We have just updated the Fitness & Freshness graph with the ability to choose a custom date range. This new feature will allow coaches and athletes to monitor an athlete’s form during a longer period of time, for example, during the entire season, with dates you are free to choose.
The Fitness & Freshness graph is used to monitor an athlete form and physical condition. The input data to the graph is biker power and heart rate data. The training load is measured by the Training Load metric when used with bike power data and by the TRIMP score when the data come from heart rate monitors.
The Training Load and the TRIMP score are metrics that summarise and provide a stress score coming from training. These metrics measure the volume of a certain workout by taking into account the time spent and the bike power and heart rate data.
For athletes, overtraining is a problem as much as not training enough. To improve sports performance we need to stress our body and push our limits. At the same time, too much stress risks to break ourselves with injuries and stress related issues.
A good coach is able to administer and monitor the workout load of the activities in order to push the athletes to better results and outcome. This work requires a delicate act of balance between stress and rest. The Fitness & Freshness graph is one of the tools that allows coaches and athletes to monitor their training load and balance.
“I was born in Verona, Italy on October 6, 1937. Fascism, Nazism, and Communism were raging through the country. ….. In the spring of 1941, German officers came to our chalet and arrested my mother. …I have believed that her place of incarceration was Dachau.
..at age 4½, I set off on my own. I headed south, sometimes living in the streets, sometimes joining gangs of other homeless children, sometimes living in orphanages, and most of the time being hungry.
My recollections of those four years are vivid but not continuous, rather like a series of snapshots. Some of them are brutal beyond description, others more palatable.
..The same day that my mother arrived at the hospital, she bought me a full set of new clothes, a Tyrolean outfit complete with a small cap with a feather in it. I still have the hat.
My mother’s younger brother, Edward, had sent her money to buy two boat tickets to America. I was expecting to see roads paved with gold in America.
As it turned out, I found much more: opportunities.”
A short excerpt of the autobiography of Mario Capecchi that went to win the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
2020 has been a challenging and difficult year for the entire world. At the same time, the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated trends, increased the adoption of new services and created new opportunities that were unexpected.
An appropriate sentence in these times is the following
“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” Rahm Emanuel
When gym were closed (and some are still closed), live streaming was the only possible way to reach clients. Many gyms moved to video streaming and clients followed. Peloton, Zwift and other similar services already provided the ability to stream digital classes and services.
Many people were already embracing this digital (re)evolution, however, the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of these new services.
Once gyms will open again at full capacity, people will certainly go back to their local gyms and clubs. We like to meet people and exercising is also a social experience. But that does not mean that people will not like or miss the conveniente of doing their workouts anywhere and at anytime, just as they got used in the past few months.
Reach your clients anywhere at anytime is the new way companies should design and plan their services. This means that the in-gym and out of the gym experience are both important and essential in order to be able to provide a social experience, conveniente and best in-class services to more and more people.
This year, we have launched Selfloops Streams. With Streams we give the ability to clubs, gyms and coaches to establish a rich and innovative live streaming presence.
Streams provides a new kind of experience fusing video, music and data. An immersive and exciting new experience that was not possible before. Our new service allows coaches to live stream classes and monitor the clients workout intensity in real-time, anywhere they are.
It is not just video streaming (that everybody offers now), but much more.
HD Video Streaming
Integrated Payment System
Post Workout Sport Performance Analysis.
Workouts are not only streamed in real-time. It is also possible to access classes on demand adding more convenience and the flexibility to exercise anywhere, at anytime.
Overall, Selfloops Streams is an essential platform to keep clients engaged at anytime, wherever they are.
Selfloops Group Fitness – Live Tracking at the Gym
Additionally, the service provides post workout analysis at the end of session. This is a great way to motivate clients and keep them engaged.
We believe you can improve what you measure and tracking real-time and historical data is important to reach your targets and see how you progressed throughout the years.
The Selfloops Group Fitness service is successfully used in 46 countries around the world.
The ultimate experience, fusing the out of the gym and the at the gym experience
The nice thing about all of these services is that you do not need to choose between live streaming and in-location tracking. You can reach your clients anywhere at anytime and offer your services using both approaches.
Furthermore, the two experiences can be combined. In the picture below an example of how two TV screens can be used to track real-time data, coming from clients in the gym and from clients at home.
No matter where they are, your clients can join your sessions. This is possible now.
Live video and data streaming for wellness and health
Selfloops Streams is now also used by specialists and doctors for physical therapy and rehab.
Rehabilitation is often required after certain injuries. Traditionally, athletes had to reach a clinic or a physiotherapist to get the needed help and support. In the time of Covid-19 pandemic this was not always possible.
Live video and data streaming provide a way to serve these athletes at their home.
Personal visits to the physical therapist are still invaluable and needed, but care at the clinic can be complemented with a remote patient monitoring service. In some cases, patients had to travel long distances, now we can save their time and cut expenses in the overall process.
Fitness, wellness and health with a 360 degrees view
At Selfloops we are already track fitness and health metrics and we are integrated with 3rd party devices and platforms to provide a 360 degrees view of the athletes.
We are integrated with Garmin, Polar, Withings, InBody, Apple Health, Concept2, Strava, SRM, CycleOps, Bryton. We can track and analyse sports performance, steps, sleep time, Heart Rate Variability (HRV), max heart rate and heart rate at rest, Functional Threshold Power (FTP), body weight composition, blood oxygenation (SpO2).
In 2021 we’ll integrate more metrics and vital signs to provide a more comprehensive view of your fitness and health level.
We are ready for 2021. Innovation is what drives us and we’ll continue to improve our services and bring new features to all our clients.
The pandemic will be over, but it will be with us for a few more months. Stay Healthy and Stay Save and be ready for 2021.
The future is here, it is just not evenly distributed – William Gibson
There are many ways that technology can add variety to your routine. In addition to our free app, ErgData, there are a number of apps that connect with the Performance Monitor 5 (PM5) via Bluetooth and ANT+. (If you have a PM2, PM3 or PM4, there still are a few options to consider which may require a cable or other additional device. The PM5 can also be retrofitted to all models.)
While these apps are not developed, serviced or supported by Concept2, we’re excited to share these details because we know that the features and functions interest athletes of all abilities. We will continue to share our favorites via social media, so follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates.
Selfloops is an innovative company at the intersection of sports performance and fitness. Selfloops offers an advanced platform for coaches, gyms and athletes to track and analyze sports performance, both indoors and outdoors.
Selfloops Group Fitness Premium (for Group Training)
The Selfloops Group Fitness Premium application supports the ANT+ standard and it can track multiple heart rate monitors, and real-time workout data coming from multiple PM5s on the Concept2 RowErg, SkiErg and BikeErg. It’s widely used in rowing clubs, CrossFit boxes and gyms in 46 countries. With the Group Fitness service, coaches can monitor their class(es) and train people according to their fitness intensity zones. The integration of real-time data and post-workout advanced analytics is what makes Selfloops unique.
What people really like is that all the metrics can be tracked and shown on a large screen. This keeps motivation high and helps users reach their fitness goals. During a training session, a coach can easily check the screen and see who might need to push harder and who might need to slow down. Data “tiles” represent PM5 data—one for each user/PM5—and can be color-coded based on heart rate zones, power zones, cadence/stride zones or according to a target metric such as distance and Calories.
Selfloops is continuously innovating and pushing what is possible using the latest technologies. The latest innovation is Selfloops Streams that provides live streaming of video and data. With this new service, gyms can train their clients, track their performance from a distance, keeping them engaged and motivated.
Selfloops Spark (for Individuals)
The Selfloops Spark app is the only Apple Watch application that allows you to track your workouts with Concept2 RowErgs, SkiErgs and BikeErgs. The optical heart rate sensor of the Apple Watch is used to track your heart rate. You can also see different metrics on your Apple Watch like power, strokes per minute and more. After the workout, the data is synced automatically to the Apple HealthKit and the Selfloops website. It is also possible to automatically synchronize your workouts with the Concept2 Online Logbook.
The Selfloops motto is, “you can only improve what you measure” and the company is committed to providing the tools to coaches, gyms and athletes to track and analyze their sport performances.