With these little-known tricks you will get more out of your Apple Watch at the gym

The Apple Watch has become an indispensable companion for many fitness lovers, including myself. I've been using the Apple Watch Ultra for over a year, and thanks to its advanced fitness tracking capabilities and customizable features, my workouts are a blast.

If you're looking to maximize the effectiveness of your training sessions, this device offers a number of features and settings that can help you achieve your health and wellness goals. Below we explain what they are.

Customize the training experience

One of the most notable features of Apple Watch It is its ability to adapt to the individual needs of each user. The Apple Watch Workout app lets you customize the screens that appear during your workouts, allowing you to focus on the information that's most important to you or the workout time or goal you want to achieve.

Training goals

With Apple Watch, you can configure specific objectives for each training session, whether by time, distance or calories burned. This feature is very useful for those looking to achieve specific goals with their workouts.

Auto pause

For runners and cyclists, Apple Watch includes a auto pause, ideal for those who train in urban areas and who from time to time are forced to stop at a traffic light. This feature can be activated from the Watch app on iPhone and ensures that your activity time accurately shows actual movement during physical activity.

Heart rate zones

Also with the incorporation of heart rate zones in watchOS 9, the Apple Watch has since offered one more tool to monitor the intensity of your exercise. These are the heart rate zones. Although the watch automatically calculates these zones, users can adjust them manually to adapt them to specific training goals. This is very useful for those users who train by heart rate zone intervals, for example.

Notification management

The Concentration Modes function can also be useful when we go to the gym with our Apple Watch. This feature, perhaps best known on the iPhone, is an excellent way to manage notifications during training, ensuring that you only receive the most important alerts or those that you have previously marked as notifications that you can view during training. Additionally, you can set your Apple Watch face to change automatically when you start an exercise session.

concentration mode configuration

If, in addition to using your Apple Watch for physical activity, you also use it on a daily basis, you may change watch faces often. For example, you can have a watch face less focused on displaying exercise metrics when you're out for the day and wearing your Apple Watch. However, when you arrive at the gym you may prefer a dial that displays specific information related to your activity circles. Thanks to the concentration modes, associating a sphere with an “Exercise” concentration mode is super simple. To set up focus modes, go to Settings on your iPhone and tap Focus Mode.

In short, the Apple Watch is a very interesting tool for those looking to improve their health and physical performance. After more than a year of using it daily for my workouts and also for everyday use, I couldn't be happier with how it works.