How to Calibrate Your First Workout

Ready to tackle your first workout with your new Atlas watch? Let's do it.

While your watch is already able to detect, track, and measure certain exercises, like jumping jacks and air squats, others, you'll need to manually calibrate the first time you perform them. 

This is because there are so many variations from person to person when it comes to exactly how the movement is done. Your watch needs the opportunity to see how you do it. 

Once you calibrate a movement that first time, your watch will automatically track those exercises anytime you perform them in the future. While it is an extra step in the very beginning, one exercise calibration needs just three recordings — although the more you do, the better.

This calibration is what enables your Atlas watch to give you more thorough and accurate information than other wearables on the market.

So, what happens before your watch is able to track your movements automatically? How can you go about calibrating your first workout? Let's go through it step by step, using the below exercise as an example: 

3 rounds of

  • 15 reps of medicine ball squat and press
  • 30 reps of knee-ups
  • 40 reps of bicycle crunches
  • 24 reps of walking lunges

    This exercise is available in the library of workouts in your Atlas app. It's under Kayla Itsines workouts, and it's called W1&3: Friday A.

    While the workout timer is blinking, press Go to start the workout.

    How to Calibrate Your First Workout With Your Atlas Watch

    As you calibrate your first workout, your watch will take you through a series of screens for each exercise.  

    The first screen displays the exercise name, as shown below: 

    The center bar is red for "Medicine Ball Squat And Press", meaning this movement isn't calibrated yet. Press Go to begin the recording process. You'll see the weight you should be performing at (if any), and the number of reps to execute. 

    Get your medicine ball setup and when you're ready, press Go again to record. You'll get 5 seconds to get into position before the recording begins.

    As soon as you've completed the recording, the watch tells you to press Go when you've completed the movement.


    Once you're done, your watch will confirm that it has recorded the movement, as pictured below.

    Your Atlas watch will take you through the same process for the remainder of the movements that require calibration. Here's what knee-ups would look like, as an example.

    Once you've made it through all four movements, you've completed the first round of your workout. Good job! 

    Because ideally, you have a minimum of three recordings per new exercise in order to complete the calibration, you should repeat the round of movements at least two more times by pressing UP/DOWN to navigate before ending the workout.

    Great! What then? 

    The cool thing about your Atlas watch is that the more data it collects, the more accurate of a read it will give you. For this reason, you'll want to continue calibrating each exercise for the duration of the workout.

    We know it might seem like a lot of extra work, but again, bear in mind that moving forward, if you perform a different workout that uses bicycle crunches, walking lunges, medicine ball squat and press, or knee-ups, your watch will already have them calibrated. Easy.

    I'm not sure I did this right — how will I know that it's calibrated? 

    We're so glad you asked. There are a few other things you can look for. 

    One thing you can do is go back to the workout on your watch. If you look toward the bottom of the screen, it will tell you how much it's calibrated, in a percentage.

    Another way to check that your watch tracked your movements is to look for the data it collected, which you can view using the Atlas app on your smartphone. Open the app and tap on Insights.

    Click on the exercise you just did, which should be under Recent Workouts. In this case, it's W1&3: Friday A.

    recent workouts

    The next immediate screen should show you your heart rate across the duration of the workout.

    heart rate

    Below that chart, it will show you the rounds and reps of each exercise that you performed. 


    Try clicking on any of these exercises — let's say the first entry for medicine ball squat and press. Here's what we see when we scroll down a little on that page: 


    Notice that next to Calibration, it says "Complete." You can even click that to see each calibration that the watch recorded and the accuracy percentage.