Selfloops integration with Mindbody

Club owners that use Mindbody can now easily import their clients in Selfloops. This seamless experience allows to offer Selfloops services to the club existing customers. There will not be the need to manage users in two different platforms. Furthermore, it is possible to import all users on Selfloops or just a selected number of customers to which you want to add our services.

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Mindbody is one of the most popular services to manage fitness clubs. It has online booking, acts as point of sale, manages staffs and resources, produces a variety of reports, offer client relationship tools, marketing tools and many other features to manage a club.

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For more information, contact us at sales (@) selfloops.com

Announcing Moxy support

We are happy to announce that we have included the support for Moxy.

Moxy is an innovative device that uses infrared light to continuously monitor oxygen saturation (SmO₂) levels in the muscles of athletes while they exercise.
Oxygen is the fuel that drives the muscle, and Muscle Oxygen levels are constantly changing.
Moxy is used to assess athletes, guide their training, and hone their performance during competition. It helps identify optimal training intensity zones and provides feedback on the physiologic systems limiting performance.

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Now with SelfLoops you can analyze how the Total Hemoglobin Concentration (THb measured in g/dL) and the Percentage of hemoglobin saturated with oxygen (Smo2 %) vary while exercising.

These are additional metrics that can be used to evaluate and measure your trainings.

Since Moxy conforms to the ANT+ Muscle Oxygen profile, we have added this profile to our indoor bike power training service. Basically, train with our app, automatically upload your data on SelfLoops and get all the analysis on your workout, including THb and and Smo2, on the SelfLoops website.

You can only improve what you measure!

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Advanced Running Metrics on SelfLoops

We now have a set of advanced metrics for runners. There is the Pace of course, but also the GAP (Grade Adjusted Pace) that estimates an equivalent pace when running on flat land. Because running uphill requires extra effort, the GAP shown will be faster than the actual pace you ran. When running downhill, the GAP will be slower than the actual pace. As a reference for GAP, see for example “Pace and Critical Gradient for Hill Runners: An Analysis of Race Records“, Anthony Kay.

In addition there are the Splits, Laps and the possibility to select areas to analyze in more detail.

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Set your Goals and Track your Progresses

You can only improve what you measure. And you need to set goals and be able to track your progresses.

We have added the ability to set your weekly goals and track them. You can set your objectives in terms of number of activities, hours spent or distance. We believe we have added an important tools for people that are serious about their trainings.

If you have not done it yet, sign up to our SelfLoops website.

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Calculating your Heart Rate Variability with SelfLoops

The SelfLoops HRV application calculates and displays the heart rate variability.

Heart rate variability (HRV) is the physiological phenomenon of variation in the time interval between heartbeats. It is measured by the variation in the beat-to-beat (called R-R) intervals. For an intro to HRV see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_rate_variability

The metrics calculated at the moment are: SDNN, RMSSD, pNN50, AVNN.

To use the application you need a Bluetooth Low Energy heart rate monitor. We have personally tested the application with the Viiiva, Wahoo BlueHR and Polar H7 heart rate monitors.
The Viiiva is available at our store: http://store.selfloops.com/viiiiva-heart-rate-monitor-and-ant-bridge/

If you record the session you will be able to export the data, saved in csv format, to Dropbox, Google Drive, by email etc, and open it using Microsoft Excel, a text editor, Apple Numbers.

By using the application you expressly agree that SelfLoops is not providing medical advice with this application. Please, consult or ask for the advice to your physician or other medical professionals for any health related questions.

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Announcing lap support and data visualization improvements

We are constantly working to improve our advanced platform for performance analysis. Today we have introduced laps support and improvements on how the graphs show data.

You can now select the lap number and highlight the segment in the graph. For each lap we have calculated several metrics such as duration, elevation, average speed, power and cadence. You can visualize the lap in the map as well.

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Regarding the improvements with the graphs, we have maximized the information visualized at glance. Furthermore, the zoom function allows to show every single data point of the activity, reaching the maximum level of accuracy possible.

Enjoy!

 

Are you ready to start strong in 2014?

First of all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Are you ready to start strong in 2014? We have a lot of news to share with you.

Pro teams choose SelfLoops
The Androni Giocattoli Venezuela uses SelfLoops to manage the team performance.

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SelfLoops Group Fitness 
With the SelfLoops Group Fitness solution you can monitor indoor sessions and cardio workouts. This service is successfully used around the world by personal trainers, gyms and in training events.
Now we have created the SelfLoops Group Power, to monitor bike power sensors in indoor group sessions. For people that are serious about performance!

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You can only improve what you measure
We are constantly improving our platform. We have added metrics to track your performance and fitness form. Coaches can manage the team calendar, monitor the athletes performance, create training plans, write  race reports. Only 45€/year! Sign up at our website (1 month free trial).

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Telemetry
Stream your trainings in real-time, with the SelfLoops telemetry. It can be used both indoor and outdoor. And you can stream single or group of athletes at the same time. Make your trainings and events more entertaining. Measure your aerodynamics. Read more about it at our website.

 

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The SelfLoops store
To track your activities you need devices and tools, you can find them at our store.

If you want to enable ANT+ in your Android device to connect to heart rate monitors, bike cadence and speed sensors, bike power sensors read our how-to tech guide.

Advanced Performance Analysis by SelfLoops

Today we announce the addition of the Force vs Cadence graph to our advanced performance analysis toolbox.  You can only improve what you measure (and analyze).

In our performance analysis we have the:

  • graph with the map and all the stats (max, averages, and other performance metrics such as TRIMP, Intensity, Effective Power, Training Load)
  • Training zones (where you spent the time during your workout)
  • graph with the current and historical Critical Power
  • the Force versus Cadence graph
  • The Fitness and Freshness graph (measures your form)
  • The Health status with weight, Functional Threshold Power, maximum and at rest heart rate
  • Historical Critical Power and Maximum Power Output (W/Kg)
Overall all that you need to analyze your performance and take the steps to improve.

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The Selfloops Fitness Group app

Today we are happy to announce the launch of the Selfloops Group Fitness app in the Android Play Store.

The Selfloops Group Fitness application allows real-time group monitoring of heart rate sensors and cardio training . The information appears in the smartphone/tablet display, but it can be projected in a external larger screen if the device has a video output port (e.g. a HDMI port as some Android tablets)

The scope of the app is to make people aware of their fitness performance and to train more effectively when real-time intensity feedback is given. Furthermore, with this app coaches can monitor their class and train people according to their fitness intensity zones.

The number of contemporaneous heart rate sensors supported theoretically could go up to 50 as this is the limit of the ANT+™ standard (the position and the processing power of the receiver may negatively affect this number).

The ANT+ standard is used by Garmin and many others. Therefore, to use the application, your smart phone or tablet must support ANT+. If your smartphone does not natively support ANT+, you can add external accessories to enable it, e.g. our ANT+ accessory (for Android 2.3.4 and higher) or the Garmin USB ANT stick with a USB OTG cable (for Android 3.0 and higher).

Our forthcoming Selfloops Accessory enables ANT+ in Android:
http://www.selfloops.com/products/accessories.html

a list of ANT+ capable smartphones and other external solutions are described here:
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HOW IT WORKS
At the start of the session the application will gather data from sensors in proximity.
If the user is registered, a square will pop-up with her name, otherwise she will appear as an anonymous user. You can edit the anonymous user and register her for a future automatic identification. You can also manually register users, if you know the heart rate monitor device number.

IMPORTANT
Only users with heart rate monitors in proximity will be shown during a session.
In Android devices that natively support ANT+ you have to DISABLE the WiFi for this application to work. The two radio protocols share the same antenna in these devices and ANT+ cannot work continuously.