Could This Armband Make the Apple Watch Great for Lifting?

Wearable fitness trackers have become a common piece of technology for those who like to track their workouts. The most common trackers on the market are the Fitbit, Jawbone, and the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch is most commonly used by iPhone users to track progress.

Trackers are used for tracking and estimating daily heart rate, steps, sleep, and caloric burn. A typical issue lifters who use trackers often complain about, is that they can get in the way during some forms of workouts (metcons, boxing, etc). When there’s constantly a tracker on your wrist, then dynamic movements such as rope climbs, WODs, and Olympic lifts can become an issue.

Screenshot from TwelveSouth ActionSleeve Promotional Video

TwelveSouth appears to be working towards fixing this issue with their new ActionSleeve armband for the Apple Watch. Their armband is placed over the upper-arm to allow the wrist full mobility. The price for their new ActionSleeve starts at $29.99. The armband is said to keep the tracker out of the way during any form of workout.

Currently, the armband is available in red and black with the ability to fit the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watches. For those with skinnier arms there’s also a 42mm “slim” model available.

From the iDropNews press release, there’s mention of the Apple Watch becoming one of best-selling and highest-rated fitness accessories. They also mention a US Consumer Reports article that compared the Apple Watch against the market’s “highest-rated heart rate monitor.” From the US Consumer Reports article they noted there was “no significant differences” between the watch and the monitor.

With new technology and accessories like the ActionSleeve, there doesn’t appear to be any slowing of the use of fitness trackers. Companies appear to be creating products that support trackers during every form of exercise for every athlete.

This being said, the new ActionSleeve armband could be great news for lifters who use the Apple Watch regularly during workouts to track their progress.

Feature image from TwelveSouth ActionSleeve promotional video. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend.

He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

As of right now, Jake has published over 1,200 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter.

On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.

Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and a personal trainer the three years before that, and most recently he was the content writer at The Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office.

Jake competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a professional knee rehabber after tearing his quad squatting in 2017. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in New York City.

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