm and then hovered between 130-140ish bpm.

    I am pretty sure that the heart rate data is accurate (I've measured similar readings using a chest monitor in the same class). Since the heart rate hovered in the 90-150bpm zone and the watch/iphone has my height, weight, gender (and the workout duration above) it seems like it can make a reasonable guess at caloric burn?

    Regardless, it was really cool to have the information post class. I've been looking forward to this for awhile. Granted, there were other ways to get it but they just weren't as slick as the Apple Watch!

    PS, one issue: I didn't order a sport band in time so had to wear the milanese loop band ... It held up fine and was pretty easy to clean. Still hoping my sport bands ship soon though!
  15. Dainin macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2009
    What work out type did you select when you started?
  16. john991 macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2014
    I suspect he used other.

    I'm interested in hearing if the watch powered down or he had issues afterwards. As I'm going to Bikram and was wondering if the watch could handle 40+C temperature
  17. Ant2369 macrumors regular


    Jul 20, 2011
    I've been using the Gymaholic App to track weight lifting. You make your own workouts or use pre made ones. Hit send to watch then open the app on ur watch. It works awesome. There's also a app Reps and Sets I was using but they haven't come out with a watch versions yet. And finally although still,in beta is Vimo Laps Tracker which is supposed to (eventually will) track your workouts automatically based on movements from your Apple Watch. Hope this helps
  18. Dainin macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2009
    I just got home from Bikram, watch had no issues in a 1.5 hour session. Other apps suggest with my weight etc I should burn 616 calories. Using the "other" workout category on my watch shows 318 active calories 439 total. Average heart rate of 107 BPM.
  19. scriptkitten macrumors regular


    Jul 11, 2007
    I do intense hot yoga classes and also professional level dance classes. My watch does a decent job on the calorie estimate. It's about what various fitness charts say I should burn

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