Apple Watch 2 in the gym

jamin00

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Do you guys use external 3rd party apps for when you are in the gym or just the native app that it gives you?

What would you recommend for running on a treadmill, exercise bike and doing some weights?

Needs to sync with the Health app and all that sort of thing :)

Thanks.
 

cyberhound

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I do a similar workout routine. I have the Nike S2 and I use the Under Armour Record app. Blasphemy, right? But I find it works for me. I use the total body workout mode and I find it's pretty spot on with calories and heart rate. I also like how the Record app sync with My Fitness Pall to track calories and exercise.
 

Resqu2

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I go to the gym 7 days a week, on the treadmill the Watch is dead on distance, pace, time and HR. I really don't see how it does it but it does. I do a lot of elliptical and it's also right on it. Can't see any reason not to use what Apple gave us. I can't speak for doing weights yet, not sure how that would work or if it would work.
 

cmbauer

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I do Crossfit 6/7 times a week and use the Under Armour Record app as well. I agree with others who love the intergration with MyFitness Pal and it syncs right into the Apple Health stuff as well
 
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midloman

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I use the Apple workout app for cardio (elliptical, indoor cycle, etc.) and Gymaholic for weights. I like Gymaholic. I create my workouts on the iPhone and then send them to the watch. The watch app allows you to enter/change reps and weights, add exercises/setc, skip them, etc. It tracks HR and calorie burn and syncs back to Apple Health. You can sync the completed workout back to the iPhone when you're done if you want.
 

lionmanpt

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I do Crossfit 6/7 times a week and use the Under Armour Record app as well. I agree with others who love the intergration with MyFitness Pal and it syncs right into the Apple Health stuff as well
I have just installed it and I dont know why, the app on the watch is in chinese or japonese.

Did it happened to anyone of you ?
 

Dodgeman

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I do a similar workout routine. I have the Nike S2 and I use the Under Armour Record app. Blasphemy, right? But I find it works for me. I use the total body workout mode and I find it's pretty spot on with calories and heart rate. I also like how the Record app sync with My Fitness Pall to track calories and exercise.
Do you have to make an account for the UA record app?
I use to use a FuelBand and have been using "Other" in the AW stock app.
 

cmbauer

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Do you have to make an account for the UA record app?
I use to use a FuelBand and have been using "Other" in the AW stock app.
Yeah you just create a quick profile etc for the community aspect of the app
 

jamin00

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Just used the watch in the gym this morning for the first time and for the first time I been back to the gym in 4 months due to an accident.

Can only ride a bike and walk on the treadmill at the moment but I used the native workout app on the correct workout and it appears to have worked and synced very well. I will use this for the rest of the week and then try the UA one next one for a comparison.

The walk on the treadmill was very accurate on distance and I was quite surprised by they tbh but very happy. Good start.
 
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Slmatthews1

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I have the Iwatch 2.
At the gym just the other day I was in the workout app and somehow (no clue how) I ended up in this screen (see attached) I could not get out of it and had to restart my watch to get out of it. When I tried choosing one of the options nothing would happen as if it were frozen but for the life of me I cannot find it again or any info on the web regarding it. I am looking for a specific setting for particular types of workouts for your activity goals. I was specifically looking for skiing and found it odd that in the long list of activities in this "ghost" screen that they did not have skiing but they did have wrestling. Thee are NO wrestlers that would wear their watch to wrestle but many or all skiers would. Anyone know where this screen is of how it works??
 

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ftaok

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I have the Iwatch 2.
At the gym just the other day I was in the workout app and somehow (no clue how) I ended up in this screen (see attached) I could not get out of it and had to restart my watch to get out of it. When I tried choosing one of the options nothing would happen as if it were frozen but for the life of me I cannot find it again or any info on the web regarding it. I am looking for a specific setting for particular types of workouts for your activity goals. I was specifically looking for skiing and found it odd that in the long list of activities in this "ghost" screen that they did not have skiing but they did have wrestling. Thee are NO wrestlers that would wear their watch to wrestle but many or all skiers would. Anyone know where this screen is of how it works??
I think this is the screen you get when you do an "Other" type of workout. I don't remember if you get it before or after you do the workout.

Also, I think the types of workouts are just for catergorizing and all of the Other workouts are treated the same way in terms of calorie burn. Something along the lines of a "brisk" walk. But I could be wrong on this subject.
 

Dodgeman

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Just used the watch in the gym this morning for the first time and for the first time I been back to the gym in 4 months due to an accident.

Can only ride a bike and walk on the treadmill at the moment but I used the native workout app on the correct workout and it appears to have worked and synced very well. I will use this for the rest of the week and then try the UA one next one for a comparison.

The walk on the treadmill was very accurate on distance and I was quite surprised by they tbh but very happy. Good start.
Did you calibrate the watch in anyway? Or just set it normal out of the box and use it in the gym?
 

jamin00

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No, straight out of the box however when I did the "Indoor Walk" it did say for best results do an outdoor walk for 20 minutes.
 

Julien

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I have the Iwatch 2.
At the gym just the other day I was in the workout app and somehow (no clue how) I ended up in this screen (see attached) I could not get out of it and had to restart my watch to get out of it. When I tried choosing one of the options nothing would happen as if it were frozen but for the life of me I cannot find it again or any info on the web regarding it. I am looking for a specific setting for particular types of workouts for your activity goals. I was specifically looking for skiing and found it odd that in the long list of activities in this "ghost" screen that they did not have skiing but they did have wrestling. Thee are NO wrestlers that would wear their watch to wrestle but many or all skiers would. Anyone know where this screen is of how it works??
After you complete an Other Workout and you scroll down past Save you have the Name Workout option. You must have hit it. You can then name the Other Workout. If you do this a couple of times it will show up in your Workout List. Below is all the choices on a Series 0&1.







  1. Baseball
  2. Basketball
  3. Bowling
  4. Boxing
  5. Cross Training
  6. Curling
  7. Dance
  8. Downhill Skiing
  9. Functional Training
  10. Golf
  11. Gymnastics
  12. Handball
  13. Jump Rope
  14. Kickboxing
  15. Martial Arts
  16. Mind & Body
  17. Mixed Cardio
  18. Paddling
  19. Pilates
  20. Play
  21. Racquetball
  22. Rolling
  23. Rugby
  24. Saling
  25. Skating
  26. Snow Sports
  27. Snowboarding
  28. Step Training
  29. Strength Training
  30. Surfing
  31. Table Tennis
  32. USA Football
  33. Volleyball
  34. Wrestling
  35. Yoga
 

TwoBytes

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i've been looking at this fitness band and hoping apple release something like this for gym and lifting
 

cmbauer

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i've been looking at this fitness band and hoping apple release something like this for gym and lifting
Guys check out the Twelve South Action sleeve. The Apple Watch snaps into it and then you wrap it around the bicep like a HRM. It works amazing for lifting weights etc CrossFit. Check out my review in the accessories forum. You can see my side by side heart rate charts etc for lifting weights
 

TwoBytes

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Guys check out the Twelve South Action sleeve. The Apple Watch snaps into it and then you wrap it around the bicep like a HRM. It works amazing for lifting weights etc CrossFit. Check out my review in the accessories forum. You can see my side by side heart rate charts etc for lifting weights
It's just a band but if you click the link i put in my post, it calculates reps, analysis form, etc for lifting. There's nothing else like it.
 

chesleya

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I set up an open-goal weight training exercise in the Activity app when I start my lifting routine, pausing when I'm swapping between lifts (though I don't pause during rests between sets). I actually track my lifts and progress with an iPhone app called Strong, which I switched to 6 months ago after tracking on paper for my entire life at the gym. I tried about a dozen apps across iOS and Android and Strong is the only one I really like because it is the most like tracking on paper. Strong's developer says he'll add a watch app someday, but I'm not holding my breath (nor am I sure I'll use it when they add it).

Like cmbauer, I use the Action Sleeve, which is extremely good.
 

TwoBytes

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I set up an open-goal weight training exercise in the Activity app when I start my lifting routine, pausing when I'm swapping between lifts (though I don't pause during rests between sets). I actually track my lifts and progress with an iPhone app called Strong, which I switched to 6 months ago after tracking on paper for my entire life at the gym. I tried about a dozen apps across iOS and Android and Strong is the only one I really like because it is the most like tracking on paper. Strong's developer says he'll add a watch app someday, but I'm not holding my breath (nor am I sure I'll use it when they add it).

Like cmbauer, I use the Action Sleeve, which is extremely good.
In that case, you'll like gymaholic which has AW functionality and some great analytics i've seen for a lifting app. I liked it a lot better than the strong app.
 

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It's just a band but if you click the link i put in my post, it calculates reps, analysis form, etc for lifting. There's nothing else like it.
When I click the link to that page, the content doesn't load, but the little Hotjar pop-in window in the bottom right -- which asks, "Is there anything missing on this page?" -- got in the way.

So, tell whoever runs that page to fix it by (a) making the content load reliably, and (b) getting rid of that little Hotjar plugin.
 

DeepIn2U

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I set up an open-goal weight training exercise in the Activity app when I start my lifting routine, pausing when I'm swapping between lifts (though I don't pause during rests between sets). I actually track my lifts and progress with an iPhone app called Strong, which I switched to 6 months ago after tracking on paper for my entire life at the gym. I tried about a dozen apps across iOS and Android and Strong is the only one I really like because it is the most like tracking on paper. Strong's developer says he'll add a watch app someday, but I'm not holding my breath (nor am I sure I'll use it when they add it).

Like cmbauer, I use the Action Sleeve, which is extremely good.
I've downloaded this Strong app, and along with Reps & Sets, they seem like great applications. YET:
Unfortunately very limited to enter in your own exercises vs following the developers set plans - which lead you into the 'PAID' app cycle.
I have a problem with this ideal because 1 I cannot test the app tracks my 3 day workout schedule that I've prepared for myself or that my personal trainer has prepared for me. Secondly and most important to me is I cannot SYNC workout set in Strong to the Apple Watch. I get some error that I need to request from the Watch first and when I do (with/out the app running in range of the iPhone - both are paired) doesn't work. The other major issue I have with Strong is I've created a workout, call it Day 2 (Back, Biceps and Traps) and it's set for a specific Day of the week. My 3 days workouts are on rotation so never the same "day of the week". I'm unsure if THIS is part of the issue.

In that case, you'll like gymaholic which has AW functionality and some great analytics i've seen for a lifting app. I liked it a lot better than the strong app.
I may give this application a try yet from the looks of the app screenshots it's most likely based off the same blueprint as the other two mentioned above. UnderArmor is a complete joke with their apps and over glorified wallpaper of a quadrant.

I'd like a work out app that I can
Enter my own exercises (great if I can pick from a very exhaustive list - Reps & Sets has this)
Enter my own reps and sets
- ability to edit the reps and sets (both ON the watch during a workout and on iPhone - sync between the two when in range). This would be SUPER great if I can see right away, say with a red bold highlight of the edited Set/Rep IF below the set target, and a green bold highlight if above! This would be great to track weaknesses and improved strengths/crushing plateaus! Go one further for me to jot done a note within the iOS app and can be viewed specifically within a 'notes' feed.
Sync ability with Food/Caloric tracking application like MyFitnessPal (best there is)!
Apps ability to also not only set a specific and repeatable rest [between Reps, and another between Exercises, but ALSO tap into the Apple Watches heart rate monitor and update data into Health app in iOS (exercises caloric burn rate etc)

I'm VERY KEEN on my heart rate and lately it's been all out of WACK and freaking me out. Oddly enough if I focus I can reduce the heart rate quite rapidly - always had fun with the ECG at the doctors when I was younger lol.
[doublepost=1492658948][/doublepost]SWEET!!

Didn't see the Settings > Apple Watch menu and then Reset Apple Watch.
Been doing this before if memory serves well but nothing occured as a positive result. After 4 attempts BOOM I now see Strong Watch App requesting data and BOOM now saved.