Fitdigits Glossary of Terms

MiMile
KmKilometer
min / miMinutes per Mile (Pace)
min / kmMinutes per Kilometer
SPMSteps Per Minute
CPMCalories Per Minute
RPMRotations Per Minute (Cadence Sensor)
cur /miCurrent Pace per Mile in the Interval
cur /kmCurrent Pace per Kilometer in the Interval
Cur mile distanceCurrent Interval Distance in Miles
Cur km distanceCurrent Interval Distance in Kilometers
Cur mile timeCurrent Interval Time in Miles
Cur km timeCurrent Interval Time in Kilometers

Advanced Coaching Audio

Advanced Audio Coaching brings your own personal coach to life, without the extra costs typically associated with a personal coach. 
 
Advanced Coaching Audio

Using the Advanced Coaching Audio, there are many voices available to use, even “enhanced” versions of many of them = Male, Female, you name it. See how to change voices and improve the coaching on the app here:

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202362  

Some of the voices sound pretty good to us here, I use Samantha, some really like Karen, but there are many to choose from.

Posted in iOS

Apple Watch Troubleshooting

Now that you’ve Installed the Apple Watch Companion App and linked up Apple Health, you should be great to go on any kind of adventure with your Fitdigits app.

However, sometimes trouble does arise, even on the best of adventures. What follows are different issues and how to address them if you do come across them. 

No Heart Rate Connected in the app

  1. Make sure that Apple Health is linked and all share permissions granted. You might even disable and re-enable the linking just to be sure. 
  2. Make sure you have the Apple Watch paired and selected as your active heart rate monitor on your app on the iPhone. 
  3. Make sure you aren’t in Apple Watch Stand Alone mode if you want to view heart rate on your iPhone. 
  4. Make sure you have the Fitdigits Apple Watch Companion App installed
  5. Make sure Workout Power Saving Mode is turned OFF:
    1. Open the Apple “Watch” app
    2. Tap General
    3. Scroll down, make sure Workout Power Saving Mode is turned OFF

Apple Watch Stand Alone Issues

If your app is stopping after a very brief period of time, or failing to transfer workouts on a regular basis, perform these steps on the watch:

Watch App Re-Installing
  1. Slide up the widget tray, and enable airplane mode.
  2. Wait a moment, then disable airplane mode
  3. Close the drawer and open the app list.
  4. If iCardio starts reinstalling for no reason, then the installation is bad. In that case see Re-Install the Apple Watch Companion App below. You can tell it is re-installing if it looks like it is reloading.

If your app is telling you that the watch is currently in Stand Alone mode, and won’t launch an activity on the phone, there is a flag that somehow wasn’t cleared on the watch / phone. To clear the flag:

  1. Open the Apple Watch companion app
  2. Tap the green icons on the home screen in the lower right until only the green watch shows, putting it in stand alone mode.
  3. Tap the icon on the home screen to start an activity, then tap Cancel.
  4. Tap the green icon in the lower right to put it back in tethered mode. You should be good to go from here.

Apple Watch / iPhone Communication Issues

If you are having trouble getting an activity to start on your iPhone when starting from your Apple Watch, or from the Watch from the iPhone, the easiest and most basic thing is to try launching an activity from the other device and then tapping Cancel. 

  1. Open the iPhone app
  2. Tap the Quickstart play icon
  3. Tap Cancel
  4. Tap Quickstart play icon again

Simply tapping play / cancel a time or so on the watch and phone has been shown very effecting in resetting communicating after loss of connection. 

Apple Watch Connection Troubleshooting

If you don’t see a Cancel button show on the watch screen under the workout type, you may need to Hard Close the watch app. 

Hard Close the Watch App

  1. Make sure the app you want to hard close is the one running in the foreground.
  2. Push and hold the bottom button on the right of the watch until the power off screen appears.
  3. Push and hold the digital crown button. You will see it go back to the main apps screen, that hard closes the watch app.

Ping the Phone from the Watch

  1. Go to the home screen on the watch (not the main apps, but the main watch face)
  2. 2. Swipe up from the bottom bezel to get the Watch equivalent of the phone controls
  3. The Ping phone is the lower left button with the phone icon. Tap that and it will ping on the phone (a good way to find your phone too!)

Hard Close the iPhone App

Still having trouble?  Hard close the app on the phone and re-open 

Reboot the Watch and iPhone

Sometimes everything just needs a good reboot to reset all bluetooth settings and other communication options. 

  1. Watch: Push and hold the bottom button on the right of the watch until the power off screen appears. Slide the power off indicator. Hold the bottom button on the watch to turn the Watch backk on. 
  2. iPhone: See here on how to reboot the different iPhone devices

Re-Install the Apple Watch Companion App

  1.  Open the Apple “Watch” app
  2. Scroll down to the Apps section and tap on your app name (iCardio, iBiker, iRunner)
  3. Turn the Show on Apple Watch switch to off, it will uninstall (wait…).
  4. Once uninstalled, tap it on to install it again.
  5. If it doesn’t show, see Troubleshooting Installing the Companion App
iCardio showing on Apple Watch App
Installing, or re-installing, the Apple Watch extension

Running a Stand Alone Apple Watch Workout

Apple Watch Stand AloneFreedom. Workout with Freedom.

 

Tap the green icons in the corner of the watch screen. One green watch icon, you are watch only. Tap and add a green phone icon and you broadcast between them. 

 

Apple Watch 

Installing the Companion App

Apple Watch Setup 

Optimize Heart Rate from the Apple Watch

Troubleshooting

 

Sync Your Settings Changes

New to the gear section is the option to Sync up the settings on your phone with the settings on your watch. Most of the time the sync is done silently in the back end, but there are times when you’ve customized your workout list, heart rate zones or other settings and you want to push the updates. Tap the Gear > Sync and presto, up to date. 

Stand Alone Watch

Requirements for Apple Watch Stand-alone:

  1. For effortless Heart Rate tracking. Apple Watch Series 1 or above. (if phone is nearby, Series 1 will track GPS from the phone)
  2. For effortless Heart Rate + GPS tracking. Apple Watch Series 2 or above must be paired with your Apple iPhone.
  3. The Apple Watch must be running WatchOS 4.0 or higher. iPhone must be on iOS 10+.
  4. You must have all appropriate Apple Health Heart Rate permissions.
  5. You must have an upgrade for the account to use the Apple Watch in Stand-alone mode.

Current Users – NOTE: ON INITIAL OVERLAY INSTALL YOU SHOULD GET AN EXTRA POPUP REQUESTING EXPANDED PERMISSIONS ON APPLE HEALTH

In order to run a stand alone workout on the watch, a new permission must be enabled from Apple Health, called Workout Routes. There should be a popup that comes up, please enable there. If for some reason it does not show, open Apple Health and tap Sources, iCardio, and enable the permission there.

Apple Health New Permission

After it is enabled, we need to make sure it is registered not just with the phone, but also on the watch. One way to make sure this happens is to put the watch in “tethered” mode, then tap the quick start or the gear icon – you will get a popup if they aren’t communicating, tapping Retry should get the link going if it is available.That’s the best method, if that doesn’t trigger a sync then maybe hard close the app on the watch and re-open. See more on Apple Watch Troubleshooting.

Installing the Apple Watch Companion App

Once you’ve got the main Fitdigits app installed, you need to install the Apple Watch companion app onto your Apple Watch.

Apple Watch AppFor some people who have their Apple Watch installed and have set the Watch app on their device to “Automatic App Install”, there is nothing more to do. However, if your settings do not allow automatic installation, you must first open the Watch app on your phone, then scroll down until you see the app name (iCardio, iBiker, iRunner or iWalker depending on your version), and tap “Install” next to it.

Install Apple Watch Companion Apps

While you are in the Watch app, also make sure that the “Workout Power Saving Mode” is turned Off.

  1. Open the Apple “Watch” app
  2. Tap General
  3. Scroll down, make sure Workout Power Saving Mode is turned OFF

Don’t See Your App in the Watch App like above?

If you do not see your App listed in the Watch list screen above, please reboot your iOS device, it should show up then.

Sometimes on install, with any watch companion app, the device doesn’t pick up the availability.

 

More on Apple Watch:

Apple Watch Setup

Running a Stand Alone Apple Watch Session

Optimize Apple Watch Heart Rate Readings

Troubleshooting

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