Kettlebell workouts are a hugely popular way of keeping active, fit, and healthy.
It can be quite tricky to find the best way of logging kettlebells on your Garmin though.
While your Garmin is a fantastic way of keeping an accurate record of your physical activity, they aren’t always as user-friendly as they could be when it comes to recording some workouts.
Kettlebells fall into this category and can cause confusion when it comes to finding the best way of logging them on your Garmin.
In this article, we look at some of the ways you can log kettlebells on your Garmin so you can continue to keep track of your training progress.
Here’s how to log a kettlebell workout on your Garmin
When it comes to logging a kettlebell workout on your Garmin, you actually have 3 options – use the Strength Training+ app, use the cardio option, or use an external heartrate monitor.
Ultimately, the way you train, as well as your personal preference will help you decide which method is best for you.
But it’s always handy to know multiple ways of logging your physical activity on your Garmin.
How To Log Kettlebells Using The Strength Training+ App
The Strength Training+ app is a great way of logging your kettlebell workout.
If your kettlebell session is mostly aimed at strength development instead of being more of a cardio-based session, this could be the best way for you to record it.
To log kettlebells using the Strength Training+ App:
- Press the start button on your Garmin
- Select Strength from the options
- Select a workout
- Select do workout
- Press the start button which will start the set timer
- Complete your first set of kettlebells
- Press the lap button to bring the set to an end
- Your Garmin will show the number of reps you did in the set before starting the rest timer
- If the number of reps recorded is incorrect, press the down button and adjust them accordingly
- Once your rest is done, press the lap button again to start the next set
- Repeat this for the desired number of sets
- Press the start button to stop the set timer and bring the exercise to an end
- Press save
How To Log Kettlebells Using The Cardio Setting
If your kettlebell session is more of a cardio workout, you may choose to log the session on your Garmin using the cardio setting.
If this is better suited to your style of training, instead of choosing strength from the workout options, simply select cardio instead.
This will keep track of your heart rate and give you a more accurate calorie burn than using the strength option.
To log kettlebells using the cardio setting:
- Press the start button on your Garmin
- Select cardio from the options
- Press the start button to start the session timer
- Press the start button again once your kettlebell workout has been completed
Recording Kettlebells On Your Garmin Using An External Heart Rate Monitor
Sometimes, wearing your Garmin on your wrist can negatively impact your workouts, your equipment, or your safety.
Kettlebells is one of these activities.
You might be worried about your wrist getting injured if you are wearing your Garmin while doing a kettlebell workout.
It might also be a concern that your kettlebells or your Garmin will get damaged during the session.
In these situations, connecting an external heart rate monitor to your Garmin can be the best solution for you.
As your Garmin can connect to an external heart rate monitor – you can do your workout without even wearing it on your wrist.
By doing this, you can still keep an accurate record of your activity and the heart rate zone you reached, without having to worry about injury or damage to your gear.
Ultimately, it will be you who has to decide the best way to record kettlebells on your Garmin.
If your kettlebell workouts form part of your strength-building sessions, then using the Strength Training+ app will likely be the best method for you.
You might use kettlebells as part of your cardio program though. If this is the case, using the cardio option might be a better choice.
If injury or damage to your kettlebells or Garmin is a big concern for you, using an external heart rate monitor can be a great way of logging kettlebells on your Garmin while minimizing the risk.
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Thanks for reading!
I’ve been in the fitness and strength training industry for nearly a decade. In that time, I’ve gained 30 pounds of muscle, written hundreds of articles, and reviewed dozens of fitness supplements. As for my educational background, I’m a currently studying for my Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training.