About workout types

The Workout app on your Apple Watch has multiple workout types that you can use to track your exercise. 

 

Walking

Choose Indoor Walk for walking on a treadmill. Choose Outdoor Walk for activities like hiking outside or walking on a track. 

Depending on your Apple Watch, you might need to bring your iPhone with you:

  • Apple Watch Series 2 or later: To improve accuracy, accumulate at least 20 minutes of outdoor walking using the Workout app.
  • Apple Watch Series 1 or earlier: To improve accuracy, bring your iPhone along for your first 20 minutes of outdoor walking using the Workout app.

Learn how to calibrate your Apple Watch.

 

Running

Choose Indoor Run for running on a treadmill. Choose Outdoor Run for activities like running on a track or trail.

Depending on your Apple Watch, you might need to bring your iPhone with you: 

  • Apple Watch Series 2 or later: To improve accuracy, accumulate at least 20 minutes of outdoor running using the Workout app.
  • Apple Watch Series 1 or earlier: To improve accuracy, bring your iPhone along for your first 20 minutes of outdoor running using the Workout app.

Learn how to calibrate your Apple Watch.

 

Cycling workouts

Choose Indoor Cycle for activities like taking a spin class or riding a stationary bike. Choose Outdoor Cycle for riding a bicycle outside.

Depending on your Apple Watch, you might need to bring your iPhone with you: 

  • Apple Watch Series 2 or later: To improve accuracy, accumulate at least 20 minutes of outdoor cycling using the Workout app.
  • Apple Watch Series 1 or earlier: To improve accuracy, bring your iPhone along for your first 20 minutes of outdoor cycling using the Workout app.

 

Elliptical

Choose Elliptical when you use an elliptical machine or do a similar activity.

 

Rower

Choose Rower when you use a rowing machine or do a similar activity.

 

Stair stepper

Choose Stair Stepper when you use a stair stepper machine.

 

High intensity interval training (HIIT)

Choose HIIT for cycles of intense exercise, followed by shorter periods of rest or recovery. For example, you might jump rope for 45 seconds, rest for 30 seconds, then repeat. 

Some of the irregular movements in HIIT workouts might prevent a heart rate measurement. If heart rate isn't available, calories are still tracked using the built-in accelerometer. If you're not able to get a consistent heart rate during HIIT workouts, you can connect your Apple Watch to a Bluetooth chest strap.

 

Swimming workouts

With Apple Watch Series 2 or later,1 you can choose Pool Swim or Open Water Swim. When the workout starts, the screen automatically locks to prevent accidental taps from water droplets. 

Here's how to end your workout and unlock the screen:

  1. Press the Digital Crown and the side button at the same time to pause your workout.
  2. Dry your screen. If the screen's wet, the water might cause accidental taps.
  3. Turn the Digital Crown to unlock the screen and clear any water from your Apple Watch. Your watch makes a sound, and you might feel water on your wrist.
  4. Swipe right and tap End.

Here's how your Apple Watch measures each workout: 

  • Pool Swim: When you start a workout, be sure to accurately set the pool length to help your Apple Watch measure laps and distance. GPS isn't used during a Pool Swim, and water might prevent a heart-rate measurement, but calories, laps, and distance will still be tracked using the built-in accelerometer.
  • Open Water Swim: GPS will only provide distance when you do a freestyle stroke. Water might prevent a heart-rate measurement, but calories will still be tracked using the built-in accelerometer.

Cellular coverage on Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) might be impacted during Pool Swim and Open Water Swim workouts.

 

Wheelchair workouts

If you're a manual wheelchair user, you have the option to choose Outdoor Wheelchair Walk Pace or Outdoor Wheelchair Run Pace. You should pick the one that best describes your activity, but you don’t have to maintain a steady pace and you can mix speeds in either one. Choosing one for workouts done at or about a walking speed and the other for workouts done at or about a running speed will help you keep track of your workouts in the Activity app.

Here's how your Apple Watch measures your activity:

  • Apple Watch Series 2 or later optimizes tracking for outdoor wheelchair-pushing workouts at a walk and run pace. This watch also has built-in GPS, so you don’t need to bring your paired iPhone along.
  • Apple Watch Series 1 or earlier optimizes tracking for outdoor wheelchair-pushing workouts at a walk and run pace. Bring your iPhone along to see pace and distance.
  • Both wheelchair workouts measure time, pace, distance, calories, and heart rate. To measure time, calories, and heart rate for workouts like hand cycling and wheelchair basketball, choose Other.
  • Both wheelchair workouts track pushes in the Activity app.

If you don't see these workout options, you might need to update your information:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the My Watch tab, then tap Health.
  3. Tap Edit, then tap Wheelchair and choose Yes. 
  4. Tap Done. 

 

Other

Choose Other when you can't find a matching workout type. When you use Other, you earn the calorie or kilojoule equivalent of a brisk walk anytime sensor readings are unavailable.

At the end of an Other workout, you'll get the option to name your workout. This can help categorize different types of activity, like yoga or dance.

Published Date:Sat Nov 18 10:21:26 GMT 2017