Calibration Walkthrough

Updated 1 year ago by Peter Li

Ready to tackle your first workout with your new Atlas watch? Let's do it.

While your watch is already able to detect, track, and measure certain exercises, like jumping jacks and air squats, others, you'll need to manually calibrate the first time you perform them.

This is because there are so many variations from person to person when it comes to exactly how the movement is done. Your watch needs the opportunity to see how you do it.

While it is an extra step in the very beginning, once you calibrate a movement, your watch will automatically track those exercises anytime you perform them in the future. This calibration is what enables your Atlas watch to give you more thorough and accurate information than other wearables on the market.

So, what happens before your watch is able to track your movements automatically? How can you go about calibrating your first workout? Let's go through it step by step, using the below exercise as an example:

Home Body Workouts > Day 19.3

  • 3 reps of dive-bomber push-ups
  • 5 reps of Superman planks
  • 5 reps of jump squats

This exercise is available in the library of workouts in your Atlas app. It's under Home Body workouts, and it's Day 19.3.

How to Calibrate Your First Workout With Your Atlas Watch

As you calibrate your first workout, your watch will take you through a series of screens for each exercise.

  1. Open and start Day 19.3 from Home Body Workouts on the watch. The first screen will display the exercise name, as shown below
Dive-Bomber Push-Ups requires calibration (red bar)

  1. The bar is red because the movement has not yet been calibrated. Push the Go button once.
  2. The next screen confirms how many reps of that exercise you'll be doing each round.
Confirm the number of reps for recording
  1. Push Go again to confirm the number of reps for recording.
  2. Next is how many pounds you're doing that exercise at. Because this exercise — the dive-bomber push-up — is bodyweight, the weight on the watch reads zero.
Confirm the weight or load used in the recording
  1. Push Go again to view the prepared recording.
  2. Your watch gives you a three-second countdown so that you have a moment to prepare. This especially comes in handy when you're dealing with equipment or extra gear you need to put on, like a belt or grips.
  3. Push Go again to start the 3 second countdown. When the REC timer reaches 0:00, the watch will buzz and the center bar will turn red. This means your watch is recording your motion, and you can continue to execute those three reps.
Center bar turns red and the Recording timer begins
  1. As soon as you complete recording your 3 repetitions, push Go again to end the recording, and your watch will move on to the next movement — in this case, Superman planks.
Superman Plank exercise requires calibration
  1. You'll notice that once again, the bar shading the exercise name is red. This is because — you guessed it — you also need to calibrate Superman planks.
  2. The subsequent screens will again ask you to confirm the numbers of reps you're performing and the weight that you're performing them at. After you start the 3 second countdown, you're good to perform your five Superman planks.
  3. As soon as you complete recording your 5 repetitions, push Go again to end the recording, and your watch will move on to the next movement.

  1. Lastly, you'll do the same exact thing for your five reps of jump squats

Great! What then?

The cool thing about your Atlas watch is that the more data it collects, the more accurate of a read it will give you. For this reason, you'll want to continue calibrating each exercise for the duration of the workout.

For optimal calibration accuracy, attempt to complete at least 3 recordings of each exercise.

We know it might seem like a lot of extra work, but again, bear in mind you only have to calibrate an exercise once. Moving forward, if you perform a different workout that uses dive-bomber push-ups, Superman planks, or jump squats, your watch will already have them calibrated.

As an example, look at the below workout, which includes dive-bomber push-ups. Notice how it has a green dot next to it, as opposed to red? 

example workout screenshot

That means this movement is already calibrated, and your watch will automatically track it. On the other hand, when an exercise has a red dot next to it, like the others, this means it still needs to be calibrated.


I'm not sure I did this right — how will I know that it's calibrated?

We're so glad you asked.

Aside from the green and red dots, there are a few other things you can look for.

One thing you can do is go back to the workout on your watch. If you look toward the bottom of the screen, it should say that it's 100% calibrated.

Another way to check that your watch tracked your movements is to look for the data it collected, which you can view using the Atlas app on your smartphone. Open the app and tap on Insights.

Click on the exercise you just did, which should be under Recent Workouts. In this case, it's Day 19.3.

insights for recent workout

The next immediate screen should show you your heart rate across the duration of the workout.

heart rate chart

Below that chart, it will show you the rounds and reps of each exercise that you performed. 

reps and rounds

Try clicking on any of these exercises — let's say the first entry for dive-bomber push-ups. Here's what we see when we scroll down a little on that page: 

exercise calibrated screen

Notice that next to Calibration, it says "Complete." Here's one more way you can check that you actually tracked your movement.

Continue scrolling, and you'll see Progress in This Workout. Note that whenever you see a graph, you can click on each individual bar for more information.

progress graph

Keep in mind this chart will look different depending on the type of workout you do. 

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