Frequently asked questions

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Working out

How do I start a workout? How do I log a workout?

GymBook does not have something like a button to start a workout. Instead, workouts are started implicitly by starting to log sets.
To start logging a workout, select the workout you want to perform from within the Workouts screen. Afterwards, select any exercise to enter the workout and start logging it by tapping on the set and saving your first log.

How do I complete a workout?

Also for completing a workout, GymBook does not have something like a button. Instead, as soon as you have logged your last set, GymBook will prompt you to complete the workout and check out the summary.

I would like to complete a workout without logging all sets.

To complete a workout with some unfinished sets, you can skip your remaining sets. To skip a set, select it and tap on the skip button (the icon with the arrow jumping over the dot).
Alternatively, you can also skip all remaining sets at once. To do so, from within the workout screen where you see the exercises, tap on the skip remaining button (the icon with the checkmark in a dashed circle on the top right).

I would like to add notes to a logged set/log.

You can add notes to any log during your workout. To do so, hold your finger on an existing log. To edit or delete these notes, you can do it the same way by holding your finger on an existing log that contains notes.

When does the assisted move to the next exercise apply?

If the exercises are in a group, GymBook moves automatically to the next exercise (within the same group) after each set - until there are no pending sets in the group, in which case GymBook moves automatically to the next exercise in the next group.
If the exercises are not in a group, GymBook moves automatically to the next exercise after only after all sets.

I have completed a workout and would like to repeat it. How do I clear/reset/restart it?

You don't need to actively reset a workout in GymBook. Your workout will be cleared automatically on the following day. This is because logs in GymBook are strongly linked to a date. So on any date where there are no logs, the workout will be empty.

Is it possible to log a workout from the past?

You can change the date of the workout you want to log from within a workout. To do so, open a workout as you always do when you want to log it, tap on Today and select the desired date.
Please notice that, for convenience, if you leave the workout and enter it again afterwards, the date will automatically be set to the current date.

How can I log time based strength exercises?

Currently, there is technically no way (yet) to log a strength exercise based on time rather than repetitions, for example for a set such as Planks for 60 seconds. For now, we recommend to use the number of repetitions to reflect the seconds. So if you performed such an exercise for 60 seconds, you would log 60 x 0.00 kg/lb.
We are thinking of ways how to better support this type of exercise. We also have to consider other aspects though, like showing combined heat maps with both strength exercises based on repetitions as well as strength exercises based on time. This makes coming up with a solution a bit less trivial.

Timer

GymBook supports a primary and a secondary timer. How am I supposed to use those timers?

The primary timer is supposed to be used as rest timer between sets (for example it can be setup to start automatically after logging a set). The secondary timer can be used however you want. Some users use it for longer rests (for example after a hard set), while other users use it for stretching or timed exercises. Of course you can also use the primary timer however you want.

The timer is not working.

If the timer is not working, there are several things you can check:
1. Please make sure that Notifications are enabled for GymBook (SettingsNotificationsGymBook).
2. Please make sure that your device is not on Do Not Disturb mode.
3. Please make sure that your device is not on mute and the volume is loud enough.
4. If you are listening to music, please make sure that the volume of the ringer (which is not the same as the volume of the music) is loud enough. You can adjust the volume of the ringer by stopping your music and using the standard volume controls (it should say Ringer when you adjust the volume). Please note that this applies only if you have enabled the iOS option Change with Buttons (SettingsSounds & HapticsRinger and alerts). If this option is not enabled, the volume is not changeable and defaults to the standard volume.

How do I start the secondary timer?

To start the timer with the secondary duration, hold your finger on the timer button.

Workouts

How do I create a workout?

From within the Workouts screen, tap on the edit icon (the pencil icon on the top right) and then on +.

How do I adjust a workout?

From within the Workouts screen, tap on the edit icon (the pencil icon on the top right) and then on the workout you want to adjust.

How do I add exercises to a workout or modify the existing exercises inside a workout?

From within the Workouts screen, tap on a workout to see the workout's exercises. On the following screen, tap on the edit icon (the pencil icon on the top right). Afterwards, you can either add exercises by tapping on +, or edit existing exercises by tapping on an exercise.

How can I create supersets?

The way you can configure supersets in GymBook is by adding the exercises (and their sets) you want to have in a superset into the same group. For example, if you have the exercise Dumbbell Bench Presses with 3 sets and the exercise Incline Dumbbell Curls with 3 sets in the same group IV, GymBook considers this a superset IV (the name of the group is not relevant) and expects you to perform the sets in the following sequence:
1. Dumbbell Bench Presses, Set 1
2. Incline Dumbbell Curls, Set 1
3. Dumbbell Bench Presses, Set 2
4. Incline Dumbbell Curls, Set 2
5. Dumbbell Bench Presses, Set 3
6. Incline Dumbbell Curls, Set 3

Can I share my workout with someone else?

Yes! You can share a workout by going to the workout's detail screen (by tapping on i next to the workout's name) and then tapping on the export icon on the top right.

How do I duplicate a workout?

You can duplicate a workout by swiping right on it and selecting Duplicate (from within the Workouts screen).

How do I archive/unarchive a workout?

You can archive your workouts from within the Workouts screen by swiping left and selecting Archive.
To unarchive your workouts, go to the Archived Workouts screen (by tapping the archive icon on the top right of the Workouts screen). From there you can swipe left on a workout and select Unarchive.

How do I delete a workout?

You can delete workouts from within the Workouts screen. The easiest way to do this is to swipe left on a workout and to tap on Delete.

Exercises

How do I create an exercise?

From within the Exercises screen, select any target region or All, then tap on the edit icon (the pencil icon on the top right) and then on +.

How do I adjust an exercise?

From within the Exercises screen, select any target region or All, then tap on the edit icon (the pencil icon on the top right) and then on the exercise you want to adjust.

How do I delete an exercise?

You can delete exercises from within the Exercises screen. The easiest way to do this is to swipe left on an exercise and to tap on Delete.
Important: Deleting an exercise removes the exercise from all the workouts and deletes all logs of it!

Logs

How do I delete a log?

You can delete logs from within the Logs screen. The easiest way to do this is to swipe left on a log and to tap on Delete.
You can also delete logs during your workout. To delete a logged set, select it and tap on the delete button (the icon with the trash bin on the top right).

GymBook for Apple Watch

I cannot install GymBook for Apple Watch.

To install GymBook for Apple Watch, you need to have watchOS 4.0 or later installed on your Apple Watch.

I have previously bought a GymBook package or feature, but I don't see it on my other device.

If you are using the same Apple ID that you used when you purchased the package or feature, you can restore your purchases by going to the GymBook Store (by tapping on the top right icon on the Settings screen) and tapping on Restore.
The same also applies if you have a new device or had to reset your old device.

I'm unable to see the workouts on GymBook for Apple Watch. I'm unable to synchronize the data on my iPhone with my Apple Watch.

Unfortunately, it can happen that the communication between your iPhone and your Apple Watch gets messed up. If this happens, there are several things you can try:
1. While GymBook on your iPhone and GymBook on your Apple Watch are open and you see the glowing circles:
  - Please make sure that your iPhone and your Apple Watch can communicate (i.e. that Apple Watch has been correctly paired with your iPhone, that Bluetooth is activated etc.).
  - Please try bringing GymBook for Apple Watch to the background and then back to the foreground (press the digital crown and then select GymBook for Apple Watch again).
  - Please try reordering your workouts on your iPhone (this usually also triggers a data update).
2. If everything under 1. is not helping, you could try force restarting GymBook for Apple Watch. To do so, press and hold the side button of your Apple Watch until you see the power down menu of the Apple Watch. Afterwards, press and hold the digital crown of your Apple Watch again until you see the home screen. Now you can do a clean restart of GymBook for Apple Watch by tapping the icon.
3. If force restarting is not helping as well, try to uninstall and then reinstall GymBook for Apple Watch (this last step usually does the trick).

Does GymBook calculate calories?

Calorie calculations are done directly by Apple's watchOS, if you use GymBook for Apple Watch. GymBook for Apple Watch starts a workout session of the type Strength Training on your Apple Watch, which calculates calories independently of GymBook and saves them in the Health app. GymBook then reads them and associates them with your workout at the end of the workout.

The calories associated to the workout don't seem right.

It can happen that your Apple Watch saves the burned calories into the Health app after GymBook adds the workout to it (in which case the workout would not have the correct calories associated to it). If this happens, you can try deleting the workout from the Health app (but not the data, otherwise you would also delete the calories!) and then add it again (by opening the summary of your completed workout on GymBook).

Health app integration

Does GymBook integrate with the Health app?

Yes! Both completed workouts (with date, start time, end time, duration, name and optionally active calories and heart rates) as well as some body measurements (weight, height, body fat percentage and waist circumference) are synced with the Health app.

How do I save a completed workout to the Health app?

Whenever you complete a workout and see the workout completion screen (or you confirm the completion of a workout on GymBook for Apple Watch by tapping on End and open GymBook on your iPhone afterwards), your workout will be saved to the Health app.

How do I save a body measurement to the Health app?

Whenever you save (add or update) one of the body measurements supported by the Health app, that body measurement will also be synced with the Health app.

No data or only some of the data is being synced with the Health app.

Please make sure that GymBook is authorized to access all the health data types it needs by checking the permissions in the Health app under SourcesGymBook (you can tap on Turn All Categories On if that's not the case).

I have data from other apps or manually entered data in the Health app. How can I see this data within GymBook?

Right now, GymBook does not consider data in Health app that originates from other apps or that has been entered manually. This is mainly because this data would only be readable by GymBook and not editable (due to constraints from iOS). Nevertheless, we are thinking of other options to display that data and we'll try to consider this for future releases.

In-app purchases

Are the in-app purchases one-time payments?

Yes! All in-app purchases, so all packages and all features, are one-time payments. There are no subscription-based purchases in GymBook.

Which exercises do I get with the Exercises+ feature?

You can get a list of all additional exercises inside the Exercises+ feature by going to the GymBook Store (by tapping on the top right icon on the Settings screen) and tapping on Exercises+ and then on More.

I have previously bought a GymBook package or feature, but I don't see it on my other device.

If you are using the same Apple ID that you used when you purchased the package or feature, you can restore your purchases by going to the GymBook Store (by tapping on the top right icon on the Settings screen) and tapping on Restore.
The same also applies if you have a new device or had to reset your old device.

Various

What does 1RM mean?

1RM stands for one-repetition maximum. Enabling Show 1RM will show the 1RM of a particular set or log at various places, for example below the set's target or below the log during a workout, or next to a set when adding or editing an execise within a workout.
GymBook calculates the 1RM based on the Epley formula: 1RM = weight * (1 + (repetitions / 30)).

Is there a GymBook app for Android?

Unfortunately not. As of today, GymBook is an iOS-only app.

I have requested a feature, why isn't it released yet?

We are working hard on improving GymBook and every single user request is considered. When it comes to deciding what to build next, we consider many different factors, such as the number of times the feature was requested or the complexity/maintainability of the feature.
We are extremely passionate about GymBook and want to continuously improve it, in order to provide the best possible experience to our users. Hence, we are listening to our users and are rigorously following our feature request list.

Contact us

We are sorry that our FAQ did not answer your question. Please reach out to us and we'll try to answer as quickly as we can.

If you are experiencing a problem, please try to describe it as precisely as possible. After which actions does the issue occur exactly? Does GymBook crash? Can you attach a screenshot or even a video that shows the problem? Can you forward us a backup database file? What iOS, iPadOS or watchOS version are you using? Which device are you using? The more information you provide, the easier it is for us to reproduce and fix the issue.