stationary swimming

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  1. b0fh666 macrumors 6502a

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    is there support for this in the workout app? no matter what i try, only get weird results.

    pool swim, size zero meters, wont let me start. 1 meter works, but results are idiotic.

    why not just count strokes and estimate calories based on that?

    does anybody know a way?
     
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  3. iPhysicist macrumors 65816

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    As I understand this is swimming without you moving forward but the water is streaming past you? The setting pool size is for lap counting I would imagine. Do you need laps? If so set it to 25mor 50m which are the standard lap length.
     
  4. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    I have yet to swim with my watch – that day is coming soon – but this is what my answer would have been. Seems like it would work to me.
     
  5. akash.nu macrumors 603

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    Erm... how do you swim but not move!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
  6. arkitect macrumors 603

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    Well you move, but you don't go anywhere. :)
     
  7. akash.nu macrumors 603

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    Eh?! Moving means you’re going somewhere. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
  8. arkitect macrumors 603

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    Ah the joy of English. :)

    Moving/Move. It has a few interpretations.
    Example. I am sitting here moving my hands and fingers while typing this reply… but I am not going anywhere. :)

    I am moving house next month… doesn't mean I am moving the house.
     
  9. akash.nu macrumors 603

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    how do you swim but not move though?! I’ve never seen anything like this.
     
  10. arkitect macrumors 603

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    I get your drift. ;)

    I'll blame the wine.
     
  11. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    An endless pool. The water moves and you swim to keep pace.
     
  12. arkitect macrumors 603

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    Thanks! I thought I was losing my marbles trying to explain it… :)
     
  13. akash.nu macrumors 603

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    Very interesting! I’ve never tried one. Need to see if there’s one here in London.
     
  14. ftaok macrumors 603

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    The best way to explain it is to call it a treadmill for swimming.

    Also, doesn't the "Open Water Swim" workout require the use of the GPS?
     
  15. lclev macrumors regular

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    I swim everyday in a 25 yard length pool. Neither my S3 or S4 ever got the lap count correct. I just use it to track my time - and I count the laps.

    Lisa
     
  16. b0fh666 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks for that - tried it today and the calorie counting works... even a bit over-crediting.

    on the other hand... it really EATS battery. guess its the gps pointlessly trying to track inexistent movement :)
     
  17. millerj123 macrumors 65816

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    I wound up just using it to count time exercising, without worrying about distance. This is in an above ground, 12' pool.
     
  18. CreepyAF macrumors regular

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    i swim a lot, too, and my watch accurately counts the laps as well as knows which stroke im doing.
     
  19. lclev macrumors regular

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    Neither my S3 nor my S4 have ever counted my laps correctly. I have no idea why. I have tried all kinds of adjustments from lap swim to open to changing the length of the pool - nothing. They both way over count my laps, I mean Michael Phelps would love my lap counts - 92 in an hour! Not with my old body, 30 is my best! It counts the breaststroke laps correctly but not the backstroke laps. No idea why.

    Anyway I have read that when you are in the pool the GPS is turned off with the water seal feature. I have also read it tracks every time the watch breaks the surface of the water. Not sure which is correct or if either are.

    Lisa
     
  20. CreepyAF macrumors regular

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    well i dont do backstroke, only front crawl, maybe 2-4 laps of breaststroke occasionally to warm up the shoulders, so maybe that's the difference? i think it uses the gyrometer to know when you turn the other direction or using an algorithm to distinguish a lap, but there's no science behind that. who knows?
     
  21. MEJHarrison macrumors 65816

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    You could always try an Other workout. As near as I can tell, it's a simple timer. You start getting exercise, even if you're just sitting on the couch watching tv, until you turn it off. It's meant for weird things where you're working really hard, but not getting exercise credit because you're not moving around much. I've heard shoveling snow is a good example. You don't get much credit for basically just standing around not going anywhere, so you start an Other workout.
     
  22. lclev macrumors regular

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    I have used the "other" workout and a bunch of adjustments to the swim selections. I am not worried as long as it times my workout correctly. Maybe when I finally get in shape enough to do a workout of free style (front crawl) laps only it will get the count correct.

    Lisa
     
  23. tl01 macrumors 68020

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    We have a hook in the side of our pool and you connect to it with a cord and a special shoe and then you just swim in place.
     

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