Author Topic: Gym workout monitoring  (Read 451 times)

quixoticgeek

  • Mostly Harmless
Gym workout monitoring
« on: January 09, 2021, 01:15:25 pm »

I'd like to record my weights workouts on training peaks along side my cycling, and I'd like to include my heart rate.

Is there an easy way to do this other than turning off autopause on my wahoo, and setting it to indoor mode. Thus pretending I'm on a ride?

I have the Wahoo Tickr HRM, which does bluetooth, and my phone can talk to it. Is there an easy android app that can do the magic of recording it and uploading it to training peaks?

J
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Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Gym workout monitoring
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2021, 01:59:40 pm »
I believe the optimal solution to this sort of thing involves smartwatches, which can - on a good day with a following wind - count reps for you, as well as logging heart rate.  (No personal experience, but I know some people use them to track physioterrorism.)
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fuaran

  • rothair gasta
Re: Gym workout monitoring
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2021, 03:07:50 pm »
There is a Wahoo Fitness app. Can connect to a heart rate monitor, then upload to Strava or Training Peaks etc

Though I think a watch is usually a better option. Not necessarily a smartwatch as such. Plenty of Garmins that can work in indoor mode, to record your heart rate etc. Some of them also have a specific weightlifting mode, to count reps etc. Then sync to Garmin Connect afterwards, and also Strava, Training Peaks etc.

Re: Gym workout monitoring
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2021, 04:24:41 pm »
I have a fenix 6 and have tried to use it for weightlifting. It is not very good at the rep counting.

Re: Gym workout monitoring
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2021, 04:26:11 pm »
There is a Wahoo Fitness app. Can connect to a heart rate monitor, then upload to Strava or Training Peaks etc


Yes, apparently this can work (or at least, did in 2014?!): https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2014/12/introduces-recognition-announces.html

Never tried it personally, as I'm not a Wahoo user. (I've tried using my Garmin watch in the past to count reps, and it failed miserably.)

quixoticgeek

  • Mostly Harmless
Re: Gym workout monitoring
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2021, 05:10:04 pm »
There is a Wahoo Fitness app. Can connect to a heart rate monitor, then upload to Strava or Training Peaks etc

Though I think a watch is usually a better option. Not necessarily a smartwatch as such. Plenty of Garmins that can work in indoor mode, to record your heart rate etc. Some of them also have a specific weightlifting mode, to count reps etc. Then sync to Garmin Connect afterwards, and also Strava, Training Peaks etc.

I just want it to measure my heart rate during the work out, I don't need anything extra. The reps thing won't help for a lot of the workouts I do.

A watch is not the right choice for me, due to an injury I can't wear a watch, at least not without discomfort.

The fitness app seems to do the trick. I didn't realise there was another app to the Elemnt one I already have.

There is a Wahoo Fitness app. Can connect to a heart rate monitor, then upload to Strava or Training Peaks etc


Yes, apparently this can work (or at least, did in 2014?!): https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2014/12/introduces-recognition-announces.html

Never tried it personally, as I'm not a Wahoo user. (I've tried using my Garmin watch in the past to count reps, and it failed miserably.)

Interesting. I've been pondering getting the Tickr X Primarily because it can record my heart rate without needing an extra device, then download it. I was considering it for swimming...

Thank you everyone for the suggestions.

J
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TimC

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Re: Gym workout monitoring
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2021, 07:34:42 pm »
For swimming, you need a specialist HRM strap - I'm pretty sure the Tickr X doesn't work in water.

There are plenty of apps that will record your HR during a workout, including Strava. As you've discovered, the Wahoo app does it too.

fuaran

  • rothair gasta
Re: Gym workout monitoring
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2021, 07:46:47 pm »
The Strava app doesn't work indoors, it won't record anything.

There are a few HRM straps with recording built in. Polar OH1 is another option, it is an optical HRM on an armband. Can also work for swimming, it has a clip to attach to your goggles.
Though maybe a fiddly for recording - it only has one button, and an LED, so not very obvious if it is actually recording or not. Maybe OK if you just want to record the full gym session. But could be fiddly if you want to start and stop for separate activities etc.

fboab

  • It's a fecking serious business, riding a bike
Re: Gym workout monitoring
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2021, 08:03:40 pm »
I use my Fitbit watch to record weights sessions- but Training Peaks gives it a farcically low TSS because my HR stays below 100. It's lower than it would be walking.

I'm doing Stronglifts, so yesterday my 40 minutes (5x5 SQ; 5x5 OHP; 1x5 DL) TSS 14. HR Min 49; Av 69; Max 139

I'm not sure HR is a helpful measure unless you're doing aerobic work? I mostly tell the Fitbit I'm doing weights so it auto-logs. I'll then manually add what weight I'm doing.

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Re: Gym workout monitoring
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2021, 01:19:36 pm »
For swimming, you need a specialist HRM strap - I'm pretty sure the Tickr X doesn't work in water.

Three choices for swimming:

a) a HRM chest strap that has a memory so that you can pull the HR data off it at a later point in time, ANT+ or BT signals go about 1" in water
b) a Polar OH1+ HR sensor that you can attach to the goggle strap so that it gets your HR off your temple. It has a memory so that the HR data can be downloaded at a later date using the Polar App.
c) an up to date watch that does wrist based HR even when swimming. The later Garmins do this, the earlier ones the sensor wasn't good enough to work reliably when swimming.

I've used all 3 and I much prefer the simplicity of just having to use my watch, but that's obviously that's not good if you can't wear one.

For my a Polar OH1+ is the next best as it means I don't need the faff of wearing an HR strap, but I had to write something to combine my swimming data (from my older Garmin that didn't do wrist based HR) with the HR data, and that was a faff to get working.

Women may find a strap easier as you can wear a normal waterproof one under a swimming costume and it won't move about when pushing off from the side of the pool. If you're not wearing anything on top then you need one of the special swim HR straps that are more grippy (and slightly less comfy).

Can you not wear a watch on the other wrist just for doing sport/swimming?
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