Using fitness data to check progress?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Apps' started by Tulipone, May 5, 2019.

  1. Tulipone macrumors 6502

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    I can see individual workout data on my iPhone and very useful it is too - but I wonder if there is a further app that will show progress over time, such as split time improvement. I know that I can go into each workout for the data but cannot see a way of seeing in a graph.

    What have I missed? Is this something possible?
     
  2. mk313 macrumors 6502a

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    A lot of apps can pull the data out & put it into a view that you can manipulate the data. For a lot of them, you need to use an intermediary app to export the data. I use RunGap to get the data out of the workouts/ activity app & into Garmin & Nike Plus. Garmin has some nice graphing abilities. Nike Plus used to & that is what I sued for over a decade until they took away the web access. I'm sure that others (Strava, Endomondo, etc) would also have good tracking.

    But depending on what you are looking for, you can see your monthly summaries in the activity app. Where you see your workouts listed by date, just click on the 2019 arrow in the upper left & it will roll up to a monthly summary. I use those and track them in a spreadsheet to see my monthly milage, number of runs & average speed over time. But even just looking at the monthly averages in the Activity app does allow you to see your improvement over time.
     
  3. Tulipone thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you for your reply - lots to look at. Much appreciated.
     
  4. FunkyMagicUK macrumors member

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    It does seem to be a bit of a gap.

    I sync my data to Runalyze with HealthFit, which is a start, although it’s a bit messy.

    Is there an app out there that does more than simply displays the contents of Health in a nice dashboard...something that gives actionable data such as recovery, Fitness, training stress balance etc in a nice easy to view and use form?

    Even some of the Firstbeat stats would be useful...I have found a few apps that can display these metrics, but they seem to only work if you use their app to track your actual runs (and the apps are nowhere near as functional or customisable as my preferred running app) rather than doing the maths from any activity data pumped into Health.
     
  5. oeagleo macrumors 6502

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    Same here, however, I have given up on getting any meaningful Firstbeat analytics out of the AW, and am using my Garmin Fenix 5+ for activities. Actually, I'm using it 24/7 now, as I absolutely love the idea that all of my metrics, exercise, sleep, steps, stress, etc, along with views of month, week, or year is instantly visible with the reports features, etc. I like the convenience of the AW, but when it comes down to following your actual progress, I don't think the Garmin Connect site can be beat. Both on the web, (Where's Apples web presence for fitness?) or on my iOS device.
     
  6. FunkyMagicUK macrumors member

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    To be honest I prefer to obfuscate my analysis from my device.

    This has meant over the years I’ve been able to choose the best device for me, but I have a single (or multiple actually!) sources of data to refer to.

    So...I’ve jumped between an Amazfit, multiple Garmins, a Suunto and the Apple which suits me now as the best all round usable watch for day to day and activity tracking FOR ME...but my data is all sitting there in Strava (and Runalyze and TrainingPeaks) for me to reference and use for analysis.
     

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