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14 Feb 2016
Smart Watch Review
I've been very excited about this watch since i have seen it on Indiegogo in spring of 2014. The idea is a watch that recognizes the exercises you are carrying out and counts the proper reps and syncs the crooks to your phone later.

Strength Training Advice

I used to be an early backer on the Indiegogo campaign in April of 2014 and ordered two watches. One for me personally, and one for my lady-friend. I finally received it in December of 2015 and here are my thoughts.

Looks:
As they are, I like the look. It's large but not obnoxiously so. There are 2 color options for within the band at this time. Bright yellow and electric green. Going the green taking longer to ship therefore i opted for the yellow.

Function:
I took it to the gym the first day I received it and it was unable to track ANYTHING! It turned out bad. It was depressing. To have to wait that long for something and have it be almost useless was very upsetting. What's more, it ran out of battery before half the workout was over.
When I got back to my office, I use it the charger and when it was fully charged I managed to get a notification to get a firmware update. Thank goodness. As soon as the firmware update, this is a completely functional watch.
The app looks great and it is easy to use. The watch is fairly easy to use. And you have the opportunity to enter your workouts in advance and include the poundage you will use to keep you on track. Adding the workouts, I became using the Layne Norton dead-lift routine from Bodybuilding.com during the time, is fairly time consuming as well as you to make some adaptations for the workout. You really only have 50 exercise choices to choose from. That appears like a lot but in the grand scheme, it really isn't. For example, instead of doing skullcrushers I needed to do TRX tricep extensions. Even attempting to mimic that motion with an overhead cable extension, the rep counting was way off. The truth is the amount of tricep work outs are very sparse. There are also times when you need to do exercises in which the movement cannot be tracked by a watch (leg ext, hamstring curls, leg press) and that i either need to swap it for an exercise that can you aren't have it tracked in my Atlas app.
Using a pre-loaded workout requires that you go in order. You are able to kind of skip past a training but then you have to skip through everything to get back to that exercise you missed. Is really a back button a lot of work?
Rep tracking may be consistently 1 or two reps off despite my strict form. We've yet to complete a set of bench press and have the count be accurate. You'll be able to change the reps to the correct amount on the watch. When you do so, you have to confirm the exercise and usually re-enter the body weight. Not a huge deal but additionally not something that can be overlooked.
Pulse rate is accurate but it doesn’t read all the time when weight lifting I can only find it some of the time. I've yet to figure out the pattern of when I can see my heart rate about the display as most of the time I cannot. Another issue I have found with the heart rate is then when I take the watch off in order to do my warm-ups without it counting over my planned workout (another issue) it just reads out at some ridiculous number like 215 bpm and skews my whole overview at the conclusion. Now I have an average that isn't accurate and any data I gather using is also off. Irrrve never liked wearing a chest band for HR nevertheless it would be nice when the watch could gather the number coming off of that.
Freestyle mode only allows 15 with the 50 known workouts being tracked and does a much less accurate job of doing so. It also requires me to include my weight in from 0 each set as opposed to using the last weight lifted. This might come in handy on heavy lifts like deadlifts and squats when I have to toggle around 500.

Wishlist:
I really wanted to use this watch to log my workouts and pounds. To actually do that I need a couple of things.

 The option to add an exercise even if the watch cannot track the movement. Please let me type it in around the app along with the reps and weights I want to do and I will tell the wrist watch when I am finished.
 A warm-up option in pre-set workouts or pause tracking. I possibly could try pre determining my warm-up however i never really know what number of sets I will need before I feel like I am ready to go. If I could pause the tracking as an alternative to having to take the watch off and lose my accurate HR reading, it will be much more useful.
 A net based portal where I will easily create and edit a number of my workouts. I'd also like to see my progress easily.
 Web portal that will graph my progress or export my data within a csv so I can record my progress.
 The capability to add HR training being an exercise within a workout. I could add it about the app but when I purchase to it with the watch it's impossible to start it.
 MORE EXERCISES!

Conclusion:
I prefer the watch but I have stopped using it. I don’t like the period of time it takes to add during my own workouts or even the way I have to skip or adapt exercises so that you can log them. Despite logging, there is no macro style introduction to what I have done. I could just go back 1 day at a time and look. Often investigating numerous workouts tomorrow because I had to skip over an exercise because the equipment was being used and run through the workout again about the watch when the equipment frees up. I hope to see a few of these issues fixed within a future update.

I will be hopeful these updates will likely be soon as they employ a smart team over there.


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