Here is why I think Personal Trainers & Coaches should jump on the FitBit bandwagon.
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You might have read a few post back about my discovery of FitBit (click HERE if you missed it), but since then so much has happened. Not only am I on daily challenges with friends, but a lot of my athletes have joined in and they have invited their families to do the same! The connection that I have made with my clients/athletes/victims even after years of training is pretty cool too! You can read my detailed review HERE, but don’t just take my opinion, see what my athletes/victims/clients have to say. I’ll add the reviews as they come in!
Pam (Client/Athlete of 7+ years)
I guess I am middle age, I know I have to exercise to be happy. I have Two kids, Two dogs and One husband. I’ve known about Fitbits from friends who have them but never had a real interest in owning one. UNTIL, one day my crossfit coach, KP showed me her Fitbit app and mentioned that she was in a group with one of our gym mates. It looked like fun and I didn’t want to be left out of the competition. It also seemed like it would be the easiest workout I’d ever do.
There are several facets of the Fitbit that attracted me over my Garmin watch which up until now was how I tracked my steps. The Fitbit has the capability of tracking steps in more activities (running, spinning, crossfit, pilates), more accurately than my watch. I also use it to track my sleep. I love the motivational messages that you get on the app when a goal is accomplished. The Fitbit is light weight and fits comfortably on my ankle.
The only con that I have is that I found inputting food was cumbersome and just took too long. I might use that more if it was easier because I like the idea of monitoring macro nutrients
I thought the price was reasonable. I didn’t shop around so I am not sure if there is a better deal available than what was offered by Amazon. I have had my Fitbit for about two weeks and have had no issues with it or the app.
I am an active person so for me the Fitbit does significantly increase my level or time of exercise. Honestly though I do feel guilty if I don’t get my goal steps in. Having the Fitbit count your steps makes it a lot more fun to exercise and you have a real time idea of your accomplishment. It’s great to get a pat on the back and little words of encouragement from the imaginary Fitbit man.
I love the group challenges. It is a great way to get to know people and give each other encouragement or friendly ribbing. One of these days I may beat Gary and get a trophy.
Jeannie (Client/Athlete of 10+ years)
Kim (my sister who started it all)
- Please give me a little background on yourself. Recently quit my job to be a stay at home mom. Enjoy biking and walking.
- How did you find out about Fitbit? What interest you in it? Found out about it from a colleague. Originally used it to track walks at work. My walking buddies and I used it in conjunction with weight watchers. At the time I didn’t know you could challenge. We mainly used it to help us reach our step goals for the day.
- Why did you feel like you needed to purchase it? My First Fitbit was given to me by a Work colleague/ walking buddy. My Second Fitbit my mom found on amazon. I purchased my 2nd Fitbit bc it was thinner, water proof, a my sister in law showed me how to use it to do challenges.
- What are the positive and negatives of your Fitbit? Positives: I love that it tracks my sleep and steps. I thought I walked a lot before I got a Fitbit, but it really challenges me to move more and more often. Love my Fitbit community. I’m addicted to the challenges. Negatives: I wear mine on my ankle bc it doesn’t track very well on my wrist. If I’m carrying things in my arm such as baby etc or pushing things such as grocery cart or stroller then it doesn’t track steps. It also doesn’t track sleep well on my ankle so I have to switch it to my wrist at night
- What was the price? What do you think of the price? Is it a good value? I got it on sale on amazon. I thought it was a good price/value.
- How did Fitbit improve your life? What are the benefits? I notice I have more energy the more active I am.
- What do you think the group/challenges with our Fitbit? Love the group challenges. Even though I am a stay at home mom it allows me to stay connected to my husband that travels, my parents, sister, and sister in-laws that live in other cities, and my previous work colleagues. I love that we can watch each other’s progress, as well as, chat back and forth as a group.
1. Emma Myers. Born and raised in Austin, TX. Studied Industrial Engineering and Economics at Northwestern University. Living in Columbus, OH working in technology at JPMorgan Chase. My sport is tennis. I try to vary up my exercise so I use different muscle groups in different capacities (which is good and bad).