Easily Share Personal Training Client Progress in iOS & Android Apps

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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):

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Easily Share Personal Training client Progress Comparison Image
To share a comparison image, click the Share button in the upper right.

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.

Easily Share Personal Training client Progress Comparison Share
You can choose which social media platforms that you would like to share the image on.

Sharing Progress Graphs

You can also Share Personal Training Client Progress Graphs in a similar way.

Sharing Progress Photos and Progress Graphs
Tap the “Share Progress” button in the upper right of the Progress Graph that you would like to share.

After tapping the Share Progress button, you will see the following screen where you can select which social media platform to share on.

Sharing Progress Photos and Progress Share
Personal Trainers and clients can choose from a variety of social media platforms to share on.

 

PAR-Q iOS App – Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire

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PAR-Q iOS App – Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire

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.

PAR-Q iOS App How to access physical activity readiness questionnaire.
Access the PARQ iOS App feature through the More menu.

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:

PAR-Q iOS App Viewing Editing Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire
Personal Trainers or their clients can fill out the fields and answer the PAR-Q questions on the go. Answers are saved automatically as the user fills them out.

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:

Personal Trainers or their clients can fill out the fields and answer the PAR-Q questions on the go. Answers are saved automatically as the user fills them out.
PAR-Q iOS App Physical Activity Readiness Questions
Physical Activity Readiness Questions portion of the form.

We have also included the standard General & Medical Questionnaire questions in this same form.

PARQ iOS App General and Medical Questionnaire Section
General & Medical Questionnaire portion of the form.

Copying Workouts for Personal Training Clients iOS App

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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.

Copying Workouts for Personal Training Client Copy Button
View the specific workout you would like to copy and 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.

Copying Workouts for Personal Training Clients Choose Client
Select the client that you want 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.

Copying Workouts For Personal Training Clients Customize
Customize or change the workout as needed and then click Copy in the upper right.

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

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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.

Automatically Email Personal Training Clients Profile Screen
The updated iOS App Profile screen lets you control which Automated Emails are sent.  These same settings are also available at FitSW.com

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.

Automatically Email Personal Training Client Email Workout
Personal Trainers can click the “Email” button on a particular event screen in order to send the Workout, Diet, or Task directly through email.

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.

Other Updates

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.

Automatically Email Personal Training Client Change Account Type
Clients who accidentally signed up with a trainer account can now change to a client account. They just need their trainer to give them the trainer’s trainer code.

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.

Automatically Email Personal Training Client Send Feedback
Personal Trainers and their clients can now send us feedback quickly without having to leave the iOS App.

 

 

Client Fitness Progress Tracking Tables added to iOS App

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Client Fitness Progress Tracking Graphs and Tables iOS App

Today we released a new version of our FitSW iOS app that, in addition to showing you Fitness Progress Tracking in Graph form, also shows this data in table form.  You can edit, delete or add new data all from this fitness progress table.  We updated the fitness progress tab so that its easier and faster to navigate.

Personal Training Client Progress Table

Access the new Personal Training Client Progress Table directly from the fitness Progress Graphs screen for your particular client.  You just need to click the Edit Diet Table button.

Client Fitness Progress Tracking Graph
Click the “Edit Data Table” button to View, Edit, or Delete progress data points that make up the graph.

Here is what the Edit Data Table screen will look like:

Client Fitness Progress Tracking Data Table
Personal trainers can now view the data behind their progress graphs in table form. They can also Edit or Delete progress data entries.

Tap on table rows to update the data or swipe left on them to delete the data.

Client Fitness Progress Tracking Edit Data
Tap a table row to edit the data entry.
Client Fitness Progress Tracking Delete Data.
Swipe left on a table row to delete it.

Updated Fitness Progress Tab

In addition to the above, we have also improved the way the Progress tab navigation.  The first screen you see for a specific client will be their progress graphs.  From there, if you want to add new fitness progress data, click on the “+” in the upper right.

Client Fitness Progress Tracking Add Progress
Add new progress data by clicking the “+” in the upper right.

The updated Enter Progress screen:

Client Fitness Progress Tracking Enter New Data
The Enter Progress screen has been improved and updated.

To edit the Assessments that progress is measured for, personal trainers can click on the Assessment name and they will be taken to a new screen.  Add a new assessment by clicking the “Add New Assessment To This List” link at the bottom.

Client Fitness Progress Tracking Edit Assessment.
Edit an assessment by clicking on the assessment name.  The app will take users to a screen to update that assessment. To add a new assessment, trainers can click the “Add New Assessment To This List” link at the bottom.

Here is the “Edit Assessment Screen”

Client Fitness Progress Tracking Update Assessment
Clients are able to update the assessment name or description from this screen.

iOS Interval Timer for Personal Trainers and Clients

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iOS Interval Timer for Personal Trainers and Clients

In a previous post we told you about the new Workout Timer that was built into the Workout Details page.  We also created a similar interval timer that is its own tab within the FitSW iOS app.  This iOS Interval Timer has larger text since it doesn’t have to be viewed within a workout.  We also specifically designed it so that it can be viewed easily from far away or while you are moving around.

iOS Interval Timer App Personal Trainers Stand Alone
FitSW’s iOS interval timer helps you manage you and your personal training clients interval training with easy to see display.

iOS Interval Timer Features

Here are just a few of the features:

  • Specify number of sets or repeating cycles
  • Set Active Time per cycle
  • Set Rest Time per cycle
  • Audible and visual cues to indicate transitions
  • Large display to view easily while moving or from far.
  • Pause & restart buttons

Let us know if you have additional feature requests.

How to Use the iOS Interval Timer

  1. Access the Timer in the More tab

    iOS Interval Timer App Personal Trainer More Tab
    Access FitSW’s stand-alone iOS Interval timer through the “More” tab.
  2. Click the “Set” button and and the app will show a new screen.

    iOS Interval Timer App Personal Trainer Set Button
    Click the “Set” button to setup your timer.
  3. Specify the number of repeating sets or cycles, the Active Time per cycle and the Rest Time per cycle.  Then click Start in the upper right.

    iOS Interval Timer App Personal Trainer Set Screen
    Set the timer specifics and then click “Start” in the upper right
  4. Your timer will begin.  You can Pause it at anytime by clicking the “Pause” button.  You can also reset it by clicking the “Reset” button.
    iOS Interval Timer App Personal Trainer Running Example
    Screen will be green when in an Active Period of the workout and then change to Red when its a Rest period.

     

    We provide both the workout timer and this interval timer to give you flexibility. This one has larger text and the easy to see cues indicating Active or Rest stages of the set.  The timer on the Workout Details page has smaller text but lets you view Workout Details at the same time.  Use whichever one works best for you.  You can even switch over between the two and the timer count will maintain consistency.

iOS Workout Timer App for Personal Trainers and Clients

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iOS Workout Timer App for Personal Trainers and Clients

We recently added the ability for personal trainers and their clients to utilize a timer for Active and Rest periods during workouts in the FitSW iOS App.  So rather than having to use a separate workout timer app, you can use one right in the app.  We have created two ways to use the workout timer:

  1. As a standalone timer in the “Timer” tab.  More info here.

    Workout Timer App Personal Trainers
    The stand-alone timer is accessible in the More menu and displays time in big text with a background that indicates Rest Period or Active Period.
  2. As a built-in timer to the workout that can be seen right there on the workout details page.  More Info Below.
Interval Timer App Personal Trainers Active
We have added an Workout Timer / Exercise Timer built-in to the workout details page. Personal trainers and clients can view their workout and keep tabs on time all on one screen.

In this post we will talk about #2, the built-in timer that is on the Workout Details page.  You can read about the Stand-Alone timer here.  Rather than having to have a separate workout timer app, personal trainers and their clients can use this built-in feature right from the workout page.  This makes it easy to view workouts and keep tabs on time without having to switch back and forth.

Exercise Timer / Workout Timer Features

The workout timer / exercise timer currently allows personal trainers or their clients to do the following:

  • Specify number of sets to run the timer for
  • Set Active Time periods
  • Set Rest Time periods
  • Displays all this information on the workout details page above workout.
  • Audible and visual cues to indicate Active -> Rest and Rest->Active transitions.

We are also looking for feedback on any additional features our users would find valuable so send us a note or post a comment if you have feedback.

How to use the Exercise Timer / Workout Timer

  1. Go to your Workout Details page for the specific workout and then click the button called “Workout Timer”.

    Workout Timer App Personal Trainer Click Button
    The light blue “Workout Timer” button is at the top of the Workout Details Page.
  2. Specify number of sets (repeating cycles) for the timer, Active Time, and Rest Time.   Then click Start in the upper Right.

    Workout Timer App Personal Trainer Setup Timer
    Select Sets, Active Time, and Rest Time. Then click Start.
  3. That’s it! The timer will start.

Interval Timer App Personal Trainers Active

Fitness Progress Photo Comparison in the iOS App

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Fitness Progress Photo Comparison in the iOS App

Personal Trainers can now easily create fitness progress photo comparison side-by-side images of their clients in the FitSW iOS app.  These fitness picture comparison images are a great way to show a client how far they have come.  The visual results really help to drive home what all those hours in the gym have accomplished in a single side-by-side image.  Creating these images quickly was already possible at FitSW.com and we have now added this feature to our iOS app.  Here is a quick background on how to do it:

Take and Store Fitness Progress Photos

To get started, first you need to take and save a few fitness progress photos of your personal training client.   These images will then be in your client’s FitSW picture library and you can compare them at any time in the iOS app or at FitSW.com.

Fitness Progress Photo Comparison Picture Library
Save any type of client progress picture to your clients photo library. Then you can select which images to compare.

Creating Side-by-Side Fitness Progress Photo Comparisons

The next step is to tap the Comparisons tab at the top.  If you haven’t created any comparison photos yet, you will just see a black screen.  To add a new comparison, tap the Plus button in the upper right while you are on the Comparisons tab.

Fitness Progress Photo Comparison Add Comparison
Add a comparison picture by tapping the plus highlighted in red in this picture.

You will then be taken to a screen that says “Select First Image” at the top.  On this page, you can select your first fitness progress image that you want to compare.

Fitness-Progress-Photo-Comparison-Select-First-Image
After tapping the “+” while on the Comparisons tab, you will be taken to this screen which allows you to Select the first Image to compare.

Tap on the image you would like to compare. The app will prompt you to select the second fitness progress image to compare.

Fitness Progress Photo Comparison Created

The FitSW app will then create your side-by-side fitness comparison photo and save it in your Comparisons tab.

Fitness Progress Photo Comparison Created
You have now created your fitness progress photo comparison.  The FitSW app has saved it in your specific clients comparisons tab.

Tap on the image to enlarge it and explore additional options.

Fitness Progress Photo Comparison Viewing
Viewing the fitness progress comparison image. On this screen you can also save the image to your phone’s photo library.

You can create multiple side-by-side fitness comparison photos for your personal training clients using this method.  The FitSW iOS app will save these comparison images in the specific clients “Comparisons” tab.

Managing Personal Training Clients Contact Info iOS App

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Managing Personal Training Clients Contact Information

We recently added the ability for personal trainers to save their clients phone contact information.  This is another piece of info to better help trainers with managing personal training clients and their contact information.  This is in addition to all the other personal training client information FitSW helps you organize: client email, their date of birth, goals, likes, dislikes, injuries, conditions, PAR-Q and more.  We have also made it easy for you to contact your clients at the tap of a button.  With our Easy Contact buttons, you can contact your personal training clients just by clicking a button within the app.

Using the Easy Contact Buttons

First, ensure that you have entered in a valid phone number for your client in the “Edit Client Info” screen.  Then just click any button and your phone will call them, email them or text message them.  You don’t have to type in any phone number or email.  The app automatically pulls this information from when you had created or edit the client.

 

Managing Personal Training Clients Contact Information
You can now Call, Email, or Text Message your clients from within the app with the click of a button.

Other Updates to the FitSW iOS App

In addition to the Easy Contact buttons that make communicating with your clients easier and faster, we also made the following improvements in this latest FitSW iOS release:

  1. We made it easier to upload a client’s profile image when you are adding a new client.
  2. Personal Trainers can now choose whether they want to create an account for a client.  Most personal trainers create an account for their clients so their clients can login and view their workouts, progress, & diets.  However, there are some clients who either don’t use technology very much or they just want the trainer to show this information to them when they are together.  For this situation, we have given trainers the option to create clients without requiring a login and password.   You can see this button in the below image – its called “Create Login Account”.
  3. Personal Trainers can now also choose whether a new client they create will receive an automated email notifying them of their account creation. This is a welcome email that includes the clients account login.  Sometimes personal trainers would rather introduce FitSW to their clients in person.  This can also be seen in the below image with the button called “Send Welcome Email”.
Managing Persona Training Clients Adding New Client
Personal Trainers can now choose whether they want to create a login for their new client. They can also choose whether they want clients to receive an automated welcome email.

All these features will help you at managing personal training clients and all of their information that comes with it.  Let us know if you have any other suggestions to make your jobs easier.

Profile Pictures for Personal Training Clients

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Add Profile Pictures for Personal Training Clients

We have now added the ability for you to add profile pictures for personal training clients to help further personalize their profiles.  You can either have your clients add the picture to their own profile or you can do it yourself. Below is how to use this feature on our different platforms.

Profile pics helps personalize your personal training client list even further.
Profile pics helps personalize your personal training client list even further.

Add Personal Training Client Profile Pictures on iOS

It’s easy to add personal training client profile pics on iOS.  You can either choose from an existing picture or you can take the picture within the app on your iPhone / iPad.  Here is how to do it:

As a Personal Trainer

Go to the “Clients” tab and click on the client who you want to update.  At the top will be the profile photo and you can click the Update Photo button.  You can then choose whether you want to take a new photo or use an existing one on your phone.

Adding Profile Pictures for Personal Training Clients in iOS as a personal trainer.
You can add a profile picture in the Edit Client Info screen by taking a new photo or using an existing one on your phone.

As a Personal Training Client

You can also have your personal training clients update their profile pictures themselves in their own Profile screen.  Have them click on the “More” button in the lower right and then click the “Profile” item.  The will then be taken to the below screen where they can click the “Update Photo” button and choose to take a photo or select one from their phone.

Profile Screen Updating Profile Picture as a Personal Training Client
You can have your personal training clients update their profile themselves in their Profile screen.

Add Personal Training Client Profile Pictures at FitSW.com

The profile pictures you add on the iOS app will also show up on the FitSW website and vice versa.  So wherever you add them, you will be able to see them on multiple platforms.  Here is what they look like in the web application / website.

Profile Pictures for Personal Training Clients on website
Profile photos can also now be seen and added on the FitSW website / web application.

 

You can also add profile pictures for your personal training clients on the website by clicking on a particular clients name in your client list.  These updates will also show up on the iOS app if you use that as well.

Adding and viewing Profile Pictures on Android is not available yet but is coming soon.  If you would like to see that happen soon, like or comment on this post at the bottom so we can prioritize that feature.