lunedì 4 ottobre 2010

4Trainers Guide

Routine list

A Routine is a sequence of activities that can be repeated. Each repetition can be followed by a resting time of a given span.
By selecting a Routine you can go to the Stopwatch view.
By pressing the Edit button you can add, delete and move Routines. To modify a Routine just press on the Routine name.

Add/Edit Routine
In this form you can set up the Routine parameter and edit the Activity list.
Insert the label (Routine name), the number of times this Routine will be executed, and the rest time - a pause between two repetitions.

The Activity list contains the sequence of actions that composes this Routine.

To add a new Activity press on the last list row "Add new Activity".
To delete an Activity press on the red icon and confirm by tapping on the button "delete".
To change the Activity order along the sequence just press on the three-lines symbol and move the row to the desired position.
To modify the Activity tap on the row and an edit Activity form will be shown.

Add/Edit Activity

An Activity is a single step of your sequence, or Routine, that has an initial sound and a duration.

The Type is the kind of Activity, es. run, walk, pause, etc. You can personalize the types by adding what best fits your requirements. To delete an Activity type just swipe on the corresponding row and confirm.

The Sound is the audio signal that indicate the starting of this particular Activity. You can choose between more than 30 sounds and spoken words (select "Say: something").

The Pre-alarm switch tell the application to play a little beep one second before the starting sound. It is useful to alert you just before a change in the activity is about to happen.

The Duration is the amount of minutes and seconds this Activity will go on.

Run the Routine

To start the Routine tap on the left button of the Stopwatch. A voice will announce the Routine is about to start and a 3-seconds countdown is played.

To stop the Routine just tap on the left button. A subsequent tap will continue the Routine.

To reset the Routine to begin from starting point of the sequence press the right button of the Stopwatch.

On the bottom the current Activity is shown, along with the remaining time. Once the countdown reaches zero the next Activity in the sequence will be run.

During resting times or before the beginning or after the end of the Routine the message on the bottom will indicate the status.

To return to the maining Routine list press the Menu button.

4Trainers is alive!

4Trainers - the first application designed "for Trainers", as well as team coaches, and instructors, to get the best from their athletes.

The App Store is full of applications that pretend to replace you trainers with a software. But not all humans can be substituted, especially for their humanity.
That's why we decided to bet on human trainers by making their work easier.

With 4Trainers you can adopt training methods and drills with lots of short exercises at a quick rate. This sport workout technique is commonly adopted to produce fast, powerful movements, for the purpose of improving performance in sports that require explosion of physical power, like basketball, volleyball, rugby, soccer, and so on.

The main difficulty is that as different exercises are quickly switching you have to take an eye on your stopwatch and the other on your team.

4Trainers gives you a strong helping hand.

You can arrange group of exercises - called Routines - to let them run, automatically, by the application. Every exercise is announced by a customizable sound, eventually preceded by a pre-alarm beep, so that you don't have to check continuously your stopwatch. Exercise sequences can be executed at a quick rate, and you can ensure that your instructions are correctly performed, without taking your eyes off your guys.

With 4Trainers you can set up a workout session or a training period by simply creating a new Training Routine. A Routine is composed by an arbitrary number of Activities (run, walk, jump, etc.) that have a duration, a starting sound, and can be repeated. Between repetitions you can set a resting time to let your team take a breath.

An example of a Routine that can be carry out by 4Trainers is:
1° bip: burst for 5 seconds
2° bip: steady for 10 seconds
3° bip: run for 15 seconds
4° bip: steady for 20 seconds
5° bip: jumps for 3 seconds
6° bip: steady for 30 seconds
Repeated 3 times with a pause of 60 seconds.

4Trainers comes with four pre-loaded routine, 39 sounds and 12 pre-loaded activities.

Even if sound samples are recorded at the maximum volume, for real world usage we suggest the use of the iPhone/iPod headset, so that you can ear sounds even in a noisy gym. A little amplifier does work as well.

Let us know your preferred routines and how you loaded them into 4Trainer. We put the top ten routines on this site.