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May 19, 2008 1:49 PM   Subscribe

Gyminee is a truly excellent web app that lets you track workouts, nutrition and fitness goals. Prints grocery lists, lets you find workout buddies, etc. Very aesthetically pleasing, too. Considerably easier to use than Fitday, which a lot of people swear by.
posted by jbickers (15 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite

 
I just started using it, but I will already say that for actually tracking weight in a useful way, Physics Diet has a far superior system. Much easier to enter data, visualize trends, edit previous entries, and the like. Gyminee's weight tracker doesn't even do much to vet the data entered - you can end up with three entries on the same day very easily, and removing the extras is way too difficult. Physics Diet also does running averages and the like to keep you from focusing too much on daily numbers and instead focus on where you're going.

The only reason I'm sticking with it is for the nutrition tracker - I want to see if making it easier to count calories might help me do so.
posted by evilangela at 2:08 PM on May 19, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'll just wait til Wednesday for Wii Fit.
posted by Stylus Happenstance at 2:23 PM on May 19, 2008


This is really quite good on first look, and I say that as a former FitDay proponent. FitDay started to drive me nuts because the food search was so hard to do. What makes this superior to me is the exercise section. They've got every Nautilus/Cybex and free-weight workout I would ever do, along with instructional video(!) and a text description. The nice smooth 2.0ish feel doesn't hurt.

Good find. Thanks. I'll be trying it.
posted by Miko at 2:25 PM on May 19, 2008


Oh, and there's the part where I selected an exercise program that I've started - the couch-to-5k. That I could do that was great. However, it seemed both hard to actually look at a log of what I've done, and impossible to enter any other exercise that I had done while being part of that program.

And never mind the fact that it keeps putting this "Your profile is only 60% complete" message up there, since I need to both join a Gyminee group, and select GymBuddies. And I can't get that to go away. There's no way to browse groups - I either have to just know what I want to search for with only a handful of example groups shown, or create my own. I have no idea WTF I should be looking for in a group.
posted by evilangela at 2:37 PM on May 19, 2008


One downside: you have to have the Pro account to get any nutrition data other than protein/fat/carb breakdown. FitDay does give you that for free. So far it's the only downside I can see - but if you watch your vitamin/mineral intake too you'd need the Pro version of this to track it in one place.
posted by Miko at 2:39 PM on May 19, 2008


I have been using this for a while with a free account, and I wanted to mention that not only do they update the site often with new features and slight modifications to the usability, but they have a fairly full-featured iphone version which is very useful when you're at the gym. You can put in your rep and set information during a rest. It helps keep me focused anyway.
posted by steelbuddha at 2:54 PM on May 19, 2008


This site said that I ate more than 8000 calories with just my daily breakfast of morningstar farms sausage and wheat toast. No wonder I can't lose any weight.
posted by little miss s at 6:32 PM on May 19, 2008


Yes miss s, but it's 2.0ish, so you can do the work for them contribute content. If the calorie count doesn't match what's on the box you can edit the information. Also, it might be that you didn't adjust for your portion size and it just counted the whole box, or something.
posted by Miko at 6:44 PM on May 19, 2008


I signed up but wasn't very happy with the site and disabled my account immediately. For one thing it doesn't seem to let you adjust your goals like Fitday does -- for example, I follow a low-carb diet so I don't really care what my calorie goals are and I'd like to dial my carbohydrate goal way down. Also the selection of foods has the same problem as Fitday and many other sites -- way too many processed foods listed with brand names and many basic ingredients missing. I tried to enter my menu for today and couldn't find even fresh sage.
posted by peacheater at 7:28 PM on May 19, 2008


for example, I follow a low-carb diet so I don't really care what my calorie goals are and I'd like to dial my carbohydrate goal way down

Once you're logged in, select "My nutrition log" under the Nutrition tab. Next to the pie chart is a column called "You ate," which contains the food categories. Click on any of the numbers there to change your target amounts.

it keeps putting this "Your profile is only 60% complete" message up there, since I need to both join a Gyminee group, and select GymBuddies. And I can't get that to go away.

I find this annoying too, but have learned to overlook it, chiefly since LinkedIn does the same thing - I've put tons of work into my LinkedIn page, only to have it constantly remind me that I'm only 80% done in their book.
posted by jbickers at 2:50 AM on May 20, 2008


If the calorie count doesn't match what's on the box you can edit the information.

I didn't see where you could edit the nutritional information probably because I was too busy giggling to myself. (I'm easily amused). I'll go back and take another look.
posted by little miss s at 5:22 AM on May 20, 2008


I'm more of a fan of the daily plate for all my food / excercise inputting needs. Despite its chintzy design it's got a rather good selection of foods on the database - PLUS the added bonus of doing unpaid data entry work if you want to update it.
posted by jimbaud at 5:50 AM on May 20, 2008


I had this same exact idea for a site with the same name except the site I was going to make was called going to be spelled gyminie or gyminy! I thought of it after working out and thought it would be great to make a site that the iphone can use where you can enter what you worked out, how long, what you used....I was so shocked when I read this post!! But the guy did beat me to it, he registered the site Jan 07 and I had the idea around June 07..Still, that we thought of the same name is cool, at least I know that somewhere out there is someone who thought the exact samething as me!
posted by spacesbetween at 6:49 PM on May 20, 2008


Good timing for me as I am trying to ramp up my exercise program for the summer. I was however quite disappointed to discover that the site does not feature a cricket mascot.

Anyone want to create a "metafilter" group so that we can boost our profile completion %?
posted by sevenyearlurk at 6:53 AM on May 21, 2008


Anyone want to create a "metafilter" group so that we can boost our profile completion %?

Done! (I'm GentleGiant112)
posted by jbickers at 12:09 PM on May 21, 2008


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