Archive for the ‘Fitness’ Category

2011 Personal Fitness Goals – Personal Trainer, WiFi Scale and more! Jan 11 2011

Gabriel's personal fitness goals for 2011

One of my goals for 2011 is to end it significantly more in shape than I started. I realize that this is a (very) common goal for many people, and one that many people start on and then let tail off as the year progresses.

Here are some of the steps I’m taking to give myself the best chance for success:

1) I’ve hired a personal trainer (through my local gym, In-Shape), to help me in 4 one-hour sessions per month for the next 3 months. The first session I had last week was a real eye-opener (everything felt hard to do) and in the future I will be focusing on building muscle, decreasing fat and improving endurance. Current weight (as of 1/11/2011): 214.8lb, 21.8% fat, 27.6 BMI. Belly fully puffed out is 45″. Target weight: 190lb

WiFi Scale

2) I purchased the awesome Withings Wifi Body Scale (almost exactly what Ben and I envisioned a number of years ago for our Collabofit project) that works so far perfectly. You step on the scale and it weighs you then sends the result to a server where you can track results. No more manual charting. There’s an iPhone app to display your weigh-ins (and it also can let you share the results, below). This will help track progress as the training happens. It connected without issue to my protected WiFi network and looks as sleek as if Apple had decided to get into the weight-measuring gadget market. Very impressive.

My latest weigh-in:

Pretty cool, huh! 🙂

Forerunner 205 – Wristwatch GPS unit by Garmin – I want this… Dec 14 2006

Garmin Forerunner 205

I think I kind of want one of these…

Form meets function with Garmin’s next-generation, sleek and stylish line of personal trainers — the Forerunner 205 & 305. Don’t let their good looks fool you. These taskmasters will continually push you to do your personal best. In addition to its new look, the Forerunner 205 includes a high sensitivity GPS receiver and new courses feature for optimal performance.

Designed for athletes of all levels, this running partner and personal trainer has one goal in mind — a better you. It continuously monitors your speed, distance, pace and calories burned so you can train smarter, more effectively. It tracks your every move with a super-sensitive GPS that even works on tree-covered trails and near tall buildings. Receive a detailed post-workout analysis on the PC with included Garmin Training Center software.

Forerunner 205

Collabofit weight trend graph Dec 8 2006



Collabofit weight trend graph, originally uploaded by gserafini.

Going in a positive direction, I’m happy to say. Check out Collabofit Online Fitness for more.

Also, if you’d like an invite to join Collabofit which is still in an invitation-only beta state, send me an email with your email address and I’ll hook you up. gserafini@gmail.com.

New release of Collabofit Online Fitness – Your Online Fitness Club Dec 6 2006

We’re pleased to announce a new release of Collabofit – Version 1.1.

There are a number of new features and lots of bug fixes. Check it out.

Collabofit Online Fitness – Your Online Fitness Club

Collabofit weight target accomplished! Nov 18 2006

The next target will be 200lb. Slow and steady wins the race. Or something like that.

w00t. 🙂

21 Rules of Thumb — How Microsoft develops its Software Nov 17 2006

This was interesting to read right now, since we’re hoping to push a new release of Collabofit later today.

21 Rules of Thumb for Shipping Great Software on Time

Jim McCarthy, Microsoft Corporation

Shipping great software on time is a difficult but not impossible task. Elements you think would count the most count for very little. Development methodology, process, technical prowess, excellence of tools and depth of project management skills all influence the outcome of a software development project; but nothing indicates success as much as the manager’s ability to focus on a few critical and conceptually simple things. These things can be expressed as rules of thumb.

I enumerate twenty-one of these rules of thumb. Pick a handful (or so), apply them, and your project will be more likely to succeed. I lump them into three groups: “Shipping,” “Great Software,” “On Time”. Duh. I cover them in a different order, because the concepts build a bit.

Some good stuff there for sure.

Read the article: David Gristwood’s Blog : 21 Rules of Thumb — How Microsoft develops its Software

The graph that we hope to be on someday… Sep 14 2006

This is an Alexa traffic graph showing quantity of traffic, comparing a number of fitness related sites:

Alexa graph

Not surprisingly, Collabofit isn’t even on the chart yet. Well, with only 26 members and an invite-only system so far, we’re not too worried about it. I’ll check back in a couple of months and see how we’re doing then… 🙂

New features for Collabofit: RSS feeds for every activity + 3 new fitness activities Sep 14 2006

We just added some new features to Collabofit that are pretty exciting:

Collabofit enter stats page - Sledgehammer

  • RSS feeds for each activity
  • 3 new activities (including my most recent favorite activity, Sledgehammer)
  • Team manager badges
  • and more…

Check it out: RSS feeds for every activity are now live (+ 3 new fitness activities!)

P.S. If you would like to start tracking your own fitness hit-points, let me know. I can probably hook you up with an invite.

Fitness update Sep 10 2006

I enjoyed going to the Clayton Art Fair today after lunch. We walked around for about an hour and a half. Tonight I walked Kuma in the park and did the normal route twice, for a total of an hour of brisk walking (~4.25 miles). All in all, a good day of locomotion.

During my dog walk tonight I finally got a chance to listen to the Health Hacks Podcast, and it was excellent.

I’ve been reading up on two simple systems developed by Reinhard Engels – one called the No S Diet (No Snacks, sweets or seconds, except on S-days (sometimes)) and his sledgehammer exercise program called Shovelglove (I know, funny name huh.)

Well, starting this weekend I’ve officially begun the No S diet, and will also be trying the Shovelglove exercises as well. Both make so much sense, and have an elegance to them that feels like a well written shell script — do what you want, no more, no less.

I’ll be continuing to track my progress on my Collabofit page: Collabofit – gserafini’s Member Page, and hopefully we’ll be adding Sledgehammer as one of the home exercise activities you can easily track there.

My goal is to be at 205 lb by October 5, slimmer by ~ 13 lb in time for my brother’s wedding. We’ll see how it goes.

Get fit, Weight Loss, Fitness, Personal Training and Nutrition!! Jan 25 2006

Get fit, Weight Loss, Fitness, Personal Training and Nutrition!!

Good example of online fitness program although it might be UK only.



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