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KTrain a Kieser Training app for Garmin watches

KTrain is a Garmin watch app which supports doing Kieser training workouts in a Kieser gym. It has two modes: 'Setup workout' and 'Do workout'.
The first mode is used to select the machines for your workout and enter the weights and settings for each of the machines selected. The 'Do workout' mode is used during your workout and will display the settings for a machine and then time your set. It shows your current heart rate and elapsed time during the set and optionally will provide a pacing signal to assist you maintain the recommended 4-2-4-2 pace.

It records data from your workout in a FIT file (see ANT+) which can be displayed in one of the companion Garmin CIQ apps (i.e. Garmin Connect Mobile or Garmin Connect using a web browser). It supports English, German, French and Spanish languages depending on the setting on your watch.

Basic instructions
Setup workout
To start you need to ‘Setup workout', and select the machines you are going to use. First you scroll through the list and select the machines for your workout and then hit the Back button. This selection will be saved into a file on your watch so it only needs to be done again if you change the machines in your workout. You then get to a screen with all of your selected machines and you can enter the various settings and weights for each machine. You can also set up some machines to be single sided, in the settings in this section and A4 has a special front/back option rather than left/right.

Do workout
Go back to the first menu again and then hit ‘Do workout’ which will display all the machines in your workout in alphabetical order, select your first machine and a view of the current settings will appear (with a blue background), hit Select to start the exercise - a timing window will appear - and then Select to stop it. For some machines, where you need your hands to operate the machine and so cannot push the watch button at the moment you start the exercise, I have introduced a start delay. After you stop the machine the elapsed time will display beneath the machine name in the ‘Do workout’ menu so you can see what machines you have already done from that view.

You can also set the weights while in the blue settings screen by hitting the Menu button (or swipe equivalent) which will take you to the weights setting screen. This can be done before or after you have used the machine.

At the end of your workout you can hit the Back button to get out of the workout, or if you want to copy down the machine times you can select the 'End session timer’ item to stop the session data recording and hit the Back button later.

Garmin Connect
Your workout will be available when you sync your watch to your phone using its Garmin Connect Mobile app. At the moment there are a few things I don’t understand well enough about how that all works, but some information about your workout is available on your phone or in your browser via Garmin Connect (https://connect.garmin.com).

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KTrain app has been launched on the Garmin app store.