Full List of Apple Watch Exercise Categories

  • American Football
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Australian Football
  • Badminton
  • Barre
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Boxing
  • Climbing
  • Core Training
  • Cricket
  • Cross- Country Skiing
  • Cross-Training
  • Curling
  • Dance
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Equestrian Sports
  • Fencing
  • Fishing
  • Flexibility
  • Functional Training
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hand Cycling
  • Handball
  • HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training)
  • Hiking
  • Hockey
  • Hunting
  • Jump Rope
  • Kickboxing
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial Arts
  • Mind & Body
  • Mixed Cardio
  • Paddling
  • Pilates
  • Play
  • Racquetball
  • Rolling
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Skating
  • Snow Sports
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Stairs
  • Step Training
  • Strength Training
  • Surfing
  • Table Tennis
  • Tai Chi
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • USA Football
  • Volleyball
  • Water Fitness
  • Water Polo
  • Water Sports
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

The sport options are pretty self-explanatory but I wanted to take a moment to discuss the ones we most commonly use at Trainer In PINK with our clients as well as distinguish between others that you may question your selection for using in your in-home private exercise programs or at the gym. This is meant to help answer questions you may have regarding which exercise program to choose for your workout on the apple watch.

Top 3 with Trainer In PINK

Functional Training – This is the type of training that is challenging for the individual. It is the exercise that we use for our RESTORE program in rehabilitation or correction of muscular imbalances. These exercises for us include our Ortho-Kinetic lunges, integration movements, balance exercises, movements, and exercises that transfer for everyday living through sports specific training, of example breaking down a repetitive sports movement for efficiency and training for the unexpected such as tackles for sports or cases into avoiding falls.

Strength Training – This seems to be simply identified. The kind of training that would fall under this category is not just lifting weights but being sure to include pyramid training when your working to challenge overall strength vs the endurance of a muscle with specific kinds of “supersets”. A lot of clients just don’t like cardio, so I like to make sure that I can keep their heart rate elevated during strength training so other areas of fitness criteria are not left unnoticed or unaddressed.

HIIT – In my personal experience I have noticed this option to be important in using during exercise where Id like to spike a client’s heart rate for shorter periods of time to work on building the heart’s endurance and tolerance for movements and exertion. I don’t know the details behind the system APPLE used in recognizing different forms of exercise, I do however notice the HIIT option seems to record heartrate in a faster frequency. You get credit for those shorter spurts of elevated heart rate, where other options would not have.

Clearing Any Confusion

Options like Yoga vs Barre vs Mind & Body

I would prefer to use Mind & Body during very light, breathing focused, even Yoga type movements.

Barre should be specific to Barre exercise and some areas of dance training could fall under this category but when in doubt go with the most obvious option.

Yoga as a movement flow form of yoga.

Cross Training is a medium intensity exercise program which may include several different applications of movement and exercise, for example, some cardio, with some weights and some flexibility. The hodgepodge workout!

Flexibility though I have a specific viewpoint on flexibility is considered stretching per this program option.

Rolling is for Foam Rolling!

Step training is for a step class type exercise vs Stair would be using a step machine or stair master.

I don’t use Core Training hardly ever because I really like to implement that a little bit in every session. It is very easy to stop workout on something else and start a new workout through the watch.