If you're looking to mix up your running workout routine, setting up intervals on your Apple Watch might be the way to do it.
Whether you're looking at running simple intervals (like run 5 minutes at 4:30 pace, rest 30 seconds) or more complex workouts (like what Runcoach provides) this post will guide you through it.
Prior to watchOS 9 the only way to setup custom workout intervals was to use a third party app, such as Watchletic. But Apple has now integrated their own solution so here we'll take a quick look at the pros and cons of using both.
|Free||Hard to see important data at a glance|
|Multiple workout views||Not able to create workouts from your phone|
|Recognizable Apple-like interface||Target pace not visible|
|Need phone to read interval summary after workout|
|If any missing features you need to hope Apple implements them|
|Data optimized for reading at a glance||Not free, but cheap|
|Easy to see your current targets and goals||Workout view not customizable, yet|
|See workout summary from your watch|
|No need for complicated workout views setup|
|New features added by request constantly|
If you want to try Apple Workout's custom intervals Apple describes it best on their support page.
You can set up workouts either straight from your watch or through the iOS app. Both are very similar so in this post we'll show you how to do it through the iOS app. And once the configured workout is saved it will automatically sync to your Apple Watch.
Let's assume we want to run a 1 km warmup followed by eight intervals of 500 meters with 1-minute rest in between, capped off by a 5-minute cooldown. Here are the step by step instructions on how to set that up:
I hope this post helped you with setting up custom workout intervals on your Apple Watch. Take care and get ready to hit those PRs!