Can Apple Watch count reps?
It can automatically count reps using 3rd party apps, however as of today all automatic rep counting Apple Watch apps have died/gone out of business.
Instead there are manual rep counting apps on the apple watch which can help.
We like the list of apps that do that here
How do I manually add exercise to Apple Watch?
You can add workouts manually, but they will not count towards your rings.
Workouts can be added manually to the Health app on your iPhone, which aggregates all health and activity data from your Apple Watch, iPhone and any other sources:
To add a workout, go to: Health Data (tab) > Activity > tap on Workouts > tap on the "+" sign (upper-right) > enter your workout data.
Active Energy can also be added manually to the Health app on your iPhone:
To add data, go to: Health Data > Activity > tap on Active Energy > tap on the "+" sign (upper-right) > enter your data.
What happens if my Apple Watch dies during a workout?
Firstly, as it has died it will not track any more exercise.
Depending on what OS your Apple Watch is running, when you power it back up it will either sync the workout to your phone (phone must be nearby) or it will continue the workout.
We advise that you watch out for this when you put it back on the charger.
Back before OS4 you would lose all your workout data. Boy did that suck.
Does it matter which workout you choose on Apple Watch?
Yes it absolutely does.
Your apple watch doesn't just calculate your calorie burn based on your heart rate, it has an algorithm for every type of exercise that uses your heart rate to work out your calories.
HIIT vs cycling for example - you can get you heart rate to the same place but physically are going to burn more calories doing HIIT than cycling.
So make sure you pick the right workout!
How do you do interval training on Apple Watch?
To reveal the HIIT option, scroll down to the bottom of the workout list and tap on Add Workout.
Then scroll down a longer list until your find High Intensity Interval Training and tap on it. It will now be added to the main menu.
Apple’s HIIT workout doesn’t provide any special features. You just get the three basic metrics common to all “other” workouts: Duration, Heart Rate and Calories. But Apple optimized the motion and heart rate algorithms for HIIT, so at least your stats you should be more accurate when you use this option.
Does your Apple Watch know your weight?
Yes, but that is because you told it so.
Your Apple Watch uses your personal information — such as your height, weight, gender, and age — to calculate how many calories you burn and more.
To update your personal information, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Tap the My Watch tab, then tap Health > Health Profile. Tap Edit, then tap the item that you want to change.
What does mixed cardio mean on Apple Watch?
Mixed Cardio is a catchall category for exercise with periods of high and low intensity work.
So if you're doing full blown HIIT don't use this setting, but if you're lifting weights and there are rest periods - this is great!
Here are some examples from users on what they use Mixed Cardio for:
"I use it for a general, mixed bag cardio workout. HIIT is a specific high intensity workout."
"I’ve been using it for workout cardio videos on YouTube (that aren’t HIIT)"
"I use mixed cardio if I’m going to be using multiple machines and walking too, just so I don’t have to end one workout and start another. Or I use it when I’m doing a YouTube cardio video. I could be using it wrong but it seems to work fine"
"If I am going to be vacuuming the whole house, moping the floors, scrubbing the tub and walls... essentially random chores that I sling together back to back... I'll pop on mixed cardio."
Can I wear my Apple Watch during hot yoga?
No. Apple Watch should not be worn during hot yoga.
Whilst Other would be the most appropriate activity type for recording regular yoga using the Workout app, wearing your watch during hot yoga (which is performed in hot and humid conditions) would fall outside of Apple's handling guidelines for your Apple Watch.
Apple's advises that:
Note that using your watch outside of Apple's handling guidelines may render your watch ineligible for service under warranty, AppleCare+ and/or chargeable repair service.
Can Apple Watch track pushups?
If you want to do a workout of pushups - select workout type other.
If you want the apple watch to track the individual pushups you do - it can do that! You will need to use a 3rd party app though.
Here are some great ones
Does yoga count as exercise Apple Watch?
Whether Yoga counts as exercise is up to you.
To record a yoga workout, select "Other" in the Workout app on your Apple Watch. The workout can be named as yoga when you end and save the workout.