One of the biggest perks of exercising with your phone, besides tracking your workouts with a Fitdigits app, is using all of the awesome audio functionality that the mini-computer we now call smart phones have to offer. Be it jamming to your favorite iTunes playlist, exploring new music on Spotify, or being enthralled by an intriguing podcast, your phone offers you a myriad of options to entertain yourself while working out.
On top of that, Fitdigits apps have some unique audio functionality of its own. Voice feedback gives you a verbal summary of your workout thus far at pre-defined intervals, allowing you to adjust your workout as necessary to meet your goals.
Workout Voice Feedback
Fitdigits, using shrink ray technology perfected in “Honey I Shrunk the Kids”, has inserted a built in personal trainer right into your phone! Voice feedback gives your real time stats on your workout, based on pre-defined intervals. First things first, let’s turn voice feedback on.
Select your activity type you want to change settings on, then go to the Gear > Options > Audio & Voice.
- Audio & Voice: This is the master switch for turning on or off Audio.
- Voice Type: Male / Female / Advanced – This gives you the choice of Male / Female, which are the old legacy recorded voice options, they are English only and limited in nature. It is highly recommended to use Advanced, the third option.
- When you choose Advanced Audio Settings, you open up more options by using the devices built in voice, which you can also customize to be a variety of voice types and accents, as well as additional features such as Workout Totals @ Finish, extra Personalization, and more. See this post on Advanced Audio for more.
Triggers are the points which you can optimize for audio feedback. Some are exclusive due to the way they can conflict and interact with other audio options, however there are plenty of customizable options.
- Interval: This turns off other triggers and links the Auto Interval settings to the voice feedback, so they are in synchronicity.
- Calories: Sets the feedback for when a specific amount of calories are burned, for those who like to follow a calorie burn goal.
- Elapsed Time: Sets feedback for a specific time interval.
- Distance: Sets feedback for a specific distance interval.
- Workout Totals @ Finish: Reads the stats at the finish line for an easy audible review. Advanced voice only.
Voice Coaching Content
This is an important section, as it controls the content that is spoken when certain triggers are hit. They are fairly self explanatory, at this time including Current BPM, Average BPM, Calories, Distance, Time and many more options. The one option that is a bit unique:
- Personalization: Gives personalized touches, like kudos, using your name, and helping to motivate you and congratulate you. Advanced voice only.
Zone Transition Voice Alerts
- Zone Transitions: This is a master switch which will turn off or on audio alerts for Heart Rate transitions.
- Zone Name: Reads the Zone Name. Note for fun you can customize your heart rate zones and it will read what you call them. In our Simplified zones, for example, the main zone is called the GO zone. An Advanced Voice feature only.
- Zone Number: Reads the Zone Number (Zone 1, Zone 2… etc.)
- Zone Range: Reads the Zone BPM range. It’s a great feature for those getting started to learn their zones better. It reads it in ascending order when entering from below (Entering Zone 2 from 100 to 120 bpm), or in descending order if dropping from above to a lower zone (Entering Zone 2 from 120 to 100 bpm).
- Zone Range: Reads the Zone BPM range, but as a percent of maximum heart rate. Example: Entering Zone 2 from 60% to 70% max bpm.
- Zone Alerts: Get your heart rate zone and bpm % read to you as often as you would like. Set the interval time here and the same variables as are set under Zone Transition Voice Alerts.
- Target Zone Coaching: This gives you the ability to be prompted every few minutes or so (you set the time interval) on whether you are In, Above or Below a Structured Workout target zone. Only available for Structured Workouts.
In-Workout Audio Settings
You also have the ability to make some small adjustments to voice feedback once you have started a workout. If you find yourself in a gym without headphones and want to turn voice feedback off, merely tap the gear icon in the lower right, and switch “Voice Feedback” to OFF.
You will also see an “Audio” volume slider. This is the volume of the voice feedback, and will not change the volume of the rest of your phone. If you feel you are being yelled at, turn the volume down here. You may also want to check the volume settings in the iOS device (slide up from bottom of any screen) or iTunes music, as the level there can also affect the workout feedback volume.
Working with Music, Podcasts & Other Audio
In iOS, the easiest way to quickly change the music or skip a song, is to use the Control Center, a pull down/up menu. The Control Center allows users to change songs, pause music, and more without leaving the app.
Another option to change songs, podcasts, audio books and more is to leave the app entirely. Fitdigits apps will work in the background as you browse through your other apps.
More on Audio Features: