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2 High-Tech Ways to Track Cardio Machine Workouts


Treadmills and ellipticals have long been the most popular forms of cardio for gym members. With over 69% of all members using one of these machines, it’s clear that they’re an integral part of the fitness journey. Members want to be able to track their fitness progress, but without a proper tool to do this, it can remain an afterthought.

Many members turn to tracking apps where they have to manually enter the data from each workout. This is a simple solution, but one that is limited. The reality is most of our members are simply too lazy or forgetful to regularly input their data. This leads to lost workouts and inaccurate data.

As club operators we want to make it as easy as possible for member’s to track their workouts, because we know that tracking is one of the keys to fitness success. There are two technology tools on the market that can help you do this.

Connected Cardio

Many major cardio equipment brands offer connected cardio machines that automatically track and store member workout data. This data is stored online and connected with your members’ unique identifier number. Members can then access this data online or through a mobile app. Connected cardio machines automatically track all of your member’s fitness activity, which saves your members’ time and increases data accuracy.

Here’s how it works:

  • Member logs into your connected cardio machine using a unique identifier, such as xID. This is a universal sign-in number that members can use to track workout data on connected cardio equipment.

  • Member completes workout.

  • Data is automatically sent to the members xID account, to be accessed by their web portal or mobile app.

Mobile App with xCapture

Not ready to invest in a new fleet of connected cardio equipment? A Netpulse Club Mobile App could be a more simple solution. Until now, the only way to track data from older cardio machines was to manually record the data after a workout. However, with a Club Mobile App, members can use a tool called xCapture to snap a picture of the cardio console to easily save their workout data to their app.

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  • Member works out on the cardio machine of their choice.

  • They select their Club Mobile App xCapture feature and select what machine they used (treadmill, elliptical, bike or stepper).

  • Member takes a picture of the workout summary (ie. distance, time, calories).

  • Workout data is recorded and synced with member’s xID account within 15 minutes.

There are many ways this workout data can be utilized:

  • Members can use it to track progress and get a more holistic view of their daily physical activity.
  • Trainers can use it to run more personalized PT sessions with clients.
  • Operators can create challenges based on tracked cardio and offer rewards and prizes to motivate members to meet their fitness goals. This is a great way to increase member engagement and overall club attendance.

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