How to customize your Apple Watch workouts

While you can use any compatible fitness app to track activity on the Apple Watch, the native workout app gives you a ton of options. That said, the default settings may not always work for you. This is especially true if you follow a training plan, want to achieve specific goals, or want to choose the metrics you see on screen during your activity.

The good news is that you can totally customize the Workout app to better suit your needs. Here’s how to start.

Set a workout goal

This is what the Time goal looks like for a hiking activity.
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Starting an activity in the Workout app will default to an “open goal” session, meaning you don’t have a particular goal you want to achieve. And, since it’s the most flexible option, there’s a good reason why it’s the default. However, it’s not the most useful if you’re looking to train for a specific time period, distance, or calorie goal.

To set a goal for most activities:

  • Open the Coaching app on your Apple Watch.
  • Scroll to your desired activity.
  • In the top right corner, tap the three-dot button.
  • Choose between Calories, Timeor To open Goals.
  • Adjust to your desired target.
  • Hit To start up.

Some activities have an additional option to set Distance Goals. These activities include outdoor and indoor running, outdoor and indoor walking, outdoor cycling, outdoor and indoor swimming, and hiking. The process is the same as above.

Outdoor running will also give you the opportunity to set a Rhythm Alert. This feature will notify you when you are ahead or behind a specified pace after one mile. You can do this for both your average pace and your rolling pace. Your average pace refers to your pace over all the miles you have traveled. Riding refers to your pace at that moment.

To enable this feature:

  • Open the Coaching app on your Apple Watch.
  • To select Outdoor running.
  • In the top right corner, tap the three-dot button.
  • Scroll down under the Open, Calories, Timeand Distance Goals.
  • To select Set Alert.
  • Choose your desired rhythm.
  • Select if you want the rhythm alert Medium or Rolling.
  • Choose between Open, Calories, Timeand Distance Goals.
  • Hit To start up.

Change activity

If you swipe right during a workout, you’ll see the option to start another activity immediately.
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If you’re the type of person who does back-to-back workouts, you can save time when you’re on the go. Instead of having to complete each activity before starting another, you can jump straight into it.

  • During training, swipe right.
  • Select the “+ New” button.
  • Select your next desired workout.
  • You can repeat these steps as many times as necessary.
  • When you’re done for the day, swipe right.
  • To select To finish.
  • Scroll down for your workout summary.
  • Hit Fact.

Marking segments

Did you know you can tag your own segments?
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While some activities automatically register splits, these are usually at set distances. Let’s take running as an example. The Workout app saves your mile splits by default. However, you can mark your own segments. For example, if you’re running fartleks — a type of unstructured speed training — you might want to note when you changed gears. Or, maybe you prefer how you ran on a hill versus a flat stretch. You might like to note the laps on a track. It’s not just limited to running, either. You may find it useful for other activities, like cycling, HIIT, or even strength training.

Whatever the reason, here’s how to create segments:

  • During your workout, raise your wrist and double-tap the screen.
  • A summary of this segment should appear.
  • Repeat as many times as needed.
  • End training as you normally would.
  • After the workout, you can then view segment details in Aptitude app on your iPhone.

Added workout types

When you first open the Workout app, you may be dismayed that your favorite workout isn’t there. Sure, you can click the “other” option, but Apple doesn’t show all possible drive types by default. So if you want to take your barre class, a game of cricket or even a Nintendo session Ring shaped adventureyou actually can.

To view and add workout types:

  • Open the Coaching app on your Apple Watch.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the list.
  • Press the Add a workout button.
  • If you want to try Apple’s Fitness Plus audio workouts, like Walking time to select audio training. (You must be a Fitness Plus subscriber.)
  • Otherwise, scroll down the list and select the desired activity.

Keep in mind that there is no way to manually rearrange activities in the Workout app. Over time, Apple will automatically put your favorite activities at the top of the list.

Editing and rearranging metrics

You can choose up to five measurements to display on your wrist
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When checking your progress mid-workout, you might notice that you don’t like the default metrics chosen by Apple. Its good! You can change the default metrics to ones that might better suit your needs. For example, maybe you’re hiking and prefer to see your current pace and elevation rather than active calories and ascent.

To change the statistics displayed:

  • Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  • Scroll down and select the Coaching application.
  • To select Training view.
  • Scroll to the activity of your choice.
  • In the upper right corner, tap To modify.
  • Press the “-” icon on the measures you want to replace.
  • Faucet Eliminate.
  • In the do not include list, touch the “+” icon of the statistics you want to add.
  • When you are done, press Fact.

To rearrange the order of displayed metrics:

  • Follow the first five steps listed above.
  • Select the icon with three bars next to the stat you want to rearrange.
  • Drag the metric up or down the list.
  • When you are done, press Fact.

And There you go. You should now be able to customize the native workout app so it’s exactly to your liking. Good exercise!