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macrumors 6502
Original poster
Nov 22, 2015
This week, I showed the following recovery(s).

Mon: 100% (After 3 consecutive days of working out).
Tue: 32%
Wed: 49%
Thur: 47%
Fri: 100%
Sat: 100%
Today: 22%, changed to 40% after mindfulness.

There have been no workouts since last Sunday. I am in a project, so there would be some stress in there, but these numbers make no sense. For example, on Friday, I bonked at 3:30 in the afternoon, yet, it said 100% all-day.

I think either Apple's HRV is bad or Athlytic over relies on it somehow that I can't see. Regardless, these numbers mean the app is almost useless. I don't even see positive correlation with sleeping.


macrumors 6502a
Jan 24, 2011
I think the best option for training recovery using the AW is HRV4Training.

Do a one minute breathing session using the Mindfulness app on the watch and then import it into HRV4Training on your phone.

The developer of the app shares a lot of useful information about HRV and his app on Twitter (@altini_marco).


macrumors G3
Oct 15, 2014
East of Eden
Thanks (I'm not the OP). I'll look at Training Today and HRV4Training. I used to check Elite HRV every morning with a Polar H7 before I got myself going (before coffee, exercise/workout, etc.). My memory is that the numbers varied a great deal. The HRV numbers that the native Health app records a really all over the place, which makes sense. IIRC, Athlytic is using only or mostly HRV during sleep which might help. I'm interested in what the other two apps can do.
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