5 Reasons to Sync your Fitness Data to MapMyFitness

By Chris Glode

General Manager, MapMyFitness

Looking for a list of supported/compatible devices with MapMyFitness?  Check here.


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A recent informal study we did revealed that over half
of the tens of millions of runners and cyclists who use watches and cycling computers and trackers from Timex, Magellan, Garmin, Polar, Mio, Nike, and many others never sync the data from their device to a service on the web.

If this is you, well…you’re missing out!

Here are five great reasons to upload your run, ride and other workout and activity data to MapMyFitness (or MapMyRun, MapMyRide, MapMyWalk).

1. Storing the data provides valuable insights into your progress. Keeping an automated, verified training log serves many purposes to aid you in your workout regimen. MapMyFitness gives you historical views into your activities showing trends relative to your speed, pace, duration, distance, calorie burn, heart rate, power output, cadence, and much more. Whether you’re a serious endurance athlete or a novice looking to shed a few pounds, these easy to use tools can help make sure you’re heading in the right direction.

2. All of the work you log can create a beautifully motivating visual storybook of your fitness activity. That incredible route you road on your bike tour of the Netherlands. Your best climb time on your favorite local hill. The first 5K you ever ran. An interactive, visually mapped out history of your best workout experiences can be amazingly motivating, and satisfyingly nostalgic to relive your best moments. Going back and reviewing the 3D flyover of my first half marathon, or reviewing a graph of my first 10K is always the perfect thing to get me back out and running.

3. Devices and apps change over time and so do you. MapMyFitness is committed to remaining an open platform that will support you, no matter what device you choose. The explosion in development of incredible tracking devices and sensors means many people use a different and changing set of tools with which to monitor their progress. Maybe you have an app to track your dog walks, a Fitbug to track your daily activities, a Garmin cycling computer to track your cycling, and a Polar heart rate strap for your treadmill runs (if you are actually this hardcore about tracking, we want to meet you!). MapMyFitness supports all of these devices seamlessly, letting you track all of your activity on your terms. Or perhaps you stick with one device or platform today, but who knows what you’ll use in 5 years? By keeping your training log on MapMyFitness, you can rest assured that as devices evolve you’ll still be able to track your activities, as MapMyFitness is committed to remaining an open device platform. Here’s a partial list of all the devices we support: ·

    • CycleOps (Joule GPS cycling computer, PowerTap)
    • Garmin (GPS running watches and cycling computers)
    • Polar (via Polar Personal Trainer web account)
    • Nike+ (app, iPod/shoe, watch, and more) via Nike+ web account.  Note: Fuelband coming soon!
    • Fitbug (One, Zip, Ultra) via Fitbit.com account
    • Watches: Timex GPS watches, Mio GPS Watches, Soleus Watches,  Magellan, GeoPalz (pedometer and trackers for kids and families)
    • Any GPX, TCX, FIT, HRM or other file upload
    • Heart rate monitors, bike speed & cadence, bike power sensors from Wahoo, Garmin, Adidas and many others via Ant+, Bluetooth Smart (aka Bluetooth 4.0 aka BTLE)

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You can click here to set up sync with any of these devices. What’s more, there are a growing number of apps that are compatible with MapMyFitness including: PumpOne, Wahoo Fitness, Run Coach (MapMyRun Training), Macaw Wellness App – You get the idea. We’re an open platform and we’re very committed to staying at the forefront of integrating as many of these incredible new devices as we possibly can – all so that you can have the freedom to choose your own tracking devices, and peace of mind to know your data remains secure in a single journal which can last your entire life, even as the sensors and technology evolve rapidly.

4. You can compete and win prizes. Come join our free challenges where you can earn prizes from our sponsors. Last year our partner, Muscle Milk gave away a trip for two to the Ironman World Championship in Kona. In other words, if you need some extra motivation to run – all you need to do is upload your workout in one of our free challenges and you could end up relaxing on a beach! Sound good? We also recently launched Courses, whereby your runs, rides and walks that are tracked with GPS (i.e. a CycleOps Joule, or MapMyFitness app), are automatically matched up against our searchable routes database of over 90 million routes worldwide. You’ll be automatically placed on local leaderboards for the top climbs and courses worldwide – and you can earn points just by consistently doing the same Courses, so this great fun for beginners as well.

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5. Getting Social! As of this blog posting, around 13 million members call MapMyFitness their home. These are your friends, your family, your coworkers, your classmates – you can join them, compete, collaborate and motivate them all through our social fitness tracking tools – regardless of what activities they do or what devices they use to track them. Find them here!

Of course, if working out is a private affair for you, MapMyFitness, MapMyRun, MapMyRide, and MapMyWalk have a simple privacy setting that essentially acts similar to an offline training log, or tracking workouts in Excel. Your workouts, routes, profile and activities remain completely private and undiscoverable to others if you so desire. However, if working out is a social affair for you, if you enjoy running or walking with friends, if you’ve met new people through cycling, if you like to brag your best runs and rides to Facebook – we have all the tools you need.

In a training group for your next marathon? We’ve got you covered – create a Group. Like to know where your spouse or partner is while their out on their run or ride? Try our live tracking using our iPhone and Android apps. Again, the freedom of an open platform comes in to play: your friend may use a Garmin watch, and perhaps you use the MapMyRun Android app: you can still compete, share, and motivate each other with by using the integrated suite of free tools we offer.

In short, if you’re not syncing your workout data with MapMyFitness, you might be missing out on some great experiences. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

We’ll be doing a follow up post regarding how to pick a tracker or device that’s best for you, but leave us comments if you have any specifics you’d like to hear about.

As always, if you have any issues whatsoever, let us know at support@mapmyfitness.com – we’ll do our very best to help you get up and running using our tools.

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