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I'm pleased to hear that Up has made a comeback, as i've been wanting one since V1.0 was released. I'm pretty much ready to go out and buy one but was wondering about one thing.
How does this thing work in the gym? I don't see anywhere that it has a GPS or anything, so i'm assuming it works the same whether i'm running outdoors or if i'm running on a treadmill.
Are there any negatives to wearing Up at the gym? Or will I get the same benefits and tracking as someone using it outdoors?
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Your UP band uses cutting-edge MotionX technology to track activity, giving it superior accuracy. While variations in user, terrain, and activity conditions can influence specific calculations, testing has shown UP to provide industry-leading accuracy in tracking activity and sleep. You can also use the built-in calibration feature to make UP even more accurate for you.
Hope this answers your question,
Unfortunately many gym-related activities aren't detected at all, for instance running on an elliptical trainer, or spinning. And as you've mentioned, you can try and enter an activity in the log, but it won't allow you to enter the number of steps, even when you know them. For instance, my gym's ellitical trainer tells me how many strides I take per minute, and how many minutes I've run, as well as a conversion to miles, but the only one of those parameters I can enter in the UP log is minutes, and the UP conversion to steps and miles is totally different, by a factor of ten. Personally I think that if you know the number of step equivalents you've taken, you should be able to enter them.
Given the deficiencies mentioned by many users of the armband design, related to the conversion to steps, a conversion that doesn't work for many activities, it seems to me that an ankle band that senses leg movement, whether on a cycle, elliptical machine, stairclimber, etc, would have a lot of advantages. Even when walking, if you don't move your arm in the expected way, for instance if you're holding a package or your laptop under your arm, holding on to a backpack, or have your hand in your pocket because it's freezing outside, forget trying to get the UP to notice that you're walking.
I wear the band on my ankle 90% of the time. It's the only effective way to use it on the stairmaster and the treadmill (and I just don't like it on my wrist with a work shirt).
I do wish there was a larger size than large to fit better on the ankle, but it's worked absolutely great for me on the ankle for almost three months.
One thing I have noticed is while weight lifting my numbers can fluctuate greatly. I have a 4-day circuit I do and my steps can change greatly while do the same workout 4 days later in the same sequence.
Since it monitors motion I have noticed that some movements won't even get logged. JawboneAlex covered how the UP tracks movements in another post. Since it tracks swinging your arm and also impact it notices when you carry a box even. However, if I am doing a concentration curl and I move very slowly it does not always track that arm swing. I synced my UP before doing 20 pound dumbell concentration curls for 4 sets of 10-12 with 30 second reset and only logged about 40 "steps."
Best option is log the workout and make sure that, if you can, use a heartrate monitor for one workout. I bought one on Amazon for 20 bucks. Then monitoriing my heart rate and the time I could calculate online my calorie burn for the hour in the gym. Since the UP gives you options for workout intensity I found most of my gym time was either "In the Zone" or "Intense" on my calorie burn. Do that a couple of times and you should get an idea. For cardio I ALWAYS wear my up on my ankle, i.e. treamill, bike, eliptical.
Hope this helps some.
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