Fitness Tracker Enhancements Launched Today

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Update April 2013
We made a change to the site so that all members get our new Fitness tracker. We have made a lot of improvements to the new tracker, so it should only add to your experience. However, if you have any problems or issues, please email support@sparkpeople.com.

Original Announcement in June 2012
Hi everyone,

We are happy to announce we made some upgrades to our Fitness Tracker, adding more tracking options plus making everything more streamlined.

A quick summary of the changes are:

- There is now just one “unified search” box where you can search for cardio, strength, and other activities all in one place. (Previously, you searched for and tracked all of these activities separately.)
- You now can see and track calories burned for all activities, including strength training. This has been a long-standing request from our members.
- You can copy exercises to another day and also create exercise groupings, much like you would "food groupings" in the Nutrition Tracker. This makes it easier to track a group of exercises you tend to do multiple times a week, for example.

Here is a new tutorial video that showcases the changes.

If you have any questions or feedback, please leave a comment below. We hope you enjoy this simpler way to track your fitness—and the calories burned for more of the activities you are doing!

Dave H.
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    I liked the old one. That's it.
    1822 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/26/2013 8:22:55 AM
    Really, why did you change it? sure, for people with computer skills, it is probably okay---but not to us challenged ones---and there are a lot of us on here. And if you are going to do it, then you need to create a tutorial for us to use that is very, very simple to follow---like don't skip simple steps as there are some that won't understand ---and an announcement or something would have been nice to have and instructions on how to save your programs before it happened. I am probably okay with it as the only thing I add anymore is my water aerobics since I have the Fitbit for other stuff---but if I want to do strength and want ideas, how do I do this? the old system allowed one to find things to try and I really liked that feature.
    1822 days ago
    Please bring back the old tracker......tried repeatedly for several days to log exercise and could not record it or save it or in most cases, could not find where to actually record it. I agree with the unhappy majority.......ditch this new tracker. It is not at all user friendly. Frustration discourages the faithful from logging their progress... emoticon
    1823 days ago
  • DOE1164
    Yes. For Pete's sake. I cannot log my exercises, which I've always done faithfully.
    Bring the old system back.... PLEASE!!!!!
    1823 days ago
    I'm swimming against the tide of general opinion, here!

    I have been using the new tracker since it first came in, and altho' it was different and I was kinda lost to start with, I soon found that after adding the ones I use regularly to my favourites, that it is actually very easy to use. I MUCH prefer this one to the old one!

    1823 days ago
    I am very sad the tracker changed. This is not user freindly, at least not for me!! I can't figure out how to use this new one. Where are the demo's for the strength training exercises?? I use them all the time!!! That is how I am learning to do them. That is what has gotten me this far & still working on it!!! So, who do I talk to, to see about getting the old one back. Now, I have done 3 strength training exercises today and I can't track them!!! BUMMED!!
    1823 days ago
    My cardio from yesterday and today are not remaining as recorded. I have resubmitted my workouts three+ times without success.
    What can be done ?
    1823 days ago
    I find this new tracker frustrating. I also would like to see the old tracker return.
    1823 days ago
    I can't understand how to use it and I don't like it! I've been using the old system for over 5 years and didn't have ANY problems. How do I enter my cardio???

    Please, please, please give us back the old system that works easily and smoothly!
    1823 days ago
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    1823 days ago
  • RD03875
    I HATE, HATE HATE the new tracker and I want my old one BACK!@!@@
    1823 days ago
    Epic dislike. Please bring back the old fitness tracker -- especially the separate strength training. This is confusing.
    1823 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/25/2013 10:11:11 PM
    "Is Anybody Out There??????" WE DON'T LIKE THE NEW TRACKER. Please give us the option of going back to the old one. Those who like the new one can stay with it.
    1823 days ago
    All my exercise routines are gone. It is very time consuming to try to reload them from scratch. The new tracker sucks
    1823 days ago
    1823 days ago
  • BEFIT1975
    I have tried, this just isn't working for me, I miss the little pictures showing the exercises, I miss the fact I could search for new exercises by selecting add new and just putting the area I was trying to work. Please give it some thought, let the users choose!
    1823 days ago
    I do NOT like the new fitness tracker, nor do I like the new food tracker!! Both are very confusing to me. Why are things being changed? They were fine the way they were in the first place. By reading all the previous posts.........I say that 98% of the Spark People community does not like the changes. That is NOT a good thing. emoticon
    1823 days ago
    I don't like it.

    1823 days ago
    Don't like this either. I find it very confusing. Please bring back the old system.
    1823 days ago
    Thanks for bringing the 'print cardio tracked' button back in the new site. It wasn't there yesterday. Again, thanks.
    1823 days ago
    emoticon I have tried to post my exercise and it does not seem to log it in..
    I don't like this. emoticon
    1823 days ago
    1823 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    I did notice that yesterday-had a heck of a time figuring out what was wrong. As for my training sessions I just write them down as 30 min of fitness.
    1823 days ago
    PLEASE bring back ythe old track- this is soooo frustrating - I thought SP was here to AID in our healthy habits - WRONG!!!@!!!
    1823 days ago
    I suppose this will be the end of the fitness tracker. it looks much like windows 8 , nobody but microsoft likes it. I don't like neither the new fitness tracker , nor the food one. the old ones were much better.
    1823 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/25/2013 3:32:53 PM
    So now in order to get my exercise minutes for reffing I have to make up milage? I hate to be so negative but I used to look forward to tracking my workouts and getting points, but now it just frustrates me. I hope you listen to all the negative comments from about 99 per cent of the comments and give us back the old system
    1823 days ago
    I still HATE this new tracker with a passion. If so many people hate it, which I can read right here, why would SP want to keep it? Newer isn't always better - this this definitely isn't.
    1823 days ago
    Add me to the list of not liking the new tracker. Like many others, I keep my cardio and weights separate. One I track by weights and reps. The other by time and distance. Not even remotely similar, and are working to achieve two different goals. Please, give us the option to use the old tracker if we wish.
    1823 days ago
  • SHE_SHE_1
    Bring back the old one
    1823 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/25/2013 2:56:35 PM
    I am lost.
    1823 days ago
    I am with most of those who have posted here. I like the old tracker as it isn't as time consuming as this new one. Having to add my strength exercises each day I do them = and so far, haven't even figured out how I am able to do that. I've tried changing the settings, but it isn't showing my strength training at all, anywhere, so really don't like this tracker. We had an option before, I didn't like the new one then and I still don't. I want my old one back. emoticon
    04.26.13 Update: I have figured it out, entered my normal weeks worth of exercises and strength training and I am set for the week. All I have to do next week is copy this week, basically, or enter it from my groupings folder. It takes a little while to set it up, but it's worth it, as so much is. Now I like it. Thanks. emoticon
    1823 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/26/2013 2:37:52 AM
    I do not like the new tracker. Give us the option. Please!!!

    Thank you!!
    1823 days ago
    I'm with most everyone on this post, have tried the new page and its to time consuming. Much prefer the old way please give us the option. thank you.
    1823 days ago
    Does 98% of the people's opinions matter? Just curious. It seems like there are times when "for your own good" is shoved down our throats, and even though we are asked how we feel about it, there is no intention whatsoever of the "powers that be" actually listening to what others have to say about it.
    I'm trying, but I STILL hate the new one, I didn't use it before for a reason, and that reason didn't change because it was forced on me.
    Just saying.... emoticon
    1823 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/25/2013 12:50:24 PM
    I agree with many others here. I prefer the old tracker, that is why I continued to use the old version when we had the choice between the two. Please give us the option back!

    I especially liked having my strength training exercises show up pre-listed on my ST days. Having to enter them individually every day is a nuisance. It was so much easier to just check them off and add or subtract exercises as needed.
    1823 days ago
    Sorry I am with the majority on this I do not like it. I think we should have an option!! emoticon
    1823 days ago
    I want the old one back, NOW. Until the old one shows back up, I won't be using the new one. THIS SUCKS.
    1823 days ago
    Please bring back the old format...
    1823 days ago
    By all means allow this new tracker as an option, but don't force it on us. I personally find it completely unhelpful. I used the quick tracker because I do not have time to break down every move in a workout dvd/class. Don't get me wrong, I love SP and think you do great things. This is just not one of them. I'll be tracking my FM on my SP blog until you fix this.
    1823 days ago
  • SILVER1369
    Sorry I am with the majority on this I do not like it. Very sad to see my old one gone and this replacing it.
    1823 days ago
    What is wrong with you people. This is so user unfriendly. Need old tracker back.
    1823 days ago
    DO NOT LIKE IT... Is not user friendly...will probably stop tracking ...maybe a step by step set up...old way was great...sometimes newer is not better.
    1823 days ago
    I liked the separated cardio and strength sections in the old tracker. Please bring it back. Also, when I track miles I track them from the cardio exercise equipment ie treadmill, elliptical etc. It would be nice to have those choices in the mileage tracking.
    1823 days ago
  • SAVTA11
    Please bring back the old format or at least give everyone a choice between the two.

    1823 days ago
  • DAISY443
    Got a Spark Point for using the Spark People Web Search to find a new Fitness Tracker since you discontinued the old tracker and don't seem to note that over 90% of the responders here don't like your new fitness tracker.
    1823 days ago
    Okay clue me in---I walk 45 minutes a day every day--how do I enter that--the old way I just wrote exactly that--how do I do it now???
    1823 days ago
    It appears that you dropped the old trackers altogether, which you were maintaining, I guess, through this transition. However, I like keeping strength training separate from cardio; graphs do not tell me much. I would rather see what I did, not a graph. Is it possible to keep both trackers on the site?
    1823 days ago
    I wonder if they are listening to us. If they keep this fitness tracker nonsense, the way it is now, then I guess they just don't care about their members!
    1823 days ago
    As I stated last summer when the new tracker first came out, I'd much rather use the old one. I understand there are some advantages to this new tracker but I honestly find this new tracker more difficult to use.
    1823 days ago
    I don't like it. emoticon
    1823 days ago
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