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Customize your workflow with Shortcuts

Shortcut

Apples new Shortcut app speeds up lengthy tasks.

With iOS 12 Apple has released the new Shortcut app. This allows to speed up often recurring workflows.

One such workflow for me is starting a workout with RowingCoach. So I created an exemplary shortcut which enables “Do Not Disturb” for the next hours, starts the music and launches RowingCoach for an outdoor workout at the same time. Just add a Siri command word like “Rowing” and the next time you say “Hey Siri, Rowing” all that happens automatically!

You can download it here (on your iPhone) and adapt it to your personal preferences.

A custom shortcut for rowing

A custom shortcut for rowing

Four ways to start a workout

When you are about to go onto the water or getting started with your erg, the things you least want to waste time on your tech gadgets. After all aren’t these things supposed to save you time?

That’s why there are many different ways to start a workout with RowingCoach. You decide which you feel most comfortable with and fits the current situation – whether you have your hands full or are among people.

  1. “Hey Siri, start workout with RowingCoach”. That works with both iPhone and Apple Watch and is very useful when you have your hands occupied. Of course you can also pause, stop and resume the workout.

    Workout start using Siri

    Quickly start a workout with RowingCoach. Handsfree!

  2. Just press firmly on the RowingCoach icon. With this ForceTouch a context menu appears from where you can start, stop and resume your workout without the need to opening the app first!

    RowingCoach

    Just press hard on the app icon and the menu appears.

  3. From your Search screen. Just add the RowingCoach Widget and you can quickly start a new workout. As a bonus you get your weekly and monthly distance shown in the widget.

    RowingCoach widget

    The widget shows weekly and monthly statistics. You can also quickly start a workout.

  4. And for completeness: There is of course the obvious way of pressing Start from within the app itself.

All roads lead to Rome. Find yours!

New version 1.2.0

The new version just got released! Here are some new features:

  • You can now use your Bluetooth heart rate monitor with your Apple Watch.
  • The app is adapted to iOS 11 and watchOS 4, a separate post will focus on some of the new features.
  • Your workout routes are now visible in Apples Health app!
  • And of course the new version also contains some bugfixes and minor GUI enhancements.

Mirror your Apple Watch display

The upcoming version of RowingCoach features a new way to train indoors: When you start a workout with your Apple Watch, you can use your iPhone as a display to show your pulse, current stroke rate, calories burned and the elapsed time. So even the simplest rowing machine becomes smart with your iPhone and Apple Watch.

Using this feature is simple: Just open the RowingCoach app on your phone and position it in a convenient place. Ensure that the “Mirror Watch” setting is enabled and Apple Watch and iPhone are not in the Flight Mode. Next, start your workout with RowingCoach on the Apple Watch. That’s it!

This feature was implemented after a user request, thanks a lot for your input!

iCloud support coming

The coming update will feature iCloud synchronization. This means that you can access all your workouts from every device. So when you use your Apple Watch to record a training session, you can have look at the map with your large screen iPad afterwards.

iCloud synchronization also means, that you do not loose any data when getting a new iPhone!

New version with ForceTouch

The new week brings a new update. It features ForceTouch support. Now you can start and stop workouts without the need of opening the app first. Just press hard on the RowingCoach app icon and a pop-up appears. There you can instantly start the workout. This will get you to rowing even faster!

RowingCoach

Just press hard on the app icon and the menu appears.

RowingCoach now available!

Just after a 9 hours of review, the RowingCoach app for iPhone and Apple Watch is now available in the Apple Store for free. The version includes Siri capability, so you can just use tell your device to start a recording. Additional to the beta version, you can also enable a notification when you covered a certain distance.

Happy rowing!

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I love rowing!

I really do. When I started rowing a few years back, I immediately fell in love with this beautiful sport. In what ever mood I was, my time on the water was always great: When I was just relaxing from a long workday and when I was exhausting myself surrounded by the beauty of nature amidst the cranes watching my boat gliding through the water.

With all the positive sides, there was always one thing that bothered me intensely. With any other sport it is easy to track your workout. When jogging, we are accustomed to see how we did compared to last week. Did we beat the sluggishness that accompanies the cold and foggy winter months? And what distance did we cover during this one great workout a few months ago? But there was no convenient modern way to that. Until now!

This is where RowingCoach comes into play. It is a convenient easy-to-use app for your iPhone and your Apple Watch which accompany you with your rowing workout. It gives you all the metrics you might ask for. It tracks the essentials like the distance you covered, your pulse and calories burned as well as the duration of your workout. But most importantly it detects your strokes automatically using the incredible fine sensors in your device. With this intelligent stroke detection you get an instant display of your stroke rate, also called SPM (strokes per minute). It also displays the time needed for 500 meters. Thanks to the strokes detection it can separate the true workout duration from idle phases when you pause and enjoy the scenery. So you don’t have to always pause and continue the workout manually.

Of course while being on the water your hands are occupied, so it was inevitable to integrate Siri  and let her start and stop a training upon your voice command. Look here for an overview of the features.

But sometimes we have to row indoor, so the app for the Apple Watch also includes an indoor mode which records your SPM and other vitals to get you through the winter.

There is a lot of development going on and I appreciate any comments or feature request. Just drop me a line and let me know what you think!

Have a nice row and enjoy the app!