We receive a lot of interest and questions from the FitStar community about the circle surrounding the FitStar profile picture – what we call the FitBar – so we wanted to take a minute to explain what it is, why it’s there, and how it can help you on your journey to a healthier you.
FitStar’s adaptive abilities replicate the ways in which a personal trainer might change your workout based on your current abilities and fitness level. The FitBar is similar: it adapts to how often you’re showing up and completing your workouts. Think of it as your personal trainer calling you and nagging you to show up for your session
Simply put, the FitBar measures recency and consistency, and tracks toward the goal of your program. Let’s say you’ve chose the Daily Dose program, which is generally set to have you work out approximately 15 minutes a day for 6 days a week. In that case, the FitBar will reflect how you’re doing against that 4-week commitment. Have you been keeping up on your daily promise? Have you thrown in a Freestyle Session or two just to top it off?
The important thing to note is that the FitBar reflects your progress against the program AND the time it takes to complete the entire program. So you need to keep at it in an orderly manner for that FitBar to go green! And you really need to be on point to get it to turn blue!
Here are the states of the FitBar as illustrated in the Friends section of FitStar.
- None – You don’t have a program.
- Red – You’re not keeping up with your program and, therefore, not getting the most out of it.
- Yellow – You’re at risk of falling off your program.
- Light Green – You’re getting there but you need a nudge.
- Green – You’re on track. Keep at it.
- Blue – You’re an animal. Fitness is your business and business is good.
As FitStar Contributor Judi Brown explores in Making Exercise a Habit, tracking progress is a vital step to making fundamental changes. We couldn’t agree more with Judi and that’s why we designed the FitBar. Remember to use it to track your progress and hit your goals.
Let us know what you think about the FitBar!
– Team FitStar
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