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”.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or respond in the comments section below.
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:
No more complicated setups – this feature will be built into the FitSW website for you to access at anytime.
No more sending clients to a different website. Clients can easily make a secure payment on the FitSW platform they are familiar with.
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.
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.
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”.
Your client will receive an email with the link to their online PAR-Q. They can then easily fill it out online.
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.
You will be able to view your clients PAR-Q online anytime you would like from the Edit Client screen.
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.
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:
Basic fitness trackers
Count steps taken
Calculate distance traveled
Ideal for tracking distance-based workouts (walking, running, etc.)
Heart rate monitoring trackers
All of the above + monitoring heart rate
Ideal for those wanting to log calories burned
Heart rate monitoring trackers with GPS
All of the above + tracking position by satellite
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:
Best Fitness Tracker Under $100: Garmin Vivofit 3
Best Heart Rate Monitoring Fitness Tracker: Fitbit Charge 2
Best Heart Rate Monitoring and GPS Fitness Tracker: Garmin Vívosmart HR+
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.