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Endomondo Fitness App Now Connects With Samsung Gear Fit and Gear 2

Compatible with 17 Samsung Android Smartphones

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – August 13, 2014 – Furthering support for wearables, Endomondo today announces integration of its popular Endomondo Sports Tracker app with the Samsung Gear Fit and Samsung Gear 2.  Endomondo’s new feature is compatible with 17 of Samsung’s Android smartphones linking to the two devices.

Endomondo paired with the Gear Fit or Gear 2 lets users start, pause or stop a workout without reaching for smartphones. Data such as distance, time exercising, calories burned and more can be displayed, and the built-in HR monitor is supported on Gear 2. Users can also set the smartwatch’s display to be light or dark for easy viewing. Read more

Endomondo Love Story: Tracking His Way to Her Heart

love story 1

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

Our Android App Is Getting in GEAR – the Latest Update Adds Samsung Gear Fit Integration!

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Samsung has some pretty cool Gear, and we couldn’t wait to launch an update featuring this integration. After all the development has been completed, we’re excited to announce that Gear Fit support is now available for users of Samsung Smartphones! For a list of supported devices, scroll down here.

Samsung Gear Fit lets you start, pause or stop a workout while your Endomondo app is running in the background. You can swipe between three page displays and each of them can show up to three different stats, such as distance, speed or workout duration. To change our default settings and configure which stats you would like to see, access Smartwatches in your Endomondo app settings. There, you can also choose if you prefer a light or dark background for your stats.

How to make it work:
When using a Samsung Gear Fit, you just need to download Gear Fit Manager app to your phone and pair it with the device. Then, you download the latest version of our Endomondo Android app or update your current version to 10.3.0 and it will automatically get recognized in your Gear Fit – when you tap on “App Connect” on the Gear Fit, you should see Endomondo among the options.

Many of you have been asking about plans for integration with Samsung Gear 2. Well, it’s coming up in one of the next releases, so stay tuned!

We hope you enjoy getting fit with Gear Fit and Endomondo! Happy tracking and have fun freeing your endorphins!

The Endomondo Team

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

Richard

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

Enrich Your Tweets With New Endomondo Workout Posts

If you’re part of the Twitterverse, you might be sharing your Endomondo workouts on Twitter. And, if you are auto-posting these workouts, then you might have noticed that the posts now include more than just a simple line of text.

Starting this week, we introduced Twitter Cards as a part of Endomondo workout posts, so you can give your followers a more exciting overview of your workouts!

When you share your workouts on Twitter, your posts will now show your map, status message and pictures – as long as you’ve added them after your workout and if your privacy settings allow it.

Take a look at the screenshot of the new Twitter workout post:

Tweet card

In your “Connect” settings at endomondo.com, you can choose to auto-post new workouts to Twitter. The workout will be posted to Twitter 5 minutes after you’re done, so make sure you add a status message and pictures within those 5 minutes to have them included in the Twitter post.

FYI, we don’t share maps, pictures or a status message if your privacy settings aren’t set to “Public”, so remember to adjust your settings accordingly. The map won’t be shown if the workout is indoor based or if you add one picture.

Update for our BlackBerry 10 Users

If you have a BB10 phone, you may have noticed that the latest version of Endomondo for BB10 is not on par with the quality we generally deliver.

The main issue that users are reporting is GPS-related: either it takes a long time for the app to find the GPS, or it tracks but it doesn’t indicate it, or the signal simply doesn’t kick in. Taking in all your feedback, we’ve been bug-hunting like crazy and we think we’ve tracked down the issue, which is caused by certain chipsets. We are running some tests with different BlackBerry phones that have the right chipset, and we hope to have this issue resolved ASAP. Read more

The British Invasion…of Endomondo HQ

BBC - office

Reporters from the British Broadcasting Corporation recently visited our office to cover the Endomondo story – from its start to where we are heading. They spent the day interviewing our CEO and co-founder, Mette Lykke, and getting better acquainted with our much-loved app. She showed them around the office, presented a live demo of the app’s features, and shared her insight into how Endomondo got to be where it is today. They got to see us kayaking out on the canals, riding our bikes and generally running business as usual. Literally, running – as many of us practice what we preach and do like to go out for a quick run from time to time during a break from work.

We snapped some behind-the-scenes shots while they were here, and had a blast enjoying the buzz and excitement surrounding their visit!

BBC - kayak
Preparing for action: Two of our fittest friends getting ready to track a ride down the canal

BBC - ducks
The BBC getting familiar with our fabulous feathered tenants    

But, along with the excitement came the concerns. We felt slightly nervous that our office building could stir up a bit of historical hostility. You see, our HQ is actually housed in one of the adapted “Gunboat Sheds” (Kanonbådsskurene) that were built in the 19th century as a naval base during the war with the UK. Luckily, the visit was a peaceful, happy encounter which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Following this great experience, we will always welcome having such delightful British press come by anytime!

The story first aired on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014. If you missed it on the BBC network, you can catch the video and full report here: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28122312

And for you history buffs out there, you can read more about the Gunboats on Wikipedia.

Thank you BBC, for an inspiring visit and brilliant story.

Have fun freeing your endorphins!

The Endomondo Team

iPhone App Update Is Out Now – Featuring Pebble Integration!

Sometimes, being fashionably late is a good thing. Especially when it means polishing yourself up a little bit more. Pebble smartwatch users have been clamoring for an Endomondo integration, that would give them all the benefits of our app while using their Pebble and leaving their phone in their pocket. With our latest iOS update, we’ve now added Pebble integration. Endomondo’s app for Pebble syncs with iPhone 4S and all iPhone 5 models. Download Endomondo’s Pebble app from the Pebble appstore and try it now.

We made a short video to show you the integration in action. Check it out:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_4Ur1AJti4

Getting started:
To sync Endomondo data between a Pebble device and your iPhone, simply go to ‘Settings’ in the Endomondo app to connect with a Pebble device. Make sure that you have the most recent Endomondo iPhone app version (9.2.0).

Benefits:
Control within your reach: Endomondo’s app for Pebble lets you start, pause or stop a workout while exercising. No need to reach for your phone – control the app directly from your Smartwatch! The app can also display up to three different stats, such as distance traveled, heart rate or workout duration.

Feel the vibe: the Endomondo app gives vibrating alerts on the Pebble at each mile or kilometer you’ve covered, and will briefly display a performance summary for the distance. We’ll extend this feedback for each lap within a few months.

Our Android users should be on the lookout for Pebble support later this year. We’re on it, so keep checking back!

Aside from Pebble Integration, we’ve worked on amping up some iOS app features:

Improved voice for audio feedback
We’ve improved the quality of audio feedback – the audio coach has a smoother, more natural voice thanks to the fact that we switched to iOS built-in speech synthesis. Audio coach is now available in English and Danish, and we plan on adding more languages in upcoming releases.

Workout maps included in the news feed
The News feed has become more vibrant – workout maps for most distance-based workouts have been added, so you can see where your friends were working out right in the news feed.

Full-screen photo slider
Yet another feature to make your news feed even more vivid is that you can now view pictures your friends have attached to their workouts in full-screen. If there’s more than one picture, you can simply swipe between them.

Improved GPS status indicator
We changed the way the GPS status indicator works so that it reacts much faster. So, if you get a GPS fix, it will take much less time to reflect that by turning the GPS status indicator from red to green. Additionally, the indicator is now more reliable – it only turns green if you have a good fix.

We hope you enjoy the latest iOS app features and Pebble integration.

Have fun freeing your endorphins!

The Endomondo Team

Endomondo Delivers Dedicated Pebble App

New Pebble smartwatch app works with Endomondo Sports Tracker for iPhone, with support for Android to be added soon

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – July 2, 2014 – “When will Endomondo sync with Pebble?” That question has been posed frequently by passionate users at Endomondo’s blog. In response, Endomondo today announces the release of a dedicated Pebble smartwatch app for Endomondo Sports Tracker on iPhone.

This new, free app from Endomondo allows users to start, pause or stop a workout while exercising. The app can also display up to three configurable data metrics, such as distance traveled, heart rate and workout duration – making it the most advanced fitness tracking app for Pebble. Additionally, the Endomondo app vibrates Pebble smartwatches for each mile or kilometer completed, and will briefly display a performance summary for the distance. Read more

Free Your Endorphins: Get High on Running!

runner's high

We all know that getting your daily dose of exercise is good for you, but did you know that you can get high on running?

Multiple studies (such as the one found here) have researched this phenomenon, and tried to pinpoint the causes behind that feeling of bliss that some avid athletes report feeling after a strenuous workout session.

The science is somewhat divisive, since there is no unified stance on why people experience it, but endorphins are very likely a large part of the equation. As you probably know, endorphins are feel-good neurochemicals which also act as our body’s own natural painkillers. Therefore, the recurring hypothesis is that when you push your body to your pain threshold, your endorphins kick in to help you get over it. When you get that endorphin rush – nice going! – you just reached a runner’s high.

How you go about attaining the high is also somewhat vague, since many studies have been focused on already highly athletic participants and may be difficult to generalize to casual fitness devotees. But research suggests that pacing yourself is probably the best way to go, since thanks to our ancestors, we are built for distance running.

Endomondo makes trying to reach a runner’s high as fun and motivating as possible, with loads of features designed to help you push yourself to the next level. Trying to beat a friend can ignite your competitive drive and make you go beyond your usual limit, which could potentially lead to that elusive runner’s high. Choosing a personalized training plan with Premium – such as a 5k or Marathon plan – helps you reach your desired fitness goals. And with the Audio Coach, you’ll keep on going long after you start feeling the burn.

How many people hit a runner’s high is still not fully proven, but hopefully our Endomondo community can chime in on the subject. Remember to tag #runnershigh on any workout on which you hit the high, and let’s see how many of us experience it!

Have fun freeing your endorphins!

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