do any of you take your iPad to the gym?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by huskerwr38, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. huskerwr38 macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2008
    I was thinking about taking my iPad to the gym. But then I got to thinking that it might actually be a bit too big and clunky to haul around the weight room with me. Anyone have any experience working out with it whether it be running or lifting weights?
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I take mine and read while I am on the treadmill
    Works out great for me
  3. Scarlet Siren macrumors regular

    Scarlet Siren

    Oct 11, 2011
    I haven't done, because I just got my iPad last week but I might start though. I've noticed quite a few people doing it. If it works for you/them why not?
  4. Tofaha macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2007
    i've never heard of people doing that, i mean it would be nice to bring it there, but i'd be worried about it falling while running on the treadmill .
  5. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    For treadmills or stationary bikes with book holders, sure. I can't imagine how you'd use it on a weight bench or machine.
  6. anjinha macrumors 604


    Oct 21, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    I'm thinking of doing this as well.
  7. macse30 macrumors regular


    Jul 30, 2009
  8. marsmissions macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2010
    Washington, US
    What will you be using it for in a weight room? Seems like an annoyance to me.
  9. kap09 macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2009
    tempting for cardio but i'd feel ridiculous, lol
  10. serega macrumors regular

    Nov 19, 2007
    I have used on stationary bike a couple of times.
  11. mhdena macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2009
    Poseur also comes to mind:D
  12. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    I can't imagine being able to concentrate on reading while running. :p
  13. possumwater macrumors regular


    Dec 15, 2010
    I do it on the elliptical all the time. Works great. VLC, COPS episodes i've downloaded...

    I have a fitness app that is really nice for free weights and machines. I've been thinking about using it for that too. Its no different than the pen and paper you see people doing it with. Just a much more expensive version. Check out iFitness HD, it may work for you if you don't have a set plan. I like it a lot but have yet to use it in the lifting area.
  14. Smileyboy macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    No offense. But most people I see using an iPad while working out don't look like its working for them...
  15. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    I bring mine every workout. I leave it in my locker while I do my weight workout, then break it out when I do my cardio. I get very bored while doing cardio so its a godsend to use, I catch up on reading books usually.

    The gym owner actually just got in some new treadmills/hill climbers which hook up to an iphone and let you customize your workouts and take them home with you, I have been meaning to hook up my ipad and play around with that.
  16. S1njin macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2010
    Not conducive to having around while I have 110 lb dumbbells over my head ... I wouldn't think of bringing any Apple device save a Nano or Shuffle to the gym. But than again, I'm not running on a treadmill.
  17. thetruth1985 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2010
    Sure I take mine to the weight room all the time. When I do my bench press, I have my spotter hold the iPad over my head so I can keep up with the Kardashians while I'm pushing out my reps.
  18. PracticalMac macrumors 68030


    Jan 22, 2009
    Houston, TX
    I do with iPT, but no Wi-Fi limits its usefulness.

    For stationary bikes and orbitals, I would with iPad.
  19. subtonic macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2011
    I bring mine to the gym all the time because my gym doesn't have any tv's but there is wifi. I actually bought the Sony Bluetooth headphone adaptor which lets me plug in any pair of headphones to the adaptor and then sync with Bluetooth. It's a godsend on the treadmill because I can't imagine being tethered to my iPad running at 7mph. One misstep and my iPad would be a goner. Now, I don't have to worry.

    Also, it's great while lifting weights because I can leave my iPad in the corner of the gym and still listen to my tunes and podcasts through Bluetooth.

    Here's the link to the adaptor:
  20. Smileyboy macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    Very true... I may have to try that next stair master workout.
  21. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Every day. While doing my run, it stays perfectly on the book holder. 3.5 miles is gone before you know it while watching a movie or tv, really works great.
  22. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    I'd never trust myself with my iPad at the gym. My old iPod Classic has been sent flying on countless occasions (and survived :), I shudder to think about the damage I'd do to my iPad!

    By the way, other than the above scenario, I'm careful and far from clumsy with my devices - I've never dropped my iPhone in 4 years, nor any any laptop I've ever owned - touch wood! Jinx!
  23. ucantgetridofme macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2011
    Leave your toys at home, I guarantee you those people at the gym all think you're a dork/idiot with an ipad in public. The ipad is too big and clumsy for public use.
  24. j_maddison macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2003
    Nelson, Wales
    I've taken it, but it's always depended on how I was training at the time.

    Most of the time I've used the iPhone, but the larger screen on the iPad makes it easier to quickly reference the next lift and weight percentages. If my routine isn't volume based and frequently reliant on percentages, then I don't tend to use it

    I guess if it's functional and convenient, then I take it. If not, then I make do with the iPhone and a doodle type app to scribble down the number of lifts.

    I don't do cardio as a rule, but I can see it being quite useful to help break up the monotony.
  25. Orionsbelt macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2011
    I use timer apps when lifting

    It really takes the guesswork out of lifting tempo. Otherwise, you're trying to keep track of seconds and reps and rest periods. It's very helpful.

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