New Online Workout Creator Features

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New Online Workout Creator Features

We recently released new Online Workout Creator features including superset capabilities, click & drag re-ordering, and a new layout for both desktop & mobile viewing of fitsw.com.  Check out the below video for a demo of all the features.

New Online Workout Creator Feature Details

Create Supersets with Ease

You can now easily create supersets in your workouts with as many exercises as you would like.  See the above video for an example or follow these instructions:

  1. Once you have added your exercises, click on the “Superset” button that is right next to “Add Cardio”
  2. You will then see checkboxes to the left of all of your exercises.  Check all the ones that you would like to superset together.
  3. Click the orange “Superset Selected” button which will create a superset of all the exercises you selected with an orange border around it.  See below:
  4. If you want to create another superset, repeat the same steps for your other exercises.
New Online Workou-Creator Features: Supersets.
Step 2 View: New Online Workout Creator Features: Supersets. This is the view after clicking “Superset” button. Check the box for all exercises you would like to superset.
New Online Workout Creator Features: Supersets Step 3
Step 3 View: New Online Workout Creator Features: Supersets. This is the view after clicking “Superset Selected” button. You have now created your Superset.

Drag & Drop to Change Exercise Order

You can now quickly re-order exercises using drag and drop.  Simply click on the arrows to the left of each exercise and drag to where you would like to move the exercise.

New Online Workout Creator Drag and Drop
Click the arrows to the left of each exercise and drag in order to quickly re-order exercises.

New Workout Creator Layout

The new workout creator layout enables you to clearly understand each field for each row whether it is an exercise, cardio or superset.

Selecting the exercise is also improved and allows you to view the demo of the exercise as you are adding it.  There is also a tab at the top called ‘Add New Exercise” which allows you to quickly Add a New Exercise on the fly while you are creating the workout.

New Online Workout Creator Improved Layout
New view for adding exercises. Allows you to see demo’s of exercises as you are adding them. It also enables you to quickly Add New Exercises on the fly.

Standard Workout Creator Features

The above improvements augment the following features which already existed:

  • Repeating Workouts: You can easily create workouts that repeat on any schedule you would like.  Every x days, or certain days of the week.
  • Exercise library: We have a library of over 500 exercises with demo’s.  Use these or easily create your own exercises with your very own demo’s.
  • Sharing workouts with clients: There are numerous ways for you to share a workout with your client.  Automatically email it at the click of a button, print the workout easily, or enable clients to pull it up on their computer, phone or tablet through FitSW.com or our iOS app or Android app.
  • Copy existing workouts: Save time by copying existing workouts to new clients and easily making the customized changes that are needed.
  • Favorite Workout: Create a list of favorite workouts which can easily and quickly be copied and customized to any of your clients.
  • Track workout completion with the “Complete” checkbox and comment/share feedback on workouts along with your clients through the website.
  • Mobile Optimized Views: We have recently created a special optimized layout for mobile so that it’s easier for you and your clients to view information on FitSW.com through a phone or tablet.

FitSW Android App on Google Play Store

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New FitSW Android App on Google Play Store

We have had beta testers testing the private version of the new FitSW Android App for the past month and have received a lot of great feedback. If you provided feedback, thank you very much!  Please keep it coming.  We have now put the Beta version of the FitSW Android App on the Google Play Store for everyone to test out and provide feedback.  You can access this version here on the Google Play Store.

The FitSW Android App is now on the Google Play Store. Try it today.
The FitSW Android App is now on the Google Play Store. Try it today.

We plan to release an updated version every week for the next few weeks incorporating any bug fixes users find, so please let us know if you have any issues.  We would also love to hear your feedback on improvement suggestions so that we can add them to our ToDo list.

Current Features of FitSW Android App

The FitSW Android app has similar features to the FitSW iOS app and we will be adding more that we have prioritized based upon your feedback.  Please continue to provide us with that feedback. Here is what is included in the current version:

Client Management

You can add clients, create an account for them and store all of their information including: email, display name, date of birth, goals, likes, dislikes, injuries.

Workout Management

Create, track, and record multiple fitness clients’ workouts online in one central location. Utilize our extensive exercise database with exercise demos.

Create, edit, and deliver workouts to your clients using the FitSW Android App complete with Demo's.
Create, edit, and deliver workouts to your clients using FitSWs Workout Builder complete with Demo’s.

Goal Management

Create goals or tasks for your clients that can be tracked by both you and your clients as completed or incomplete.  Receive notifications when goals are completed.

The FitSW Android App enables your to track completion of various goals and tasks for your clients.
The FitSW Android App enables you and your client to track completion of various goals and tasks for your clients.

Progress Tracking

Track and chart client fitness progress on anything, from body-fat to waist-line to bench-press max. Charts are fully customizable.

The FitSW Android App enables you to track your client's progress on any metric you would like graphically.
The FitSW Android App enables you to track your client’s progress on any metric you would like graphically.

Nutrition and Diet Planning

Easily create meal plans, record food intakes, and keep tabs on fitness clients by allowing them to create food logs.

The FitSW Android App enables you to plan, edit, and deliver diets to your clients.
The FitSW Android App enables you to plan, edit, and deliver diets to your clients.

Create Before and After Fitness Photos Easily – New Feature

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Create Before and After Fitness Photos with New Fitness Picture Manager

An image can convey so much information, especially when it comes to your client’s fitness progress.  That is why we recently released our new picture & image manager at FitSW.com that will help both you and your clients visualize the results of their hard work.  We have now made it extremely easy to upload and manage fitness photos.  On top of that, you can now quickly create before and after fitness photos based off of two individual photos you would like to compare.

We have also added a feature that lets you quickly share these images to social media if you would like.  Some clients like having their progress posted to social media to show the results of their hard work to their friends while others may like the fact that FitSW also allows the photos to be shared just between them and their trainer.  Here is an example photo created using FitSW with our old friend AC Slater 😉

Create Before and After Fitness Photos using FitSW.com
Generate Before and After fitness photos like this one easily with FitSW.  Mullet optional.

How to Use FitSW to Upload Photos, Create Before and After Comparisons, & Share on Social Media

Check out this demo video to see how to use FitSW’s Pictures feature.  You will see how to upload photos, create before and after fitness photos, and share on social media.  Read even more details below.

Uploading Fitness Progress Photos

In order to keep clients motivated and help see how they are doing, many trainers will take photos periodically.  FitSW has now made major improvements in our system to allow you to quickly upload these photos, store them, and add date & caption information.  The system can provide your clients automatic access to these photos without you having to do a thing.  This allows both of you to monitor and proudly review your clients progress.  Pulling out that old photo to show the client how far they have come is often a really good tool. It can help renew motivation as soon as you sense your client approaching a plateau.  FitSW makes it easy for you as it stores all these photos on the Gallery tab of your Pictures page for a specific client.

Create Before and After Fitness Photos

You can take it a step further by creating comparison photos to get a good visualization of what areas of the clients program have been a success and really hammer home the point of how much progress your client has made.  FitSW allows you to create before and after fitness photos with just two clicks – one to select the first comparison photo and two for the second comparison photo.   FitSW then places the images into a single image side by side with each one’s specific date and caption information displayed.  Picture manager stores these images on the tab called Comparison Photos which is right next to your Gallery tab.  You can access these images whenever you need to. FitSW also makes it easy for you to download these images to your device.

Sharing Before and After Photos

Sharing Before and After Photos on social media can be a great tool for some clients.  Posting fitness before & after photos to a clients facebook page may lead their friends to comment things like “Wow – those are awesome results!” or “Amazing Job!” which can be incredibly motivating and provide a lot of support to your client and keep them on track.  It is also a great opportunity for you as the trainer to highlight your capabilities to a broader audience of all your client’s friends and acquaintances. This is the perfect way to show them the results you can help your clients achieve. Just make sure your client is ok with you posting on their social media first.  FitSW makes it very easy to share on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.

Your Own Personal Trainer Blog & Content Management System – New Features!

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Create Your Own Personal Trainer Blog & Content Management System

Have you ever wanted to share content (videos, images, text, instructions) with all your personal training clients at once but keep it only to your clients and not public?  Or have you ever wanted your own Personal Trainer Blog & Content Management System without wanting to have to deal with some of the more complex or heavy, slow software out there?

FitSW’s new Personal Trainer Blog & Personal Trainer Content Management System (free on all accounts!) solves both of these problems and more.  It allows you to quickly create posts or content of any type and designate who can view these posts / content on a per post basis.  Check out the Demo here:

The link to this video is https://youtu.be/wKjmSsZ8J6E

Easily Select Who Can View Your Personal Trainer Blog Posts or Content

When your clients login to FitSW they can see the posts or content you would like them to see without having to do anything special – they just click on a button in their menu that says “My Trainer -> Blog”.   If you have designated a post or content as being shared with “Clients Only”, no one else can see it but your clients.  You can also give clients the ability to comment on posts.

Client Access To Personal Trainer Blog & Content Management System
Client’s View: Your Clients can simply click on “My Trainer” and then “Blog” to see the content you have posted

At the same time you have the ability to share other posts or content with people in addition to your clients.  For example, if you are writing an informative article that you think would be helpful to others and could potential bring in more clients, you could post this to your public content that anyone can see as long as they have your blog address.

Choose Your Own Custom Blog Address

Speaking of your blog address, you can easily customize this so that people can find you.  Let’s say your business is called FitnessFirst – create your blog at www.fitsw.com/FitnessFirst/blog/.  This makes it very easy for people to find your page and it has a professional look.

Simple, Fast Content Management & Personal Trainer Blog Posting

On top of all this, our Blog / Content Management System allows you to create these posts quickly and seamlessly.  It is extremely simple to upload an image or video compared to a lot of the other software out there.  See the video at up top for a demo.

Posting Images Video Personal Trainer Blog & Content Management System
The buttons in teal, red, and orange allow you to quickly & easily post links, pictures, and videos respectively.

Just a few ideas of what types of posts you could share on your page:

  • Motivational Content
  • Custom Instructional Content
  • Valuable Health & Fitness Information
  • Special Classes or Events
  • Promotions – discounts and sales
  • General Info & News
  • Client Success Stories
  • Touching Base with Clients
Personal Trainer Blog & Content Management System Blog Posts Summary
Post Summary shows posts, comments, who can see the posts, and when it was published.

Personal Trainer Scheduling Software – New Features!

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New Personal Trainer Scheduling Software Features

FitSW has just released new personal trainer scheduling software at https://www.fitsw.com/scheduler.  This scheduler / calendar adds several new features over the existing scheduler.  Improvements include:

  • Clients can now request appointment times on a Trainer’s calendar and the trainer can accept or decline.
    • Trainers can block off Personal / Unavailable times to prevent clients from requesting times that don’t work
    • Clients can see a Trainers schedule but they will only see their appointments with a trainer.  All other times (Personal or other appointments) just show as Unavailable.
    • Clients can see open times and request an appointment at the click of a button.  Trainers are notified via on their calendar and via email of the request.
    • Trainers can Accept or Decline an appointment request.  Clients will be notified on their own schedule and via email.
  • Day, Week and Month views are all available.
  • New repeating appointment options are now available.

How To Use the New Personal Trainer Scheduler

  1. Access the new scheduler at https://www.fitsw.com/scheduler.
  2. To create an appointment or event double click on the area of the calendar where that appointment should be (on a desktop computer you can also use click and drag.)
  3. Optional: Enter in your unavailable times (utilize the Repeat Event function to make this easier).
  4. Create any appointments you would like for you to have with specific clients.
  5. Let your clients know that they can access their version of the scheduler at the same address with their login: https://www.fitsw.com/scheduler.  They will see any appointments that you have created with them.
  6. If you want them to schedule appointments with you, tell them to find open times on your schedule and double click to create a request.  You will receive an email notification of an appointment request.  If you login, you will then see these requests on your calendar.
  7. Double click on event requests (they will be green) and you will have the option to Approve or Decline.  Your client will be notified of the decision.  If approved, the appointment will stay on your schedule and turn from green to blue to signify going from an appointment request to a confirmed personal training appointment.  If declined, the appointment will be removed from your calendar.
  8. To edit an appointment, double click on it and make changes.  Your client will see the changes in their schedule and be notified via email.
  9. To delete an appointment, double click on it and click delete.  Your client will receive a notification and the appointment will be removed from their calendar.
  10. To View Day View, Week View, Month View, just click the buttons in the upper left.
  11. To View a different week, click the arrow buttons in the upper right next.

Trainer and Client Schedule Views

Below is what the Trainer sees:

  • Black are their unavailable times they have created
  • Blue are their appointments with Clients
  • Green are the appointments that Clients have requested but the personal trainer has not yet approved.
Here is what the trainer sees with the Personal Trainer Scheduling Software
Here is what the trainer sees with the Personal Trainer Scheduling Software. Click to Enlarge.

Below is what the Client sees:

  • Gray are the times that their trainer is not available (notice details aren’t shared with the client like they are on the trainers calendar)
  • Blue are their appointments that this specific client has with their trainer
  • Green are the appointments that this Client has requested but the personal trainer has not yet approved.
Here is what the Client sees when looking at the scheduler.
Here is what the Personal Training Client sees when looking at the scheduler.  Click to Enlarge.

 

Demonstration of Personal Trainer Scheduling Software

Here is a demo of the personal trainer scheduling software in action.  This video show the calendar from the Personal Trainer’s view and from two of the Trainer’s Client’s views.  Make sure to watch at full-size at max HD so that you can see the details clearly.

The link for this video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUgTCGmMkdI

 

New Version of FitSW iOS App Released: 1.34

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New Version of FitSW iOS App Released: 1.34

We have released a new version of our FitSW iOS App that can now be downloaded on the app store here,  This version adds improvements for Diets, made certain buttons more clear, fixed a few bugs, and removes the instabug “shake to report problems” pop-up that some of our users felt was intrusive.  Since we have removed the “shake to report problems”, please contact us directly at admin@fitsw.com.   We are hard at work on more improvements for our 1.35 release with many of the features and improvements that you have suggested to us.  Please keep those suggestions coming.   Summary of updates in the FitSW iOS App 1.34 revision include:

FitSW iOS App version 1.34 Updates

  • Remove Instabug “shake to report problems” pop-ups
  • On the Diets tab, enabling correct counting of calories for foods based on the specific quantities entered by user.
  • In Diets tab, we now require the quantity entered to be a number which we then use to calculate the calories of the foods in the diet.
  • Within the Workouts tab, fixing issue where when editing workout demo link would sometimes be incorrect.
  • On iPhone 5s, we fixed the issue where the notes section, when editing a workout’s exercise, was not displaying properly.
  • In Clients, Workouts, Diets, and Assessments tabs, updated Done buttons to make it more clear as to what is being done (Adding a new instance or Updating an existing one).
FitSW iOS App 1.34 New Version Released
Screen shots of FitSW iOS App

Future FitSW Fitness Software Improvements

We are still on track to release our brand new Android App at the end of this month.  Our testers and some users are currently testing a beta version.  If you would like to be a beta tester please email us or leave a comment.  We also have many updates on the web version of the app coming too that we will keep you updated on.  Please keep sending your suggestions on this as well.

New Exercise Demo Videos in our Exercise Database

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New Exercise Demo Videos in our Exercise Database

We have recently began releasing new exercise demo videos in our exercise database.  We wanted to update our videos to have them get straight to the point without ads or long introduction.  Simply a quick demonstration of the exercise to help users see the exercise in action with proper form.    With nearly 500 exercises in our database it will take some time to update them all.  We are expect to have all the initial updates within the next few weeks.  You can check out the latest additions to our demo videos on the FitSW Youtube Channel and we will be adding a lot more in the coming weeks.

Keeping Exercise Demo’s Updated and Fresh

We will continuously add and update new & improved video demo’s.  We are excited to have Inspired By Purpose & Channéll Holmgren provide us with even more high-quality video demo’s to keep our library fresh and updated.  Stay tuned for these videos shortly.

Adding Your Own Videos

Want to add your own exercise with your own custom video demo? FitSW has the flexibility to enable you to do this.  You can do this in the Exercise List page by clicking Add Exercise.  You will be able to enter the exercise name and then create a link to your video.  This video demo you link to can be on youtube, facebook, or any other website.  Then when your clients look at their workout and click the “Demo” button for a specific exercise, they will see the video you linked to.

Exercise List can be found in your menu right next to Client List
Exercise List can be found in your menu right next to Client List

You can also edit our exercise list to just change the video for an already existing exercise.  So if you want to add a personalized touch with your own demo video instead of ours, just click on the specific exercise on the Exercise List page and you will be able to change the video link to what ever link your video is at.

Exercise List allows you to add new exercises with exercise demo videos by just clicking Add Exercise or lets you edit existing ones by clicking on their name.
Exercise List allows you to add new exercises with exercise demo videos by just clicking Add Exercise or lets you edit existing ones by clicking on their name.

We want to make sure we provide all the resources you need to help your clients while at the same time offering you the flexibility to customize our system as you would like.  Let us know if you have any feedback!

 

Personal Trainer Page on FitSW.com

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Personal Trainer Page Feature For Trainers

We recently added the option for personal trainers using FitSW Fitness Software to easily create their own custom Personal Trainer Page on FitSW.com and to choose their own page address at fitsw.com/PageName.  So if your business is called FitnessFirst, you can create your own page at fitsw.com/FitnessFirst.  This allows you to quickly create a simple professional page that features general information on you, the types of services you offer, your specialties, your certifications, and your contact information.  You can then share this page with potential and existing clients that are looking for more information on you.  This page also can be shared across multiple social media platforms – there are Facebook, Twitter, and Google plus share links at the top of the Personal Trainer Page for people to share.

Use Your Personal Trainer Page to Grow your Business

Not only can you share your Personal Trainer Page yourself, we have also partnered with one of the existing personal trainer search sites to create a portal helping people searching for personal trainers online.  You will soon have the option to list your Trainer Page on that portal for clients searching for trainers.

How to Setup Your Personal Trainer Page

Entering your information to My Page is extremely simple.  While logged in, click on My Page in your menu bar.

My Page can be found on the FitSW Menu Bar right next to "Account"
Click My Page on the FitSW Menu Bar right next to “Account” in order to setup your personal trainer page.

On My Page, you will see the following:

This is the Personal Trainer Page Layout on FItSW. Simply click on the fields you would like to update to create your page.
This is the Personal Trainer Page Layout on FItSW. Simply click on the fields you would like to update to create your page.

 

Click on the “Enter Value Here” next to “My Page Address” and input your page name.  Then click on the fields you would like to update, enter your information, and your  Trainer Page will be ready.

Let us know if you have any questions or feature requests for this page.

Share Fitness Progress Graphs on Social Media

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Share Fitness Progress Graphs on Social Media – New Feature

Today’s recently added feature is the ability to quickly Share Fitness Progress Graphs on social media at the click of a button.  You are already tracking your client’s progress for any metric you would like (weight, bodyfat %, waist size, number of pushups in a minute) using FitSW and both you and the client can login and see these graphs to stay motivated.  Now why would you as a trainer want to post it to social media?  Three key reasons:

  • Increase your clients motivation by showing all their friends how far they have come.  If the client is feeling proud of the progress they have achieved with you so, allowing all their friends to see it and react to it every once in awhile is a great way to pump up your clients motivation and help them feel good about all that hard work.
  • Gain new clients from your current client’s network.  Sharing your client’s progress on social media lets your client’s friends connect your client’s self-improvement to you.  They recognize the real results of their friend and are able to see a post from the person who is helping their friend on this fitness journey.  If they want the same results, this posting is the perfect opportunity for them to reach out to you.
  • Show your social media followers the types of impacts you are making.  Your followers will recognize the types of positive impacts you are making on peoples health when you are posting amazing results in your progress graphs for multiple people,

Very Simple to Share Fitness Progress

You and your client have done all the hard work in making their amazing progress, so now how do you share?  Simple.

  1. From your home client list click “Progress Graphs” for the client in question.
  2. You will now be on the Progress page and see their list of graphs.
  3. At the top of each graph will be a blue button that says “Share on Social Media” like below. Click that button.

    Share Fitness Progress Graphs
    Share Fitness Progress Graph. This is a clients graph through pregnancy – she was able to get back to her goal!  Perfect type of graph to share – “Jane you did it!  Way to go in getting back to your pre-pregnancy goals!”
  4. You will then have the option to share on Facebook, Twitter, or Google plus.  Click one and then a box will pop up for you to fill in comments if you would like.  That is it, you are done!  You can even choose to do another social media platform as well after that.

    Share Fitness Progress Graphs on social media.
    Sharing Fitness Progress Graphs on social media.

Let us know how you like this feature and any suggested improvements.

FitSW Android App Coming This Month

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New FitSW Android App

Blog Post Update: The FitSW Android App is now on the google play store here.  See more details here in this newer blog post.

This month, we will be releasing a new FitSW Android app to complement our FitSW website app and our FitSW iOS App.   The app will have the same functionality of the FitSW iOS App to start.  Going forward we will continue to upgrade both iOS and Android with new features.  Please let us know the features you find most important.  We will take that into account while deciding what to add first .  You can let us know via email at admin@fitsw.com or in the comments section below.

FitSW Android App Beta Testers Wanted

Are you eager to try out the app?  We are looking for beta testers for the FitSW Android App.  As a beta test you would get the first look and be able to try it while providing us feedback to improve.  Let us know if you are interested by emailing admin@fitsw.com or leaving a comment below.

New FitSW Android App coming soon.
New FitSW Android App coming soon.