Saturday, July 7, 2012

MotoActv: MotoActv.com Training Portal

Now back to indoor after a workout with MotoActv. The workout data should have been synced automatically, otherwise execute a manual sync.

Logon to MotoActv.com and you will be directed to the dashboard...


6 tabs at the top of the page for you to navigate through. Bottom half is a very brief info about your profile, such as weight and fit scores.

 


I suggest to go to the Settings tab to review and update your particulars before you proceed further. This is also the page that you view your fitness zones such as heart rate, pace etc. You are given a default zone profile until you have conducted a fitness test. The Settings page also allows you to add custom activity such as badminton. You also get notification about firmware updates on this page. There is one more important feature in this page, which many potential buyers outside of US are very keen to know...


That is the map support for non-America countries, especially Asia continent. Above is a subset of the entire list, you're welcome to drop a comment if you like me to check for your country before you commit a purchase.

To view your workouts, go to Workouts tab...


The latest workout is shown. Click the left/right button to browse through different workouts. It also means you have to click through one by one if you desire to view the older historic data. Motorola should provide a summary or calendar view enabling easy navigation for viewing of historic data. You can also share your workout to Facebook and Tweeter but the sharing is not attractive at all. Check out this post in MotoActv forum.



Up to 3 metrics can be added to the same graph for analysis. The graph is an interactive chart where you can get specific details when hover the cursor to any of the line charts. Check out video below, pay attention to the route map as well...


You can find other details in the bottom half of the page, such as Music where you can check what song boasts your adrenalin. You can also change the map to satellite view...


Another 2 things to be improved by Motorola. First, I can't delete any workout session that is not really a workout. For example, I was testing some sensors and I needed to start a workout session making sure the sensors are functional. Such "fake workouts" were also synced but can't be discarded. Second, check out the photo below...


The intensity level is not synced occasionally.

Other than impromptu exercise, you can also plan ahead your exercise sessions for a more structured fitness program...

 

You can plan your route and even subscribe to a defined training plan for a better success and to achieve the desired fitness. I tend to be an extemporaneous user, therefore I have not used any of this feature. Perhaps I shall subscribe to one of the plans to have better tracking over my exercises.

You can also set some goals to motivate yourself...


Yeah, I gained 4.5kg after my HK trip!! Feel shame about it, but I share it to force myself to face it, and work harder to fling it away!!

If you get motivated by competitions and challenges, go to Competition page...



Create a challenge to challenge your friend (must be MotoActv owner) or join one to compete with others. I have not used one but I believe the competition will sync to the watch under "Challenges>" in the workout screen.

The Wellness page is like a summary page where you get a summary view of your exercises...


I find MotoActv.com is quite a good training portal for self analysis and tracking, though I have not used any other training portal before. I am not a hardcore data geek nor a serious sportsman, my main objective is to reduce weight and to know a little more about my fitness.

You can see my running stats is not impressive at all or I called it a shame. I must admit I am not a good runner and jogging is not my cup of tea all this while. Most of the times I lose my focus and determination just few minutes after the start or I just give up in less than a km or two.

Hmmm... so now what? Am I finding an excuse not to exercise and to keep MotoActv back to its box? Nope, I am determined to revert to my old-time active lifestyle. I will reveal in the next post. ;)

p/s: You can check out my other MotoActv related posts here.