Series 2/Nike - No Watch-Only Interval Run Apps?

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  1. G2244, Oct 30, 2016
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    G2244 macrumors member

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    EDIT - Exists and is called Intervals - Fitness Interval Timer by FourthFrame Technologies

    So I was super excited to get my Apple Watch Nike+. One thing I was planning on doing was getting back into running again. In the past I have used an interval timer app with my iPhone. So you pre-program; run 2 minutes, walk 4 minutes repeat 5 times, etc. At each interval switch a tone sounds etc.

    What I am looking for (any was thinking would be easy/built in) is to set up that plan, run - *without* my phone in tow. However I am having a really hard time finding this. In addition to the built in Workout app, the Nike + Running Club, and 3 other apps I have downloaded there seem to be none that allow interval type workouts with the watch alone. Can anyone guide me towards something that does this?

    External apps tried include:
    Intensity: Interval Timer HIIT Tabata Workout
    Round Won
    Timer: Multiple Countdown + Reminder
     
  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Did you try Intervals?
    Intervals - Fitness Interval Timer by FourthFrame Technologies
    https://appsto.re/us/635e5.i

    The only problem I have is I can't tell when the last interval finishes. The timer just seems to run down and give no haptic feedback to signal your workout is over. It might be giving an audio signal, but I'm hard of hearing so if there is any audio signal, I wouldn't hear it.
     
  3. zhenya macrumors 603

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    iSmoothRun will do this, but their stand-alone AW app is not ready yet. There are very few 3rd party apps that are.
     
  4. G2244 thread starter macrumors member

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    THANK YOU!! That app was exactly what I was looking for. I had been considering returning my Apple Watch if I could not find something like this. I promptly upgraded to the pro version for more features. I have mine on mute so it uses the haptic part for the signals. I haven't finished a full cycle to check about the workout ending but one idea for you is to set up a cool down at the end of like 5 seconds. I would guess that would give you a signal of the change over.

    Can't believe that Apple and/or Nike don't have such a basic feature baked in from the start.
     
  5. BarracksSi Suspended

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    Can't believe I haven't written an app myself and tried to make money from it.
     
  6. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Glad that worked for you.

    I think I tried setting up a cool down, but it tacked a cool down at the end of each set instead of just at the end of the entire workout. I'll give it another go to make sure that's how it works.

    After I posted, I remembered that Runkeeper also lets you set up timed intervals, but I haven't tried their watch app, so not sure how well it works on the watch. Their iPhone UI has gotten more confusing over time, though. I think I might download it again and see how their watch app works.
     
  7. cmbauer macrumors regular

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    Sorry to bring up an old topic

    Does this app allow for intervals of distance. Say run 400 meters then rest 3 minutes then another 400 meters?
     
  8. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Intervals is strictly time based. Runkeeper does what you want.
     
  9. Smileyboy macrumors 65816

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    I had the same question Thanks
     
  10. cmbauer macrumors regular

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    For my workout I want the interval to be distance based. SO example would be run 400 meters, watch would ding then timer would start for a 3 min rest, then ding then I would run 400 meters, then rest 3 minutes. SO IN this interval based workout it would be distance not time. I care first about the 400 meters and the time it took to get to 400 second. Am I explaining this correct?

    My Garmin Fenix 3 HR could do all sorts of intervals like this
     
  11. Night Spring, Jan 27, 2017
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    As I said previously, Interval app is only time based. It does not track distance, or any other activity you do. Runkeeper app does what you want. See:
    https://support.runkeeper.com/hc/en-us/articles/201827433-Creating-Custom-Interval-One-Off-Workouts

    You can mix time and distance in custom workouts, so you can do, for instance, run 400 meters, rest 3 minutes, run 200 meters, rest 2 minutes, etc. Once you create a custom workout, you can save it and reuse it later.

    Runkeeper may not be the only running app that does this, but it's the one I happen to have used.
     

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