Easily Share Personal Training Client Progress in iOS & Android Apps
FitSW is awesome at tracking progress with progress graphs, progress photos and before-and-after images. Now we have made it easy to quickly share personal training client progress on social media using our iOS and Android apps (the website already did this as outlined here for graphs and here for photos) . You can share it on any social media platform you prefer at the click of a button. There are three beneficial reasons to share client progress on social media (after you have made sure your clients are ok with it of course):
Recognize your client for their hard work. A lot of clients like to have their friends see how far they have come in their fitness journey. Having their trainer highlight this on social media can be both motivating and rewarding.
Expose you to more people in your clients network. What better way for potential clients to see how great of trainer you are than for them to see how you have helped their friend / acquaintence.
Show your social media followers what you can help people accomplish and the types of people you work with.
Sharing Progress Photos and Comparison Images
Sharing Progress Photos and comparison images is now as simple as clicking a button in your iOS or Android app. First go to your Comparison Images and choose the image you would like to share.
After clicking the “Share” button in the upper right, you will see the below screen that will allow you to choose which Social Media platforms to share the image on.
Sharing Progress Graphs
You can also Share Personal Training Client Progress Graphs in a similar way.
After tapping the Share Progress button, you will see the following screen where you can select which social media platform to share on.
Uploading Personal Trainer Forms Like PARQ and Contracts
In our web application at fitsw.com, we have now added the ability for uploading personal trainer forms in addition to the Personal Training Contract form. Previously, we allowed trainers to upload filled out Personal Training Contracts for each client. Trainers can save these online and access from anywhere. We also allow Personal Trainers to save Online PAR-Q data on our website. We have now given you another field where you can upload your own personalized PAR-Q form or any other type of form you would like. I have highlighted this field in red in the image below.
New File Upload Field Form / File Types
This additional upload field can be used for any type of file you would like to upload for your clients. It could be your own customized PAR-Q if you have additional questions you like that are not on our existing Online PAR-Q form (which is based off of NASM‘s). Or this additional upload file could be a release form, another contract or any other type of customized form that you would like to save for each of your clients.
How Do I Upload A Personal Training Form
Uploading a Personal Training file or form for your client is easy.
Login to FitSW.com and then click on a specific clients name that you would like to upload a form for. FitSW will take you to the “Edit Client” page.
Toward the bottom of the “Edit Client” page, click the “Choose File” button. Then select the Form / File that you would like to upload.
Click the blue “Save” button. FitSW will save and upload your form.
You can access this uploaded form at any time by going to the “Edit Client” page. Then click the “Exiting Upload” button.
To overwrite the existing form, follow steps 1-3 again and select a new file to upload.
Progress Pictures and Progress Tracking in Android App
We recently added the ability for trainers to use progress pictures and progress tracking in the Android app. Personal Trainers can take progress pictures with their phone, save them, and then create side-by-side comparison images in the app. Its a great way to show clients how far they have come and by integrating it into the app we make it easy for clients and trainers to do access these features on the go. These features also work in a similar way on our iOS app as described here and on our website at fitsw.com as described here.
We also added the ability to view Progress Data in table format in addition to the Progress Graph format. We made this feature work similar to the way we did it in iOS described here.
Progress Pictures and Comparison Images
Personal Trainers and clients can access the Picture and Comparison Images using the “Pictures” item in the sidebar menu. Once there, users will see two tabs: a Pictures tab and a Comparisons Tab.
Progress Pictures Tab
On the Pictures tab, users can see a gallery of their existing pictures. They can also click the plus button in the lower right to add another picture. The app will prompt the user to ask if they would like to add a progress image from their phones image library or take a new one. This new photo will then be added to the gallery. Personal trainer and their clients can click on a photo to see a larger version or to edit it.
Before and After Comparison Images Tab
On the Comparisons tab, users can see a gallery of their existing Before and After Comparison Images.
Users can tap on an image to see a larger version of it or they can hit the “+” button in the lower right to create a new comparison image based off of images in their picture library.
Progress Data in Table Format
We have also now enabled users to view progress data in table form in addition to graph form. In this table form, users can also edit values by clicking on an entry.
Periodically we allow FitSW users to submit guest blog posts. Today’s guest blog post is by Wendy D who discusses adding dancing to a fitness routine:
We all want to be fit and healthy. We may not get it right 100% of the time, but we watch what we eat. It’s not too hard to drink plenty of water, and we get our rest. But there is one area that holds us back, and that is exercise. Exercise is a very important part of your fitness routine. But it is hard to fit something into your busy schedule that you really don’t want to do.
When we are inactive, our muscles suffer. You can be small in size, and still be unfit, if your muscles are underdeveloped. Your bones will respond to the demands you put on it. But, if you do not exercise enough, your bones weaken. With age, they grow brittle and osteoarthritis can set in. This is painful and life-altering.
Reasons people avoid exercise
Some people love to exercise. You see runners in the parks, people playing tennis, basketball, and jogging. Others easily find a reason not to do so. For them, exercising is time consuming, boring, difficult to learn and get used to or they just say that it costs too much money for the items you need.
Let’s look at these reasons, realistically.
It’s time consuming – According to the Mayo Clinic, you only need to exercise 30 minutes per day to maintain your fitness level, and a little more if you want to lose a few pounds. Truthfully, how many of us have waited 30 minutes for our specialty drink at Starbucks?
It’s boring – If the exercise you have chosen is boring, it is not your thing. Keep looking and find an exercise you enjoy to add to your fitness routine. (We will talk more about this later.)
It’s difficult to learn – While some things are harder to learn than others, nothing that you really want to learn is too difficult. Again, if you do not enjoy the exercise enough to work for it, it is just not what you are looking for.
It cost too much money – It is rare to find any activity that does not cost something. You have to weigh the pros and the cons.
Dance in your Fitness Routine
You may have never danced, but that is okay. Most people who join a dance class have not. There are many forms of dance, so you are sure to find one that you like. Dance class is usually once per week, so it is not too time consuming and can fit nicely into a fitness routine. But the best thing, is you can turn on your favorite CD and dance your heart out at home.
The expense you will incur will be very reasonable. You might need a leotard or tights. If you are learning hip-hop the instructor will tell you. There is a fee for joining the class, and there is one item that is a must for every dancer. You must wear the right shoes.
A dancers shoe may look like something you see at the local department store, but they are not. Shoes can help protect you from injury. They fit differently, and they are secure. Imagine the pain you would feel if you did a spin and jump, and your shoes were stuck to the floor. Your body is in motion and when the shoe moves, it is not going to be in the correct position. This could cause injury.
The second reason is that street shoes can damage the dance floor. You may not see the tiny scratches and surface damage your shoes are causing but sometime someone can hit those spots and could get hurt.
Take some friends and go check out a local dance facility. Dance is one of the most effective and productive exercise you will ever find.
Our latest iOS app helps Personal Trainers and their clients with organizing workouts and diets by allowing them to sort their workout (or diet) list. Users can sort lists by Date Ascending, Date Descending, Name A to Z, or Name Z to A. This makes it very easy for personal trainer and their clients to find whatever workout they are looking for. To make it easier to stay organized, the iOS app remembers the last setting so that if a trainer likes their workouts, diets or tasks listed a certain way they can keep it that way.
Changing the Sort Order of Workouts, Diets and Tasks
To change the sort order of events, users can tap on the “Sort by …” button highlighted in red above. This will bring up a menu for users to select the particular type of sorting they would prefer. Personal trainers and clients can choose Sort by Date Descending, Sort by Date Ascending, Sort by Name A-Z, or sort by Name Z-A. The app will save the selection a user chooses for the next time they pull up that same screen.
Workouts, Diets, and Tasks all have this feature making organizing workouts and diets and tasks easy. The settings for each event type is saved independently. So a user could sort Workouts by Ascending Date, Diets by Name A-Z, and Tasks by Descending Date. The system would save the settings for each screen separately.
This same sorting feature is already available on the web application at FitSW.com and is coming this month to our Android app.
Today, we added the ability for both personal trainers and clients to fill-out and store PAR-Q’s in the FitSW iOS App. This PAR-Q iOS App feature is extremely easy to use on phones or tablets and lets trainer’s collect the necessary information to determine their clients physical activity readiness. Previously, personal trainers and their clients have been able to Fill Out, Print, or Save a PAR-Q form here. We also let personal trainers that have a free account also store their clients PAR-Q’s online. Trainers can then access this information from anywhere from their phone or computer. More details on how to use the web version are here. Now, we have also added this ability to our iOS app.
Accessing the PAR-Q Feature in the iOS App
To access the PAR-Q feature, make sure you have the latest version of the iOS app. Then click the More tab button at the bottom. You will see the PAR-Q in the menu list.
If you are a trainer, the FitSW iOS App will show a list of clients whose PAR-Q’s you can view. Choose a client and the iOS app will take you to their PARQ. If you are a client, the app will take you directly to your own PARQ.
Viewing and Updating Your PAR-Q Form
Once in the PAR-Q screen you will see something similar to the following:
Personal Trainers and clients can fill out these fields and the app will save answers as the user fills them in. No need to click save or anything like that. Trainers and clients can configure Height units to be inches or cm and weight units to be either lbs or kg.
Here is what the rest of the form looks like:
We have also included the standard General & Medical Questionnaire questions in this same form.
Create Workouts For Multiple Personal Training Clients at Once
We recently added the ability to create workouts for multiple personal training clients at once at fitsw.com. In the iOS app and on the website you can still copy workouts from one client to another. Now with this update, you can save even more time by adding a workout for multiple clients from the start when you first build the workout. Here is how to do it:
1) Go to Workout View and Add Workout like Normal
Go to the Workouts screen for one of the clients that you would like to add a workout for. In the specific clients Workout screen, click the Add Workout button as usual.
2) Click the link to “Select Additional Clients to Apply Workout To
Enter in the workout information as normal. Then click the link that says “Select Additional Clients to Apply Workout To.
3) Select the Additional Clients to Add Workout For
The link will then change to a list of clients that you can select as clients you also want the workout added for. You can use shift or command / ctrl to select more than 1 client in the list.
Then click the Save Workout button at the bottom as normal. This workout will then be added to the main client along with all of the additional clients that you selected.
Future Updates and App Improvements
Let us know what you think of this new feature and if you would like to see us add this to our iOS app or Android app.
We recently released a new version of our Android App that includes a ton of new features. These personal trainer app android updates include the following:
Call, text, and Email Personal Training Clients from within the app
Fitness Progress Graph Navigation Improvements
Improved Workout layout when listing exercises with multiple reps & weights.
Personal & Client Profile Pictures
Demo Exercise Video viewing Improvements
Create client accounts without requiring email
Several Other Usability improvements and bug fixes
Workout Interval Timer
Below is a bit more detail of these improvements along with some screen shots.
Call, text, and Email Personal Training Clients.
You can now contact your personal training clients any way you would like from within the FitSW Android app at the push of a button.
Fitness Progress Graph Navigation Improvements
We have made it easier for you and your clients to navigate the Fitness Progress Graph menu screens. To add new data, click the plus symbol in the upper right. From that screen, you can also edit your assessments or add new ones as needed.
Improved Workout layout for Exercises with Multiple Reps & Weights
Instead of being separated by commas, we now have the multiple rep / weight exercises display this info vertically.
Personal & Client Profile Pictures
Personal Trainers and their clients are able to add profile pictures at FitSW.com and in the iOS app. We have now added the ability for users to view these profile images in the android app. The ability to upload in the android app is coming soon.
Demo Exercise Video Viewing Improvements
For demo videos that are on youtube, the demo link will create some space below the exercise to show the video right there in the Workout Details screen. For non-youtube videos and other links, the demo link will open a new page that is easy to view in the browser.
Create Client Accounts Without Requiring Email
This is for cases where you have a client that won’t be logging into the system but you would still like to manage their data through the app. For this case, you don’t need to create a login account for the client – you just need to create a client in the system that you can view. We have made it easy to create clients this way if needed using the switches in the upper right.
Workout Interval Timer
The new workout interval timer allows you and your client to stay on track with your workout. Another updated to FitSW’s personal trainer app Android.
Copying Workouts for Personal Training Clients iOS App
You can now save even more time by copying specific workouts or diets from one personal training client to another in the iOS app. Previously you could only copy workouts for personal training clients on FitSW.com. We have also made it easy for you to modify the workout after you copy it so that you can tailor and customize it for the personal training client you copied it to. Below we outline how to do it.
1) View the Workout in the Workout Details Screen
First, go to the specific workout you would like to copy and view it in the workout details screen. Click the green copy button at the top.
2) Select Client to Copy Workout To
After you click copy, you will be taken to a screen where you can choose which client to copy the workout to.
3) Customize Workout as Needed and then Copy
After selecting the personal training client to copy to, you will see the workout you are copying. You can then change or customize as you would like for the new client. When you are done customizing the workout, click Copy in the upper right. That’s it – you have copied the workout.
4) Viewing the Newly Copied Workout
After clicking Copy, you will be taken back to the original workout you copied from. To see the new workout you created, go back to the specific client you copied to and you will see it in their workout list.
Diets and Conclusion
You can also copy diets the same way as above. Copying diets and workouts for personal training clients make it much faster to create these events. This will save you time will still allowing you to add the personal touch of customizing the copied workouts as needed.
Automatically Email Personal Training Clients iOS App
FitSW saves you time by allowing personal trainers to setup automatic emails and notifications for your clients. We recently added the ability to control these automatic emails and notification right there in the iOS App. A personal trainer can have FitSW automatically email personal training clients when the trainer creates or updates a new workout, diet, task or scheduled an appointment.
If this is setup, the trainer doesn’t need to do a thing. The system will automatically email personal training clients. This email will prompt them to login to the app / website to view their workout, diet, task or appointment. If the personal trainer wants to send the workout, diet plan, or task directly to the client through email they can do that to using the “Email” button on that particular event.
Receiving Workout Completion Notifications
Personal Trainers can also setup FitSW to notify themselves via email when a client marks a workout, diet plan, or task as complete. These automatic emails make it easier for trainers to keep tabs on fitness clients without always having to login to the app. These notification can also be turned on or off on the profile screen in the iOS app. They can also be updated at FitSW.com.
Changing to Personal Training Client Account
FitSW gives Personal Trainers the power to create client accounts and control everything around that setup. There has been a case recently where a client accidentally signed up on their own and accidentally created a trainer account. We now have created a way to quickly remedy that problem on the Profile screen. The client just needs to get their personal trainer’s Trainer Code from their trainer and then click the “Change To Client Account” button on the Profile screen.
Submit Feedback Quickly Within the iOS App
We love all the feedback you have given us. So we have now given you another way to provide it quickly right there in the iOS App. Simply click on the Feedback link in the more menu. Tell us what you think or let us know your improvement suggestions. We are listening.