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Creating Workout Plans For Clients Using New Expand & Compact Modes

FitSW has a ton of features in our app for personal trainers, but one we have always focused on is making it easy for personal trainers as they are creating workout plans for clients. We have now added a new feature which give the trainers more flexibility to have these workout display the way the trainers want them to. This new feature is called Expanded and Compact Mode for workouts.

Different types of workouts require different types of views. Now, you as the personal trainer can choose how your workout is displayed. Compact Workout Mode makes each exercise in the workout more compressed so that it takes up less space on the screen. This is good for situations where the trainer and client don’t need each set of an exercise to be different. Expanded Workout Mode expands out each set in the exercise so the trainer can specify different weights and reps for each set of the same exercise. You can control this as you are editing or creating a workout with just a switch. Read on for some examples.

Compact Workout Plan Mode

Let’s say you wanted your client to do Dumbbell Bench press for 3 sets of 15 reps at 80 lbs. If all three sets are the same, you or your client does not need to see all 3 sets showing. They can get all the information they need from one line. Compact Workout Plan Mode is perfect for this use case. This is what compact mode looks like when the personal trainer is creating it.

Creating workout plans for clients in compact mode

Here is what it looks like when the client is entering results.

Entering workout plan results for clients in compact mode

Expanded Workout Plan Mode

Compact mode won’t work when you want to tell you client to do the first set at 75 lbs, the second set at 80 lbs, and the third set at 85 lbs. For this type of workout plan, we need to expand it to include information for all three sets. Here is where Expanded Workout Plan Mode shines. We can specify all the details at the set level and the client can enter their results for each set as well. It provides more resolution into each set of the exercise and therefor does take up more space. Here is an example of expanded mode when the trainer is creating the workout plan:

Creating Expanded Workout Plan for clients

Here is what it looks like when the client is entering results. Note that clients now have results fields for each set which they don’t have in compact mode.

Entering Results Expanded Workout Plan for Clients

Superset Display Differences in Workout Plan

Supersets are also displayed differently in compact vs expanded.

Compact Mode Superset

Compact mode again just specifies one row for each exercise that will superset and includes the number of supersets at the top.

Expanded Mode Superset

In expanded mode, each superset is displayed so that the trainer can specify different reps, weight, etc for each set. It also allows the client to enter results for each set they do but it does take up more space.

Flexibility in Creating Workout Plans for Clients

The above two options make it easy for trainers to choose how they want their clients to see their workouts. Compact mode simplifies things and reduces the space in the workout. However, expanded mode allows the trainer to add more specifies for each set. Additionally, it allows the client to enter in results data for each set instead of the exercise as a whole. Different trainers use different methods and it can even differ by the workout. Therefor, we have added this flexibility for personal trainers to choose which display method in any workout.

Although above, we showed the web view, these changes also are now available in our iOS app for personal trainers and clients and will be shortly in our Android app for personal trainers and clients.

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