Thursday, 14 March 2013

Movescount.com review

Borrowed from http://suuntousanews.blogspot.dk/

In my last post, I gave you my first impressions of the Suunto Ambit watch I've bought, and one of the tools that goes with the watch is Suunto's online training diary/journal named Movescount. Since I've started using Movescount, I thought I'd write a little review of it.

At Movescount.com I'd say there are 7-10 important pages you look at; The Scoreboard, My Moves, Summary, Move (choosing 1 specific move), Tools (Route Planner, Training Program Planner, App designer), Gear, and Community; Get Stuff (Routes, Training Programs, App Zone).
A Move is pretty much just a workout, whether it be a run or weight lifting session. So every time you see something about a Move, just think of it as a workout/training session.

The Scoreboard
The Scoreboard is the first thing you see, when you log in. It is kind of like the Homepage of a website. Here you are able to see:
  • Your latest Move
  • A summary of your Moves from the last 30 days
  • Your latest Moves
  • Your next planned move
  • Latest Moves from members that you are a fan of
  • Your shoutbox - the latest shouts on your Moves, routes, and profile.
  • The last event you've participated in, and the events you're attending in the future
  • The groups you belong to
  • Your fans
Overall it's a summary of everything that's going on on movescount.com and your profile.
Screenshot of Scoreboard page
What I like about this, is that it gives a really easy overview of everything you need to see on Movescount.

My Moves
Going to the page My Moves enables you to review all of your Moves individually, one by one, as well as get a monthly overview in the summary tab.
To add Moves to your Movescount page, you can either transfer them directly by syncing it from compatible Suunto device or enter the data manually.
You have the ability to add a bunch of data into a single Move such as:
  • Detailed data on the activity you did, duration, heart rate (HR) data, weather, notes, tags, etc.
  • A route of your Move, drawn on a map.
  • Sport-specific information such as scores in a football/soccer game.
And you have the option to choose exactly what information you want track, and when you look at your saved Move, it's only the fields you've filled out that will be visible.

Tip!: You also have the option to mark 5 of your Moves as your Greatest Moves, which will make them appear on your public profile.
Screenshot of the 1. part of the Move
To see the rest of the move, click here

As you can see, there are a lot of data, such as the activity, duration, average HR, calories burned, Vibes (how the Move felt), distance, ascent, weather.
Further down, there are more details, such as average pace, VO2, temperature, route etc.
Of course, the data available depends on the device you track your Move with, or if you create it manually and what data you have available.
Even with all this data, it's still easy to get a good overview of the Move, since it only shows the data you've entered.

Here is a video from Suunto about editing a Move
http://youtu.be/sziMDaErsow

Summary
Summary you'll find in My Moves. The summary is dynamic, so it only shows the values you're interested in. You can choose to look at all your Moves from the current month, or choose an activity (such as running), multiple activities, or tags found in the cloud.
The summary includes:
  • Totals, such as the number of Moves, duration, average HR, calories burned, etc.
  • Distribution of different activities
  • Distribution of distances, ascents, speeds, and depths
  • Peak Training Effect distribution
  • HR Zone distribution
  • Free compare tool for seeing the differences
  • And more
Screenshot of Summary
I like the summary, because it's nice to see how much I've worked out for the entire month or the distance I've covered.
I also have the option to see the average, which gives me the average duration for all the activities and the individual activities as well as average distances etc.

Tools.
In tools, you'll find the Route planner, Training program planner, and App designer.

Route Planner
Here you're able to plan a route, and either make it private or public.
It's an easy way to plan a Move, if you have a set distance you need to do, like a 10k run.
Personally I haven't used this much so far, but I will probably be using it more, when I have to plan my 10k, 15k, and 20k runs and hikes.
If a route is private, you're the only one that can see it, but if it's public, every member at Movescount can see the route.
Screenshot of a planned Move
Training Program Planner
In the Training program planner you can plan your upcoming Moves as well as create training program for yourself (or make it public for other users to use).
In planned Moves you can plan future training week by week. You can either plan each Move separately or just add a whole program you've saved into your training program.
In your planned Moves you can see:
  • The Average time per week
  • Activity class for the week, calculated based on the training
  • Duration on a weekly level
  • Intensity distribution on a weekly level
In the Training program planner you can see all the training programs you've created or saved in the community. When you create a new training program you can add Moves just as easily as in the Planned Moves section, choosing duration, intensity, activity, and the day. You also have the option of adding tags and a description.
My planned Moves, week is off though.
I quite like the program planner, since I don't need a Numbers/Excel document to keep track of my training then. I find it nice to have everything in one place.
App designer
I'm not sure if there are any other devices besides the Suunto Ambit that have the ability to add apps to them.
But, here you're able to create an app, and I use the term loosely, because it's not a stand-alone app you can use for your device, but a small formula you can add to your display, such as a lap counter for swimming.
25m Swimming Pool Counter

Personally I haven't use this much, though I have added a few apps to my Suunto Ambit.
Gear
In the Gear section, you have the option to choose between your devices (if you have more than 1 registered). Here you're able to configure your device, such as units, personal settings (weight, height, activity level, etc.), General settings (language, GPS position format, etc.), Customization (activities and their displays), and Navigation (Points of Interests and Routes).
Screenshot of Suunto Ambit Gear

Community
In the community section, you have the option to choose between Moves, Members (Members, Groups, Events), Get Stuff, and Connect.
Moves
Here you have the option to see the most liked, the latest or longest Moves, either on a map or as a grid, and either all the activities or one specific activity like running.
It's not something I'm using, so can't really say anything good or bad about it.
Members

Members give you the option to find friends or members to become a fan of. Just like with the Moves page, you can choose different criteria, such as Most active, most popular, latest, or A-Z.
You can also search for a specific user, if you know a friends username.
Groups enables you to find a group to join, if you want find some likeminded people to follow. In a group you're able to see how other group members are doing this month, see the latest Moves that have been done by group members, and discuss with other members.
Events shows all the events created in Movescount. If there's an event you're taking part in, just attend it, if you can't find it, create it yourself :)
Screenshot of the Groups page
Screenshot from the Events page
Personally I haven't used the Members page much, only to search for one of my friends, and a few groups, though I haven't participated much in them.
I haven't had a look at events much really, but they seem quite easy to navigate through.
Get Stuff
In the Get Stuff you're able to discover new routes near you, or just anywhere really, find a training program or an app in the App zone for your Ambit.
Community Training Program
It's really easy to find a training program that fits your desires.
You have the option to choose between Most used, most liked, latest, or training programs by activity or activity class.
Screenshot of the Community Training Program page
And if you can't find one to your likings, you can always create your own.
Personally I've just created my own program, though I've made it private, so you won't be able to find it.

Overall, I really like this concept, especially since I'll have the ability to have everything in one place, Training program, previous workouts, planned workouts, support from friends and random people.
Definitely recommendable :)