We recently released a complete redesign of the FitSW Android App For Personal Trainers and Clients and also added new features and improvements. This new design makes it easier to navigate the app and quickly do what you need to do. Whether it’s adding workouts, updating a diet meal plan, or viewing progress, the side bar lets you quickly do what you need to do. We also added new features to the android app for personal trainers and for clients described below.
New Side Bar Menu for Both Personal Trainers and their Clients
Trainers can access the new side bar menu from any screen in the upper left. Below is what the side bar menu looks like.
New Personal Trainer Schedule / Calendar Page
Personal Trainers and their clients can now view and update their Schedules just like they can at FitSW.com and with the FitSW iOS app.
Separate Food List and Exercise List Menus
We have broken out the Food List and Exercise List items into their own menu items. This lets you quickly add, edit, or delete items in your food or exercise list without you having to navigate through many places. It also simplifies the Workouts and Diets pages so that those are easier to use
Improved Exercise Demo Video Drop Down
Its now easier for your personal training clients to view exercise demo videos without leaving their workout page. The new demo links slide down the page to show a video instead of taking you to a brand new page. Here is how it looks:
Other Android App Changes
The above are just a few of the improvements in our new Android app. We have also added several usability improvements and other changes. Give it a try and let us know how we can make it even easier for you to use.
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 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
Access the Timer in the More tab
Click the “Set” button and the app will show a new screen.
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.
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.
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
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:
As a built-in timer to the workout that can be seen right there on the workout details page. More Info Below.
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
Go to your Workout Details page for the specific workout and then click the button called “Workout Timer”.
Specify number of sets (repeating cycles) for the timer, Active Time, and Rest Time. Then click Start in the upper Right.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tap on the image to enlarge it and explore additional options.
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 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 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 edited the client.
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:
We made it easier to upload a client’s profile image when you are adding a new client.
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 log in 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”.
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”.
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.
UPDATE: This app has been released and is available now. More info can be found here.
We will soon be releasing a major update to our FitSW Android app which will include a full redesign, usability improvements and bug fixes. The new layout of our personal trainer software android app will allow us to better incorporate many of the new features that you have been requesting. We are looking for users to try out our beta version of this new Android app to give us feedback on some of the improvements that they would want to see. If you are interested in an early look at this software and want to be a beta tester, respond in the comments section below or send us an email at email@example.com.
New Personal Trainer Software Menu
A key change with this new release is the new easier to use sidebar menu with more options.
Separated Out Tasks from Client List
Tasks now has its own menu item and is separate from your personal training Client List. This makes it easier to track your clients goals and tasks for both you and your personal training clients. We have also added the ability for users to create repeating tasks with what every repeating frequency they would like.
Personal Training Client Workouts and Diets
We have also updated the personal trainer software Android App Workout and Diet screens. The new layouts make it easier for you to build workouts for your personal training clients. They will also make it easier to plan diets for them as well. We have also made it easier for your clients to review these workouts and diets that you created.
FitSW Android App Beta Testers Wanted
These are just a few of the new updates we will be releasing soon. If you want to see the rest and try the updated Android App early as a Beta Tester, email us or leave a comment.
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.
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.
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.
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 on the web application / website.
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.
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.