Getting fit is a reward in itself. Still, when you’re already doing something good for yourself, it doesn’t hurt to sweeten the pot by having a little extra incentive, like getting an amazing prize for your efforts. A sponsor of one of our featured challenges, Spies (a Danish travel agency), sent one lucky winner on a 1-week training camp in sunny Numa Beach in Alanya, Turkey. We caught up with Michelle after she came back from her trip and asked her to fill us in on what it was like to win the challenge and share her experience in Turkey. Continue reading The Perks of Being a Challenge Winner
With over 22 million Endomondo members freeing their endorphins all over the world, there were bound to be plenty of cool people. So, how would you figure out who among them is the coolest? Well, one intrepid user decided to challenge them all to settle this with her community challenge. Her name is Haajar (aka the “Endo Fairy”), and not only is she a very cool Endomondo user, she is the creator of the “Coolest Person on Endomondo” challenge, among others. We wanted to know more about what it takes to win eternal coolness (since, honestly, who wouldn’t want to brag about that?) so we asked her. If you want to know the answer to this too, read on! Continue reading Who Is the Coolest Person on Endomondo?
As a new parent, there’s probably nothing more alarming than having your child become sick and not being able to figure out why. Early this year, one of our users and proud parent, Steven, experienced just that. Without warning, Steven’s 10-week-old daughter Jasmine started having cold-like symptoms. He and his partner Tanja rushed her to their local hospital where she stayed overnight with what seemed to be a severe cold. Worried something more serious was going on, Steven started researching his daughter’s symptoms and decided to seek a second opinion.
Thousands of runners across the planet are right now putting in the final preparations for the upcoming series of Spring marathons. From London to Boston, via Barcelona and Copenhagen, the Endomondo training miles are being logged, kit is being sorted and personal goals are being set. I’m one of those runners but I’m preparing for a marathon challenge with a difference. In less than two weeks I will attempt to run eight marathons in 20 days on three continents.
Starting on 5 April, I’ll tackle the brutal Sahara Desert Ultra, the Marathon des Sables. More than 156 miles, carrying up to 8.5kg, in temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius up and down sand dune mountains. If I survive that I then fly to America for the Boston Marathon before finally coming back to the UK for the Virgin Money London Marathon, where I’ll finish my challenge on the Mall in front of my friends and family.
Last week, we asked you to connect with your inner poet and share your best fitness-themed poems. We received quite a few great ones, which made us realize just how multifaceted our users really are! Though it was tough to choose just three fitness poet laureates from the bunch, we decided that the following three poems deserved the honor of “Best Fitness Poems” for our World Poetry Day competition this year.
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. Continue reading Endomondo Joins Under Armour; Continues Operating as Endomondo
Santo 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. Continue reading How the Love of Running Created a Family
No 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 plan. Continue reading Thinking Software – Taking the Sedentary Out of Programming
We 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 ;-) Continue reading Why We Love What We Do – Leszek’s Story
There are times when ordinary just doesn’t cut it. You feel a need to do something different…extraordinary…life-changing. Two of our amazing users proved that by setting out to do something that’s completely unexpected and kind of wild, it can lead to the experience of a lifetime. These guys are anything but ordinary when it comes to getting the most out of life. They’ve taken “carpe diem” to a whole new level, while making sure to help others along the way. After a stint as volunteers for a French NGO, one day Victor and Timothée got up and decided that they would take the leap and bike their way back home from Bangkok to Paris. Because, seize the day, right?
As they prepared to embark on their six month journey, spanning over 16000 kilometers, they couldn’t begin to imagine what lie ahead. It turned out to be the ride of their lives, and after chronicling their incredible expedition from Bangkok to Paris, they finally had some time to sit back and reflect on their awe-inspiring road trip. We reached out to hear all the highs and lows from their experience. Continue reading The Dragonfly Tandem Project: Biking from Bangkok to Paris