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Jussi’s Road to Ironman – Toughing it out for Doomsday


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In November 2009, Jussi weighted 330 lbs (about 150kg), had metabolic syndrome, early signs of diabetes and felt really out of shape. Now, five years and 2,042 Endomondo workouts later, he has completed the grueling Ironman triathlon twice, run a 53-mile Ultra Run and has lost over 100 pound! Recently, he rowed second place in the Finnish National Championships! It’s safe to say he’s in terrific shape nowadays.

We were amazed by his 180° lifestyle change, so we asked him a few questions about how he managed to get so fit, and see if we could learn a thing or two from his story:

What made you decide to start getting fit?
I was in the prime of my life, but I didn’t feel so great. At the end of 2009, my health started to go downhill – my blood sugar kept soaring and I had painful varicose veins, so I couldn’t manage to even walk a mile. Finally, my belly button popped out due to the amount of fat I had put on around my stomach. That was my wake up call.

At that time, the Mayan End-of-the-World (21.12.2012) was the hot topic in the news. I decided that on that date, it would be the end of my out of shape days. So, I marked the day and made a plan for myself: by the time the world was supposed to end, I would turn myself into an Ironman.

What kept you going?
Well, I had tried fitness plans before, but I couldn’t keep the promises I made to myself. This time, many little things were different. Not only did I have a specific plan, but I had a great friend who got me back on track when I had doubts. My wife and the family kept cheering me on, and there was now a young, 4-legged personal trainer in the house. Our dog demanded longer and longer walks, so I had no choice but to take him out. So, for the first year, it was mostly increasing the number of walks, swims… and then I started running. When I noticed Endomondo in early 2010, I immediately started using it. After doing a workout, it was kind of my proof to myself: I really did it. My friends and I shared exercises, and planned future walks, runs and routes together.

But what I did not realize in the beginning is how the importance of Endomondo grew with each workout I did. So far, I’ve tracked a bit over 2000 workouts with it, with heart rate data, speed, maps, etc. Using Endomondo’s stats, I can easily see what I’ve done, and see how it’s affected my progress. When I’m out there running or biking, I like to go with the flow, but I have to admit that I love checking the stats and trying to understand what made the difference, too :)

So, what are you planning next?
Since the start, I’ve always had a goal for each 3-6 month period. I am not so much into competing against others, but I like the idea of just squeezing myself through a challenge. Something that seems impossible at first becomes possible on second thought. First, it was a half marathon, then a full marathon, Ironman, Ultra Run, and so on. Longer, faster, harder – that’s the motto.
This year has been a year of triathlon. I have already done two half Ironman distances this year, the Ironman 70.3 Eagleman in Cambridge, Maryland, USA, and one here in Finland. Next, I am aiming for my third full distance triathlon on the16th of August. After that, I think I’ll drop my triathlon gear and start running. Not yet sure how far, but I am starting to dream about completing my first 100km Ultra run this year.

Jussi has been writing a blog chronicling his journey since November 2009. It’s in Finnish, but he promised to write a little re-cap in English. You can visit his blog here: http://laskimaija.blogspot.com/

If you would like to follow Jussi as he competes in tomorrow’s full distance triathlon, be sure to check out his profile: https://www.endomondo.com/profile/86193

Keep it up, Jussi! We wish you the best of luck on your upcoming triathlon.

The Endomondo Team

Endomondo Love Story: Tracking His Way to Her Heart

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A few days ago, we were contacted by a very happy Endomondo user, Gary, who had just proposed to his fiancée in a really creative way. He decided to track the question using his Endomondo app. We asked Gary how he came up with this unique proposal and he answered that “the seed for the idea for the message actually came from a television commercial I saw where a bicycle courier or the like drew a big heart for his girlfriend.  I can’t remember the sponsor, or how the image made it to the map, but it occurred to me that with Endomondo, you could actually write a message.”

So, as he got ready to pop the big question to his then girlfriend Lorinda, he knew he had to do something “unique and personal and BIG”. He wanted to propose on Lorinda’s birthday, so he planned ahead and spent a couple of weeks with Google maps searching the local area for the perfect spot where he could write out the message. He told us that initially, he wanted to run the route, but that since he had to meet Lorinda for dinner the evening that he planned on proposing, he didn’t want to show up exhausted after the 4 hours he would have had to run to write out the question! We can’t fault him for opting to bike the workout instead. So, armed with his printout of the course he had mapped earlier, he took the afternoon off work, aired up the tires in his bike and headed over to the starting point. He rode the proposal workout and prepared himself to share the question with her that day.

love story 2The big question: “Lorinda, will you marry me?”

At dinner that evening, he confessed that he had taken the afternoon off work and gone for a bike ride without her. He then shared the link to the Endomondo workout and asked her to look at it on her phone. She looked at her screen, immediately saw the message and after getting over the surprise, gave him her answer…”of course!”

For the record, she tracked her response later on too:

love story 3Her answer: “Of course!”

How they met:
Gary and Lorinda were introduced by a friend of Lorinda’s that was a music coach. See, aside from being avid cyclists, this harmonious couple is also part of a musical group. In the start, their bond was purely platonic, but as we all know, friendships often develop into something more. After years of being great friends and making music together, they discovered that they had fallen in love somewhere along the way. When we asked her about the proposal, she said: “Gary is an engineer, and everything he does is uniquely Gary. I had no idea what to expect by way of a proposal from him, but I can tell you that never in a million years would I have dreamed of this! I think it makes it even more special that he spent a couple of hours, rode over 16 miles, and burned over 1000 calories to propose, and if it’s possible, it made me love him even more”. They now live with their cat, Sou, and enjoy cycling as well as just about everything else they can dream up together.

We’re sending a big congratulations to Gary and Lorinda! We wish this wonderful couple a lifetime of happiness, great rides and fun adventures together!

If you want to see them making beautiful music, you can check out one of their performances on YouTube: http://youtu.be/4ML-mNrBvxQ.

Also, if you have an inspiring/fun/unique story that you would like to share with the world, drop us a line. We’d love to hear it!

The Endomondo Team

Inspirational Users – Richard: From Rocky Start To Rock Star!

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We recently received an email from one of our users that has really inspired us here at HQ. We would like to share his story and words of wisdom to hopefully encourage others to follow his example. Richard has been an avid user of our app, and he let us know that by using it, he’s been able to get on track with his personal weight loss goal. We think he has some awesome insight into how someone looking to lose weight can achieve success – just check out Richard’s before and after pictures!

“Hello. My name is Richard Oliver, I am 39 years old.
First off, thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Your app and its partners are the reason I was able to lose the weight I have, & feel the way I feel. Without you guys I would not be where I’m at right now. When I decided to start my journey, I was 289 lbs. At that moment I weighed myself I realized that this has to stop. I am in the last half of my life am I going to take this with me to the grave. Because I’m watching my calorie intake and expenditure, it is extremely important for me to have a calories burned count based on that. I started out using another fitness app MMF, but I noticed that it counted way too many calories from the beginning. Come to find out its counts are based on the sport and movement versus actual heart rate data.
Using your app, I have been able to more efficiently and more effectively lose weight.

YOU GUYS DID IT RIGHT! You left the nutrition portion out, and left it to the people who focus on it, like you focus on exercise and training. I am 39 pounds down now in total from the 289lbs. I was 283.6 when I started using apps for help. I am only 5’9. I looked in the mirror last night and I have hips, lol, I started crying, seeing this transformation that has taken place. Changing my appearance and my health is the single most powerful experience of my life. Since I was six years old, I’ve been overweight. If can pass some solid advice along to others like me. It’s not a (Diet) that is a filthy dirty word that automatically insinuates you’re going to do something for a period of time and then stop. It is a slight lifestyle change. You don’t change anything else just your diet (diet meaning the foods and amounts you consume.) for good and permanently.

Above all else love yourself; your body will follow:
0: GET ENDOMONDO APP! & USE IT!
1: Get a support system of friends
2: Get a nutrition app for calorie tracking and food journal
2 1/2: start slow; don’t change the foods you eat just how much you eat of them. Don’t try to do everything at once or you’ll fail. After a month or so of just smaller portions, switch to healthier foods.
3: Learn about your BMR (Google it)
4: Learn gross calories vs. net calories
5: DO NOT EAT THE CALORIES YOU BURNED! If you want to lose weight fast.
6: Don’t be discouraged about plateaus; it’s your body adjusting to its new weight. As long as you eat under your BMR you’ll begin to lose weight again in two to four days.
7: NEVER USE THE WORD DIET – I BELIEVE THE WORD ALONE IS DANGEROUS. CHANGING YOUR DIET IS GREAT, GOING ON A DIET IS ALWAYS DISASTROUS, DIETS SAY IM GONNA DRINK LEMON WATER OR JUICES OR PILLS FOR A PERIOD OF TIME AND STOP. Guess what happens when you stop.
8: THIS IS A JOURNEY NOT A RACE. Races like diets, have an ending, journeys can last a lifetime if you want them to.

THANK YOU ENDOMONDO.
I feel better than I ever have. I have more confidence, I’m happier, healthier, I’m better than I was, period.

Sincerely,
Richard Douglas Oliver II
Thank you for being a part of my journey.”

 

You’re very welcome, Richard! You look awesome! Hearing stories like yours reaffirms our belief that we are on the right track changing the way people get fit, and we wish you continued success on your journey.

Thanks for freeing your Endorphins with us!

The Endomondo Team

Row, Row, Row Your Boat with Endomondo

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Pushing a kayak or canoe into the water for an afternoon is a super way to depart from life’s stressors. But did you know the Endomondo Sports Tracker can come along?

Pick kayaking from the ‘Choose Sport’ menu, click play/start, and the app documents how long a canoeist/kayaker has been out, distance traveled, and general calories burned. And if you run into trouble while on the water, the Endomondo app actually serves as a real-time safety tool others can use to find your last recorded map location.

Ryno Lamont, an Endomondo user from South Africa, said: “I use the Endomondo Sports Tracker on my smartphone to keep me on track paddling the coastal waters of Cape Town. The live tracking feature enables my friends to encourage me with text messages and it provides piece of mind to my family tracking my route progress.”

But before you put a smartphone into a boat, precautions should be taken. First, purchase a dry sack to hold electronic devices. There are many different dry sacks on the market, but think about selecting one that is clear so you can visually check a smartphone while paddling. No matter what brand you selected, leave air in the sack so the package will float if it finds a way into the water. And while this next suggestion may be overly cautious, we also propose people splurge for a waterproof smartphone case. Many such cases are available and almost all cost less than the price of a new phone. And when it comes to protecting your data and gadget, it’s much better to be overly cautious.

Now that you secured your smartphone and can operate Endomondo, here are a few tips for using the app.

1) Turn up the volume on your smartphone before placing it in the watertight bag. This allows users to hear audio feedback, and makes it easier to control music volume if you’re using Bluetooth technology.
2) Once you’ve found a point of interest or obstacle to be avoided, simply paddle in a circle to create a map ‘mark’ noted by Endomondo. This allows users to remember a scenic point or troublesome hurdle, and the notation can be shared with others in the kayaking/canoeing community.
3) Share canoeing/kayaking experience on the Endomondo social fitness network. This allows others to find great paddling places and get insight on tricky spots.

The Endomondo Sports Tracker adds an interesting stratum to canoeing/kayaking that wasn’t available years ago. And the Endomondo social fitness network can generate a worldwide kinship for paddlers never before possible. So shove off and give Endomondo a try, but be sure to keep your smartphone dry.

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How Yoga Lovers Can Benefit From Using Endomondo

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Smartphone fitness tracking apps aren’t just for distance sports.  Yoga enthusiasts, too, can benefit from the same mobile technology.

If you didn’t know, the Endomondo Sports Tracker app has yoga as one of more than 50 tracked activities.  Just select the yoga setting, click play/start, and place the smartphone next to your yoga mat.  The app then tracks workout duration and calories burned. Several heart rate monitors can also be deployed with the app to gather detailed data for more precise calorie calculations since yoga workout intensity can vary.

Upon completion of a yoga routine, press the app’s ‘stop’ button to store a helpful workout record. Detailed results can also be entered manually through the app or online at your Endomondo account so all exercise sessions are in a personal history.

Post-workout is where Endomondo truly shines thanks to the social nature of the service.  Similar to Facebook, Google+ or Twitter, Endomondo users can welcome people into their personal online yoga community.  Be it an acquaintance from a local class or yoga practitioner on the other side of the planet, users can share their exercise updates, upload a picture from a particular session perhaps showing a new pose, and ‘tag’ people on yoga activities. And through Endomondo, users can set up fun ‘Challenges’ that perhaps motivate people to lengthen yoga sessions or increase workouts over a week or month.

If you haven’t used Endomondo for yoga before, give it a try and see what friendships can be developed and insights discovered.

Endomondo Challenge in Poland: T-Mobile donates $300,000 (US) to Disabled Kids

Pomoc km 1Challenges are an important part of the Endomondo community – they are here to motivate and to give you an opportunity to win fun prizes while interacting with other Endos.

The recent Polish challenge, “Help Measured in Kilometers,” went beyond a challenge’s usual purpose. It managed to engage over 250,000 people in Poland (which is typically the number of users joining Endomondo global challenges) to support disabled children.

The challenge went from June to September. Every two weeks we announced a goal such as how many kilometers could be done collectively by tracking running, cycling, mountain biking, fitness walking, hiking or skating. Disabled people were invited to participate, too, by tracking their wheelchair and hand-biking activities. Challenge participants managed to track more than 40 million kilometers, which is 100 times more than the distance from Earth to the Moon.

As a result, T-Mobile donated 1 million Polish Zlotys (more than $300,000 US) to disabled kids. T-Mobile CEO Miroslav Rakowski said it was the first time in T-Mobile history they cooperated with a tech company on such a big project. We were very happy to see Endomondo and its users could be a valuable, energetic tool for charity and we hope there will be similar projects in the future.

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The World is Going Green

We’ve now passed 20 million users and 1 billion miles tracked. We want to thank all of you for supporting us and being part of this journey. Check out this video – you make the world go endo green!

 

 

Go Premium Now and Save

When we introduced Training Plans at the end of August, we gave you a heads up about a planned price change.
Now, before we get into the details, we would like to thank all of our current Premium users for supporting Endomondo – not only by paying for our product, but also for being some of the most active users in the Endomondo community. To show our appreciation, users that are already Premium members by the time of the price change, will not be affected and will continue paying the current price (USD 2.99 per month or USD 19.99 per year respectively).

For new subscribers, the price of an Endomondo Premium membership will be increased to USD 3.99 per month or USD 29.99 per year. The price increase officially commences on November 1, 2013.

Upgrade this month to get Premium at the lower price – and remember that users of the Endomondo PRO app get a discount of USD 4.99 the first year when upgrading to a yearly Premium membership.

Since we launched Premium, we have added training plans and workout tagging so the initial Premium package has a lot more to offer now. But we’re just getting started. We would like to emphasize that we’re committed to a continuous improvement of Premium. Up next are the following improvements: A new audio coach for training plans and bringing some of the website statistics that many of you love to the app.

How Annette Fredskov Ran 366 Marathons in 365 Days

One of Endomondo’s most extraordinary users, Annette Fredskov, completed an amazing 366 marathons in one year. We were eager to hear all about it. When we called Annette at the agreed upon time to interview her, she picked up and asked us to call her back in 20, because she was out…well…running. “I just ran much further than I planned for today because it felt so good,” she said. After one year of running a marathon a day, this woman is still in love with running. Read more

The 12 Biggest Myths About Stretching

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THE 12 BIGGEST MYTHS ABOUT STRETCHING BY
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Used to getting loose and limber before going on a run? It may be time to think twice about reaching for those toes. There’s a good chance we’re stretching out the wrong way or for the wrong reasons. It’s time to debunk the biggest stretching myths, so we can bend, flex, and stretch— the right way. Read more

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