J. A. Couillard
I waited on reviewing this because I wanted to use it consistently for an extended period of time to fully understand it. The Atlas 2 comes with a Coaching mode, a Freestyle mode, and a Cardio mode. I've used both the Freestyle and Cardio.
Unless I'm traveling, I normally hit the gym, as a weight lifter, 5 days a week. I normally do about three days of heavy lifting and two other days of cardio/abs.
The Atlas 2 has a database of [300+] exercises, and if it's in the list, does an excellent job of figuring out which exercise you're doing - as long as you are following good form. There are a number of exercises I do, which I would consider to be in the range of moderately popular, that I couldn't find in the database. For those instances, the Atlas 2 has a pretty decent learning mode. The learning mode took some getting used to. However, once you've completed teaching the Atlas 2 your new exercise - it does a good job identifying that exercise when you do it for real. It's also nice that you can remove the tracker from the wristband.
Does exactly as advertised and more a very impressive piece of tech. It takes a little bit of work to get used to teaching it your own exercises- typically I've found 3 teaching sessions with varied reps per exercise for it to recognize the movement accurately but now I don't train without it! I like how you can put your whole workout into it then record your weight and rep progressions and it's all saved in the app to be viewed afterwards and have found the heart-rate sensor to be much more accurate for strength training than my FitBit surge which I now take off when I'm doing either weight training or bodyweight training and use atlas in its place.
The best feature with Atlas which nothing else out there does is record your training sessions at the gym and excellent tool and The atlas team are very helpful with any questions or issues you have too always responding to my emails promptly. Highly recommend this product.
I absolutely love my Wristband 2! It has been really fun to work with this device and train it to my movements. It picked up everything very well after I spent just a little time training it to my form on a couple of exercises that I do differently than their Gold Standard. If I watch their form videos and complete my sets just like the video, and it picks my reps up every time. There are some things that I go heavier on and have slightly different form as a result; not bad form, just different. [For example, a] movement I decided to retrain was my Back Barbell Squat or Barbell Squat. I have more of a powerlifting squat stance and I am low on my back with the bar and really reach back and push through my heels. This is quite different from the Gold Standard form, hence my need to retrain it. I have found that once I did this, it performed perfectly. I love the Web-based platform for entering in my own workouts, it is simple and clear. I would definitely recommend this product for logging workouts to make gains! It is quick and easy and sure beats a notebook. Besides, it is just a really cool piece of tech with a team of programmers that care about making improvements and their clientele. Thank you Atlas!
The idea is simple: a fitness device that is made for the gym and not cardio focusing on muscle training, weights and body resistance exercises instead of heart rate and stride alone. Not only does the Atlas store your workout routine, prompting you to move on to the next exercise while still recording your heart rate, but it does it by detecting what exercise you have just completed. How does it do this? Science? Black magic?Honestly, I don't care because it works perfectly. Switching between pushups and crunches and jumping jacks seamlessly, the Atlas tracks my movements so that I can see what I did later, or tells me when I've done the required reps for a set (with a vibrate) and what to move on to.
Ever since I was disappointed by Polar's FT-80 nearly 7 years ago, this is the fitness tracker that I have been waiting for, and everyone that I have shown it to agrees.
I bought this product expecting that it will be able to track my strength training exercises and calculate heart rate and calorie expenditure accurately. Even though the website states that it can track push-ups, deadlifts, box jumps and so on, you're still amazed when you actually see it working as it should because it's tough to get your head wrapped around its smarts. In my experience thus far (it's been two months since I've been using it), I have seen it track particularly well the following: push-ups, different types of curls with dumbbells, squats, deadlifts, crunches and box jumps. There are a few other exercises which I like to perform, such as mountain climbers or different plyometric jumps, where the product acts confused and either doesn't pick up the exercise or thinks it's a different exercise. However, Atlas [released] a learning mode where the wristband will be able to pick up any exercise you teach it.
All in all, I've been using this product every-time I perform a strength training routine at the gym. While it cannot accurately track all of the exercises that I do, I am quite content with the ones it can track and with the analytics you get post-workout. I am anxiously looking forward [to using] the learning mode.