Say 'hello' to your new training buddies...
Here at finder.com.au, we have reviewed a range of fitness apps for smartwatches. And, though they all do a fantastic job of tracking general workout stats and sleep patterns, it’s rare that an app will cater to a broader range of sports and activities.
There have been many brilliant sports and training apps for smartphones and smart TVs over the years, like Hello Coach, Moves Tracker, Runtastic and CycleNav, but it seems not as many have made the transition to smartwatches.
But, never fear sports fan, because these apps do exist, they’ve just been hiding in the darkest corners of the App store. We’ve done some research on sports and training apps that are compatible with your smartwatch, here are our top five.
What are sports apps?
Fitness apps generally serve a small range of specific purposes by tracking steps, distance travelled, hours slept, and sometimes nutritional data. Sports and training apps cast a wider net over the health and fitness category and offer services applicable to a range of sports and fitness routines. Most importantly, these apps act as a personal trainer of sorts, giving critical feedback during and after workouts and offering dietary advice when necessary.
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What are the best sports apps for your wearable?
|Sports Apps||About the App||Compatibility||Purchase|
|Waterbalance||Water intake is one of those super important, but difficult to manage, everyday tasks. What’s brilliant about the Waterbalance app is that it takes into account different beverages you’ve consumed throughout the day and either adds to or subtracts from your hydration level. It’s all too easy to use, and even allows for different glass sizes to be tracked. The only thing amiss with Waterbalance app is that it will sometimes incorrectly interpret the data entered. A small kink that will hopefully be worked out in future updates.||Free on Android Wear and Apple Watch||Buy Now|
|Carrot Fit||Personal trainers make a living providing nutrition plans, planning workout routines and offering encouragement to athletes. All very nice, but how about a personal trainer with some sass? One that’s not afraid to tell it how it is? That’s where Carrot Fit comes in. Carrot Fit is a little like Siri, except nowhere near as kind. When you first boot up the app, Carrot declares itself your fitness overlord and begins berating you almost immediately. Gain weight, and your on-screen avatar will be electrocuted, fail to report in and Carrot will blast you with insults. Admittedly, Carrot Fit is pure novelty, the stats it keeps are pretty much useless, and there’s no way of overriding Carrot’s demands when you simply don’t have the time. But if you’re a fan of self deprecating humour and enjoy a bit of a laugh during training, Carrot Fit will happily roast you.||$3.99 on Apple Watch||Buy Now|
|CycleNav||Granted, this app does require a costly little gadget to operate, it’s well worth it. Schwinn’s CycleNav is essentially a small SatNav device that mounts to your handlebars and gives the cyclist visual and audio directions. How does CycleNav know where to go, you ask? Well, by connecting this neat little device to your smartphone via Bluetooth, you will be able to plot out your route through a simple, user-friendly app on your smart device. What’s even more amazing, is that you can now download a CycleNav APK for your smartwatch, so you can plan each adventure from the convenience of your wrist. Let’s just hope there’s an Apple Watch version on the way.||Free APK available for Android (Device retails at approx, $75 AUD)|
|Swim.com||You’re going to need a waterproof wearable for this one. Preferably, Pebble’s waterproof smartwatch, as Swim.com have released their popular activity tracking software as an app on the Pebble Store. This handy application tracks pace, strokes, lap times and efficiency then wirelessly uploads this information to the compatible iOS or Android app. These features make Swim.com one of the only fitness tracking apps available that you can use seamlessly throughout the entire day, no matter the weather.||Free from the Pebble Store|
|Endomondo||Endomondo has long been considered one of the most comprehensive and versatile training apps for smart devices. It covers just about any outdoor sport and allows you to track duration, distance, speed and calories. It also has an audio coach that gives feedback every kilometer and allows you to compare stats against friends in online leaderboards, essentially giving your Android Wear device the same capabilities as high-end fitness trackers like the Jawbone UP 24. What’s even better about this unique app is that it’s smartwatch version comes as a standalone app on Sony Smartwatch 3 and other Android Wear devices, which means you don’t have to have your phone connected while working out, an infinitely beneficial feature that allows you to leave your bulky mobile device at home.||Free for Android Wear|
Frequently asked questions
Will I need to bring my phone along when training with my smartwatch?
Most of the time, yes. Unless you're rocking a Gear S (which has it's own SIM card), most apps require a mobile network connection through your mobile device to connect to the Internet.
Which watch is best for use with sports activities?
It's hard to give a definite answer, though there are some, like the Pebble that have features, like waterproofing, that are just too good for any sports fanatic to pass up.
I don't play sports, should I get a smartwatch?
That all depends on what you would use it for. There are so many other things a smartwatch can do that will benefit you in some facet of your life. Check out our smartwatch comparisons to help you decide if a smartwatch is for you.