As someone who enjoys a leisurely weekend spin, the idea of training with an Olympic gold medalist sent shivers down my spine (and, admittedly, a surge of excitement). So, when the opportunity arose to test Apple Watch’s new custom workout feature with Kristin Armstrong, a three-time Olympic champion and the most decorated U.S. women’s cyclist, I knew I had to saddle up – even if my quads protested in advance.
Forget cookie-cutter fitness plans. Apple Watch’s latest software update lets you import custom workouts designed by world-class athletes like Armstrong. These aren’t just pre-packaged intervals; they’re tailored to your fitness level and goals, and crafted by the very best in the game. So, imagine my surprise when I received a personalized training plan from Armstrong herself, complete with her signature encouragement: “Leave it all out there, champ!”
Training with a Champion Cyclist
Armed with my trusty Apple Watch Ultra 2 (sporting a new band, natch) and a mix of nerves and adrenaline, I met Armstrong at the velodrome. The rhythmic click of the track and the smell of liniment instantly transported me to a world of Olympic dreams. Armstrong, however, was calm and collected, exuding the quiet confidence of a champion.
The workout wasn’t for the faint of heart. Armstrong pushed me beyond my comfort zone, guiding me through interval sprints, hill climbs, and recovery drills. My Apple Watch became my trusty co-pilot, seamlessly displaying stats like heart rate, power output, and cadence. The integration with my power meter was flawless, making the data feel like an extension of my own body.
The workout was grueling, but it was also exhilarating. Pushing my limits alongside a legend ignited a fire within me. Armstrong’s insights went beyond the confines of the velodrome, applicable to life itself. “Embrace the struggle,” she reminded me, “it’s where growth happens.”
While I may never reach Olympic heights (my lungs protested vehemently at that notion), the experience fundamentally changed my relationship with fitness. The custom workouts feature on the Apple Watch isn’t just a gimmick; it’s a portal to expert-level training. It is Accessible to anyone with a smartwatch and a thirst for growth.
Having a plan specifically designed for me made the workout more effective and enjoyable. Also, seeing my metrics in real-time fueled my motivation and helped me understand my body better. Armstrong’s tips and encouragement were worth their weight in gold (or, in this case, platinum medals).
So, whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a weekend warrior, Apple Watch’s custom workouts offer a unique opportunity to train like a champion. And who knows, maybe one day, you’ll find yourself sharing your own story about pushing your limits alongside a legend. Just remember, even if you never make it to the Olympics, the real victory lies in leaving it all out there, on the track, on the road, or wherever your journey takes you.