Teams and Trainers (Beta)

Which team or group type is right for you – an inclusive, open Team page, or a Trainer portal? When you sign up to be a Star Trainer, you have your choice!

Team Group or Trainer Group?

Open Team Group

Open Teams are inclusive, and members have the ability to interact with each other within the group. A dedicated team page is the perfect place to view progress, send encouragement, and help each other on your paths to a healthy and fulfilling life.

This type of group is perfect for families, friends, training groups, corporate challenges and more.

Trainers’ Groups

A Trainer portal is specifically for Trainers, as the name suggests. A Trainer has contact and views of the individual trainees that sign up, but the trainees don’t have access to each others data. For example, Trainers can message trainees individually or as a group, but a trainee cannot. When allowed Auditing rights over users accounts, Star Trainers can view your trainees details, set their goals, and more.

Privacy Note: If you need a group for a study or requiring HIPAA security levels, where no data will be available or shared between members of the group, please create your group first then let us know at support@fitdigits.com. Only generic aggregate info will be available to group administrators.

Getting Started

  1. Creating a Team or a Training Group 
    The difference between an open Team and a Trainers’ portal. Which fits you the best? 

  2. Member Signu
    The how and where to add members to your group. 

  3. Member Roles, Privacy & Sharing 
    Everything you need to know to help you and your members customize each experience.

  4. All About the Team Pag
    Designing and modifying your open Team view for your members.

  5. Messaging and Communications 
    Individual and Team based notifications.

  6. Auditing Members 
    View and work with your Trainees / Team details.

Creating a Team or Training Group (Beta)

Once you’ve decided what type of group you want to create, and have become a Star Trainer, creating the group is easy.

Create team
  • Tap Menu > Teams.
  • Choose to Create either an open Team Group or more exclusive Trainer Group
Create a group or team
  • Add a Team name and information
  • Upload a group icon (square is best, max 2048px x 2048px)
  • Tap the green Create Group button
  • For Team Group, you will then be prompted to set your personal share permissions with the group, including whether to share your name, profile photo, and more.
  • For Trainer Groups, as the creator you become the master trainer of the group and have your default share permissions set to (insert set permissions or we need to prompt on Trainer Groups too).
Your Personal Group Share Permissions

Done! You now have your group setup and ready to go!

  • Note you can change the group information at any time using the Edit link on the top right of the Admin page.
  • This includes the ability to add an Invitation Code for the group, making it even easier to join your group – no more group name / password needed!

Next step

Member Signup 
The skinny on how members get added to your team.

Team Member Signup

Once you’ve got your team set, the next step is adding team members or trainees. Initially it will just be you in your group.

Initial Team / Group View

There are two ways users get added to your team. You can send them a stock invite email, or you can let them know in some other way the team name and password or Invitation code.

You can see, or edit, the team name and password or invitation code by tapping the Edit link on the top right of the team admin page.

To send out email invitations, click on Invite on the group admin page, and enter the emails you want to send the invite to separated by commas.

Send invite emails

Both methods will inform your invitees that

  • Members need to have a valid Fitdigits account to join. They can create an account at my.fitdigits.com or in any of our apps like iCardio.
  • They will need to be logged in, then tap/click Menu > Teams / Groups, and then Join Group. There they should enter the invitation code or team name and password they were supplied.
Edit Team info / add Invitation Code

They will then be prompted to choose Sharing Preferences.

See here for more on Member Roles, Privacy & Sharing. Once they’ve set their preferences, they will be redirected to the main Team page.

Member Roles, Privacy & Sharing 
Everything you need to know to help you and your members customize each experience.

All About the Team Page 
Designing and modifying your open Team view for your members.

Messaging and Communications 
Individual and Team based notifications.

Auditing Members 
View and work with your Trainees / Team details.

Auditing Team Members

View and work with your Trainees / Team details.

Requirements to Audit a member:

  1. User must have given permission for Coaches View
  2. Auditor must have Auditing / Coaching permissions

From the user, they would either grant the permission when signing up, or they can modify it in Group Menu > Group Permission Settings

Once permissions have been set, you can access Coach Viewing / Auditing of another persons account through the Coach Whistle icon next to the user to audit:

This will give you a full view of what is going on in their account, though it excludes viewing or accessing their personal inbox.

Back to Team Overview

Team Messaging and Communications

There are a variety of settings and methods for Individual and Team based notifications and messaging.

Group Admin View:

From here you can send Group Invites, or even a push message to your entire team or a specific user, which will create an Inbox item for them in addition to the notification.

You can also message users directly to their inbox, which does not send a push message. Tap on the envelope in the listing in the admin page.

Of course, you can also visit any shared workout and leave comments in the comments section:

Next: Auditing Members
View and work with your Trainees / Team details.

Managing The Team Page

Designing and modifying your open Team view for your members.

Add a custom leaderboard, group workout feed, roster, custom blog section and more to your groups page. Personalized widgets, additional messaging, graphics and more help complete the experience for you and your team.

Once your team is created, a default groups page exists for your group. The default widgets include your member roster, a personal workout feed, and a feed for the Fitdigits blog, however contents are easily customizable.

CUSTOMIZING YOUR GROUP PAGE

You must be a Group Owner or Group Administrator to modify the group page for all users (see Managing Users).

From the Group detail page, tap the Menu icon in the top left. Administrators and Owners will see the Preview checkbox in the upper right. When checked, you are viewing the group page as it will show to other members (depending on widget choices).

1. Uncheck Preview to go into Edit mode.

Click the Menu (three line icon) in the upper left to view the menu. Turn off Preview mode to edit your page.

2. EDIT EXISTING WIDGETS

When in edit mode, each widget on the page has a blue administration bar above it.

Tap the X to remove the widget from the page view.

Tap the pencil to edit the viewing properties of the widget (whether it is shown to admins only or all team members) as well as the detail and options for the widget.

You may also click and hold the top blue administration bar and drag-drop the widget into different areas or sections of the page, so you can change the layout and display to fit your tastes.

3. ADD WIDGETS

Leaderboard

This will create a sortable leaderboard featuring a variety of stats you can choose from, including time, distance, calories and more.

Group Workout Feed

See the workouts completed by team members who have opted-in to share their workouts to the group. Tap on the icon to go to the details.

Group Roster

The Roster is added by default. This will list all of the members of your group, along with information they have given permission for members to view.

Personal Workout Feed

If you want to just see your own personal workout feed. This does not show on other group members pages.

Banner

Add a custom banner image with this widget.

HTML

The HTML widget is one of our most flexible. Basic HTML can be used to create messages and presentations to your group with almost endless variety.

Calendar

Show a calendar with checks on all the days the group recorded activity, see the totals below, and select a day to drill into specific activities.

Blog Feed

You can easily link to an existing blog feed. You will need to know the blog feed URL and specify how many posts you want to show.

4. CHANGE PAGE LAYOUT

Choose from a variety of different page layouts to change the look and feel of your groups page.

5. RESET LAYOUT & WIDGETS

This will reset your page to the default widgets and settings.

Next: Messaging and Communications 
Individual and Team based notifications.

Team Member Roles, Privacy & Sharing

There are 4 types of Member Roles. Team Owner, Team Admins, Team Auditors and Team Members.

Each team is structured to have one group Owner and one (or more) administrators (admin). The base team is good for up to 10 total members. The Owner of the team has permission to add and delete users as well as assign group roles.

Admins are set by the Owner or other Admins. They also have full views, member add, delete and role administration rights. An Admin cannot make anyone an Owner as there is only one Owner per group.

An Auditor must also be an Owner or Admin. As an Auditor you are able to view in detail and work within team member or trainees accounts and information. See Auditing for more on how that can work for your programs!

Member Privacy & Sharing Permissions

Each member has the ability to specify what they want to share with a group. This will affect the view of things like group feed, roster, leaderboard stats and more. Members can view or change their settings at any time from the group view, tapping the menu icon and My Group Sharing Permissions in the main menu.

Next: All About the Team Page 
Designing and modifying your open Team view for your members.

Guide to Designing Interval Structured Workouts

Related: Creating Interval Structured Workouts on our iOS apps

Guide on designing fun, effective and interesting interval workouts

The Basics of the Workout Routine Definition

<Routine (for a specific workout type) >
<Interval 1 – do this Z times>
<Series 1>
<Do Pace / Effort Level A for X time / dist.>
</End Series 1>
</End Interval 1>
<Interval 2 – do this Z times>
<Series 1>
<Do Pace / Effort Level B for Y time / dist.>
</End Series 1>
<Series 2>
<Do Pace / Effort Level C for Z time / dist.>
</End Series 2>
</End Interval 1>
<Interval 3 – do this Z times>
<Series 1>
<Do Pace / Effort Level A for X time / dist.>
</End Series 1>
</End Interval 1>
</End Routine>

A Workout Routine is basically an activity you do in a more structured way than what most would call a “free” or “open” run.

There is a point to a workout routine. It can be as simple as completing a set time or distance, to guide you through a recovery run, a steady-state to build stamina, or even a hard HIIT session (High Intensity Interval Training) workout for peak performance and caloric burn.

The basic Workout Routine has the following structure, which is time honored. A routine is broken into time or distance “Intervals”, then from there a “Series” of actions are performed during those Intervals. With Fitdigits, we give you the choice of workouts based on either Heart Rate (BPM), which we call also “effort based”, or by pace zones.

When you are doing custom Workout Routines, it helps to check out the Zone Notifications section so you are prompted to transition when you want.

Some examples of Custom Workout Routines 

Recovery Run 30 min Run: Warm Up, Easy Run, Warm Down
Translates to: Interval 1 (repeat 1 time) – Zone 1 for 5 min. Then Interval 2 (repeat 1 time) Zone 2 for 20 min. Finish with Interval 3 (repeat 1 time) – Zone 1 for 5 min.

Steady State 4 mile Run: Warm Up, Strong Run, Warm Down
(Interval 1 (repeat 1 time) – Zone 1 for .25 miles. Then Interval 2 (repeat 1 time) Zone 3 for 3.5 miles. Finish with Interval 3 (repeat 1 time) – Zone 1 for .25 miles.

Walk / Jog 30 min: Warm up, Jog 1 min, Walk 1 min (do this for 20 min), Warm down. 
(Interval 1 (repeat 1 time) – Walking Pace Zone 5 min. Then Interval 2 (repeat 10 times) – Jogging Pace Zone for 1 minute then Walking Pace Zone for 1 minute. Finish with Interval 3 (repeat 1 time) – Walking Pace Zone 5 min.

Related: Creating Interval Structured Workouts on our iOS apps

 

 

 

 

More Sun = Outdoor Fun

74497___gustavorezende___Kids_6_03On March 8th many around the globe turned their clocks back, ushering in the era of an extra hour of sunlight. Now that the weather is being more reasonable and it is sunny until 7 pm, it is time to leave the drab and dingy gym and get outdoors! The sun beckons, so answer the call and go on a vitamin D spree, burning some calories in the process.

Shape has a great article that features 10 New Outdoor Workout Ideas. The article offers you a grab-bag of fun and exciting ways to break a sweat outside. From Paddleboarding to a Fitness Scavenger hunt, this article is sure to stir up some ideas in the old noggin.

Track it all with Fitdigits! Fitdigits will map your route, and provide other interesting stats and charts.

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Ditch the Distance – Go for Time

If you are training for a distance event, or just training in general, it is important that you work out properly and are prepared for any set of circumstances that come your way. So many things can affect your performance. The weather can be unpredictable, your body can respond differently; so many variables come into play on any given day, especially set race
days!

Prepare for anything and make your training Mother Nature-proof by training with duration and intensity instead of distance.

A recent blog post by noted endurance training expert Joe Friel argues that one of the more common endurance training mistakes is focusing on distance instead of duration. While most people use distance when training because that is the measurement races use (it’s called a “5k”, not a “30 Minute-er”), the best way to combat variability is training using duration. Friel went on to explain further:

“With rare exceptions, the workouts I suggest athletes do are based on duration, not distance. The reason is that the intensity of a workout is specific to its length in time, but not necessarily to its distance. For example, if there are two runners in a 10-km race and one finishes in 30 minutes while the other, also working as hard as he can, finishes in 60 minutes, their intensities were not the same. The 30-minute finisher was working at a much higher intensity as a percentage of VO2max. If they were to both run as hard as they could for 30 minutes they would likely use almost exactly the same intensity; one would simply cover more ground than the other”

Therefore, if there are adverse conditions on race day, you can use your intensity training to alter how hard you push it in order to make sure you complete the race. Friel continues:

“The bottom line here is that intensity is inversely related to time. This means that as one increases, the other decreases. As the time of a race or workout gets longer, the intensity at which you are working is reduced. It’s obvious. You can’t run a marathon at your 5-km pace. You run slower in the marathon because you have to run for a longer time. A 30-minute 10-km racer and a 60-minute 10-km racer are, essentially, not doing the same race, and they shouldn’t train the same way either. In the same way, if the bike race will take longer due to wind then you must race at a lower power.”

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Fitdigits on iOS has all of the tools you need to both create and track duration based workouts with a focus on intensity. Fitdigits Custom Workout Routines allows you to not only create workouts specialized to you, but also gives you in workout feedback if your intensity (i.e. Heart Rate) is too high or low.

Create a Structured Workout Based on Duration:
  1. On the Home page, choose the icon of the workout you wish to create the workout for (most likely Running)
  2. Tap Workout -> Workout Routines
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and tap New Time/Distance Routine
  4. Add a Name, Time and Zone. Longer workouts should be in lower zones, while shorter workouts should have a higher heart rate

 

You now are ready to start training! It is up to you whether you wish to add Auto End Routine and Auto Recovery to your workout.

–Read Joe Friel’s blog post Train for Duration or Distance?

Come race day, make sure you are prepared to monitor your race and make it to the end injury free. Use Fitdigits Fitness Assessments to set custom Heart Rate Zones, VO2 Max, and Lactate Threshold.