Best workout app for Apple Watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Apps' started by 212rikanmofo, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. 212rikanmofo macrumors 65816

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    I do a lot of cardio workouts such as cycling, walking and running and would love to know what the best app is that works well with the Apple Watch and iPhone 6? Prefer something with beautiful UI thats easy to use. Now that WatchOS 2 is out, I'd prefer a native app for the watch. Can anyone make some recommendations for me. Thanks in advance!
     
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    I would agree with that. The only other native workout app available is Runtastic Pro .. and it doesn't seem to work at all. I tried it on my run this afternoon, and it froze about a mile into the run, and wouldn't allow me to end the run. The HR data it was supposed be collecting was lost.
     
  4. thedoc46 macrumors member

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    There was an update for Runtastic Pro yesterday, but its still not working.. That was just wishful thinking anyway. I personally like the activity rings, and so far the only app that adds to the rings is the built in workout app.

    HOWEVER, the stats are very off in my opinion. If i cycle, and take my phone with me, its fairly accurate.. As in matches my bike computer on calories... however the mileage varies from day to day... Not by a lot, but say i do a ten mile cycle... 10mile accurate, by using the circumference of my wheel and bike computer... one day on my watch it'll say 10.2 and another 9.88. Route being the exact same every day. Now that may not seem like a lot of difference, but it hugely affects the average speed. 1 or 2mph is a big deal to a cyclist, who's trying his hardest to ride above a certain pace.

    Also i wish they'd add levels at which you worked out at... For example an elliptical workout. If i really push myself my HR staying about 160 average, (peaking at 190) the calorie count is less than 300 for a 30min workout, whereas the machine that actually measures wattage is around 450. I'm sure if i went for a light option it would probably say 300 also... so is it really taking in the HR to consideration ?

    I'm fairly certain its not, cos if i cycle, without my phone... the calorie count varies tremendously also. Why though? Surely it should be smart enough via the HR going hard for 30mins... but it doesn't. It just takes 30mins of excerise as 300 odd calories.

    If you're weight training and choose other as the option, then forget it !!! it says your HR is in the low 60's.. but if you wear an actual HR monitor its much much higher than that.. 140's as an example.

    So to sum up my rant... The watch is okish at best as an exercise device.. Really you're best off using a proper HR chest strap and a dedicated app.. and forgetting about the rings.
     
  5. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

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    The built in app is only missing a map of your run etc. If it had that, it would be perfect. I don't necessarily care, but the Nike app has it.
     
  6. Bob190 macrumors 6502

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    For me, the other big missing function of the built in app is the ability to upload the workout directly to Strava or any other of the popular sites, etc. Other than that, I agree it works pretty well.
     
  7. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    It's a nice to have but, ultimately, I don't miss it.

    I put the onus on the other apps. The workouts get synced to Health. These apps can import the workouts from Health and log them. They need to build in that functionality in their apps.
     
  8. richxps macrumors 65816

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    Do the built in app also track heart rate ? If not any suggestions for some that wil?

     
  9. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    It absolutely does.
     
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