How to Sync with Apple Health

StrongLifts syncs your body-weight and new workouts with Apple Health.

Apple Health to StrongLifts:

  • Apple Health Body-weight will be pulled into StrongLifts so you don't have to enter it every workout (helpful if you have a digital scale connect with Apple Health)

StrongLifts to Apple Health

  • New StrongLifts workouts will be sent to Apple Health
  • Total workout time are sent to Apple Health
  • Calories burned for StrongLifts workouts are sent to Apple health (estimated using workout duration and body-weight. This isn't 100% accurate but no calorie calculator ever is. The point is to give you a rough idea. Plus, the point of lifting weights is not to burn calories but to get stronger/build muscle. If you want to burn a lot more calories, add cardio.)

Note that StrongLifts workouts are never pulled back from Apple Health to StrongLifts. We send them to Apple Health but never pull them back. We have our own backup system in place to recover your workouts from our servers when you login with Google/Facebook under settings - account. More info here

Activity Goals

StrongLifts 5x5 workouts will count towards your activity goals and badges. 

Some users have reported StrongLifts needs to be set as the highest priority app inside Apple Health for this to work

  • Open Apple Health, tap "Workouts"
  • Scroll down to "Data Sources & Access"
  • Scroll down to "Data Sources", tap Edit
  • Move StrongLifts up, so it has higher priority (you may need to put it higher than Apple Watch)
You may need to do follow the same steps for Apple Health - Active Energy.

Workouts Don't Sync

If new workouts don't show in Apple Health, please check this:

  1. Open StrongLifts and go to settings - Apple Health. Enable "Sync with Apple Health" so a green button shows.
  2. Open the Health app. Tap "Sources" a the bottom and choose StrongLifts. Allow StrongLifts to write data for Active Energy, Weight, and Workouts. These three options must all have a green button so StrongLifts can update Apple Health.
  3. Log a new workout. Set the date of the workout as today (tap the date at the top). Enter all sets then tap done. Calories will be low because the workout only lasted a couple of seconds as you entered it quickly. But the workout should show.

Please note that old workouts won't show in Apple Health. Only new workouts will show.

No Apple Health on iPad

Apple doesn't offer Apple Health on iPad. Therefore, if you log workouts on the iPad, your iPad will not be able to sync them with Apple Health, as there is no connection. Please log workouts from iPhone if you want them to sync with Apple Health.

Apple Watch Warning

The StrongLifts app does not work with Apple Watch at this time. We plan to add this in the future (can't say when). For now, do no track your workouts with your Apple Watch and the StrongLifts app the same time. If you do so, Apple will save the Apple Watch data and thus the StrongLifts data will not show in Health. 

It may be possible to prioritize the data sources (see -  https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204351). But easier is to only track with the StrongLifts app as we are sending the total workout time plus estimated calories burned to Health anyway. The Apple Watch data is redundant.