Best Gym/Workout App for Apple Watch

Most Apple Watch apps are simple apps. They are basically extensions of your iPhone app, mirroring a small number of features.

This is not the case.

SmartGym is the most powerful Apple Watch app. It’s also completely independent from the iPhone, doesn’t require an internet connection to work, runs our Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning locally, offers over 130 pre-made workouts, carefully created by Personal Trainers, and a lot more. And having all this on your wrist, is a game changer.

App Store Link:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smartgym/id922744883?ls=1&mt=8

Apple Recognition

  • #1 most downloaded Health and Fitness app for iPad in the US.

Why?

To me, everything starts with a why. So why create a gym app? Simple. To improve people’s lives. To help them live a healthier life. To motivate, guide, teach and empower everyone that wants to start working out.

Unfortunately many people are actually afraid/embarrassed of going to the gym. Others might even go, but have no idea how to properly create a good routine (end up doing the same one for years, or doing routines that are actually bad and dangerous for them). Others don’t even bother, because they think this is not for them (either too hard or too complicated). And others would love to start working out from home, but don’t know how.

Another reason is mental health. This is becoming more and more important. And to many, the pandemic only made this issue more prominent. Many studies show how important exercises are to our mind. And how much working out can really help us.

In a world where most people are looking for ways to become healthier, having a tool like SmartGym becomes even more important and essential.

And to be honest, I don’t think that smartphones in general are the best solution to this problem. Think about it. They don’t track our heart rate or calories burn, they constantly distract us, we always need to find a place to put it, if you are a man you probably have pockets, but if you are a woman you need to find a way around it. Some put inside their waist, which might damage the phone, others use an armband, which is extremely uncomfortable, specially when using Plus sized iPhones. But the good news is that Apple has already solved this problem. To me, the Apple Watch is the ultimate Gym device. It’s extremely focused, always strapped to our wrist, comfortable to use and it also keeps track of our heart rate, calories and distance. That’s the reason why SmartGym was created entirely around the Apple Watch experience.

Completely Independent

As I said, SmartGym on the Apple Watch is a real app. Full featured and super powerful. It doesn’t require your iPhone to be nearby to work. And doesn’t even require the app to be installed on the iPhone. You can go straight to the App Store on your Watch and download SmartGym from there. Then just log into your SmartGym Premium Account and you're good to go.

That’s extremely liberating. Seriously, you need to try! Once you start working out with only your Watch, without any other device, there is no going back.

You don’t even need internet connection. SmartGym takes care of everything for you and will sync all your changes and workouts as soon as your Watch is back online.

Everything on Your Wrist

You can do pretty much everything from your wrist with SmartGym.

On the main screen you get a large button to start a workout session and track your calories, heart rate and distance, followed by all your routines.

Routines

You can see the entire list of exercise or each one individually with more details. All the information you need is right there. The name, sets, reps weight. Even the rest timer (that you can add individually to each exercise). And you can even learn more and get an awesome 3D animation, with detailed instructions on how to execute this exercise with proper form.

Set's counter + Rest Timer with Haptic Feedback

As you complete a set, you can log it and start your rest timer. SmartGym shows a beautiful screen, with how many sets you have left and a big timer showing how long you need to rest. When the timer is done, a notification sound and a haptic feedback will be played to alert you that your rest is over and it’s time for the next set. After you’re done, you can tap one button to move to the next exercise.

One of the most common problem while working out is getting lost on which set we are currently at. To help with this, SmartGym’s timers are completely integrated with your sets. This means that every time you start to rest, it logs a set, showing you that you’ve just completed it. This way, you can get lost on our thoughts, while never forgetting which set you were.

Predictive Actions

As we said, the experience on the Watch needs to be super quick. One tap to do what you want. That's Predictive Actions. SmartGym is able to do some clever math in the background to predict the next action. Then, dynamically update the interface accordingly. And this is the beauty of this feature. It only shows up at the appropriate time, when needed.

This is great for two main reasons. First, it will guide the user to the next step, so users never get lost. Second, it's super quick to move to the next step. It's literally just one tap.

The end result is an extremely simple, elegant and transparent solution. The user never notices what is going on in the background. It just works.

Edit Your Exercises

You can also log different sets or edit your exercises entirely. Maybe change the number of reps, or add an extra set. Or even change your rest. All that from the Watch. And with just a few taps.

Artificial Intelligence + Machine Learning

Smart Trainer is our Artificial Intelligence that is able to create personalized routines, based on the equipment you have around. Smart Trainer will also track your workouts, and suggest changes as you progress.

Smart Trainer drastically reduces the knowledge and time required to create a routine, to just a few simple options. You can choose which equipment you have, which muscles you want to target, how long and how often you want to work out, your experience level and workout type. That’s it! SmartGym will create an entire workout for you, and will constantly give suggestions as they progress, like increasing the weight in a specific exercise, or replacing an entire exercise with another one.

From the main screen of the Apple Watch, just scroll down, tap one button and access the Smart Trainer setup. With just a few extra taps, you get an entire workout, personalized to you and based on the equipment you have available. All without the iPhone being nearby and without any internet connection. SmartGym’s entire AI Engine with CoreML, runs locally on the Watch itself.

Think about this for a moment. Right from your wrist, this tiny device can understand your choices, your health, your progress and create a complete and personalized workout for you!

130 Pre-Made Workouts, carefully created by professionals

SmartGym also offers over 130 pre-made workouts, carefully and manually created by professionals. In just a few taps and right from your wrist, you can now have a full featured gym experience, with many different pre-made workouts, from different categories and for different experience levels.

Siri

One of the best things about an Apple Watch app is how fast you can do things. With a few seconds, and a tap or two you get all the information you need.

But it can be a lot better. What if we could do what we want, without even tapping the device? That’s where Siri kicks in.

Without even opening the app, you can say: “Hey Siri, Start Today’s Workout on SmartGym”. And with your voice SmartGym will automatically launch, start the workout session and find the appropriate routine of the day (because it knows which day is today and which routine you should be doing), and put it right in front of you. All without even touching the device.

You could also specify the name of the routine, i.e: “Hey Siri, Start Routine A3 on SmartGym” or “Hey Siri, Start my Cardio Workout on SmartGym” and SmartGym will get the right routine for you.

And with watchOS 7+, SmartGym leverages the power of Siri Shortcuts on the Watch. Those same actions that can be done with your voice, can also be done from the Shortcuts app. But, even cooler than that, those same actions can become complications and can be launched from the Watch Face! This means users can have their routines as complications!

History and Measures

It’s really handy to have this kind of information right on the Watch. Specially since it doesn’t get into the way of any of the other more important features.

And with watchOS 6+, powered by SwiftUI, SmartGym has a gorgeous History View on the Apple Watch. You get all the information you need, right from your wrist. And we even added the amazing workout chart at the top!

Complications

SmartGym has lots of amazing complications, that you can add to your Watch Face. You can add simple shortcuts to open the app with one tap. Or, your workout charts and your weekly workout summary. Or even add your SmartGym Siri Shortcuts to your Watch Face. For example, you can add your routines as shortcuts. With one tap SmartGym will launch, will start your workout session and open the routine for you.

Health and Activity apps Integration

SmartGym is fully integrated with Apple’s Health and Activity App. All your workouts and health data are automatically synced as soon as you end a workout session.

With SmartGym, you can start a Workout session that will keep track of your heart rates, distance and calories burned. And all your workouts will count towards your activity rings.

It’s really simple to start a workout session. You can tap Start Workout or use Siri (more on this below). Once you’re done, just tap the End button to stop the session. SmartGym will show you the summary of your session with your Activity Rings at the bottom.

User Reviews

Seeing how SmartGym is helping people in real life is extremely rewarding. I love getting messages from users telling me how SmartGym has helped them to lose weight, get in shape, deal with the pandemic, reduce stress and much more.

Just a few reviews we recently got on the US App Store. From new mom that wanted to lose weight, to users who bought an Apple Watch just because of SmartGym, to Personal Trainers that can continue to manage their students remotely.

Get it on the App Store!

If you like SmartGym, you can get it now on the App Store: htts://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smartgym/id922744883?ls=1&mt=8

Christian, iOS Developer, Designer, Product Guy. Creator/CEO at SoundShare and SmartGym.