Fitness tracking for your goals! Follow and enjoy the journey! (This was designed for educational and practice purposes)
In late 2019 I noticed myself bouncing around several apps that I enjoyed while going to the gym. I liked a feature on one product, a feature on another and another feature on another app. i figured something needed to change and I wanted to design an app that solved some problems that I faced and wanted to see who else this affected. So I wanted to take this opportunity to make this product my next case study for better practice with user experience and interfaces. Below you will see my journey in building a new way of keeping track of workouts.
To create a fitness app that actually helps record work and share achievements.
More than half of users forget where they are at in a workout and this tool gives the ability for users to record not only their workouts but their progress.
UX/UI Designer & Visual Designer
What makes Fitracker different.
What makes Fitracker different is that it uses the most coveted and wanted feelings of users that go to the gym and puts it in a easy to use package. It solves several problems for specific users that were surveyed (50 people) that share similar pains.
Observing how users follow recipes.
When I conducted surveys and user testings I discovered that 51% of users would forget and lose track of their lift and 25% of users base their workouts off of memory.
This resulted in noticing 3 pain points:
- Users forgetting what lift their on and losing track leading to them being lost over time.
- Results are a leading force in wanting to go workout but there is a lack of motivation to get the results.
- ~23% of users are motivated by their health and working out is just one key component to staying healthy.
Chiseling at a solution.
I hypothesize that if we were to allow users to track their workouts as they workout they would fall off from the gym less and see more results from hooking the action of keeping track. I also believe that if we were to apply a recipe and workout sharing social support platform it would not only increase community interaction but validate the users work out.
How could it connect together?
As I begin sketching solutions to my hypothesis, I began wondering what would work best for the users while working out and post working out? A user flow was designed to sketch out how a user may interact with the different features and to locate the best interaction to test out in a low fidelity wire-frame.
Testing the idea in the kitchen.
Once I chose a creative direction, I brought the user flow sketch to Figma to create a low fidelity prototype to test with 3 people while working out from home. The results were promising but it still needed a few changes:
- Users wanted to specify and track what workout they were doing.
Whipping up a SOLID solution.
My new hypothesis is if we gave users a step by step feature to specify workouts, and library of workouts we can reduce the learning curve and hook the users to workout by seeing progress not only physically but by rewarding them for doing so.
Reducing the Learning Curve
Not every user is an expert. Sometimes they are afraid of asking others, how they can do something or knowing the right questions about working out. This learning curve is a motivation wall so a workout library that gives all of the details about the fundamentals is essential to learning and growing.
Accountability and Peer Support
Not only does the user get a step by step experience in tracking their own workouts but they also get the an entire community to meet, learn and even trade knowledge to continue the healthy results and even ask for advice when they might not have someone locally around.
I tested the idea with a high fidelity prototype with 5 people that are active gym goers. The results were promising according to how users spoke about the product, they would promote and use it. One interviewee even said, “I would use this s*** everyday for my jump rope sessions.”
What I Learned?
While designing this concept and overall being a potential user, I really got to put myself in a users perspective and point of view. I also learned how to conduct UX research and how to ask the right questions to provide the best result. I am interested in trying this idea on a different Apple OS device like the Apple Watch to synchronize more data and accurate heart health results.