It’s here! finally! A couple of days ago I opened my Nike Training Club (or NTC for short) app and it asked me to log in. That was strange, it usually remembers you. I ignore it, log in, choose my workout and then my watch lights up.
Turns out, there was a big update and it includes an app for the Apple Watch!
Nike Training Club
First of all, let’s do a quick review of the app itself.
It is a very comprehensive workout app ranging workouts from stretching to strength training, cardio, and yoga. Some take just a couple of minutes and others are full hour proper workouts. Of course, you can filter the workout list to show just the type you need or you can choose a program with a specific goal and fitness level and be guided day by day.
I’ve never done a full coaching program but instead, mostly use it to do yoga or cross train when I run. Now there’s even a specific collection of workouts meant to enhance your running performance. This comes naturally I guess since this app has a big brother, the Nike+ Run Club, which is my favorite running app and also the reason I discovered NTC in the first place.
Why I’m so excited about the watch version
The workouts have a voiceover to guide you but also short videos to show you the moves. In case this is not enough or the move is new to you, you can pause the workout and review the movement from the beginning in a video.
The Nike+ Run Club had a watch version practically from the very beginning. Of course, it had to, there are even special Nike+ watch versions. So it was only a matter of time this spread on to the Nike Training Club as well. Of course, when running, having all your info on your watch instead of checking on your phone, that is probably attached to your arm in an armband, is a must. But there are reasons why having the exercise part on the watch is great as well.
1. Workout input
Your watch tracks your activity all day long. But when doing something lighter like stretching or yoga this might not count towards your exercise goal. If however, you open a yoga workout on your watch, for example, it will. But at the same time you are opening a workout in the NTC app and since it syncs to the health app, you suddenly have two workouts that you’re doing at the same time. Not good.
Now you don’t need to open an additional workout on your watch, it is automatically created by NTC and it is one and the same as the one on your phone. This is the main reason I am so excited about this update.
2. Freedom from your phone
It is highly likely that you will be doing some of the workouts again and again. Or at least the same moves. Once you get to know them, you don’t need to constantly look at your phone for guidance. You hear the move on the voiceover or read it on your watch and then your watch gives you tactic feedback when it’s time to switch sides or end the move.
3. Activity tracking
The app tracks the time and gives you an estimate of your burned calories based on the workout and your weight/height/age/sex. But tracking a workout with your watch is much more accurate because it uses the heart rate monitor and motion sensor as well.
So, what are you waiting for? Try the short warm-up session before going for a run, do a yoga sequence to start your day or unwind in the evening, or go ahead and try some strength training. Watch enabled, of course.