If you’re an avid Endomondo user, you know that we’re all about fun, social fitness. As much as we love having fun with fitness, there is one thing that we take really seriously – our workout gear. And to the girls in our office, a saggy sports bra is no laughing matter. When we’re giving it our all during a workout, we make sure that our sports bras are giving us the right level of support. So, in order to get you moving no matter what workout style you prefer, we’ve chronicled our experiences with our workouts and the sports bras we’ve been using. Read more
Many of you have been eagerly questioning us about integration with Android Wear. It’s time to get your answers. Today, we are delighted to announce a massive update, which aside from Android Wear integration, also includes another coveted wearable integration – Samsung Gear S – as well as some cool new Android app features.
First off, let’s jump right in to our Android Wear integration. Android Wear support is included in the free version of our app. To make it work, you just need to pair the Smartwatch via the Android Wear app.
There are several ways to start a workout on Android Wear. You can either:
- Scroll down to the three-dot menu, select the Endomondo app and hit the start button,
- Start the workout on your phone, press the notification you get on your Android Wear when it pops up and swipe to the “Open” button, or
- Use the nifty Voice Activation feature and say “Start Endomondo”, “Start a workout”, “Start a bike ride” or “Start a run”.
On Android Wear, you can swipe between three display pages, and each of them can show up to 2 different stats. To define the stats, access your Endomondo app settings, select “Smartwatches”, and choose Android Wear to define zones on your display.
Samsung Gear S:
After introducing Samsung Gear Fit, Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo integration, we are adding support for yet another member of Samsung wearable tech family: Samsung Gear S!
Samsung Gear S 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 heart rate, 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. Gear S not only measures your heart rate, it can then show this data in your Endomondo app and on your Gear S display. The sensor, located on the backside of the watch, sends the heart rate data to the Endomondo app, but this can be disabled if you prefer to use a heart rate strap instead.
To make the Endomondo app “talk” with your Samsung Gear S, you need to download the Gear Manager app, access Samsung Gear Apps and install the Endomondo Sports Tracker for Gear app. This app could only be linked to one Android app, which means that our PRO users must use our Free app when using Gear S! But fear not – when you download the Free version and log in with the account associated with your PRO app, all your PRO features will be automatically unlocked.
FYI, the Android Wear app offers Heart Rate data support for the Smartwatches that have built-in heart rate monitors (currently Motorola Moto 360 and Samsung Live).
New Training plan creation wizard and overview:
Creating a Training Plan is easier than ever. When you select Training Plan from the menu, you’ll find the Training Plan creation wizard, which explains how the plans work. We’ve also added a new training plans overview to provide you with better information about your training.
Twitter sharing from the app:
Tweet your workouts effortlessly. You can now share your individual workouts to Twitter right from the Android app or set auto-sharing of your workout at the start or the end of a workout. You can do so from the social screen after you stop your workout or access the app’s Connect and Share settings and tap ‘Manage Twitter sharing’:
Android users, we hope you get a kick out of our latest update! Now, you have even more wearable options to pair with the app and new features to keep you going strong. We have another Android wearable integration in the works, so stay tuned for more on that coming up!
Free your endorphins!
The Endomondo Team
Continuing Strong Wearable Development in 2014, Endomondo’s Fitness App Expands Reach to More Devices and Users
COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Oct. 8, 2014 – After releasing updates earlier this year for Samsung Gear Fit and Gear 2, Garmin, TomTom and Pebble iOS users; the popular Endomondo Sports Tracker app now integrates today with Android Wear devices, as well as the Samsung Gear S smartwatch.
The free Android Wear update delivers a total of six real-time fitness stats across three screens. A simple swipe lets users move through data, and information can be assigned to different pages with ease. Further, the integration allows people to easily start/pause/stop a workout while on the go.
The Samsung Gear S integration works similarly, but allows users to select between a total of nine configurable stats such as speed, distance or workout duration. Additionally, the built-in Gear S heart rate monitor can now supply data to Endomondo. Read more
We’re thrilled to announce that the third major Windows Phone app update in seven months has been released!
Our app for Windows Phone now offers Premium features – customizable training plans and audio coach settings, low power mode, ad free experience and more. If you already are a Premium user, all you need to do to get these features for your Windows Phone app is to upgrade to the latest 18.104.22.168 version. There are also a bunch of new, highly-requested free features included in this release!
You can now create a training plan right in the app. When the Endomondo app is launched, you will see the planned workout for that particular day. In the main app menu, you’ll find the Training Plan tab, where you can see all the past and future workouts within your training plan.
As we work with diverse interval trainings to enhance variety and intensity of the training plan, the audio coach will guide you through the workout, by informing you when each interval starts and how fast to go. Notifications are being sent to you when you have a planned workout. These can of course be disabled.
Audio coach customization – Lap feedback
All Premium users on Windows Phone can now customize the audio coach based on time or distance intervals and choose what parameters to get feedback on. You can choose whether the Audio Coach should be time-based (e.g. every 3 minutes) or distance-based (e.g. every 500 m). Distance can be set from 100 m and time can be set from 15 sec. You can also specify what you want to hear specifically, toggling on/off the following options: Total distance, Total duration, Lap distance/duration, Calories, Lap speed, Lap pace, Avg. speed, Avg. pace, Heart rate, Avg. heart rate, Goal and Goal reached. You can also opt for getting an indication when you’re in the middle of interval.
Low power mode
Low Power mode significantly decreases the upload frequency of workout data to the server during tracking but has no influence on GPS accuracy.
Calorie and duration goal
Define a calorie or duration goal for your workout and let the audio coach guide you along the way.
Audio coach customization – New languages
You can choose from 6 different languages: English, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. You need to install the language first and there are a few accent options for some languages.
We added a notification inbox where you can view notifications of likes and comments and accept/reject friend and challenge invites
– Live Tile notification
Front side shows our logo and number of notifications and the latest notification is displayed on the backside.
– ‘Toast’ notifications, in WP 8.1 – integration with notification center
Tag ‘Friends’ on workouts
If you have been working out with your friends, you tag them afterwards. When you press stop on your workout, you’ll go to social screen where your can just press friend icon and choose from your friends. The app will even suggest friends for you to tag.
You don’t need to go to our website anymore to control your privacy settings.
Full (almost) profile editing
You can edit your profile right in the app besides changing the password and adding emails.
Goal dashboard field (free feature if using distance goal)
Data field showing count down to remaining goal / interval
We hope you’ll enjoy freeing your endorphins with this new release.
Apple is on board with fitness, and we couldn’t be more excited! With the iOS 8, Apple has made major strides into the active lifestyle field by developing an all-inclusive Health app that lets users easily access data from their favorite health and fitness apps in one place. We’re always aiming to give our users the best experience possible, so we’ve been hard at work developing the latest Endomondo iOS 8 iPhone app update, ensuring that it would connect to Apple’s Health app.
We’ve made it easy to connect the Endomondo Sports Tracker to the Health app: all you have to do is go to the “Connect and Share” setting, and just press “Connect with Health.” After you connect your Endomondo account with the Health app, your calories burned and workout distance for all future workouts will be saved automatically to the Health app. You can specify what data to save to Health by giving permission to export:
- Active calories
- Cycling distance (cycling transport, sport, mountain biking, indoor cycling)
- Walking distance (fitness walking, treadmill walking)
- Running distance (treadmill running, orienteering)
Endomondo will be listed as source for the data, and you can edit the permissions anytime in your Health app. Read more
At Endomondo, we strive to make it as easy as possible for you to track, review and share your workouts. Lately, we’ve been working on helping our users make the most of their wearables with smooth integrations, and for a while now, we’ve been wanting to give our Garmin users a more seamless experience when sharing their workouts on Endomondo. We’re happy to share with you that our new and faster Garmin integration is now live!
From now on, Garmin users can view their workout on Endomondo mere seconds after the workout is uploaded to Garmin Connect.
Good news for triathletes
With the new Garmin integration, we’ve added support for Multisport workouts. These are now also being imported, and transitions between the disciplines will be recorded by Endomondo.
How to get started
Make sure that you have your Garmin device linked via Garmin Express™, Garmin Connect Mobile™ or Wi-Fi to your account on Garmin Connect. Go to Endomondo.com/settings/connect and hit the connect button. You will now be redirected to the Garmin Connect website to confirm the connection.
And that’s it! All your future Garmin Connect workouts will automatically be synchronized to Endomondo. To avoid duplicate workouts, you will only be able to synchronize new workouts, not historical workouts. If you have a long history of workouts you want to import to your Endomondo profile, please use our https://tapiriik.com integration.
You might be asking yourself “what about the old Garmin integration – will I still be able upload directly to Endomondo.com with the old communicator plugin?” The answer is: yes, both the “Import from Garmin” and the “Import from file” option will remain available on endomondo.com.
Some of you have asked us if data like power output (watts) on the bike and number of strokes in the pool will also be visible on Endomondo with the new integration. This data is provided by Garmin, but unfortunately we are not able to display this all, yet. We will hopefully be able to display more data like power output and swimming strokes in the future.
If you have any questions regarding the functionality or setup of the new Garmin synchronization please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our support team is here to help you – endomondo.com/help
Enjoy your new Garmin integration and go free your endorphins!
The Endomondo Team
Balancing work and your personal life usually isn’t an easy task. We all want to be “winning” at everything; have perfect relationships, stay in awesome shape, and still be super-productive at work. But seriously, who has the time to stay on top of it all without neglecting at least one of these aspects? If you’re having a hard time juggling all this, we hear you, and we want to share a winning game plan.
Recently, we had a special guest blogger, Martin Bjergegaard, who shared his tips on how to fit running into a busy schedule. Martin is an expert when it comes to finding the time to stay fit while keeping his work/life balance in check. He is a best-selling author, public speaker and entrepreneur and has written extensively on the subject. So, when we asked him if he would be willing to help enlighten our users on how to achieve this perfect equilibrium, he said “Sure!”
He has agreed to give a few lucky readers a signed copy of his best-selling book “Winning Without Losing: 66 Strategies for Succeeding in Business While Living a Happy and Balanced Life“, and one will also receive a one-on-one personal coaching session with Martin via Skype!
How do we choose who will be the winners of his book and coaching session? Easy. We want to hear what your personal tips are on how you fit workouts into your day. We know our Endomondo community knows how to stay fit, so let’s hear from you! Post your workout scheduling tips on our Facebook, Google+ or Twitter with the hashtags #WinningWithoutLosing and #Endomondo by Wednesday, September 17th to be eligible to win.
The authors of the best tips will be chosen as the winners, and announced on the 18th of September on our Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. So, start writing and tell us all the ways you win without losing!
Last Sunday, Odense hosted a Color Run. You’ve probably heard of them (or even attended one), but if not, a Color Run is basically a fun 5k run where you start off wearing white, and get blasted with colorful cornstarch powder every time you run through a color station. We had our own run to go to that day in Copenhagen, so we were feeling a little blue that we couldn’t make it. Luckily, a few of our friends were able to go, so they captured some beautiful shots and shared their awesome experience with us! Read more
There was an idea floating around the office for some time now about getting together to go for a run with our community, to take social fitness even further. Sure, we go out running all the time with our colleagues and friends, but never with our users. You might be thinking “A running event? Those happen all the time, so what’s the big deal?” But for us, this one was special because we’ve always wanted an opportunity to meet the people that matter most to us: our users!
We finally got our chance by hosting our first-ever “EndoMeet” event this past Sunday, and we are happy to say that, despite a rainy forecast that had us worried, it was a success! We went for a great run, enjoyed sunny Copenhagen skies, and got to meet many of our fabulous local users. We set up our meeting point next to the gorgeous Lake Pavilion (Søpavillonen), split up into our pace groups and got ready to start at 3pm. Our special guest, Henrik Them joined us for the full 6.3k run around the Søerne (the Lakes).
He ran on the 4:30 pace group along with a few of the other intrepid runners. Henrik is one of Denmark’s fastest athletes, so it was a tall order to keep up with him! We managed to catch up with the group to snap a quick pic:
We also had a 5:00 pace group, a 6:00/5k group, and a walking group too:
Two of our lucky users won their own official Endomondo t-shirts, and a few participants won Premium subscriptions!
All in all, it was a perfect way to spend our Sunday, and we can’t wait for the next one! Thank you to all of you who joined us!
If you’re reading this and thinking: “I want to go to an Endomondo event in my area”, please let us know! Drop us a line at email@example.com, and let’s make it happen.
Free your endorphins!
The Endomondo Team