Fitdigits Summer Wrap Up

Fitdigits Summer Wrap Up

We hope you enjoyed your summer like we did, and are looking forward to the Fall. Finally some cool weather to workout in, or even just to walk the dog in. Speaking of dog walking, October 13th is our annual Running Rescues fundraiser. Walk a dog using our app to track it, and we’ll donate $1 per dog walk that day to the local dog rescue. Elmer my boy thanks you and gives it two paws up. Spend quality time with your puppies and burn a few calories while doing something nice for those less fortunate.

To me, our Ok-dober-fest fundraiser is always the time year to recap everything we did over the summer, and celebrate you, our members and users, with your Summer Summary, now online for your info and enjoyment! 

You aren’t the only one who deserves kudos over the summer. The team here at Fitdigits have been busting our butts too. Check out just some of the great updates we’ve produced this past Summer: 
And we’re not done yet! We’re still putting the final wrappers on the stand alone Apple Watch version (and looking for Beta testers), as well as enhancing the overall Apple Watch experience, expanding our coaching and voice integration, adding power support for Android, enhancing custom workouts and more for the Fall season. So much fun stuff! 
As always, thank you for allowing us to do what we love and to serve you. We appreciate you being on the health journey with us. Stay strong and positive!
Chris
Chris & Team Fitdigits

Working with Maps and Graphs

Fitdigits apps have many fun, interesting and helpful graphs and maps as you swipe or tap through the program, both in-workout and post workout. It only takes a minute to learn a few tips and tricks and get the most of these features.

In-Workout Maps

Their are a few basic things to remember when working with maps in the workout.

Tap the lock in the upper left to unlock the view. After unlocking you can pinch in or punch out using your fingers to get zoomed in or out, or touch and drag for other views.

Double tapping will zoom in, even if the lock is locked. Double tap again to zoom back out.

Tap the Satellite option in the top right if you prefer a more realistic view of your area. Tap Map to go back to the generic map view.

Tap Lap in the bottom right to see markers where the app set auto-laps based on your settings or where you marked a lap yourself. Tap Distance to see markers at 1 mile or 5 miles depending on the activity type (bike or run/walk orientation).

In Workout Graphs

The same basic principles of Maps also work with the graphs, except there is no lock button on these. What graphs you see will depend on the sensors you have active and tracking, and can include heart rate, steps per minute, cadence, power/watts, speed/pace and elevation.

Double tapping will zoom in, even if the lock is locked. Double tap again to zoom back out.

On iOS, we’ve added trend lines and current readings to our graphs. The trend line shows your average over a particular ongoing lap. A great way to easily judge your averages over each lap, and keep yourself on target!  A personal favorite feature, for sure. Your mile averages going down or up? You can see it easily with the yellow average lines, and keep yourself going the way you want to go.

Modifying the Metrics that Show Above In-Workout Maps & Graphs

We did our best to pick the best metrics to show above the in-workout maps and graphs, but not all people have the same ideas, and neither do we. It can also change. If you want to change the metrics that show on your version, see this post on Settings & Chart and Map Metrics (iOS).

Post Workout Maps & Graphs

Post workout maps and graphs work very similarly to the in workout versions in terms of double tapping to zoom in or out, pinch or punch with your fingers to custom zoom, and even the lock icon on the maps screen.

To get back to a base view, just keep double tapping on the center of the view, it will eventually take you back to the main default zoom level view.

Related topics you might like:

Working with Audio in Fitdigits Apps

Working with Intervals / Laps

In-workout Options

July Update: Open LiveTracking, New Graphs & Results

Are you sweating like we are? It has been one hot summer here. And not just because we now include temperature with our workouts. We’ve also got some hot new releases just finished rolling out this month. 🙂

I did my first half-marathon in a long while last week and just about collapsed, the heat was killer, and I think I went out too fast for the heat. According to iCardio I finished in 1:59:58, but official time ended up being 2:00:01 – so close. Still, a shiny new medal and a sense of accomplishment. I’ll take it and call it an excellent weekend!

App Releases Hot Off the Press

Apple | New Graphs
Hot off the heals of Power Sensors and Power Zones support, we’ve added trend lines and current readings to our graphs. A great way to easily judge your averages over each lap, and keep yourself on target!  A personal favorite feature, for sure.

We haven’t got the Apple Watch stand alone out yet, but continue to work hard to put the finishing polish on it. We’ll keep you posted.

Android | Custom Dashboards & More
Show you what you want, the way you want it. Yeah baby. A new, very powerful custom dashboard feature comes to Android.  One stat or many, you get what you need. We’ve also added auto-swipe for screens, which is great when in the gym or Spinning® class. Check it out and let us know what you think!

LiveTracking | Open Tracking
Track your workouts and have your friends and family join in without having to log in – new on my.fitdigits.com profile Account Settings. Star members set your LiveTracking sessions on Open, and the link you can share (or not) is open to anyone you share it with, no login or account required.

Thank you for allowing us to do what we love and to serve you. We appreciate you being on the health journey with us. Stay strong and keep cool when you can, but remember sweat is good too!
Chris

Chris & Team Fitdigits

June Update: Welcome to Summer with Power Released, Strava Integration

Welcome to Summer! It’s the season for long runs, rides, hard sweaty workouts, and fun new features.

It's a Fitdigits Summer!

The first day of Summer. Time to review how you did over spring, and set new goals for the long warm days ahead! Check out this presentation we did to remind you of the hard work you put in this last Spring:

 

YOUR SPRING WORKOUTS IN REVIEW

 

Now it is time for beach, bathing suits, long days like today and tons of fun!

We hope our members have been enjoying having the Weather recorded automatically on each workout! We think it is totally cool and critical info.

We Have the Power! Watts that is.
Just released for iOS is Power Sensors and Power Zones support, mainly for our cycling friends, though we look forward to hearing good things from the Rowing community as well. Let us know how it goes, we’d love to hear from you.

This also marks the first time our full product line is available in Spanish, and the re-introduction of Strava as a share partner. Woop!

The Apple Watch stand-alone is still in Alpha, but making progress. Sorry for the delay there. We are still hoping by the beginning of July for Beta.

On Android, we are putting the final touches on custom dashboards as we get ready to add more types of sensors to the apps. Looking good on that front.

Once again, we enjoy serving you, and look forward to a long and healthy journey together. Stay strong and have fun this summer!
Chris

Chris & Team Fitdigits

May 2018 Update: Weather, Power & Watts Support, Apple Watch

Cold, hot or just right? How temperature affects your exercise.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Bless all those in uniform, current and past, who allow us to be where we are today. So many of my personal friends and family I need to thank, I am grateful and blessed.

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, time for winding up of school years and thinking about fun in the sun activities. It’s the perfect time for barbecue and working out!

With summer comes temperature changes. Temperature has such a significant impact on performance when it comes to working out, which is why we’ve now released a great new feature for members – Weather! We now automatically add weather and local temperature to your tracked activities. Wonder why your heart rate was more elevated last weekend? Maybe because it was over 90 degrees out? Now you’ll know and track it with everything else.

But that isn’t all. We added Power / Watts support for our cycling friends out there, in the spirit of the totally inspiring Amgen Tour of California. Those guys are amazing! They even came through our home town of Ventura this year. It was fun watching them ride through our neighborhoods with the rest of the Fitdigits team.

We’ve also released updates to our debug logs (to make tracking down those hard-to-pin-down issues easier), and a bunch of other fixes and improvements.

Next up for the next iOS releases, look for Power Zones support, now in beta. We’re also getting our feet wet with a Spanish version (looking for beta testers btw :), and adding Strava as a share partner. The real big news though is Apple Watch stand-alone officially hit Alpha, and it looks great!

On the Android side, we are putting the final touches on custom dashboards as we get ready to expand the different workout sensor types supported. Totally revamped, you can choose between one and many metrics on any given dashboard and add as many as you want. Currently in beta, this gives you the ultimate control over what data you want to see in your workouts.

We enjoy serving you, and look forward to a long and healthy journey together.
Chris

Chris & Team Fitdigits

Customize Your In-Activity Dashboards – Android

(View for iOS)

Your dashboards can be fully customized to look just like you want them to, with the options and metrics you choose, and to add as many as you want! Simply swipe between them in your workout. Interested in heart rate monitoring only? Or maybe pace/speed and time? It’s easy.

Add a Custom Dashboard

  1. Customize Dashboards on AndroidSelect your Activity type, tap the Activity Options (gear icon)
  2. Tap Dashboards
  3. Tap “Add New Dashboard” to create a new dashboard

Creating & Managing Your Dashboards

  • Tap and hold a previously defined dashboard to delete it
  • Turn the toggle on or off to show the dashboard while in your workout
  • Tap the dashboard to edit a previously defined dash
    • Note: You can have up to 4 sections on each dashboard, and as few as 1 section with just 1 metric (if you like a really big heart rate readout!). Each section can have up to 4 metrics. The metric sizes are auto adjusted to fit the space.
  • Tap on any given metric that is already in place to edit the metric that shows in that section.
  • Tap “+ ADD” to add another metric to that section. The order of the metrics and how they are added is shown in the screen shot below, and depends on how many metrics you are going to have in your given section.
  • If you want to remove a section, tap each metric and tap Remove – once all metrics are removed the section will be removed and the remaining sections will expand to fit the space.
  • To add a section, tap the “+ SECTION” button at the bottom of the screen. Note there is a maximum of 4 sections per dashboard screen.

Viewing / Adding Multiple Dashboards

Viewing multiple workout dashboards in a single workout is especially useful for custom workouts or sensors stats. For example, one dashboard tracking distance, speed and cadence. Another dashboard for heart rate, calories and time elapsed. A third dashboard for zone stats if you are using custom heart zones. On the other hand, there are people who want to focus on a single metric. Either way, a great way to customize your tracking!

 

 

Power Sensor Support & Power Zones

Ready for some Power? We are! Cranking up the Watts just makes you feel, well, powerful. And according to science, there is no more accurate version of calories burned than Kilojoules, something you can only get accurately by measuring watts. For cycling, it is the rage, and for good reason. If you are interested in learning more on the history and the power revolution, listen to this great podcast with Hunter Allen at VeloNews.

So let’s jump right into the nitty-gritty. The requirements are pretty basic – a compatible BLE Power Meter, an iOS compatible device with one of our apps installed and a Star Membership.

Pairing your Bluetooth low-energy Power Meter

Menu > Sensors > Power > tap the + sign while engaging the power sensor (turning the crank)

Tap OK to pair with the sensor.

Note: If there are multiple sensors found, like if you are in a Spin(r) class, you will also see a proximity meter next to the sensors. Typically the most powerful signal is the one closest to you. Tap that sensor to pair.

Running a Workout with Power

Once your sensors are paired, simply hit the play/go button on the activity type you’re using the sensor on, or chose any number of ways you can start your workout / workout routines. It will acquire the sensor as you activate it, and begin the workout. If you want different data then what is shown on the default dashboard, you can easily setup custom dashboards, even one just dedicated to Power metrics. You also can swipe to a Power (Watts) graph, with Power Zones if you have set them up or done a Personal Power Assessment.

Setting Up / Editing Power Zones

Creating and Editing Power ZonesSetting up Power Zones is easy, and allows you to start designing workouts specifically targeting different systems and improvements. You typically want to personalize your zone set (see more on the Personal Power Test (PPT) below) to customize your zones to your current fitness level (we are not fans of default zones here!! We are all individuals and very different, and we respect that!). If you are familiar with customizing and managing heart rate zones, it’s the same process.

Select your activity type for the Zones, tap the Gear / Activity Options icon.

Under the Preferences section, tap Dashboards & Zones. Then tap Power Zones > Add Zone Set

Tap the title to change it, change the values on the right to modify them, tap the zone name to change those if you want.

Edit Power ZonesTap Save to save the set. That will bring you back to the Zone Set list. Tap again into the details and tap Set Default at the top if you want to use that zone set as your default.

To delete a zone set, in the Zone Set listing, tap edit, then tap the red delete icon on the left.

Personal Power Test (PPT) – Power Zone Assessment

Training at various intensities gives specific physiological adaptations. The most accurate way to categorize intensity ranges is by measuring the work-rates that cause various physiological responses. Power Zones are based on a percentage of a rider’s baseline fitness marker, known as Personal Power Threshold (PPT). PPT represents the rider’s ‘work-threshold’ or their current level of fitness. With power meter technology of the Spinner® Chrono or the Crank, the result of a relatively simple and straightforward test can accurately establish your PPT. Once determined, riders can train in their unique ranges based on a percentage of their PPT. Since power is dynamic and improvement in fitness will increase PPT, it is important to retest quarterly (or sooner) to track progress and re-establish zones that match the rider’s current fitness level.

Personal Power Test AssessmentThe Personal Power Threshold Test (PPT Test) is a sub-maximal, repeatable test to determine PPT. It is:
• The personal results of an individual rider
• A scientifically validated incremental test
• Easy to learn
• Repeatable and Reliable
• Sub-maximal, and so can be performed by nearly everyone

After a 10 minute warm up (you can skip this by double tapping on the screen at any time), the test consists of back-to-back two-minute stages, in which the rider sustains a cadence goal within 5RPM of the target, while remaining a seated position, in Hand Position two. The first stage begins with light resistance on the flywheel. Each corresponding stage begins by increasing resistance, while keeping cadence and riding position the same.

The added resistance should be enough to feel the change, as if increasing RPE (Real Perceived Exertion) to the next level. This also noted as increased wattage. Since individuality and fitness level will determine the actual wattage change, it will generally be around 5–20 watts. Adding too much resistance will bring the rider to threshold too soon. Adding too little resistance will extend the overall duration of the PPT Test. Generally speaking, a rider should aim to complete 5-8 2 minute ramps to completion.

The graded ramp process continues until the rider can no longer sustain the workload for an entire two-minute stage. This will be noted by an obvious decline in the ability to sustain steady pedaling, cadence and riding position. The rider’s PPT is the workload sustained during the last fully completed stage.

Below are the guidelines for implementing the PPT Test. This assumes you have your power meter already paired (see above).

  • Tap Indoor Cycling or Bike (outdoors)
  • Tap the Activity Options (Gear Icon located in lower left of the Activity type screen)
  • Tap Assessments
  • Tap PPT Assessment
  • Warm up countdown will begin. Warm-up for 10 minutes at an easy pace, shifting through different resistance loads and incorporating a few 10-20 second hard efforts. Include some transitions in and out of the saddle. You may advance to PST Test at any time during warm-up, by double tapping the countdown bar.
  • After warm up, begin Ramp 1 with light resistance on the flywheel, at a low workload and cadence that feels relaxed and most natural. The app will begin to countdown 2 minutes. During this time, the app will use your current cadence to determine and set a cadence goal for the proceeding ramps.
  • After 2 minutes, app will transition for 15 seconds to Ramp 2. During the 15 second countdown, the app will inform rider of cadence goal to sustain for next ramps. Increase resistance, while keeping target cadence and riding position the same. The added resistance should be enough to feel the change, as if increasing RPE to the next level. This will also be noted as increased wattage. The app will begin to countdown 2 minutes. Maintain the target cadence range, within 5 RPM, while maintaining riding position and resistance. The app will inform the rider if their cadence is higher or lower than the target cadence. After 2 minutes, app will transition for 15 seconds to Ramp 3. During the 15 second countdown, the app will inform rider to increase resistance, while keeping their target cadence and riding position the same. The added resistance should be enough to feel the change, as if increasing RPE to the next level. This will also be noted as increased wattage.
  • The ramp process continues until the rider can no longer sustain the workload for the full 2 minute duration. At this time, rider will slide HEART ICON to stop the PPT Test.
  • The app will display a summary of the PPT Test Ramps. Rider will choose the last fully completed as their PPT.
  • Once the PPT is determined, unique Power Training Zones will be determined based on a percentage of PPT. Power Training Zones allows riders to build their training intensity and boost their current level of conditioning in their current training programs.

 

Auto Share to Partners

With our Star Membership, you have the ability to auto-share to your partners! Turn on or off auto sharing on the Partners page on the web for all those partners who allow sharing workout details, and activity providers will be automatically updated every time you do a workout. For those who have a lot of data on another platform, this can be a real time saver!

Auto Share to Partners

 

For an overview of social sharing and other share functionality see our post: Share Your Fitdigits Activities to Our Partners

Weather & Workouts

Whether there is Weather is not the question. Of course there is weather. And for all our subscribing members, we give it to you!

iCardio Now Supports Weather!A lot of things about your workout is affected by the weather, but until now it has been tough to track it with the workout. We’ve long provided the general weather – cloudy, sunny, raining, even indoors (for many) and more. But now you get the temperature as well for every workout. That way you, your groups and coaches all have more insight into just what the workout was like.

In fact, just knowing the temperature can help you customize your effort levels accordingly.

Slower than normal, higher heart rate, but done in 90 degree heat? To be expected.When it is hot, you need to adjust your efforts. As the Mayo Clinic points out:

“To help cool itself, your body sends more blood to circulate through your skin. This leaves less blood for your muscles, which in turn increases your heart rate. If the humidity also is high, your body faces added stress because sweat doesn’t readily evaporate from your skin. That pushes your body temperature even higher.”

The same is true for cooler weather. You need to adapt. Remember you don’t want to reduce your fluid consumption.

Sweating rates are lower in the cold than in the heat, but cold weather exercise can still be dehydrating. Water is lost from the respiratory system at a higher rate on cold days, and exposure to cold air can increase urine production. The cold air can also make you feel less thirsty, which can result in dehydration, damaging your performance and making it harder to stay warm [1]. Even more tips and information for weather can be found all over the internet. Check out this fun article from Bustle on weather and workouts – even includes a gratuitous puppy picture.

Weather added to workoutsBasics of Weather on Fitdigits Apps

On the start of the workout, we will ping weather servers for your location weather. We promise we won’t hold up the workout waiting for the results, as sometimes the servers can take a bit, and we know you want to get going, but we’ll give it a shot. It is good to know.

After the workout is complete, you can see the temperature in the Notes page. We default to the weather type indicated from the servers as well if we received a response. We do realize there is no job harder / easier than weather, partly due to how difficult it is to get accurately in any given situation, so we also give you the ability to edit both the overall weather icon as well as the temperature. Editing is currently only on the web, but coming very shortly to the app too, expected by the end of May, 2018.

 

iCardio Version Migration

iCardio ♦ iRunner ♦ iBiker Version Migration

App Migration PromptIf you are reading this, my apologies, you most likely saw a screen shot like the one to the right. On the positive side, the app you love is alive and evolving, and all your data is safe and sound.

Some great new features and updates on the new version you may enjoy includes custom countdown timer settings, improved stability, and for certain members, weather / temperature integration and LiveTracking too, just to name a few. It’s worth it!

Base Facts

If you are being prompted to download a new version of the app, please do so, and login with your existing username and password. All your data and purchases will come down, though some custom settings may need to be re-set to match your current defaults.

Download on iTunes:

iCardio  ♦  iRunner  ♦  iBiker

If you have trouble or something doesn’t come down quite right, we are confident your data is safe in the cloud. Please contact us at support and we will do what we can to set things straight for yoApp Migrationu. Once you have things all set and are confident everything is in place, please delete the older (red icon) version of the app.

Why Do You Need to Migrate?

If you have been prompted to download a new version of your app – iCardio, iRunner or iBiker, that means you are on a version of the apps that were created in an attempt to keep the apps alive at a time where the good people at the companies involved either didn’t have the ability, due to technology restrictions and/or trademark reasons, to migrate the apps or names to the Fitdigits portal after Fitdigits acquired the apps, nor could Fitdigits take over the original Apple account.

Things being what they are, duplicated apps had to be created and put in the wild for a while to keep them in the store, alive and available. However, as time passed and technology evolved, things that were at one time impossible (like transferring apps) became possible. In the end, instead of having to migrate the vast majority to a single app, there is only a small percentage that need to migrate. Apple has granted us this build to inform you of the need to migrate in order to keep using the app and your Fitdigits accounts.

On the plus side, as mentioned above, there are some great features available to members and others that aren’t in your current builds! As always, we thank you for joining us on the journey to and through a healthy life. Sorry for the extra hassle. We look forward to being your activity tracking partner for many years to come.