Hi Everyone!

It’s a big day for our FitStar family, and for you, our FitStar community.

Dave and I started FitStar more than three years ago to give anyone a simple and personalized way to get and stay in shape – no matter their level of expertise, location, or budget.

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[Mike and Dave with Tony in the early FitStar days]

As reflected in our mission, simply put, we set out to build products that inspire people to live healthier lives.

It has been an incredibly challenging, fun and rewarding road thus far. We’ve been humbled and inspired by the achievements millions of FitStars around the world have produced, and we’re excited to now be in a position to greatly expand on our mission.

Today, I’m excited to announce that we’re joining forces with Fitbit, the undisputed leader in fitness hardware, and a company that is totally aligned with FitStar’s mission.

This is not a new relationship for us — in fact, we’ve gotten to know the folks over at Fitbit quite well over the past few years. During this time, we’ve become aligned that the next generation of digital fitness will be ushered in with the smart and seamless integration of hardware and software experiences.

It’s in this context that we couldn’t be more excited about this natural fit between our companies and cultures.

The FitStar you know and love is not going away – in fact, it’s only going to get better with our friends at Fitbit. We’ve maintained a lean team since the beginning and have only built out a fraction of our products and vision to date. So by joining forces with Fitbit, we’ll have the resources to accelerate our plans and expand FitStar to millions more people who are looking for new ways to stay healthy. Our biggest request from our FitStar community is availability on alternative platforms so look out for new products on new platforms over the next several months and beyond.

From all of us here at FitStar, thank you for your inspiration and support and we look forward to delivering you incredible new experiences in the years ahead!

Keep Moving,

Mike

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  • Madhuvidya Agnima

    I hope this news leads to more programs. I like Fitstar a lot, but currently there is no program that suits my needs: I am already thin, so I do not need cardio to lose weight, yet every program is very cardio oriented. I need a program that will help me put on and keep muscle weight. So, sadly, even being a member, I dont use Fitstar as much as I could, but have to use another app.

    • http://fitstar.com/ FitStar

      Hey Madhuvidya –

      We’re always looking into expanding our programs and offerings – including the possibility of programs for weight gain. I’ll forward this to the rest of the team :).

  • Eric

    How about working to get FitStar on streaming media players? (Rokus)

    • http://fitstar.com/ FitStar

      Hey Eric!

      Thanks for reaching out! That’s a great question!

      We’re looking to add support for additional devices in the future. We don’t yet have any announced dates for that, but we know people are excited to have us on more platforms. You can follow us on Twitter (@fitstar:disqus ) and on Facebook at facebook.com/fitstarlabs for updates on our plans.

  • thibaudgg

    I really hope that FitStar HealthKit integration will stay there even if FitBit doesn’t want support it. :-/

    • http://fitstar.com/ FitStar

      Thanks for reaching out!

      Apple has been a key partner to FitStar, and we want to continue to maintain a great relationship with them. There are no plans to change our Healthkit support.

  • http://www.littlegrunts.com/ Paulina Dao

    Congrats! I remember interviewing with you guys about 2.5 years ago. Glad to see this!

    • http://fitstar.com/ FitStar

      Thank you Paulina! Our team is super excited about this :).

  • http://lukespoor.me Luke Spoor

    What’s the planned outcome of this then? How will it benefit us guys that own a fitbit tracker?

    • http://fitstar.com/ FitStar

      Great questions Luke!

      For now it’s business as usual for both companies and we see very exciting opportunities coming soon from this partnership that will that will help people lead healthier, more active lives by empowering them with data, inspiration and guidance to reach their health and fitness goals.

      Available immediately, FitStar users will be able to seamlessly publish their FitStar workouts into Fitbit to see how their personal training or yoga practice impacts their overall health.

      Coming soon, Fitbit users will be able to set up a FitStar account by using their Fitbit account login. Additionally, when using new Fitbit trackers like Fitbit Charge HR or Fitbit Surge that are equipped with Fitbit’s PurePulse™ continuous heart rate tracking, FitStar users will soon be able to see their heart rate trends during FitStar logged workouts.

      • Patrick Caruso

        Just joined FitStar and completed a couple workouts, but not seeing them being published to FitBit. I have both apps connected. Any idea what the data from FitStat wouldn’t be getting pushed to FitBit? Thanks!

      • Tom Zidar

        What’s the ETA for heart rates being integrated into Fitstar workouts. I imagine this data would be extremely helpful to make meaningful/instantaneous workout recommendations. (HR is too low focus more on cardio or increase the length, optimize fat burn, etc.)

  • Natalia Duque

    This is great! I am a fitstar fan. I only wish you could customize the sessions a little bit more. For example, I wish you could set your session time goal (I’m in the get strong program and feel that many sessions are too short)

    • http://fitstar.com/ FitStar

      Thanks for reaching out Natalia!

      We hear you and are definitely looking into making the app and the user experience more robust in the future. Stay tuned!

  • http://www.11am-gmt.blogspot.co.uk David Thompson

    I’ve been with Fitbit for a few years, and just joined Fitstar because of your shared integration. I’m loving the Fitstar ap and the way it adapts to my needs so that I’m pushing myself, but not overtraining and risking injury. I do, however, also run, do yoga, cycle etc, which I can’t enter on Fitstar but all of which affect my recovery rates.

    I wonder if Fitbit integration will eventually allow the Fitstar programmes to take into account my other fitness loads and adjust its workout loads accordingly?

    • http://fitstar.com/ FitStar

      Hey David! That’s a great question! We’re excited by the opportunities that our merger with Fitbit represents and we’re definitely looking forward to using Fitbit’s resources to create a more robust experience for our users.

  • Dale Therio

    I second the comment about HealthKit integration. Due to FitBit refusing to add this (and publically stating they have no plans to do so), I bought a competing weight scale and will not purchase another activity tracker from them once the one I have no longer works.

    • http://fitstar.com/ FitStar

      Hey Dale!

      As we mentioned in another reply, Apple has been a key partner to FitStar, and we want to continue to maintain a great relationship with them. There are no plans to change our Healthkit support.

      • Carl Stephen Gaines

        Sorry is Health Kit integration no longer an option following the Fitbit purchase? I can’t find it and don’t plan to keep premium if it isn’t an option. Thanks!

        • http://fitstar.com/ FitStar

          Hey Carl! We definitely still support Health Kit and have no plans to change our support. If you have any trouble, just send us a message at support@fitstar.com!

          • Carl Stephen Gaines

            Thanks. I had to delete and reinstall app to be able to add it.

          • http://fitstar.com/ FitStar

            You’re very welcome! Glad to hear you were able to resolve the issue :).

  • http://www.jamiekaren.com Jamie K. Ferrugiaro

    I hope this means you’ll still sync with Jawbone UP! :-)

    • http://fitstar.com/ FitStar

      Hey Jamie! Hope you’re having a great weekend :).

      Our current partnerships are important to us and ones we’ve been developing for a long time. For now, it’s business as usual, and terms of existing partnerships won’t change.

  • http://www.citydad.net Ryan Nesbitt

    What’s in the pipeline now that that acquisition has happened. All gone a bit quiet! Anything you can share with us?

    • http://fitstar.com/ FitStar

      Hi Ryan, thanks for reaching out! We’ve been hard at work making improvements and rolling out new features within both FitStar Personal Trainer and FitStar Yoga. We have more goodness in the works that we’ll be announcing soon so stay tuned. :)

  • MarketVeritas

    The word is that the software side of the Fitbit ecosystem is growing faster than the hardware side, and with higher margins! Any input on this exciting idea? Keep up the great work FitStar!

    • http://fitstar.com/ FitStar

      We have lots of improvements and features rolling out in both our apps. Stay tuned!

  • G Wizz

    I cannot find anywhere on the website where the cost is shown. So what does it cost?

    • http://fitstar.com/ FitStar

      Hi G Wizz, FitStar Personal Trainer and FitStar Yoga are $7.99/month or $39.99/year. They each require their own subscription. You can email us at support@fitstar.com if you have any other questions!

  • Matilde07

    It also does not have a numerical display of the time or other fitness info. However, the Flex does offer sleep tracking and a silent waking alarm (though no automatic sleep detection). It has a battery lifespan up to five days and perfectly fits people who want a water-resistant wristband, which allows fitness tracking to continue, no matter the activity.for more knowledge check this; http://fit2track.com/