Exercises

FitNotes includes a selection of common exercises which have been organized under a few general categories (muscle groups) to get you started.

You can completely customize these exercise and category lists to better suit your specific training requirements by adding, editing, and deleting items as necessary.

Exercise List

Navigate to the exercise list by tapping the button on the Home Screen or by tapping Start New Workout.

The list of categories will be shown initially. Tap a category to view the list of exercises it contains. For example, Flat Barbell Bench Press can be found in the Chest category.

Exercise List

Add an Exercise

You can add any exercise that is not included by default by tapping the button above the exercise list.

Add Exercise

Add details for your new exercise:

  • Enter a Name for the exercise.

  • Select the Category that the exercise belongs to or create a new category.

  • Select the exercise Type.

  • Optionally, enter any additional Notes that are relevant to the exercise. These could include tips about form, equipment required to perform the exercise, or machine settings for example.

Tap the button to save the new exercise.

Tap the button if you would like to save multiple exercises in quick succession. The current exercise will be saved but you will remain on the New Exercise screen and the Name field will be cleared allowing you to quickly create another exercise.

Exercise Types

An exercise's type determines the fields that are used to record the exercise.

By default there are 2 exercise types available:

  • Weight and Reps
  • Distance and Time

These types should be sufficient for the majority of strength and cardio exercises, particularly when starting out.

However, there are also advanced exercise types available which can provide more flexibility for some forms of training, such as calisthenics. These advanced exercise types (indicated as PRO below) can be unlocked by purchasing the FitNotes Supporter app on Google Play:

  • Weight and Distance PRO
  • Weight and Time PRO
  • Reps and Distance PRO
  • Reps and Time PRO
  • Weight Only PRO
  • Reps Only PRO
  • Distance Only PRO
  • Time Only PRO

Edit an Exercise

Tap the icon displayed alongside an exercise in the list and then select Edit from the popup menu.

Edit an Exercise

Editing an exercise allows you to:

  • Change the exercise's Name and Notes.

  • Move the exercise to a different Category.

  • Change the exercise's Type.

    • If you change an exercise's type then any fields present in the new type will be retained, but fields not present in the new type will be deleted from the exercise's training history.
    • For example, if you change Pushups from Weight and Reps to Reps Only then any Reps values you have already recorded for this exercise will be retained but any Weight values previously recorded will be deleted.
    • If you would like to keep your existing history intact and just use a different exercise type going forward then it may be better to create a new exercise instead.

Note

You can alter additional settings for the exercise such as the default rest time and the default progress graph by tapping the on the Training Screen.

Delete an Exercise

Tap the icon displayed alongside an exercise and then select Delete from the popup menu.

Warning

When an exercise is deleted, all data belonging to the exercise - such as its training history, personal records, and goals - will be permanently deleted.

Delete an Exercise

View Exercise History

Tap the icon displayed alongside an exercise and then select History from the popup menu to quickly view the exercise's training history, progress graphs, and more.

View Exercise History

Show Exercise Details

By default, only the exercise name is displayed in the list.

You can enable additional details to be displayed by tapping the button above the exercise list:

  • Workout Count: The number of workouts the exercise has appeared in.

  • Last Used Date: The amount of time that has passed since the exercise last appeared in a workout.

Exercise Details

Search for an Exercise

Use the search box above the exercise list to quickly find an exercise instead of navigating to it directly.

You do not need to enter an exercise name in its entirety and can instead enter partial terms to speed things up. For example, dum press will return all exercises that contain these terms somewhere in their name.

Clear the current search query by tapping the icon on the right of the search box or by pressing the back button on your device.

Search for an Exercise

Category List

Navigate to the category list by tapping the button on the Home Screen or by tapping Start New Workout.

A selection of categories (muscle groups) are included by default but you can customize this list to better suit your specific training requirements.

For example, you may want to replace the default Legs category with categories for individual leg muscles such as Quads, Hamstrings, and Calves which can be done by adding the new categories and editing the exercises that belong to the original category.

Category List

Add a Category

You can add new categories to represent muscle groups which are not included by default (e.g. Forearms) or perhaps to group exercises which do not fit one specific muscle group (e.g. Olympic Lifts or Yoga).

Tap the the button above the category list and then tap the button next to the Category field on the New Exercise screen.

A default colour will assigned to the category which is not currently in use by any other categories, but you can tap the colour to change it.

Add a Category

Edit a Category

Tap the icon displayed alongside a category in the list and then select Edit from the popup menu.

Edit a Category

Delete a Category

Tap the icon displayed alongside a category in the list and then select Delete from the popup menu.

Warning

When a category is deleted, all exercises belonging to the category, along with all data belonging to these exercises - such as training history, personal records, and goals - will be permanently deleted.

Delete a Category

Re-order Categories

Categories are ordered alphabetically by default but you are able to speficy a custom order if you would prefer.

Tap the button above the category list and then select Reorder from the popup menu.

To specify a custom order, select Manual and you will then be able to drag-and-drop the categories to their new desired positions in the list.

Re-order Categories

Category Colours

Category colours are used in the Calendar to identify which categories have been used in each workout.

You can optionally enable these colours to also be displayed in the category list. Tap the button above the list and then select Colours from the popup menu.

Category Colours