Take and Store Fitness Progress Pictures in App

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Take and Store Fitness Progress Pictures in App

We just released a brand new version of the FitSW iOS App that adds the ability for you or your personal training clients to take and store fitness progress pictures in the FitSW iOS app.  You or your clients can then both access them through the app or website in order to be able to visualize their improvements.  It’s a great tool for showing your clients how far they have come and keeping them motivated to go even further.

How-To Use Progress Pictures in the FitSW iOS App

Accessing Fitness Progress Pictures

To access the Progress Pictures feature, click on the “More” tab in the bottom right.  Then a menu will come up where you can select “Pictures”.

Accessing the Take And Store Fitness Progress Pictures In App Pictures Tab
To access Fitness Progress Pictures, click “More” in the lower right and then click the “Pictures” menu item.

If you plan to use the Progress Pictures feature often, follow the steps outlined in this post to see how to customize your tab menu and add Pictures to the main menu instead of it being in the “More” tab.

Select Client to View Progress Photo Gallery

Select the client who you want to take and store fitness progress pictures for.  You will then be taken to their fitness progress picture gallery.

Take And Store Fitness Progress Pictures In App Gallery
Example of a client fitness progress picture gallery.

Adding New Fitness Progress Pictures for your Clients

Click the plus button in the upper right to add new a new fitness progress picture and you will be taken to a screen where you can specify the date of the picture, add a caption, and Select an Image.  Once you tap “Select Image”, you will be able to specify whether you want to Take a Photo with your phone’s camera or use an existing photo on your phone that you have already taken.

Add a new Image. Take And Store Fitness Progress Pictures In App
Specify date of photo, caption and then click Select Image. Then choose whether to take a new photo or use an existing one from your phone.

Edit or Delete Existing Fitness Progress Picture

To edit or delete and existing image, go back to the picture gallery for the specific personal training client.  Then tap on the image you want to edit or delete.  You will then be able to change the date, change the caption or delete the picture altogether.

Editing Fitness Progress Pictures in app.
In the Edit Picture screen, you can change the date, change the caption or delete the image altogether.

That’s it!  It’s a simple way for you and your clients to track them visually and keep clients motivated by their results.  These same images you upload in the app are accessible by you and your client on the website at https://www.fitsw.com

The ability to create comparison photos with two images side by side will be coming soon in the next few weeks.

Create Superset Workouts on Phone in the FitSW iOS App

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Create Superset Workouts on Phone in the FitSW iOS App

Yesterday we released a brand new version of the FitSW iOS App that adds the ability for you to create superset workouts on phone in the FitSW iOS app.  Previously, trainers and clients could view superset exercises that were created on the FitSW website.  With this new update, trainers can now also create those superset workouts quickly and easily right there in the FitSW iOS app.  Here is how to do it:

Add / Edit Workout Screen

Go to Workouts tab and add or edit your workout as normal.  On the Add / Edit Workout screen, tap the “Add Superset” button.

Create Superset Workouts on Phone
Create Superset Workouts on Phone: On the Add / Edit Workout screen, click the Add Superset button shown above.

Specify Number of Sets and Number of Exercises

You can now specify how many sets there are in the specific superset and also the number of exercises that will be in this particular superset.

Create Superset Workouts On Phone - Add the number of sets and exercises.
Enter the number of sets for this specific superset along with the number of exercises that will be in this superset.

Tap to Select Superset Exercises

The app will add the supersets to the end of your workout.  They will have a label that says “Tap to Select Superset Exercise 1.”  Tap on these entries to select the exercise for each superset and all the Reps, Weight, Time, and Rest info.

Superset workout will then be created
Your supersets will then be created based on what you specified in the previous step. Tap on the newly created entries to specify the exercise, reps, weight, rest, etc.

Specifying Superset Exercise Details

Specify the superset exercise details like you do for regular exercises as well.  After doing this for all of your superset exercise you can add more supersets or add regular exercises.

Specifying Superset Exercise Details
Specify exercise details for your superset exercises just like you normally do.

Your Done! That’s How you Create Superset Workouts on Phone

Once you have added all your exercises, “Update” / “Add” the workout as normal.  You will now be able to view the supersets exercises in the Workout Details screen.

After you click update, this is what the supersets will look like in the Workout Details screen.
After you click update, this is what the supersets will look like in the Workout Details screen.

Download the FitSW iOS app update now to create superset workouts on phone.

Searchable Exercise List & more iOS App Improvements

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iOS App: Improved Searchable Exercise List, Progress Graph Creation and more

In last week’s post we walked about the new Customizable Workout, Progress, Diet & Task Menu but didn’t yet go through all the other new features and improvements we have been adding to the FitSW iOS app these past few weeks. The updates include many usability improvements like our improved searchable exercise list.  We have also improved the layout of the app and its screens and fixed bugs that will make it easier to use. If you haven’t used the iOS app lately, download the latest version and give it a shot.    Here is a little more info on some of the changes we have made:

Improved Searchable Exercise List

We have improved the layout of the exercise list so that the search bar is larger and the display layout makes it easier to find what you need.  Check it out:

Improved Searchable Exercise List
Improved Searchable Exercise List makes it easier to quickly find the exercise you are looking for.

Improved Progress Graph Entry

We have fixed the rare crash that was occurring on progress graphs, improved the layout so you can see more Assessments and also made it easier to quickly enter in your clients progress.  Just click “Done” to quickly move to the next Assessment field entry.

Improved Progress Graph Data Entry
Its now easier to quickly enter your client’s progress data with our improved layout for the progress entry screen.

Improved Searchable Food List Display

Much like the Improved Searchable Exercise List, we have also improved the food list layout.  We have also included Calories, Protein, Carbs, and Fats in the list so you will know before you add the food to your clients meal plan.

Searchable Food List Display
See macro-nutrient information right there in the searchable food list.

Additional Features

Above were must a few of the new features we have added.  We have also added features like:

  • Ability to create repeating Tasks
  • Clients no longer have to click their name in each menu.  They click the Workout menu and they will see all of their workouts right away.
  • Workout Detail layout improvements
  • General Usability improvements and bug fixes.

Keep the feedback coming. Our next iOS release will allow you to create supersets through the iOS app.

 

 

iOS App: Customized Workout, Progress, Diet, Task Menu

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Customized Workout, Progress, Diet, Task Menu

We recently released a new version of the FitSW iOS App with a brand new design and several new features.  One of these features is a new tab bar menu which allows you to customize which FitSW fitness features show up on your bottom menu bar.  This allows you to quickly access the FitSW tools that you value the most.  In the post, we will show you how to create a Customized Workout, Progress, Diet, Task Menu. 

Customized Workout, Progress, Diet, Task menu
Customized Workout, Progress, Diet, Task menu. You can now customize which modules show up in the bottom menu bar. Choose which features you use the most for quick, easy access.

More Tab with Diets, Exercise List, Food List and Profile

The default setup for a personal trainer is to have the following items in the bottom menu bar: Clients, Workouts, Progress, Tasks, and More.  When you click on the More item, a menu will come up.  It will show the following additional items: Diets, Exercise List, Food List, and Profile.  If you would like to create a customized Workout, Progress, Diet, Task Menu click the “Edit” button as seen circled in the image below.

Click the Edit button to create a Customized Workout, Progress, Diet, Task Menu
This is what you will see when you click on the More item in the bottom menu bar. Click on the “Edit” button we have highlighted in red in order to create a customized workout, progress, diet, task menu

Selecting Key FitSW Features

Drag the key FitSW fitness features to your bottom menu bar.  Arrange in any order to create your own custom bottom menu bar.  This allows you to quickly access your most important fitness features.  Once you have your menu setup as you prefer, click Done and your own customized menu will be set.

Updating, Customized, Workout, Progress, Diet, Task, More Menu
You can drag the icons you use the most to the bottom menu bar.  Rearrange them as you like to create your customized menu bar.

FitSW iOS App: Total Diet Macros Display, Sorting Workouts & more

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FitSW iOS App Updates: Total Diet Macros Display, Sorting Workouts & more

We released FitSW iOS app updates this week that include Total Diet Macros Display, the ability to decide the order that  “To Be Completed” workouts are displayed, improved searching for when you are adding exercises / foods to workouts / diets, and the ability to automatically email tasks / goals.  We also added in several other display and usability improvements as well as bug fixes.  Here is a more detailed description of the features that will improve you and your clients personal training experience:

Total Diet Macros Display

You or your personal training clients can see the Total Diet Macros for each diet.  The app automatically calculates these real-time as you build diets for your clients.

At the top of each of your personal training client's diets, you can see the Total Diet Macros Display which is automatically calculated for you.
The FitSW iOS app now calculates and displays Total Diet Macros Display for each diet at the top of the screen.  

Sorting Workout Display

In the “To Be Completed” tab of your personal training client’s Workouts, the default ordering is descending by date.  This works for most of our users but some users have requested to have the ordering be ascending by date.  So we have added the ability for you to set the ordering you would prefer in the profile tab.  This setting will also affect Diets and Tasks.  You can set your preference and your clients can their own preference if they would like.  To change your preference, go to your profile tab, flip the switch shown below and click update.

You can now choose the display order for your workouts, tasks, and events on your profile tab. Total Diet Macros Display as well.
You can now choose the display order for your workouts, tasks, and events on your profile tab.

Improved Search Boxes for Exercises and Foods

The iOS11 release impacted the display of search boxes for Exercises and Foods. We have now increased the sizes and display of the search boxes to make it easier to search for the right exercises or foods to add to your workouts or diets.

Tasks / Goals Updates

We have now added the ability for personal trainers to add additional notes to each Task or Goal.  In addition, we have added an “Email Task” button.  This allows you to automatically email your client’s tasks the same way as you can for their workouts or diets. 

Usability Improvements, Display Improvements & Bug fixes

We have listened to your feedback to improve the usability and display of the app in addition to fixing any bugs you may have encountered.  Please keep the suggestions coming.

Collecting Client Payments as a Personal Trainer using FitSW

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Collecting Client Payments as a Personal Trainer using FitSW

UPDATE: Accepting Client Payments is now available for all trainers to use.   

Collecting client payments as a Personal Trainer will soon be possible on FitSW.com.  You will be able to request payments from your clients on FitSW and your clients will be able to pay you securely with a credit card through our familiar FitSW platform.  We are looking for beta testers now for these features and expect to have them fully released by this Spring.  If you are interested in being a beta tester, please email us at admin@fitsw.com or respond in the comments section below.

Collecting Client Payments as a Personal Trainer on FitSW
FitSW will enable you to accept secure credit card payments from your clients on our platform.

Credit Card Payments from Clients

Collecting client payments as a Personal Trainer can sometimes be a hassle.  Tracking which ones paid, when they paid, how much they paid and how many sessions they have left can all take up a lot of your valuable time.  As a personal trainer you should be able to spend most of your work-time doing what you like: personal training!

I’m sure many of you also have clients that prefer to pay via credit card and that can also make things difficult if you don’t have a setup that allows this or if it’s a complicated setup.  We have received requests from our personal trainer users to enable them to accept payments through our website.  Coming this Spring we will be enabling this feature to allow you to accept and track payments all through our site.  This means:

  1. No more complicated setups – this feature will be built into the FitSW website for you to access at anytime.
  2. No more sending clients to a different website.  Clients can easily make a secure payment on the FitSW platform they are familiar with.
  3. You can also track all your payments and session information within FitSW

These are just a few details of the Client Payments feature that we are adding.  We would love to hear your feedback on what additional features you would like to see.

Creating a Paperless PAR-Q Online using the PAR-Q Creator

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New Paperless PAR-Q Online Creator

You can now use FitSW’s Physical  Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) Creator to enable your clients to quickly fill out a Paperless PAR-Q Online. We know how important it is to screen your clients with the PAR-Q but we also know that it can take up a lot of time.  Previously we enabled you to upload hand-filled-out PAR-Q forms to save for each of your clients.  Now, we make the process even simpler and quicker.   You can do everything online and stored it for you to access at any time.  If you’d still like a hard copy, just hit the print button and you can print out the online version.  Below is a quick video on it (make sure you choose video quality of 1080p60HD in YouTube so that you can see everything) along with a quick walk-through on how to use the PAR-Q Online creator.

If you do not yet have a FitSW account you can access the online PARQ here: https://www.fitsw.com/onlinePARQ/  to try it out.  If you do have an account, follow the steps below.

UPDATE: We have also now added a PAR-Q feature to our iOS App and our Android App.  More details here for iOS and here for Android.

Online PAR-Q Creator Walk Through

  1. In your Client List click on the client you would like to fill out a PAR-Q and then in the PAR-Q section click “Have Client Complete”.

    PAR Q Online Creator Personal Trainers Link can be sent automatically.
    When viewing a client, in the PAR-Q section: Click the “Have Client Complete” button to have a link automatically sent to your client where they can easily complete the PAR-Q online.
  2. Your client will receive an email with the link to their online PAR-Q.  They can then easily fill it out online.

    PAR-Q Online Creator Clients Create Paperless PARQ
    The clients will see an easy to fill out online form where they can quickly enter their answers.
  3. All the information your client enters will be saved as they go.  No need to worry about losing their work or progress if they are interrupted.
  4. You will be able to view your clients PAR-Q online anytime you would like from the Edit Client screen.

    The PAR-Q-Online can be Saved, Viewed, or printed Anytime
    View or print your clients filled out PAR-Q anytime by clicking on the “Edit/View” link.  You can find this in the PAR-Q section of the Edit Client screen.
  5. You or your client can quickly print it out  by clicking the green “Print” button on the online PAR-Q form.  You can even click the Print to .PDF after clicking “Print” which will allow you to save the file on your computer as a PDF.

Simplify and Reduce Paperwork

Having every client fill out a PAR-Q has become much easier with FitSW.  Clients can fill out the form online whenever works for them.  It’s now also much easier for you to keep track of all these PAR-Q’s without having to worry about uploading documents.

Fitness Tracker Devices Review

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Several of our FitSW.com users utilize fitness tracker devices themselves or have clients that use them.  We feel that they can be very helpful in providing meaningful fitness data, so we have begun looking into ways to integrate the data from them into our platform.  We have been exploring what’s out there and done a lot of research into the features of many of these devices.  As we have done this we have come across a few guides that may be helpful to you if you are looking for fitness tracker devices for yourself or to recommend to clients and so we decided to share.

This guide to fitness tracker devices may help identify the best one that addresses your particular needs. Researchers set out to find the devices that offered the most bang for their buck – and this doesn’t necessarily just mean the fitness tracker loaded with the most features. As they point out in their article: “The more sensors and tracking capabilities you cram into a device the size of a wristwatch, the more it’s going to cost you.” And everyone doesn’t need the most extensive specs list – for example, a lot of us can afford to skip out on the GPS component.

So, the researchers took their initial list of 87 fitness trackers and placed them in three sub-categories:

  1. Basic fitness trackers
    1. Count steps taken
    2. Calculate distance traveled
    3. Ideal for tracking distance-based workouts (walking, running, etc.)
  2. Heart rate monitoring trackers
    1. All of the above + monitoring heart rate
    2. Ideal for those wanting to log calories burned
  3. Heart rate monitoring trackers with GPS
    1. All of the above + tracking position by satellite
    2. Ideal for those wanting to log distances outsides (cyclists, trail runners, etc.)

The team wanted to ensure they hand-tested top contenders, so they pared down their list by selecting only the most popular and highly reviewed models from the four most renowned fitness manufacturers: Fitbit, Garmin, TomTom, and iFit.

After testing for finalists for their consistency in data collection, style, and partner apps – among other variables – they landed on three recommendations:

  1. Best Fitness Tracker Under $100: Garmin Vivofit 3
  2. Best Heart Rate Monitoring Fitness Tracker: Fitbit Charge 2
  3. Best Heart Rate Monitoring and GPS Fitness Tracker: Garmin Vívosmart HR+

Check out the full resource here: https://www.reviews.com/fitness-tracker/

 

New Personal Trainer Scheduling Calendar Released

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New Personal Trainer Scheduling Calendar Released

Back in August, we released a beta version of the new personal trainer scheduling calendar as described here.  We also have a demo video of the scheduling calendar.  After a few months of your use, feedback, and our improvements we have released this as our main scheduling calendar.

New Personal Trainer Scheduling Calendar Improvements

This new scheduler added several new features over our old calendar including:

  • Clients can now see their own calendar which can have their workouts, diets, and appointments with trainer on it.
  • If the trainer enables it, the Client can also see available times on their trainer’s schedule.  This enables them to know when they can request an appointment.  The trainer can then approve or decline the appointment.  It will then be saved on both the client’s and trainer’s calendar.
  • Day, Week, and month views are available
  • It is easy to create repeating or recurring appointments at many different intervals.  You can specify events to repeat daily, weekly, or every X number of days.  Trainers can also specify how long you would like an event to repeat. You can set it to repeat forever, for a month, or not at all.  With all these features, it is simple to do things like quickly create a repeating Workout Appointment Every Tuesday and Saturday, Create a Diet Event that repeats every 4 days, etc.

Personal Trainer Scheduling Calendar Updates since the Beta Release

Since the above released in August we have also added several improvements.  Here are just a few of those:

  • Personal Trainers can now specify email schedule reminders for the appointments on their calendar.   Client will then automatically receive a notification email a specified number of hours before the appointment / event.

    Personal Trainer Scheduling Calendar Reminder Feature
    Personal Trainer Scheduling Calendar Reminder Feature
  • In the Workout Creator, personal trainers can now easily add a workout to the scheduling calendar.  All they need to do is just click a checkbox.
  • Improved calendar resolution – you can schedule personal trainer appointments any time at any 15 minute increment.
  • Overlapping appointments – You can now create overlapping appointments if you need to.
Personal Trainer Scheduling Calendar Checkbox
Personal Trainers can add a workout to their calendar and their clients calendar at the click of a button.

Give the new calendar a try at https://www.fitsw.com/scheduler and let us know your feedback.

Superset Workout View in Android App

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Superset Workout View in Android App – New Android Release

Today, we just released the New FitSW Android App 142 today which includes the main one of Superset Workout View in Android App along with several other new features and improvements.  Here are some more details:

1) Superset Workout View in Android app

Now, you and your clients can view workouts with supersets properly in the Android app that were created on fitsw.com.  In a future release we will be giving you the ability to add supersets within the Android app but for now you can create them at fitsw.com and view them in both the iOS and Android apps.

Superset Workout View in Android App
Superset Workout View in Android App FITSW

 2) Facebook Login and Register with Facebook

You and your clients can now login and signup much faster using Facebook Login and Signup with Facebook.

Speed up your login time with Facebook login.
Speed up your login time with Facebook login.

 

3) Add Workout Screen Improvements

The text inputs on the Workouts tab for Sets, Weights and Reps fields now use a numeric keyboard to make it quicker and easier for you to enter.  We have also made it so that the Weights and Reps text fields also accept comma’s so that you can enter multiple weights and reps for a single exercise.

4) View Diet Improvements

In Diet log for your client, we have now enabled decimal places for Quantities of Foods that you enter.

5) Usability improvements and Bug Fixes

We have also improved the sizing of text, fixed bugs and added other usability improvements.

Future FitSW Android App Release Coming Soon

The above changes are in the latest release of our FitSW Android App but we will also be releasing another revision soon.  If you have any feedback on the FitSW Android App, please send us an email at admin@fitsw.com so that we can implement those improvements as soon as possible.  The same goes for the FitSW iOS App along with our website at https://www.fitsw.com.