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Training-Track Help

We have tried to make Training-Track as flexible as possible. Whether you are a long distance runner, a gym junkie or a sports fanatic, you can effectively use Training-Track to track your specific training type.
We strongly suggest that you read the following information. It will allow you to understand some of the key concepts behind Training-Track and aid you in getting the most out of this website.

Getting Started

First things first...

Once you have signed up to Training-Track we recommend that you:
  • View your Exercises. You can customise your existing exercises to your specific training requirements. If you perform any exercises that are not in the default exercise list then simply create it.
  • If you perform any exercises that you would like to map, for example walking or jogging, then create your own exercise Maps
  • Now that you have all your exercises and maps to suit your training requirements it's time to perform a workout. Go to your Calendar and perform an impromptu workout

The next step

Once you are familiar with the basic functionality of Training-Track you can:

Exercises

We have created around 100 default exercises for you to use on Training-Track, everything from jogging to bicep curl. We however understand that people implement their exercises in different ways and because of this we have put the customisation of all exercises into your hands.

Exercise Customisation

All exercises are made up of 4 basic attributes (Weight, Repetitions, Distance and Duration). By toggling these attributes you can customise an exercise to suit your specific training needs.
Let's use an example to demonstrate exercise cusomerisiation. The default implementation for 'Jogging' is:
Weight
Repetition
Distance
Duration
Most people who jog are only interested in the distance and the duration of that jog. However you may like to jog while carrying dumbbells. In this case you would override the default attributes to include 'Weight'. Now you can track the weight of the dumbbell as well as the distance and duration of the jog.
A similar example can be made using another common exercise like 'Bench Press'. Let's assume that you do bench press slightly differently to the norm. Your goal is to do as many repetitions as possible within 2 minutes. In this scenario you would select the duration attribute as well.

Exercise Creation

Do you want to perform an exercise that is not in the default exercise list? Simply create your own custom exercise! It only takes 15 seconds!

Maps

At Training-Track you can track all of your favorite exercise routes by creating exercise maps. Exercise maps are ideal for exercises like cycling, jogging and walking.
The mapping uses Google Maps to display the map route as well as accurately calculate the distance of any exercise route.
Create a New Exercise
  1. Move the map left, right, up or down. You can achieve the same result by clicking and dragging the map
  2. Zoom in and out on the map
  3. The scale of the map
  4. The end point of the map route
  5. The map route. You can extend the route by performing a single click on the map
  6. Hover the mouse over the map route to view the relative distance from the start to end points
  7. The start point of the map route
  8. Saves the current state of the map
  9. Calculates the total distance of the map
  10. Removes the last point that was added to the map route
  11. Clears all points from the map route
  12. The title of the map
  13. A description of the map
  14. View the map either as a map, a satellite image or a combination of both. Satellite mode is ideal for mapping a route that does not stick to roads (ie parks)

Exercise and Map Associations

So you have made your first map, what now? Let's assume that your first map is a route from your home to your work. You may want to use this map route for different exercises. On Monday you may walk to work, Tuesday you jog to work and on Wednesday you could cycle to work. A single map can be associated with many different exercises. So with our previous map titled 'To Work' we associate it with the exercises 'Walking', 'Jogging' and 'Cycling'. Now when you perform an exercise within a workout you will have 3 additional exercises 'Walking (To Work)', 'Jogging (To Work)' and 'Cycling (To Work)'. When we select the exercise 'Jogging (To Work)' over 'Jogging' the distance for that exercise will automatically be calculated.

Programs

A program in Training-Track is one or more workouts that span 7 days. Programs are suitable for people who follow a predefined training schedule, if however your training is more erratic then creating a program is probable not for you.
Programs are great for:
  • Setting predefined training goals
  • Creating a structured training routine
  • Motivating you to perform all program workouts within the allotted week otherwise Training-Track will mark them as failed!
  • Saving time from constantly entering the same workout into Training-Track

Creating a Program

It is important to note that when you are creating a program you are not actually doing any exercise. Instead you are creating an exercise contract on what you intend to implement.
Those people who like to sit down and plan out all the workouts they intend to do over a period of time will be familiar with the concept of creating a program.
A simple program might be made up of:
MondayWeights
WednesdayCardio
FridayCardio and Weights
When creating a program you are specifying your goals for each exercise within a workout. For example on your Wednesday cardio workout you may set a goal of jogging for 20 minutes.
Once you have created a program you will then need to schedule it to your calendar.

Scheduling a Program

Once you have created a program you will need to schedule it onto your calendar to implement it. When you schedule a program you will need to specify the start date. You will also need to stipulate the number of cycles which represent how many times a program will repeat on your calendar.

Calendar

Your calendar is the heart of Training-Track. This is where you view and perform your exercise workouts.
Create a New Exercise
1. Click a specific time on your calendar to perform an impromptu workout.
2. The yellow column represents the current day.
3. Shows week that you are currently viewing. You can use the arrows to change the week.
4. Select "View Details" to view any programs that may be scheduled to your calendar within the week that you are viewing.

Workout Types

* Scheduled workouts are workouts that are part of a program that has been scheduled onto the calendar.
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Unscheduled Workout

An unscheduled workout is a pending workout that has been unscheduled by the user.
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Completed Workout

This is a workout that been performed.

There are 2 types of completed workouts.
  1. An impromptu workout is a workout that has been performed without been scheduled. You can do an impromptu workout at any time by clicking on a specific time on your calendar.
  2. A scheduled workout that has been completed in the prescribed week.
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Failed Workout

A failed workout is a scheduled workout that has not been completed within the scheduled week.
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Overdue Workout

A scheduled workout becomes overdue when it has not been completed by the scheduled time. It will go to failed at the end of the prescribed week.
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Pending Workout

A pending workout is any scheduled workout that is to be performed sometime in the future.

Training-Track on a Mobile Device

Training-Track is now available on mobile devices!
Take your mobile phone with you to the gym and input your training directly into Training-Track as you are completing your workout. This means that you can throw away that old tattered training diary and get Training-Track to do the work for you!
Due to the restricted screen size on a mobile device we have simplified the structure of Training-Track when viewed via a mobile device. You will be able to perform workouts on your mobile device but other functionality like creating maps and viewing your statistics are currently only available on a desktop computer.
You can get to Training-Track on your mobile device by directing its browser to http://www.training-track.com. Training-Track will detect that you are on a mobile device and forward you to the simplified mobile website. If this does not occur and you are viewing the standard Training-Track website on you mobile device then please go to http://www.training-track.com/mobile. Please let us know if this occurs so we can add your mobile device type to our list for automatic detection.