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Phillip

05 Apr, 2016 12:35 PM

Hi, just tried out the app and it is really professional and I can see it will be very useful as a personal trainer! I have made one for myself but think I will try to make use of this one.
I have a few suggestions that would I'd help myself and hopefully others.
1) in the goals area there could be an area to make notes on goals and even previous experience, likes and dislikes
2) medical info section
3) other cardio methods available such as interval training
4) Dropbox or cloud synchronisation/PDF downloads for when there is no internet
5) timeframe in goals section
6) area to write you own exercises
7) an overview for trainer & client (so you can plan the training period)
I will probably think of more but that's all I have for now. Thanks for the great app though!

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by matt on 05 Apr, 2016 08:56 PM

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    Phillip,

    Thank you very much for the compliments on the application, they are greatly appreciated! The team has worked very hard on the app and we are just in the process of trying to figure out if we have created something of value or not. I noticed that you signed up on the web, have you looked at the iPad app yet?

    1. Great suggestion, and really good timing. We will be performing an overhaul on the goal section within a month or two to incorporate PR's (Personal Records) & Exercise Specific Fitness Goals, & ORM (One Rep Max). Your suggestion to add notes to this area will be pulled into this overhaul.

    2. We actually started implementing the PRAQ (PHYSICAL ACTIVITY READINESS QUESTIONNAIRE) a couple months back, but stopped because of scope creep in other areas. It is not back on the list yet, but will more than likely be done in the next three to four months.

    3. Are you talking about the workout type selector when you create your own workout? So instead of just running, we would have interval training as well?

    4. Interesting, I will chat with the programmers to see what they say.

    5. Good point, that should be in there. When we start the overhaul of this section we will add this in there.

    6. This is actually already in the app, but we have a bug in this area right now. As soon as we fix the bug you can add you own exercises to your database. Everything you add to your fitness library both exercises and workouts, is completely private to your account. For now if you want to send me the exercises that you need, I can have them in there within 5 to 10 mins.

    7. Are you talking about Periodized Programs assigned to a client?

    Again, I really appreciate the feedback and suggestion. Please keep them coming, we very much want to make sure our application is adding value to our customers. Feel feel to reach out to me personally if you have any urgent issues or concerns.

    Matt
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  2. 2 Posted by Phillip Quilter on 05 Apr, 2016 09:39 PM

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    Hi Matt,

    I can imagine how long it has taken to get it where it is now and like I said, I appreciate the effort! I downloaded the app and have been trying it out today.
    1&2) when I have my initial consultation I have some basic questions about goals and timeframe, medical history etc and likes and dislikes (which is what I meant for the notes) and the par-q would be a good further addition to that so that it can constantly be referred back to. I an going to set up a consultation workout that I will always use as workout 1.
    3) I mentioned it because during some of my sessions with clients where weight loss is a goal I use interval training to help after a resistance based part of their training, so an option for interval would be useful in my opinion (work period, rest period, number of intervals, machine/exercise)
    5) maybe a good idea is having sections for short, medium and long term goals so it shows progression for the client and they could be ticked off when they have been achieved?
    7) when I programme for my clients I generally have a 6 week basic overview in a table to show what they will be doing, not specific exercises. An example might be week 1: cv: interval 30/30x5 Rpe7/ resistance: whole body & endurance, 18x2, 30secs rest, multi set and then a space for any notes I want to make (hope that makes sense). Then I show the progression from week to week whether it is by increasing load/volume/intervals etc... After planning the overview I then make the sessions and select the exercises based on my overview and the clients needs.

    I can send you a picture of what I have made and have been using if it could make it any clearer?

    I am going to recommend this to the gym I am working at currently and also to a Facebook group for personal trainers from the school I qualified at a so think many will find it as useful as I do.

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by matt on 05 Apr, 2016 10:03 PM

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    Yes please, if you could send us the forms that you like to use it would go a long way in helping us better understand your process.

    Thank you very much for the recommendation, and if they would like a live demo of the system I would be more than willing to come out.

    We are actually about a couple weeks away from releasing the iPhone application that is designed specifically for tracking workouts. Much easier for a client to carry around an iPhone while they workout than an iPad or iPad mini.

    Thanks again
    Matt

  4. 4 Posted by Phillip Quilter on 06 Apr, 2016 08:10 AM

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    Hi Matt,

    Thats good news you are releasing a version for the iPhone, i did just buy an iPad to use for my sessions because using excel on my phone was fine but a bit fiddly, i think however you are right in that an iPhone is much better for clients than trainers.

    Here is a copy of what i use for consultations/initial sessions, with basic questions and area for extra notes. I use 4 basic exercises to assess movement then add a mini workout depending on the client after that. I also put the prices for sessions on that page for quick reference.

    Here is an example of what i mean by an overview, i keep it simple then build the plan from there. The notes section i use for either frequency or what they will use (i.e. bodyweight, free-weights, machines etc… and anything i think is relevant). The other thing i didn’t see (i wasn’t really searching for it) is methods of overload, other than superset. I have to delve a little deeper into the app to see how it works and how you add the superset.

    Here is an example of a training day for one of my clients. I choose between HIIT or interval for this person because they want conditioning as well as resistance training. So maybe an area for HIIT may also be a useful addition as well as interval?

    That is my step by step process at the moment, i have been using it for about 2 months now and I am constantly changing areas to improve it and make it easier and working on areas such as goal setting to make it clear and a step by step process of small short term to main long term goals (almost like a mini flow chart). I think it is almost where i want it to be, but like i said before i think yours is more professional looking, will be easier to use and follow, and more importantly easier for the client. I am going to play around with your app for the next week and see what else i can think of.

    Thanks

    Phillip

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by matt on 06 Apr, 2016 07:33 PM

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    Phillip,

    Thank you very much for the templates, these are great staring points. I will look over them tonight and send you a list of question tomorrow.

    Our goal is to make the system do the work for you so that you don't ever duplicate your efforts and waste your time. I hate wasted time.

    We are in the process of getting help video's and our list of features out on the web. Just so you know, the application does the following things:

    1. When you add a client to your account it sends them an email that will allow them read only access to their profile. You have the ability in the client's profile to allow them read/write access to everything. We figured that trainers might like for their clients to have this ability. Potentially they could augment their existing services.

    2. Whenever you assign a workout to a client, or update that workout, it automatically sends the client an email letting them know that they either have a new workout assigned to them or that you updated an existing workout.

    3. In the Admin area, you can add multiple trainers to you account, and assign trainers to clients. These trainers can then only see the clients that they are assigned to.

    Thanks, and I will shoot you my list of questions tomorrow.

    Matt

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