The Apple Watch has revolutionized fitness tracking and exercise management. In this article, we delve deep into the myriad ways you can use your Apple Watch to enhance your workout experience.

Starting a Workout: Options Galore

Manual Start with the Workout App and Digital Crown

Initiating a workout is straightforward:

  1. Open the Workout App on your Apple Watch.
  2. Scroll through various workout types using the digital crown and select your preference.
  3. For unique workouts like ‘Dance,’ tap ‘Add workout’ at the bottom.
  4. You can set specific goals (calories, distance, time) for your workout.
  5. Start your workout by tapping ‘Start’. This method is especially useful when wearing gloves during a workout.

Using Siri for Workout Start

  1. Enable ‘Hey Siri’ and ‘Raise to Speak’ in the settings.
  2. Simply raise your watch and command, like ‘Start a 30-minute run’.

Auto Workout Detection

If you forget to start a workout manually:

  1. Enable ‘Start Workout Reminder’ and ‘End Workout Reminder’ in settings.
  2. The watch will prompt you to register the workout and credit your progress.

Tracking and Customizing Workouts

Customizing Workout Metrics

You can customize metrics for different workouts by:

  1. Opening the Watch app on iPhone.
  2. Going to Workout > Workout View.
  3. Choosing between Multiple Metric or Single Metric.
  4. Customizing metrics for each workout type.

Workout Control During Exercise

While exercising:

  • Swipe right for workout controls (Pause, End, New workout types, and Lock for water activities).
  • Swipe left for music and audio control.

Segments for Detailed Tracking

Create workout segments by double-tapping the metrics screen, useful for laps or circuits.

Heart Rate and Fitness Monitoring

The Apple Watch provides detailed heart rate data and tracks your VO2 max, crucial for assessing cardiovascular health and aerobic capacity.

Enhancing Your Workout Experience

Connect with Gym Equipment

Use Apple Watch GymKit to sync with compatible gym equipment, allowing data transfer for an integrated workout experience.

Fitness and Accountability

  • Share your activity with friends for added motivation.
  • Engage in friendly competitions like the 7-Day Activity Challenge.

Music and Podcasts

Sync your music or podcasts for an immersive workout experience, either through streaming (with a cellular Apple Watch) or pre-syncing from your iPhone.

Utilizing Additional Features for Comprehensive Fitness Tracking

The Apple Watch isn’t just about tracking your workouts. It also:

  • Reminds you to stand and move around at regular intervals.
  • Provides a wide range of workout categories, including Indoor Walk, Yoga, Swimming, and more.


The Apple Watch offers a plethora of features to enhance your workout, from customizing workout metrics to syncing with gym equipment, tracking heart rate and VO2 max, and providing entertainment options. These features, combined with the motivation of sharing and competing with friends, make the Apple Watch an indispensable tool for fitness enthusiasts.

Note: Always consult with a fitness or healthcare professional when setting fitness goals or starting a new workout regimen.