Workout Genius - Multi Sport

Workout Genius is a software developed for Garmin Connect IQ platform designed to turn your Garmin watch into a multi sport capable watch.

Triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon and swim-run are supported, but in fact you can setup any sequence of disciplines/sports in any order.


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Attention: Forerunner 230/235 and 630 will not have the multi sport feature. During tests these devices presented performance issues which made impossible to implement this feature.

Multi Sport Modes

Workout Genius supports four different operation modes for the multi sport feature.

With Transitions: This is the ideal mode for Triathlon, Duathlon or Aquathlon. The app will insert a transition in between each discipline and will automatically finish the multi sport event at the end of the last discipline.

Without Transitions: The app will execute the selected disciplines in order and will automatically finish the multi sport event at the end of the last discipline.

Loop With Transitions: The app will insert a transition leg after each discipline and will keep looping through all disciplines in the list until the user decides to stop. Ideal for Swim Run

Loop Without Transitions: The app will keep looping through all disciplines in the list until the user decides to stop.

This app saves every leg as a separated file, so to interrupt a looping multi sport activity move to the next leg and discard it, or save the current leg.

To start the multi sport mode use the select workout menu option in your watch, the multi sport mode will be the first item in the list. If there is only one item in the "workouts to send to watch" list, the multi sport option will not be available in your watch.


Select the Disciplines

Wokout Genius - Disciplines Selection

Sports/Disciplines selection form


All Workout Genius configurations are done at Genius Wrist web site and they will be downloaded by your watch.

It is possible to set up 20 different workouts. Each one with its own data fields, sport selection, layouts, color, lap size, sounds, vibrations, alerts, data screen behavior and more. To learn more about all possible configurations go to general features description page.

The watch can hold three workout setups at once including their order and multi sport mode (disabled, with transitions or without transitions).

Each discipline and transition will be recorded in a separated activity session, in other words, a triathlon with transitions will be saved in Garmin Connect as five different activities.

All layouts bellow are suggestions. In Workout Genius you can setup multiple data screens and layouts with up to 7 to 9 data fields depending on the model and select from more than 50 available data fields.

Operation

Access the menu option "Select Workout"

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The app will open the menu with the option "Multi sport (T)" (if you enabled transitions) or simply "Multi sport" (no transitions enabled), and swiping or navigating with the up/down buttons will give you access to the sports/disciplines in the list.
If you select one specific sport, the app will execute it normally (in single sport mode). If you select "Multi sport" the app will enter multi sport mode, and all disciplines/sports in the list will be executed in order.

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After selecting multi sport, the app will notify and while the workout/race is not started the display will switch to yellow (so it will be clear that multi sport is enabled). When starting the workout the color will return to the configured one.

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To avoid initiating the next leg or transition by mistake, the app requires two steps and two keys to be pressed.
By pressing the lap button, the app will show the message "Press start to next leg". If the start button is not pressed, the app will not go to next leg, the message will disappear and the next leg command will be blocked.

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By pressing the "Start button" while the message is on screen, the app will move to the next leg and it can be a transition or the next discipline, depending on your setup.
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To finish an activity, just proceed like moving to the next leg. The app will know it is the last discipline and it will notify with the "Multi sport finished" message.
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This app will not record the multi sport session as a single activity in Garmin Connect. Each discipline and transition will appear like an individual activity.


Swimming

Wokout Genius - Swimming

Workout Genius unlocks the ability to record open water swimming activities in any watch. It also provides adequate swim pace fields (time/100 yards and time/100 meters) and if your watch has an optical sensor it will record your heart rate during swimming.

In the example below the data screen has the fields swim average pace, multi sport timer and distance.

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Be advised that this software cannot increase the accuracy of your watch GPS in swimming activities. One of the differences between the basic watch models and the high end models is the sensitivity of the GPS antenna. This is a hardware attribute that this software will not be able to circumvent.

This statement is here, because it is of the most importance that you know this software will not turn your vĂ­voactive into an Fenix, but it will allow you to perform a multi sport activity with a nice interface and with the software capabilities that exist only in high end devices.

This software also adds to high end devices features that might be useful, like the increased number of simultaneous data fields on screen, exclusive auto switch back data screen behavior, distinct vibration patters, and more.

Garmin did not design the optical heart rate to work underwater, so expect some inaccuracy.


Cycling

Wokout Genius - Cycling

In the example below the primary data screen has the fields:

  • Heart rate
  • Distance: total distance covered during the current discipline
  • Speed
  • Multi sport timer: the total time for all disciplines and transitions
  • Timer: the elapsed time for the current discipline

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The secondary data screen has the fields:

  • Clock or Time of Day
  • Battery: amount of battery remaining
  • Altitude
  • Total Ascent

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Running

Wokout Genius - Running

In the example below the primary data screen has the fields:

  • Heart Rate
  • Heart Rate Zone
  • Lap Pace
  • Distance: total distance covered during the current discipline
  • Multi sport timer: the total time for all disciplines and transitions
  • Timer: the elapsed time for the current discipline

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The secondary data screen has the fields:

  • Clock
  • Average Pace
  • Temperature
  • Battery: amount of battery remaining

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Transition

Wokout Genius - Transition

The inclusion of transitions is optional.

The layout and data fields for transitions cannot be edited and they are the following:

  • Clock
  • Multi sport timer: the total time for all disciplines and transitions
  • Timer: the elapsed time for the current transition

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