Workout logging software?

Ok so I have a good problem ;-). For years and years I have tracked my workouts in paper notebooks. Now a week after getting an Apple Watch, I went to log my rowing in my log book and I realized this is kind of silly. I would log distance, time, average/500m, etc in one place and my heart rate was in Apple Health.

How do others track their workout data so that you can see the relationship between workouts (strength, hiking, walking, rowing, …) and Apple Health data?

FWIW my rowing machine doesn’t speak to the phone yet.

I am a runner and cyclist, so Strava (actually one of a few I use). You could just a rowing activity on your watch and then upload it to Strava where you would then have a log of your rowing activities and the stats Strava generates.

I don’t use Apple Health, I found it to be too basic.

I mainly use Nike Run club, Wahoo, and Argus with  Health as the backend to sync data. Also, Elite HRV, Pillow and Cronometer which also use  as a backend.

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for tracking strength workout and tracking reps and sets, I use Fitlist.

I had bad luck trying to use Apple Health as a syncer. Not that it was really Apple Health’s fault, everyone wants you to use their software and doesn’t play well with others. I used RunGap to handle syncing to everything. Since I switched to Garmin, everything syncs easily (except Apple Health which doesn’t sync with it as well as it should, probably because of Garmin). Now Garmin is my hub for Zwift, Strava, and Smashrun.

@rke21 wow - I have alot of digging todo.

Irony HRV was on list to learn alot more about. Then I read: Why We Stopped Relying on HRV Apps | Uphill Athlete and now I know I need to do more digging.

@Leeabe51 Thanks Apple Health may have limits, however I’ve just bought an apple watch so I’m committed for 5+ yrs.

HRV is a bit odd, people write it off, but Garmin just added it to some of their watches. I am still trying to figure out if it useful, but one thing I did notice that is interesting: If I drink alcohol, my HRV takes a nose dive (lower is bad). The watch/software has no idea you drank alcohol, but It can show its affects. The general idea is you don’t work out when your HRV is low because you aren’t recovered. When I drink, my watch tells me it will be a day or two before I am recovered.

I bought an Elite HRV device and hated it. Returned it after a week. You can get readings when you use the Apple mindful app on your watch if you didn’t know.

I am not saying don’t use Apple Health, I am just saying you might find it useful to export to something else, like Strava. Other health tracking software will have webpages and allow you to see your data more easily.

If you don’t want a cloud service and have a Mac, there’s always Rubitrack. This syncs with Apple Health as well, so can get all your data from your Apple Watch. My Garmin syncs with Apple Health and I use this to grab some of the statistics I won’t normally get by importing the direct .FIT files from runs and cycles from my Garmin watch.

If you’re interested in HRV, the excellent Trianing Today app is helpful - I find this to be about equal to the Garmin Body Battery feature. It’s developed by the author of The Apple Watch Triathlete.

I also use Strava to track my runs and MTB rides.

Do you record directly in Strava or record in Apple’s workout App and upload to Strava afterwards?

I currently use Strava, mainly for their Safety Beacon, but am interested in the new live zone indication in watchOS 9’s Workout App.

(also Strava is notoriously bad at recording heart date rata when running for me; it’s often a flat line for most of a 5K; they got it right for the MTB rides though…)

I like TrainingPeaks, but it may be overkill here.

I have never recorded with Strava, and friends who do use it for that often don’t have great tracks (they might be using their phone and not a watch though). When I used an Apple Watch, I would record with the Fitness app, then use RunGap to send it to Strava (and elsewhere). Strava isn’t perfect, but I do like it.

I wish I was good enough to use TrainingPeaks. :stuck_out_tongue:

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I don’t have an Apple Watch but I’ll comment anyway because of my improved logging experience…

Six months ago I purchased a Coros Pace 2 watch for running and have been impressed with both the watch and the iOS app. The watch and app together feel easy, the data gets logged, and neither feels fiddly or hard to navigate. I’m also using Training Peaks (free version with purchased training plan) because I’m doing a half-marathon this Fall. With a simple setup the Coros app automatically feeds the right data into Training Peaks. I only really use Training Peaks to feed the workouts to my app and watch.

I guess the point I want to make is that logging workouts (running & swimming) feel much better now than in past years. It just happens. I can quickly glance at the relevant things when I want. But it’s been a few years since I’ve had a decent watch; it may just be that all the brands/ apps have improved from what I remember.

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I’ve used ‘Strong’ for normal gym workouts for years. Very good app, links into Watch and the developer is super responsive. It’s constantly getting updates.


I use Strava as well to track running. Veloviewer is a good companion web app. It takes Strava data and generates a large range of customizable charts and tables. Great for motivating me to keep pace with my running from past years.

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Veloviewer looks great, thank you for suggesting it. Stats are my motivation for working out, so the more the better.

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I use Strava and the Polar Apps (Polar Flow and Polar Beat) for running. I downloaded Strong yesterday and started using it. As advertised, it really is the most intuitive workout tracker I’ve ever seen for resistance training. I’d never heard of it before. Thanks @Ethan9482!

I used to use myfitnesspal, but migrated all the data to Apple Health. I abandoned it a couple of years ago after they made some changes that I did not like. I had so much data in that app, though, I wasn’t able to just cut it cold-turkey. I had to phase it out.

But your Apple watch “speaks” to the rowing machine.
There is an excercise presetting for a rowing machine on the Apple Watch.
And it might be a stupid question, but why do you want to use an extra app for the tracking?
Apple Health and Apple Training are doing the same things.

Rubitrack IMHO is the best out there to keep track of extensive training. I’d prefer cloud syncing, but it works quite well. Any alternatives with similar features (HR, Cadence, Speed, Distance, Map,…)?

At the most basic level. 3rd party apps do stats a lot better. That said, not sure how many stats you get from rowing.

It seems to be Heartbeat, Time and calories.