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The British Invasion…of Endomondo HQ

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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!

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

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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!

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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!

Windows Phone Users, We Have Some News To Get Your Pulse Up: Heart Rate Support Now Available

Windows Phone users, rejoice! Following the relaunch of our Windows Phone 8 app in April, we’ve been working on a second update to give our Windows Phone users better features and functionality. We received lots of great feedback and we hope you’ll like the new version 9.1.0.3.

This latest update includes a series of improvements aimed at delivering smoother performance as well as many sought-after features:

· Heart rate monitoring – we now support Bluetooth low energy heart rate belts, so you can get your heart rate data directly in the history, and check your performance throughout your workouts. Works with Zephyr HxM BT on Windows Phone 8 and with all BTLE heart rate monitors on Windows Phone 8.1. Please note that Windows Phone 8.1 is available only on Nokia Lumia 630 and 930 at the moment. If you downloaded the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview on other Windows Phone device, BTLE heart rate monitors will not be supported – you need to wait for the official Windows Phone 8.1 release.

· Calorie calculations – you now get even more detailed calorie data for all your workouts to help you keep track of your fitness goals.

· More settings – you can now personalize your app more by adding your weight, height, age and gender in the settings menu.

· More social features – we’ve enhanced the news feed on WP8, so you can like, comment, send pep talks, view photos, see the mini map, and even open friends’ workouts.

· Add pictures – you can now attach pictures to your workouts.

· Bug fixes – we’ve addressed some bugs including the auto-pause crash and manual workout sport selection issues.

We hope this update helps you get moving and we will continue towork on adding even more great features for WP8 in future releases. We’d love to hear your feedback, so please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

Have fun freeing your endorphins!

Endomondo for Windows Phone Receives Second Major Update in Two Months

Popular Fitness Tracker Adds Bluetooth Low Energy Heart Rate Monitor Support And Major Updates to Social News Feeds

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – June 10, 2014 – Fulfilling a promise to continuously develop features for Windows Phone users, the Endomondo Sports Tracker app is being upgraded again this week, its second revision since April.

By adding support for Bluetooth low energy heart rate monitors, Endomondo is delivering on the most requested feature among the popular app’s Windows Phone enthusiasts. Furthermore, people will note major enhancements to Endomondo’s news feed feature. Read more

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.

Meet the new Endomondo for Windows Phone 8

We’re happy to share with you that our new Windows Phone 8 app is now live and available in the Windows Store. Update to version 9.0.0.2 today and enjoy a much nicer and more stable experience.

As previously noted, the main purpose of this release is to get the app up to date so that we have a solid foundation to build new features and a killer app on.

We want to thank the more than 1500 users who signed up to beta test the app. We appreciate your help and welcome any additional feedback.

Here’s a rundown of the main improvements.

Design overhaul and new navigation
The first thing you’ll notice is that the app got a major makeover. It’s now much more Windows Phone and much more 2014 and the usability has improved a lot.

The app still starts at the workout tracker screen but if you slide to the side, you’ll find the new main navigation with easy access to your News Feed, History, Friends, Map and Settings.

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History sync
The history in the app now syncs with Endomondo.com which means that any workouts done with other devices like Garmin or our app on another phone, are now also visible in the app on Windows Phone.

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Text-to-speech and map updates
We’ve improved the audio coach a lot and updated all maps to use Windows Phone 8 maps.

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Facebook single sign-on and sharing
You can now log in easily with Facebook and you can share your workouts on Facebook directly from the app.

Refreshed login flow with intro guide and various bug fixes
In addition to this, we’ve given the login flow an overhaul too and a number of bugs have been fixed.

We hope you’ll take the new app for a spin. Any feedback is welcome at windows.support@endomondo.com or in the comments.

Have fun freeing your endorphins!

Endomondo Launches Major Update to Prepare Windows Phone App for Future Feature Additions

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – April 10, 2014 – Setting the stage for popular feature offerings down the road, a redesigned Windows Phone update was released today for the Endomondo Sports Tracker app. This is Endomondo’s first major update for Windows Phone in more than a year. Read more

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