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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. Read more

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 ;-) Read more

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

Challenge Your Friends and Commit to a Goal This New Year

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It’s that time of year again where resolutions and good intentions abound. Still, we all know that without a goal to stick to, it’s hard to see those resolutions through to the end. To help keep you on track and get 2015 off to a great start, we’re giving our Android and iOS users two new goal-oriented features – Commitments and Create a Challenge in-app.

Many of you like to step up and create your own challenges. Whether you create them for yourself or for a few select friends, sharing a goal and watching each other’s progress on the leaderboard is a lot of fun. A bit of friendly competition never hurts, right? Speaking of your own progress, we’re giving you a sneak peek at our latest feature – Commitments. If you’ve just decided to make your New Year’s resolution, you’re right on time to try out our Commitments feature and use it to stick to your 2015 goals on a week-to-week basis.  We’ve made two simple guides to walk you through creating your Commitments and Challenges.

How to Make a Commitment:

Phones_commitmentRight now, by making a Commitment, you can set a weekly fitness goal and see your progress week by week. Committing to your goal is easy. All you have to do is choose the type of goal, the weekly performance you wish to do, and the sport you want to commit to. Once you’ve chosen your goal, you can check to see how well you’ve done every week.

  • To make your Commitment, tap on the Commitments tab in the menu.
  • If it’s your first time “committing”, you’ll land on the “Make a Commitment” screen. (If you’re already a commitment whiz, you’ll see a list of your Commitments instead.)
  • From the “Make a Commitment” screen, you can tap on the button to create one, and then choose to enter your goal type – distance, number of workouts, duration or calories and choose how much or how far you want go. After that, select your sports (if you want to choose all sports, just deselect the default sport – running)
  • After that, just click the button to save your Commitment, and start tracking your goals!

We’re working on adding lots of motivating features to it, so give it a whirl now and let us know what you think so far.

How to Challenge your friends:

Phone_challenge (1)Have you ever wanted to start a challenge with friends on the spot, only to suddenly feel bummed realizing you’d have to log on to the site to set one up? Up until now, you’ve only had the option to create your challenges on our website, but from now on, you can create one and invite your friends directly from your app.

  • The first thing you need to do to create a challenge is go to your menu and tap “Challenges”. There, you’ll see a new “Create” tab – go ahead and tap on it.
  • Now you can start creating your own challenge. Start by giving it a name and adding a picture, to make it yours. Then select the start and end date and the sport you want to focus on (“All Sports” is the default setting). You’ll also have the option to add a short description of your challenge and a prize for the lucky winner. “Glory and honor” is always a good prize. There are a few more filters you can tweak to really make the challenge your own, including who can join it.
  • Next up, invite the friends you want to join in. You can choose to make it a challenge just for yourself, your best friend, your football team or the whole Endomondo community.
  • You’re almost done! The last step is to review your challenge. If you’re satisfied with it, tap “Start Challenge”. Now, you’ll be able to see your challenge in the “My Challenges” section of your app. If you’ve invited anyone, they’ll get an in-app notification as well as an email so they can go join your challenge. You can always edit your challenge at endomondo.com

We hope you enjoy our latest features, and that they help keep you and your friends even more motivated.

Go on and free more endorphins in 2015!

The Endomondo Team

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