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

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

Customize Your In-Activity Dashboards – Android

(View for iOS)

Your dashboards can be fully customized to look just like you want them to, with the options and metrics you choose, and to add as many as you want! Simply swipe between them in your workout. Interested in heart rate monitoring only? Or maybe pace/speed and time? It’s easy.

Add a Custom Dashboard

  1. Customize Dashboards on AndroidSelect your Activity type, tap the Activity Options (gear icon)
  2. Tap Dashboards
  3. Tap “Add New Dashboard” to create a new dashboard

Creating & Managing Your Dashboards

  • Tap and hold a previously defined dashboard to delete it
  • Turn the toggle on or off to show the dashboard while in your workout
  • Tap the dashboard to edit a previously defined dash
    • Note: You can have up to 4 sections on each dashboard, and as few as 1 section with just 1 metric (if you like a really big heart rate readout!). Each section can have up to 4 metrics. The metric sizes are auto adjusted to fit the space.
  • Tap on any given metric that is already in place to edit the metric that shows in that section.
  • Tap “+ ADD” to add another metric to that section. The order of the metrics and how they are added is shown in the screen shot below, and depends on how many metrics you are going to have in your given section.
  • If you want to remove a section, tap each metric and tap Remove – once all metrics are removed the section will be removed and the remaining sections will expand to fit the space.
  • To add a section, tap the “+ SECTION” button at the bottom of the screen. Note there is a maximum of 4 sections per dashboard screen.

Viewing / Adding Multiple Dashboards

Viewing multiple workout dashboards in a single workout is especially useful for custom workouts or sensors stats. For example, one dashboard tracking distance, speed and cadence. Another dashboard for heart rate, calories and time elapsed. A third dashboard for zone stats if you are using custom heart zones. On the other hand, there are people who want to focus on a single metric. Either way, a great way to customize your tracking!

 

 

Power Sensor Support & Power Zones

Ready for some Power? We are! Cranking up the Watts just makes you feel, well, powerful. And according to science, there is no more accurate version of calories burned than Kilojoules, something you can only get accurately by measuring watts. For cycling, it is the rage, and for good reason. If you are interested in learning more on the history and the power revolution, listen to this great podcast with Hunter Allen at VeloNews.

So let’s jump right into the nitty-gritty. The requirements are pretty basic – a compatible BLE Power Meter, an iOS compatible device with one of our apps installed and a Star Membership.

Pairing your Bluetooth low-energy Power Meter

Menu > Sensors > Power > tap the + sign while engaging the power sensor (turning the crank)

Tap OK to pair with the sensor.

Note: If there are multiple sensors found, like if you are in a Spin(r) class, you will also see a proximity meter next to the sensors. Typically the most powerful signal is the one closest to you. Tap that sensor to pair.

Running a Workout with Power

Once your sensors are paired, simply hit the play/go button on the activity type you’re using the sensor on, or chose any number of ways you can start your workout / workout routines. It will acquire the sensor as you activate it, and begin the workout. If you want different data then what is shown on the default dashboard, you can easily setup custom dashboards, even one just dedicated to Power metrics. You also can swipe to a Power (Watts) graph, with Power Zones if you have set them up or done a Personal Power Assessment.

Setting Up / Editing Power Zones

Creating and Editing Power ZonesSetting up Power Zones is easy, and allows you to start designing workouts specifically targeting different systems and improvements. You typically want to personalize your zone set (see more on the Personal Power Test (PPT) below) to customize your zones to your current fitness level (we are not fans of default zones here!! We are all individuals and very different, and we respect that!). If you are familiar with customizing and managing heart rate zones, it’s the same process.

Select your activity type for the Zones, tap the Gear / Activity Options icon.

Under the Preferences section, tap Dashboards & Zones. Then tap Power Zones > Add Zone Set

Tap the title to change it, change the values on the right to modify them, tap the zone name to change those if you want.

Edit Power ZonesTap Save to save the set. That will bring you back to the Zone Set list. Tap again into the details and tap Set Default at the top if you want to use that zone set as your default.

To delete a zone set, in the Zone Set listing, tap edit, then tap the red delete icon on the left.

Personal Power Test (PPT) – Power Zone Assessment

Training at various intensities gives specific physiological adaptations. The most accurate way to categorize intensity ranges is by measuring the work-rates that cause various physiological responses. Power Zones are based on a percentage of a rider’s baseline fitness marker, known as Personal Power Threshold (PPT). PPT represents the rider’s ‘work-threshold’ or their current level of fitness. With power meter technology of the Spinner® Chrono or the Crank, the result of a relatively simple and straightforward test can accurately establish your PPT. Once determined, riders can train in their unique ranges based on a percentage of their PPT. Since power is dynamic and improvement in fitness will increase PPT, it is important to retest quarterly (or sooner) to track progress and re-establish zones that match the rider’s current fitness level.

Personal Power Test AssessmentThe Personal Power Threshold Test (PPT Test) is a sub-maximal, repeatable test to determine PPT. It is:
• The personal results of an individual rider
• A scientifically validated incremental test
• Easy to learn
• Repeatable and Reliable
• Sub-maximal, and so can be performed by nearly everyone

After a 10 minute warm up (you can skip this by double tapping on the screen at any time), the test consists of back-to-back two-minute stages, in which the rider sustains a cadence goal within 5RPM of the target, while remaining a seated position, in Hand Position two. The first stage begins with light resistance on the flywheel. Each corresponding stage begins by increasing resistance, while keeping cadence and riding position the same.

The added resistance should be enough to feel the change, as if increasing RPE (Real Perceived Exertion) to the next level. This also noted as increased wattage. Since individuality and fitness level will determine the actual wattage change, it will generally be around 5–20 watts. Adding too much resistance will bring the rider to threshold too soon. Adding too little resistance will extend the overall duration of the PPT Test. Generally speaking, a rider should aim to complete 5-8 2 minute ramps to completion.

The graded ramp process continues until the rider can no longer sustain the workload for an entire two-minute stage. This will be noted by an obvious decline in the ability to sustain steady pedaling, cadence and riding position. The rider’s PPT is the workload sustained during the last fully completed stage.

Below are the guidelines for implementing the PPT Test. This assumes you have your power meter already paired (see above).

  • Tap Indoor Cycling or Bike (outdoors)
  • Tap the Activity Options (Gear Icon located in lower left of the Activity type screen)
  • Tap Assessments
  • Tap PPT Assessment
  • Warm up countdown will begin. Warm-up for 10 minutes at an easy pace, shifting through different resistance loads and incorporating a few 10-20 second hard efforts. Include some transitions in and out of the saddle. You may advance to PST Test at any time during warm-up, by double tapping the countdown bar.
  • After warm up, begin Ramp 1 with light resistance on the flywheel, at a low workload and cadence that feels relaxed and most natural. The app will begin to countdown 2 minutes. During this time, the app will use your current cadence to determine and set a cadence goal for the proceeding ramps.
  • After 2 minutes, app will transition for 15 seconds to Ramp 2. During the 15 second countdown, the app will inform rider of cadence goal to sustain for next ramps. Increase resistance, while keeping target cadence and riding position the same. The added resistance should be enough to feel the change, as if increasing RPE to the next level. This will also be noted as increased wattage. The app will begin to countdown 2 minutes. Maintain the target cadence range, within 5 RPM, while maintaining riding position and resistance. The app will inform the rider if their cadence is higher or lower than the target cadence. After 2 minutes, app will transition for 15 seconds to Ramp 3. During the 15 second countdown, the app will inform rider to increase resistance, while keeping their target cadence and riding position the same. The added resistance should be enough to feel the change, as if increasing RPE to the next level. This will also be noted as increased wattage.
  • The ramp process continues until the rider can no longer sustain the workload for the full 2 minute duration. At this time, rider will slide HEART ICON to stop the PPT Test.
  • The app will display a summary of the PPT Test Ramps. Rider will choose the last fully completed as their PPT.
  • Once the PPT is determined, unique Power Training Zones will be determined based on a percentage of PPT. Power Training Zones allows riders to build their training intensity and boost their current level of conditioning in their current training programs.

 

Auto Share to Partners

With our Star Membership, you have the ability to auto-share to your partners! Turn on or off auto sharing on the Partners page on the web for all those partners who allow sharing workout details, and activity providers will be automatically updated every time you do a workout. For those who have a lot of data on another platform, this can be a real time saver!

Auto Share to Partners

 

For an overview of social sharing and other share functionality see our post: Share Your Fitdigits Activities to Our Partners

Weather & Workouts

Whether there is Weather is not the question. Of course there is weather. And for all our subscribing members, we give it to you!

iCardio Now Supports Weather!A lot of things about your workout is affected by the weather, but until now it has been tough to track it with the workout. We’ve long provided the general weather – cloudy, sunny, raining, even indoors (for many) and more. But now you get the temperature as well for every workout. That way you, your groups and coaches all have more insight into just what the workout was like.

In fact, just knowing the temperature can help you customize your effort levels accordingly.

Slower than normal, higher heart rate, but done in 90 degree heat? To be expected.When it is hot, you need to adjust your efforts. As the Mayo Clinic points out:

“To help cool itself, your body sends more blood to circulate through your skin. This leaves less blood for your muscles, which in turn increases your heart rate. If the humidity also is high, your body faces added stress because sweat doesn’t readily evaporate from your skin. That pushes your body temperature even higher.”

The same is true for cooler weather. You need to adapt. Remember you don’t want to reduce your fluid consumption.

Sweating rates are lower in the cold than in the heat, but cold weather exercise can still be dehydrating. Water is lost from the respiratory system at a higher rate on cold days, and exposure to cold air can increase urine production. The cold air can also make you feel less thirsty, which can result in dehydration, damaging your performance and making it harder to stay warm [1]. Even more tips and information for weather can be found all over the internet. Check out this fun article from Bustle on weather and workouts – even includes a gratuitous puppy picture.

Weather added to workoutsBasics of Weather on Fitdigits Apps

On the start of the workout, we will ping weather servers for your location weather. We promise we won’t hold up the workout waiting for the results, as sometimes the servers can take a bit, and we know you want to get going, but we’ll give it a shot. It is good to know.

After the workout is complete, you can see the temperature in the Notes page. We default to the weather type indicated from the servers as well if we received a response. We do realize there is no job harder / easier than weather, partly due to how difficult it is to get accurately in any given situation, so we also give you the ability to edit both the overall weather icon as well as the temperature. Editing is currently only on the web, but coming very shortly to the app too, expected by the end of May, 2018.