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Why We’re Merging Our PRO and Free Android Apps

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To make progress, there has to be change, and this belief is what ensures we keep innovating with our app. Ever since we launched our PRO version in 2010, we’ve been working hard to keep updating it, as well as our Free app and our Premium feature set. Our focus is now, and has always been, to offer you the best features and most optimized experience each time you use Endomondo. In order to to that, we are simplifying our user experience by merging our PRO and free apps on Android into one. This means that after the 10.7. release, the PRO app will no longer be updated with new features. If you are currently using our PRO app, we kindly ask that you download and use our Free app from now on. Read more

Get Your Endorphin Boost Indoors

gym workoutsFine, so you’re not the outdoorsy type. So what?  There are plenty of ways to embrace a fit lifestyle that don’t include hitting the road. Whether you dread the thought of working out outdoors, or if you’re simply finding your local gym irresistible lately, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t keep track of your fitness while you are doing your thing on your favorite indoor workout. Your app is designed to help you not only track all your workouts, but to keep a log of your activity and goals, and get props from you friends when you get fit. So why not get the most out of your Endomondo app, regardless of where your latest sweat session takes place? Take it with you on your next elliptical, treadmill, stationary bike or any other indoor workout and keep tracking all those hard earned brownie points! Read more

Endomondo Joins Under Armour; Continues Operating as Endomondo

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Photo credit: Les Kaner

Today, we have some really exciting news that we’re thrilled to share with you. After years of working towards making Endomondo a connected network where fitness is a fun, social and engaging experience, we will now form part of an even greater team to take that experience further. Our team will now be powered by Under Armour, the originator of performance apparel and a global brand that remains at the forefront of sports performance innovation. We’re going to continue to develop Endomondo under our current brand and our team couldn’t be more excited about the new opportunities that lie ahead, for us and for our users. Read more

10 Questions with Ture – Our Adventurous Product Whisperer

TureIf you’re a fan of our app and social channels, chances are you’ve seen the face of the person responsible for keeping our features on point, and making sure we keep innovating to offer the very best to our users.  Meet Ture, our VP of Product. Aside from being a runner, mountain biker and outdoor adventure fan, he’s also a ski instructor. He knows what drives him to get active, so his passion for our Product push him to discover innovative ways to develop Endomondo.

We sat down with him to ask some questions about what motivates him. Read more

Calling All Photography Aficionados

Hey photography buffs, we know you’re out there! Ever take an amazing picture while out doing your workout and think “I’ve got to share this one”. Well, now you can…with us! We want to see those awe-inspiring snapshots of the cool sights you see while you work out. The best one will get pride of place as the cover of our Facebook and Google+ pages (yes, we’re on there too!). Read more

How the Love of Running Created a Family

imageSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic. Sun, beaches, merengue, and…marathons. Yup, you heard right. Santo Domingo happens to be home to a very active group of runners; or rather, a family of runners – Senda Corre. It all started about a year ago, when this intrepid group of runners decided that they would take on Pico Duarte – the highest peak in the Caribbean. They planned on reaching the top of the mountain to claim the glory of crowning the imposing peak together. Not all of the group members were active runners, so they needed to prepare for the challenge. To do that, the group started training together, and the enthusiasm spread. Senda Corre made its “official” debut at the 2014 Punta Cana Marathon. Members of the group look back on that day fondly. “We will always remember that moving moment when Walter Garcia reached the finish line of his first marathon, and almost everyone there kept chanting: Go Walter…Senda Corre!”. After that, it was all uphill. Literally, because they reached the summit as a team, and they plan on doing it again this year.

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If you see me pass out while I’m running, all I ask is that you pause my Endomondo app

The group has now grown to over 60 active members, and they’ve been using our app to stay connected with each other while they get fit. A few of the members of Senda Corre were already using Endomondo to track their activity, but when they realized that they could create group challenges, it became the group’s fitness app of choice. One of their core members, Gledynthon, shared what makes him a fan of our app. “What I really like about it is that not only can I sync it with my wearables, but I can track my friends’ workouts live. Sometimes, when I don’t participate in one of our running events, I keep track of my teammates’ progress through Endomondo. It helps me know how long it will take them to reach the finish line, so I can meet them and cheer them on as they cross it.

Finding a great community with which to get active is a definite boost in motivation. If you are in the Santo Domingo area and would like to reach out to Senda Corre, you can contact them via their Facebook or Twitter. They train together about 3-4 times a week, at the “Parque del Este” and “Parque Mirador del Sur”, so don’t forget your sneakers :)

Free your endorphins!

The Endomondo Team

Thinking Software – Taking the Sedentary Out of Programming

thinking softwareNo matter how much of an avid athlete you are, if you have an office job, chances are you’re probably sitting for a large part of your day. Working at a desk, hunched over a keyboard can wreak havoc on your body (carpal tunnel, anyone?).  As you may already know, programmers are notorious for putting in long hours in front of their screens, which can make these problems even worse. Doing something as simple as taking a stretching break or a going for a short afternoon jog or walk can help alleviate these aches, but it’s tough to remember to do this when you’re chained to your desk trying to wrap up a project and to get home in time for dinner. That’s where a shift in corporate culture can come to the rescue of these aching necks and backs. At Thinking Software, a company dedicated to developing workforce management solutions, there were already a few keen mountain bikers enthusiastically supporting Endomondo and using our app regularly, but there wasn’t a joint approach to getting the entire team on the fitness bandwagon.

That all changed when the management team over at Thinking Software decided to make fitness an official part of the culture by signing the entire office up to Endomondo Premium with an Employee Fitness planthingking software employee fitness. With the plan, they got their very own fitness hub on Endomondo with their Company Page, where they’ve been setting up challenges and events to keep the motivation going strong. The enthusiasm is running rampant over at Thinking Software HQ, with over half of their entire staff signed up to Employee Fitness, creating their own training plans and joining the challenges. They’ve gone a step further, getting actively involved in charity runs (using JustGiving to track their efforts), which they’ve added as challenges on their page. Making fitness an important part of their team activities has helped their team feel more connected and more energized. “The sharing of training advice, inevitable banter about best times and memories from attending training sessions and events all contributes to a great team environment during the working day, ensuring we’re working together to serve our customers to the best of our ability.” This year, their team is planning on joining various events, including Wolf Run, Tough Mudder, Spartan Race and a Half Marathon, so training with our app will help them get motivated, train smarter  and face these challenging races head on.

Have you ever wished you could share your workouts with your colleagues and add some healthy competition to your workday, just like the Thinking Software team does? Well, just drop us a line here, and let’s get your company fit too!

Free your endorphins!

The Endomondo Team

Why We Love What We Do – Leszek’s Story

lezek1We think our community is awesome, and so we love sharing your inspirational stories with the world. There’s this sense of pride which permeates the office every time we hear that our app has had an impact on your lives, because these are the moments which remind us that we are making a difference. Every once in a while, our team gets an email that puts a huge smile on someone’s face, such as this one from one of our users from Poland. His name is Leszek, and his path to becoming an athlete is one of the many great stories we’re proud to share with you:

Hello Endo team,

With the start of the New Year, I wanted to take the opportunity to wish you all the best and tell you how grateful I am for your service.

I was an Endo user for some time, had some problems, contacted you and as compensation, one of your colleagues gave me a premium code…and then it really began ;-) I started clicking around and found this funny thing called “training plans”. I was using Endomondo to track my cycling activity before, but this was a good reason to try running. I don’t remember when exactly (probably sometime around Nov ‘13), but I created my first plan to run 10km (never did running before). It was hard for me, partly because it was winter at that time, and also because I was a typical IT guy with few kgs above the advised limit ;-)

I leszek2didn’t give up though; I signed up for the first timed run, and completed it in ~1:04 (Dec ’13). I also started to look and feel better, so I decided it’s a good reason to continue and signed up for a half-marathon. I created another plan and followed it as much as I could. I finished my first half-marathon in March ’14 – ~2:06. I was exhausted but very proud and happy. I decided that it’s time to raise the bar and signed up for marathon. Again, I trained with a training plan from you. I skipped few trainings, had my ups and downs, but on the 28th of Sep ’14, I started my first ever marathon run and finished it in 3:50:53. The finish line was set at the National Stadium in Warsaw. I remember every single second of my run; all the cheering people, this incredible empowering noise that lets you run even faster despite barely standing on your feet. I remember my wife’s proud smile when I crossed the line and the feeling that I can achieve almost anything.

With this, I wanted to say a big Thank you, Endomondo.

Without you, I would’ve never felt that!

P.S. I have a lot of XL clothes for sale, anyone? :D

Leszek, we are amazed by your achievements, and we’re grateful that you took us along while you pursued your goals. Thank you for reminding us why we do what we do, and keep on proving that you can reach any goal you put your mind to.

To see more of Leszek’s marathon pics, check out his blog.

Free your endorphins!

The Endomondo Team

How to Track with Your Endomondo App Abroad

surfingSo, you’ve booked your trip and you’re finally going on that dream getaway you’ve been planning. But, before you head to the airport, remember to pack your workout gear! Yes, you heard right. Just because you’re going on vacation doesn’t mean you have to (or should) put your training on hiatus. Even when you’re taking a break from work, completely stopping your workout routine while you’re on holiday is not a great idea, since you can lose your progress much quicker than you’d probably expect. Just one week of inactivity can put a damper on your fitness. We don’t mean to stress you out, especially when the whole point of going on vacation is to relax, but just keep in mind that a little activity can go a long way to keep you on track. And to really stay on track, you’ll want to keep track of those workouts, right? But using all that data probably doesn’t seem like a great idea either.

Well, here’s a little tip to help solve this dilemma: when you’re abroad, you can keep tracking with your app…and, no, that doesn’t mean we want you to waste your precious data. You can actually track all your workouts without using your data connection at all. To track your vacation workouts, all you need to do is to turn on your phone’s GPS – a GPS signal is free of charge, so this won’t cost you anything. But remember to turn off your Cellular Data, since not only does that help save your battery, but you’ll be making sure you won’t be racking up roaming costs. Using just your phone’s GPS, your app can still track your metrics such as distance, duration, speed, pace, mile/kilometer and splits. Pretty neat, huh? Your data will get saved on your phone and will be uploaded to endomondo.com the next time you have a data connection, like when you reach your hotel’s Wi-Fi range. (To get even more Wi-Fi options, search for apps that use your phone’s GPS to find free Wi-Fi hotspots near you).

Just connect to the network and fire up your Endomondo app to upload your data, as well as any great pics of the amazing sights you’ve added to your workout. There are some setbacks when using your app without a data connection. Certain features such as Peptalks and maps won’t be available when you’re not connected to a data network, and it will take a little longer to get a GPS fix, so you won’t get the full Endomondo experience you’re used to. Still, we hope this doesn’t keep you from taking your app out with you, because we’re sure it doesn’t want to be left out of your vacation. For our full guide on tracking sans data, check out our FAQ.

Have fun freeing your endorphins abroad!

The Endomondo Team

Endomondo Opens 2015 with New Mobile Tools to Help Android & iOS Users with Fitness Resolutions

Goal-Oriented ‘Commitments’ and ‘Create a Challenge’ Features Capitalize On Endomondo’s Unique Social Approach to Exercise

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Jan. 06, 2015 – Staying motivated is a crucial aspect to keeping New Year’s fitness resolutions. To help, Endomondo has released an update for the very popular Endomondo Sports Tracker iOS and Android app that includes two new goal-oriented means for keeping users focused on fitness ambitions.

The first tool now available enables users to create their own private challenge and invite select people to take part directly from the app. With more than 300,000 participants in some of Endomondo’s public challenges, it is a proven motivating concept that is now launched in a more personal version which can be tailored to every user’s needs.

The second new feature is called ‘Commitments’ and allows users to set a weekly, personal fitness goal from the app. Users can choose a weekly performance schedule before selecting a specific sport in which to participate.  It is then possible to review weekly activities via the app and get notified of the progress made towards the goal. Read more

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