8 Things You Didn't Know Atlas Can Do

Like any fitness wearable, you're going to experience a slight learning curve when you start wearing your Atlas watch. This means that there might be features you don't immediately notice. Let's go through some of these features and how you can take advantage of them. 

8 Things You Didn't Kow Atlas Can Do

1. Track Your Resting Heart Rate

Where to find it:

Log > Graph Data > Resting Heart Rate

Why you should care: 

Your resting heart rate (RHR) acts as an indication of sorts of how hard your body is working throughout the day, while you're at rest. According to the Mayo Clinic, a typical RHR for adults is anywhere between 60 to 100 beats per minute, although active athletes might see something closer to 40.

This is important because if Atlas tells you that your RHR is on the higher end of the range, that could imply that your heart function and cardiovascular fitness need some work. 

Thus, keeping a close eye on your RHR through Atlas is advantageous.

2. Monitor Your VO2 Max

Where to find it:

Log > Graph Data > VO2 Max

Why you should care: 

We've covered VO2 max before. It refers to the maximum amount of oxygen you can utilize when you’re working out. If you want to improve your health and fitness, one goal should be to increase your body's ability to use oxygen. This will ultimately improve your endurance.

vo2 max

3. Log Sleep

Where to find it:

Log > Graph Data > Sleep

Why you should care: 

Getting not just enough sleep but enough quality sleep is vital for your fitness, recovery, and overall health. Thus, it should be something you work to improve, just like your RHR and VO2 max. And what you don't track and measure, you can't improve. That's why wearing your Atlas watch while you sleep is so beneficial.

Track data including:

  • The time you went to sleep.
  • The time you woke up.
  • How long it took you to fall asleep.
  • Disturbances to your sleep.
  • Your sleep efficiency.

4. Calculate and Use Your Estimate 1RM

Where to find it:

Log > [Choose day ] > Session > Exercise > Estimated 1RM

Why you should care: 

Your estimate 1RM (one rep max) reflects the heaviest weight that you theoretically should be able to perform for one repetition. Your Atlas watch will calculate this using your exercise history and a custom algorithm based on the Epley and Bryzcki formulas.

Your 1RM is so important because not only is it an excellent way to track your progress, but it also determines what loads you should be working at during your everyday training.

And that's something else Atlas will help you with. Once you've defined your 1RM, you can use it as a load target in your workouts. Your watch will automatically calculate the percentage and tell you what the weight is in pounds/kilograms.

athlete loading weight

5. Check for Proper Muscle Activation

Where to find it:

Log > Graph Data > Muscle Activation

Why you should care: 

It goes without saying that ensuring you're performing an exercise properly is necessary not just to be effective in your training, but also to stay safe. This can be challenging to monitor, especially if you're training on your own.

Your Atlas app will tell you which muscles you should be activating during an exercise so that you can monitor for proper form.

muscle activation

6. Heart Rate Zones for Each Workout

Where to find it:

Insights > [Choose a workout under Recent Workouts]

Why you should care:

This is important data to monitor for the same reason that resting heart rate is. It tells you how hard your heart is having to work, but in this case, it's during the workout (not at rest). You can compare this information over time to see if you're adapting to your training and able to push harder while maintaining a lower heart rate. 

This graph makes the data easily digestible by presenting it in "zones." Tap on each bar to see the range of your heart rate and when during the workout you were in that zone.

heart rate zones

7. Change Your Exercise Target

Where to find it:

Workouts > + > Add Exercise > [Select an exercise] > [Tap three dots] > Change Exercise Target

Why you should care:

Atlas offers more flexibility and customization than other wearables. How do you want to track a movement? We offer:

  • Duration
  • Repetitions
  • Distance (in feet)
  • Distance (in miles)
  • Calories
  • Max Repetitions
  • Duration About Heart Rate

Choose whichever makes the most sense for that movement and your goals. Every exercise in your workout can have a different exercise target, and your watch will automatically track those movements based on exercise target you specify. 

In this example, Duration is selected.

choose exercise target

8. Change Your Load Target

Where to find it:

Workouts > + > Add Exercise > [Select an exercise] > [Tap three dots] > Change Load Target

Why you should care:

Similar to the exercise target, your Atlas watch's load target lets you decide specifically how you want to qualify the weight you're moving. You can choose from:

  • Load (in pounds)
  • x Bodyweight
  • % 1-Rep Max

Instead of needing to manually calculate these numbers, the three dimensions are preset, and Atlas will do the math for you.

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