Highlighted on the stage of a Mobile World Congress keynote address, MapMyFitness is excited to announce a premier partnership with the launch of the Samsung Gear 2. As part of the launch MapMyRun will also be featured in the Samsung app gallery for the Gear 2. This announcement comes ahead of the commercial launch of the Gear 2 available for purchase in April 2014.
Now view and control real time fitness stats on your wrist during a workout – including time, pace, distance, calories burned, and heart rate data, all via Bluetooth Smart technology. With the Samsung Gear 2, MapMyFitness members can now start and stop workouts directly from the wrist – creating a more seamless, accurate workout experience. Users can also toggle and choose which stats matter the most through three separate custom panel views.
“As our Android community continues to grow both nationally and internationally, this is a critical step in advancing our open platform and adding to the connected devices we integrate with. Samsung has been an incredible partner along the way, and this particular app is not only visually stunning, but extremely seamless, creating a low friction workout experience – something we are extremely passionate about at MapMyFitness,” said Robin Thurston, President at MapMyFitness.
A new feature, exclusive to the Gear 2 app, is an animated progress bar, illuminating in the background. As the workout advances a light gray bar sweeps across the background, showing progress and providing real-time data every step of the way. With the smartwatch market forecast to reach $15 million in 2014, Samsung continues to be at the forefront of cutting edge technology and MapMyFitness is honored to be a partner along the way of this fast-paced journey. To learn more about the Gear 2, please visit the Gear website.
MapMyFitness is the leader in connected fitness ¬ building the world¹s largest digital fitness community by providing interactive tools to make fitness social, simple and rewarding. The flagship consumer brands—MapMyRun, MapMyRide, and MapMyWalk—are among the most popular apps on iOS and Android and the cloud-based platform has been supporting millions of users since it launched in 2007. MapMyFitness is an open platform, seamlessly integrating with more than 400 fitness tracking devices, sensors and wearables. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, MapMyFitness has over 100 employees and offers integrated marketing and advertising solutions, premium consumer subscription products, and a SaaS platform that helps partners of any size tap into advanced fitness tracking technology, workout database, nutritional data, calorie calculators, and 160+ million of the best running, cycling and walking routes around the world. For more information visit www.mapmyfitness.com. MapMyFitness is an Under Armour company.
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Exercise helps us live longer, stress less, and fight disease. But sometimes, well, we just want to look nice on date night. And while there are plenty of different ways to exercise — whether we’re looking to build strength, increase muscle size, burn fat, or improve endurance — there’s also such a thing as a workout that’s specifically designed to temporarily improve the way we look. We’re talking about a training protocol that will make muscles pop and tighten and brighten the skin for one night only.
How? Well, we asked Rob Sulaver of Bandana Training to come up with a workout that helps increase blood flow to the upper body so that the muscles become temporarily engorged, appearing fuller and stronger.
This workout should also help you work up a nice, heavy sweat. But don’t worry, that’s a good thing! A sweaty gym sesh will help clean your pores, eliminate some water weight (thereby helping the muscles appear more defined), and get the skin producing more of its natural oils that help skin stay supple and healthy.
Put all this together, and what have you got? A fun, fast-paced workout that will make your muscles pop, your skin brighter, and provide plenty of endorphins that’ll help you relax, de-stress, and be more optimistic about the big date ahead!
Note: Just in case any of these exercises are unfamiliar, we’ve linked video descriptions below our funky graphic.
For more information and exercise demonstrations:
- A1) Bent-Over Dumbbell Row
- A2) Dumbbell Bench Press
- A3) Dumbbell High Pull
- B1) Seated Dumbbell Biceps Curl
- B2) Decline Dumbbell Skullcrusher
- B3) Seated Dumbbell Lateral Raise
- C1) Push-Up with 15-Second Hold
- C2) Chin-Up Hold (Feel free to substitute with a similar hold on an assisted chin-up machine or a lat pulldown machine.)
We like to think when it comes to fitness, we step up to the challenge. Sure, we develop and implement the technology that powers the mobile and web products our millions of users worldwide use, but of the 100 employees who work at MapMyFitness, a majority of us are athletes. Whether we are testing the latest build of our mobile apps on the trails or strapping on a new fitness tracking device, we cover a lot of miles.
Here in Austin, our recent training has been geared towards the upcoming Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. So what are some of the tips we have for race training? See what a few of our team members had to say.
- “Don’t slack off on recovery runs. They’re uncomfortable at first, but they pay off in the end. The rest of your week’s training will be much more enjoyable and you’ll be less likely to strain or injure tired muscles.” – Dylan Mankey
- “Shorten your stride, relax your shoulders, lower your arms, breathe with your stomach, and above all, make sure you have a good music mix lined up.” – Chad Banicki
- “As a beginner, training with a great Coach and experienced runners gave me a huge jump start. Training with a group taught me that drills and training plans could actually be really fun! Planning my solo training routes in advance gave me something to look forward to and helped me stay on top of my distance goals.” – Julianna Scruggs
- “Training for me is all about accountability and somebody/something telling me what to do. Between job and family, time is tight, so I need to maximize my efforts. A good training plan keeps me on track and holds me accountable to my race goal. Telling as many friends and family members as possible ensures I stick with it.” – Jesse Demmel
- “Appointments, meetings and social activities can really get in the way of your training schedule. Blocking out time on my calendar always helps me follow through with my weekly running goals. Also, don’t be afraid to tell people you’re training for a race. The more people that know about your training, the more committed you become.” – Angela Hawkins
- “Music! Creating a new playlist each week keeps me motivated to hit the pavement. New tunes help me pick up my pace and distance each week as well. ” – Caroline Wiggs
- “It may sound simple, but training with a running buddy (or buddies) really helped me stick to my goal pace. Having someone else hold me accountable for getting in my miles at race pace paid off in the end.” – Allison Glass
- “I’ve been training and racing since about the age of 13 and season after season I never cease to learn something new about the process. This season I learned to slow down and enjoy the process. As a former competitive runner, this year I’ve been absorbing the experience, rather than thinking of a ride or run as a tool to make me faster. So this season I went from training like a business man on a mission to a more laid back spectator along for the ride.” – Jake Morse
What are some of your favorite tips? Leave them below in our comments section and share with our team.Blog, News
MapMyFitness is excited to partner with San Francisco’s Bay to Breakers race on May 18th. As the oldest consecutively run annual footrace in the world, this event has been a staple to San Francisco since May 1912.
In the months leading up to the race, MapMyFitness and Under Armour will initiate consumer promotions to rally participants from across the country through integrated web and mobile experiences. With MapMyFitness serving as the official digital partner of Bay to Breakers, registered runners will have free access to premium customized interactive training plans and advanced training tools through the MapMyFitness MVP membership program, including live tracking on race day.
Under Armour will collaborate with Bay to Breakers to design co-branded apparel and will use the two-day runner’s expo to highlight some of their cutting edge technology and innovations.
The race course begins near the San Francisco Bay, a few blocks from The Embarcadero, and runs west through the city and finishes at the Great Highway where breakers crash onto the Pacific Coast’s Ocean Beach (12K total). The 2014 edition will take place on Sunday, May 18.
You can read the full press release here.
What do indie rockers rock out to while running? Probably something along the lines of the Merge 25K Playlist on Spotify, which features 25 bands from the venerable North Carolina-based record label, including Grammy-winners Arcade Fire, the recently re-united Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Imperial Teen, M. Ward and many more.
You won’t find major radio hits here. But if spirited, melodic power pop gets your endorphins going, give it a try. The playlist clocks in around 90 minutes, perfect for a long run.
Merge general manager Keith Artin, an avid runner and MapMyRun user, curated the playlist to promote the label’s silver anniversary, taking place later this year. The year-long celebration culminates on March 22 with a 25K road race from Durham to Chapel Hill.
Proceeds from the race will benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and Habitat for Humanity of Durham and Orange County. For more information visit www.mergerecords.com/25k.