I lost 17 pounds with Fitdigits by Bruce J.

Testimonial from Fitdigits User – Bruce J.

I have been using Fitdigits with a Garmin heart rate monitor on my iPhone for about 6 months now. I’ve lost about 17lbs and I owe it to how Fitdigits guides me thru my workouts.

I am a 53 year old father of three. I’m in fairly good shape, no credit to trying… Before the beginning of this year I hadn’t exercised for a very long time, in fact I was about 17 lbs from where I should have been.

At the beginning of the year I joined a gym near work and tried a spin class. It seemed real hard so I dragged out an old heart monitor and watch. I found I was approaching my maximum heart rate so I figured I needed to temper it a bit, so I didn’t have a heart attack during class.

I thought it would be real cool if I could chart my heart rate during the workouts and see exactly what my heart was doing. So after I did my research I got the Fitdigits app with a Garmin heart rate strap. That in itself helped me to see exactly what my heart was doing while I was working out. After a while I was starting to get into better shape and felt disappointed that I was not losing any weight no matter how hard I was working out.

With the aid of Fitdigits I realized I was working out too intensely so during my days off I started riding a stationary bike I had at home but kept my heart rate in Zone 2: Fitness (Fat Burn) on the Fitdigits. When my heart rate started to go up I eased off a bit and when my heart rate started to drop too far I peddled harder. My workout time flew by and the lbs just started melting away.

I’m now almost to the weight I was when I got married over 25 years ago. In addition to the weight I’m almost at 2 belt notches on my waist, so it’s visible. Not only have I not changed my diet very much, but I don’t seem to be rebounding weight wise when I miss a class or two. It’s now looking like I might need new clothes, not a bad price to pay.

I’m now building a road bike and will be getting the speed and cadence sensor to use with my Fitdigits app. I’m looking to make this a lifestyle change and now only workout with my Fitdigits.

Any day they hang a medallion around your neck is a good day

After working at Fitdigits for a couple months, I ran a half-marathon this past Sunday, June 5th, 2011. The Ojai 2 Ocean, though it started and ended at the Ventura Pier in Ventura, California, which means it was a hometown run for me. I’ve been running for many years now, so it wasn’t a first, but it was certainly a beautiful and fun one. After passing my 30s my marathons have become fewer and my half-marathons much more fun! My goal this time was a 2 hour 10 minute run, on the low end, 2 hours.

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Chris Means from Fitdigits runs the Ojai 2 Ocean

In the interest of testing, I brought my iPhone and my latest version of Fitdigits with me, as well as my Garmin 305, thinking I’d compare results. Of course, as does happen occasionally, I got to the starting line and turned on the Garmin only to find out it was already on reserve battery power (I had only used it for one small run after charging it last! I think maybe it got turned on while in my gym bag by accident). Thank god for backup, especially backup that included my tunes!

It was a beautiful morning, and the race started promptly at 6am. It was great having my iRunner going – I was able to pay close attention to my heart rate, and make sure I didn’t make the mistake I’ve made so many times before – going out waayyy to fast. I tried to keep my pace down to zone 3, my endurance zone, for at least the first 8 miles. I wanted to make sure there was gas in the tank at the end. I was glad I did – it was fairly often, caught up in the vibe of the run, that my heart started pounding harder, even though my perceived effort was still just having fun and moving along. I knew to cut it back.

New Fitdigits Heart Rate Chart

New Fitdigits Heart Rate Chart - Ojai 2 Ocean run


By mile 8 I was ready to “push the engine” a little more, though I knew I still had a ways to go. I picked up the pace to zone 4, allowed myself to cross the line. From there, I tried to hold it steady for the next couple miles, until at least mile 10 or 11, when it was time to crank up the afterburners (well, ok, time to push myself – not exactly a jet engine these days, but it sure felt like my legs were on fire).

When all was said and done, I had just crossed into the “over max effort” zone as I crossed the finish line in 1:56, crushing (yes, I do believe 4 minutes better than your goal time is crushing 😉 my goal). I knew I had given it all I had, maximum overdrive. Whether it was the best run race or not, I can’t say; I’m not a trainer, just an old(er) runner, but it felt good and just being out there keeps me young. The effort was all mine, with a special shout-out to the wife, who of course I couldn’t do it without her support, but Fitdigits was certainly a key companion and partner throughout – and it let me rock out along the way too!

When all is said and done, any day they hang a ribbon and medallion around your neck is a good day. Any day you finish a hard workout by 8am AND get a medal, that’s a great day!

3 Tips to Stay Safe While Running in the Dark

I came across this article and with the time change this past weekend, the content is timely. If you are running outdoors in the dark, Coach Jenny Hadfield offers some great tips on safety. Even if you are an experienced runner in the dark, it’s still a good idea to brush up on these tips. Coach Jenny advises that runners should take along a cell phone – we of course recommend taking your iPhone and Fitdigits with you, too.

Taken from Active.com
By Coach Jenny Hadfield

Whether you’re an early morning runner or you hit the pavement after work, this time of year can play havoc on your running routine as the light hours diminish and the long, dark days of winter set in. Although running in the dark is a challenge, it is not impossible. It all starts with a bright idea and a solid game plan.

Be seen. It’s important to remember that just because you can see a car doesn’t mean its driver can see you. Being seen is the first step to running in the dark safely. Wear light colored, high-visibility clothing with 360 degrees of retroreflective properties such as the Brooks Nightlife apparel line, the Nathan Safety Reflective Vest or any 3M products. These clothing items reflect light back to its source (car headlight) with minimal scattering, allowing you to be seen more visibly in dark or lowlight conditions. Wear a brimmed hat to shield your eyes from the oncoming lights.

Be smart. You may outwit the traffic only to get caught up in a pothole while running down a dark street. It pays to do your homework and create a few “dark” loop courses in your neighborhood. Run them by day to evaluate the conditions of the roads and seek out routes that offer wide roads for plenty of room to run, street lamps to light your way and sidewalks. Make mental notes on where potholes and other obstacles are located. Run shorter loops on harsh weather days when visibility is poor and footing is risky. Light your path with a hand held light or headlamp. Doing so will allow you to run more relaxed and with better quality.

Be aware. Run with a buddy or in groups when possible. There is safety in numbers and cars will more easily see a group of reflective runners. Always run against traffic and avoid busy roads with narrow streets and no sidewalks. Vary your routes, wear an ID, and bring a cell phone in case of emergency. Leave a note at home with the route you are taking or consider using a free phone application such as Glypmse which allows your family and friends to track where you are on the run. Avoid listening to music when running alone and be in tune with your surroundings, especially when running alone. Use the weather card in extreme weather conditions and hit the treadmill. You’ll get in a better quality workout and be back on the roads safely when the weather subsides.

With these tips, you can enjoy a safe run–and peace of mind–the next time you run in the dark.

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Fitdigits and Marathon Training

Testimonial from Fitdigits User – Robert C.

I have been using Fitdigits with a Garmin heart rate monitor and foot pod on my iPod touch for 6 months while in training to complete a marathon. Fitdigits gives me heart rate, pace, distance and a map of my run.

I am 60 years old and have not trained seriously for 20 years. My training goals are to follow a prescribed training plan of increasing weekly mileage to push my endurance without a “deal breaking” injury. So far, Fitdigits has been a great help in achieving my non-injury/endurance goal while giving me a side benefit of making my runs more enjoyable.

Fitdigits heart monitor helps me smooth out my workouts by allowing me to continually monitor my heart to self reduce both the rate and variability. By staying calm with controlled breathing, I can lower my heart rate (about six beats per minute) which reduces the effort as I cover more miles. This I believe has helped both avoid injury and improve recovery time from the predictable aches and pains.

Also, my workouts have become more enjoyable because I no longer watching the clock. Now I am tracking my heart rate against distance and continually making the workout a better experience by staying “smooth.”

Another related benefit is the ability to share my workout summaries with my doctor in my physical exams. He avidly supports my efforts and is delighted to see that my heart is strong.

I will continue to use this tool as I move beyond the marathon training.  I believe its uses and benefits will only increase for me.

I recommend Fitdigits for other Baby Boomers who are active and want to improve their physical stamina.

-Robert C., Fitdigits User
(Waukesha, WI)

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