Best Setting For Kettlebell Workout

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Jason Honer, Sep 30, 2018.

  1. Jason Honer Suspended

    Jason Honer

    Aug 13, 2018
    Boston MA
    Hello all,
    I’m just curious what is the best way to track a kettlebell workout on the Apple Watch. I prefer to use the native workout app but will take any suggestions. I was stoked when OS5 gave me a dedicating Himing workout setting, the wife and I “Hike the Whites” all the time.
  2. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2015
    I assume strength training would be the. Wet option but if your workout is more high intensity and shorter breaks than HIIT.
  3. ReardenMetal macrumors regular


    May 1, 2015
    Los Angeles
    I use “Other: Strength Training” when I lift.
    Generally, this and other watches do a not so great job of tracking lifting because the watch doesn’t know how much you’re lifting and how to calculate that. We would need a new algo, field research and smart weights that talk to the watch for that.
  4. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    Is kettlebell workout a weight lift? If it is, I’d recommend Strong which can sync with Apple Health.
  5. nippyjun macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2007
  6. aviddk macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2007
    SW Oregon
    I use other -- strength training.

    I switch my watch back and forth when doing kettlebell snatches, my favorite kettlebell exercise. I guess I could turn the face around but I would ding up the catch.
  7. michaelb5000 macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2015
    I use gymaholic for weight lifting, mainly because I like the rest timer between intervals and it is relatively easy to track reps and also change or edit the sets. But I don't think any lifting app for the watch is particularly easy to change the reps or weights or set up new lifts; so they all have compromises.

    If by kettlebells you are doing kettlebell swings, I have hunted for an app that would count the reps automatically, mostly unsuccessfully. Once I am trying to count 15+ reps, it is easy to lose track; it would be nice to have the watch count 25+ reps when doing swings. So I have experimented with Fitcounter for this, and it sometimes works really well, and sometimes it seems to either not count most reps and/or resets to default settings. So I still need to figure that out and/or submit a bug report. It seems like a kettlebell swing would be such an unique and obvious motion the watch's sensors should be able to track that. But not yet.

    By hiking the whites do you mean hiking in the whites or is that an indoor workout or something? If you hike in the mountains, I and many others here really like Workoutdoors so I would definitely use that over the built in app for hiking. I have other altimeter apps that I do use and like, but I will probably end up using workoutdoors most of the time, since that has activity tracking, elevation, and a map all in one.

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