Weight Lifting and Activity Apps

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Apps' started by Dodgeman, Dec 1, 2016.

  1. Dodgeman macrumors 6502

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    curious as to what's out there. More into lifting weights than cardio apps. If anyone has any good fitness related apps please post them so I can check them out thanks.
     
  2. midloman macrumors regular

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    Check out Gymaholic. It's all you need for weight training. I love it.
     
  3. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    I only weight lift. Thanks for the advice. I just have to be cautious using the stainless model around the weights I use.
     
  4. comics addict macrumors 6502a

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    I also own the stainless steel model and even with the occasional bump it's been just fine. No visible scratches or anything. I'm sure you should be more than fine. I also second Gymaholic for tracking my weight training workouts. It's really an excellent app and it's free although you can buy more features with in app purchases.
     
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    As an old fart runner I tell my weight lifting buddies that very few people die from weak arms:). Please no offense to lifters. My observation over the years is you are either built to fight or built to flee. I have perfected my skill to flee. Nick
     
  6. Relentless Power, Dec 2, 2016
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    No offense taken. I appreciate your view. However, I have been a Police Officer for six years and when it comes to Fight or Flight, statistically Officers are likely to be engaged in physical altercations than foot pursuits.

    Staying physically fit and strong is priority for me. Because when the Officer is in a fight and my back up is five minutes away, that's a long time to overcome your adversary, which requires physical strength, coupled with defense and arrest tactics. Especially when dealing with individuals who are mental or intoxicated. (And Officers don't always have two hands to access control options on their duty belt) And staying physically fit is a positive reflection on health for the Community and Department. But cardio is equally important for stamina.
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    I'm just cautious with my Watch. Thanks for the feedback though. And I will look further into the App.
     
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  9. Dodgeman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'll take a look at these apps. Wasn't looking for so much a tracking tool as far as amount of weight lifted but more so maybe a different interface with calories burned and all that; maybe a bit different than the apple other category.
    Those apps posted above are more so for I lifted x amount of weight for x amount of weight correct?
     
  10. Julien macrumors G3

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    Weight training is an anaerobic exercise which means it does not directly correlate to the cardiovascular system (HR). The :apple:Watch only records your HR so there is very little relevant info it can add to a weight training specific app. I just use Other: Strength Training for recording with the understanding that you can't monitor anaerobic exercise with a HR monitor.

    Also I'm a firm believer in the big 3 and all should be treated equally.

    • Weight training
    • Cardio
    • Proper diet
     
  11. jakerichva Suspended

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    What I did to protect my watch from the bumps at the gym is to get a new sweat band that I put OVER the watch and band. That has the double benefit of keeping the watch protected and adding to the pressure to keep it firmly on the wrist so that it reads the heart rate. And it was a cheap solution that I can easily take off when I leave the gym and want it as a watch again. The one downside is that if I want to check my HR with the band over the watch, I need to move it aside to see. Easy to do when just standing between sets, but a bit awkward on the treadmill/bike/elliptical/stepper.
     
  12. Dodgeman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So you're using other and naming the workout strength training?
     
  13. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Interesting idea with the sweat band over the Apple Watch. Although, I imagine that would be uncomfortably warm with the sweet and and the Watch. Perhaps not.
     
  14. jakerichva Suspended

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    Not really, the band is cotton so it breathes pretty well. And I don't have to worry about bumps and bangs from any of the equipment, just get on with it.
     
  15. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    I will try this out. Thanks for the idea.
     
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    You create your workouts on the iPhone (and transfer them to the watch, simple) or you can create them on the watch. It's easier to create them on the phone and transfer them. Once it's on the watch, you don't need the phone during your workout.

    The app will walk you through the workout, exercise by exercise, set by set. You can see the weights you plan to do and the reps, and you can edit each set on the watch. It will handle super sets, drop sets, etc.

    Throughout your workout, your current HR and estimated calorie burn is shown at the bottom of the watch face. HR updates every 10-15 seconds or so, as does the calorie burn. I believe it's reading the HR continuously (like the Apple workouts do).
     
  18. Julien macrumors G3

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    Yes

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    There's lots of reasons why weight lifting is superior to just cardio type activities like running. I do both, about 70/30 weight lifting/running. But I still hear this myth/stigma weight lifting gets too often. Keep in mind I'm not talking about the guy standing around talking 5 minutes in between sets. But for generalized health I'll give the nod to weight lifting. Although there are some days I combine them to some extent, so HR is important during those weight lifting workouts.

    I'm curious if there are any apps out there that track reps and sets automatically. I've seen a few watches/wrist units that actually track reps/sets and such and seem interesting.
     
  20. Dodgeman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's good to have muscle and less fat. Also if you keep a good pace you're getting cardio and weights done at the same time.
     
  21. dallison13 macrumors regular

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    Anyone tried Gymatic? It will automagically learn your exercise and keep reps for you. And include rest in between reps. Works pretty well on my AWS2
     

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