How to Use Openfit on Your Apple Watch
If you have an Apple Watch, you know how motivating it can be to fill those activity rings throughout the day. And when you sync your Openfit app to your Apple Watch, you can get credit for every minute you spend crushing an Xtend Barre workout, Yoga Flow, Trivia Walk, or Kickboxing Blast class. You’ll also be able to track your heart rate, calories burned, reps completed, and more.
Ready to add Openfit to your Apple Watch? Here’s what you need to know.
How to Set Up Openfit on Your Apple Watch
First things first: You’ll need to use your phone for the setup process. Apple Watch is currently only compatible with iOS devices, and to set up the Openfit app on your watch, you need to be using an iPhone. (If you’re an Android user, you won’t be able to use the Apple Watch, but you can still install the Openfit app on your phone and enjoy all its handy in-app features.)
1. Add the Apple Watch app to your phone.
If your Apple Watch is brand new, you’ll need to start by setting up the Apple Watch app on your phone. In the watch app, you’ll be able to adjust your settings and install apps such as — you guessed it — Openfit. If you need help setting up your watch, follow the step-by-step instructions from Apple Support.
2. Install the Openfit app on your Apple Watch.
Once you have the Apple Watch app set up, it’s easy to connect the Openfit app.
- Open the Apple Watch app.
- Tap the “My Watch” tab.
- Scroll down to “Installed on Watch.”
- Look for the Openfit app.
- Tap “Install.”
3. Enable HealthKit permissions.
You’ll need to allow your watch to send data to your Openfit app, and for that data to be synced to the Health app on your phone. Translation: If you want to use your Openfit workout minutes to close those rings, don’t skip this step!
- Launch the Openfit app on your phone and log in.
- Click the profile icon at the top of your screen and select “settings.”
- Make sure Health app permissions are enabled.
- Now, launch the Health app on your phone.
- Click your profile photo at the top of the page.
- Under “Privacy,” select “Apps.”
- Select Openfit, and ensure Heart Rate and Workouts are both enabled.
How Openfit Works With Your Apple Watch
When you start a workout in the Openfit app on your phone, you should receive a prompt on your watch asking if you’d like to track the workout. (Um, yes!) Here’s where it gets fun — as you work out, your Apple Watch can help you keep tabs on your progress in a few ways.
Track heart rate and calories burned.
Your Apple Watch will monitor your heart rate, estimate the calories burned during your workout, and send the data to your Openfit app. If you’re doing an Openfit Live class, your trainer will be able to see your heart rate.
Gauge your intensity.
At the end of your workout, you’ll see a summary screen with your total calories burned, average heart rate, and the amount of time you spent in each of the five heart rate zones: very light, light, moderate, hard, and maximum. This data will also be saved in your Health app, and your activity rings will be updated.
Get a countdown clock.
If you’re doing an Openfit workout program like XB Pilates or 600 Secs, your watch will display a countdown clock for the full length of the workout. For live classes — including those available on-demand — you’ll see a countdown clock for each segment of the workout, so you’ll know exactly how much longer you need to hold that plank.
Check your pace.
If you do a running or walking workout, your Apple Watch will also track your average pace, step count, and the total distance traveled. That data will be sent to your phone — so whether you’re training for a 5K or trying to beat your fastest mile, you have an easy way to hold yourself accountable to your goals.