SS Apple Watch in the gym

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by sgw086, May 5, 2015.

  1. sgw086 macrumors member

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    Who uses their SS Apple watch weight training? Curious what others think of it. Worries about scratches or damage?
     
  2. DynaFXD macrumors 6502a

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    In the gym for cardio tracking, yes. For weight training, no. I like my wrists free during weights and the tightness of the band to maintain skin-sensor contact doesn't feel good to me. Also, it gets busy, a lot of folks moving around, and a lot of hard metal all around. If I were to wear a watch it would be more of a fit bit or plastic watch. Not a metal cased watch with breakable display. So IMHO, neither the Sport or AW is good for weight training. At least for me. YMMV.
     
  3. Bigboi macrumors newbie

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    I'm not going use mine at all for exercise maybe some cardio but not for lifting weights.
     
  4. Omega1300 macrumors member

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    Still going back-and-forth daily about whether or not to get a watch (ordered and cancelled two so far). But if I do, I will use it daily for both weights and cardio. The ability to wirelessly stream to headphones without having an iPod clipped to you somewhere is of huge appeal to me.
     
  5. sgw086 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the thoughts and opinions. I use mine for weight training and cardio. It doesn't get in my way and I'm careful not to hit it on anything. I have received some scratches from wear outside the gym but I buffed them out. Almost wishing I bought the sport version so I wouldn't have to worry about the steel case scratching.
     
  6. macdop macrumors member

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    I've been using mine at the gym for a few days now, and it's not very useful for weight lifting. My Mio Alpha isn't perfect for tracking, but it's much better than the Apple watch. The AW will go for considerable periods where it just says "measuring" and the HR grayed out. It will also on occasion show 60bpm after I just did a bunch of box jumps or dead lifts, which seems... unlikely. Lastly, you're not going to be doing anything with kettle bells in the rack position, as it's even worse if you try to use it on the inside of your wrist (as I can do with my Mio).

    I have, however, found it to be very good for the exercises that are built in that I've tried: rowing, running, stair climber. Maybe that's why it doesn't show "weight lifting".
     
  7. Omega1300 macrumors member

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    All along I've been wanting the blue sport version. Today however, after pricing out some American-made mechanical watches that seem to run about double the Apple stainless steel cost, I was somewhat considering stainless. Now you've got me wondering if I should just stick with my initial plan ( assuming I don't order & cancel again).
     
  8. Swolemaiden macrumors newbie

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    I use it for all my lifting sessions and cardio. With lifting I sometimes flip it down on the writs if I’m using cable machines with rotating handles and such to get the watch out of the way. Have no complaints. Super useful to control the music and track how fast you recover.
     
  9. sgw086 thread starter macrumors member

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    I pair mine with a Bluetooth heart rate monitor for more accurate and consistent hr during weight lifting. The movements from weight lifting seem to impair the built in hr monitor as it wasn't designed for that. The built in workouts work great for the AW hr monitor though.
     
  10. DynaFXD macrumors 6502a

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    Personally speaking, in regard to the watch's safety, scratching the case is not my concern. It will eventually get it's beauty rash and if that rash comes from putting time in at the gym, then that's just like notches in the holster as far as I am concerned. My concern is smashing the watch face, be it sapphire or ion-x glass, into a million pieces on a protruding weight bar that I didn't notice that concerns me. But that's just me.
     

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