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FiVi.com Founder Interviews US Senator Scott Brown

I had the honor of meeting US Senator Scott Brown from Massachusetts at the Pan-Mass Challenge.  It’s a well known fact that he is an active triathlete and in this fun interview he tells us a little about how he still manages to get his training in.  This event was especially significant as both he and Senator John Kerry rode this race together in show of solidarity for a cause that touches everyone’s heart.  I also had a chance to exchange a few words with Senator Kerry at an airport just prior to his hip surgery.  I want to extend a very special congratulations for his speedy recovery and the fact that he was up and riding in an endurance event such as this – is very impressive.  I hope these two men serve as an inspiration to everyone, if they can find the time to lead healthy lives – so can you!

August 8, 2010 Posted by | charities, cycling, Events, Health, Peer Motivation, Personal Wellness, Running, training | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

INTERVIEW WITH BILLY STARR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER OF PAN-MASS CHALLENGE

FiVi.com was fortunate enough to attend this amazing event.  The single largest athletically motivated charity event in the country.  PMC donates 100% of all the money directly to cancer research and treatment to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.   To date, PMC has raised $270 million to date to this wonderful cause since 1980.  In this interview we introduce the founder, learn a little about the history of the Pan-Mass, and he shares with us his philosophy on cycling as a way of life and as a way to remain active as a life long athlete.  Billy Starr serves as a role model not only on positive healthy lifestyle as well as how to give back and to give back big!

August 8, 2010 Posted by | charities, cycling, Events, Health, Peer Motivation, Personal Wellness, Prevention, training | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

PRE-RIDE BIKE CHECKS WITH KEN MCLEAN OF LANDRY’S

Ken McLean is the Technical Director for Landry’s Bikes. We had a chance to catch up with him at the 2010 PMC where he was managing the Landry’s bike support staff providing pre-ride checks and maintenance for any rider of the PMC prior to the race. Let me tell you, this set up was pretty awesome…7 stations in all, each one looked like they could build a bike in 14 mins flat and I don’t think I saw one idle for very long that entire day. Guess that’s what happens with 5500 riders. Great interview with Ken and he gives us some quick pointers on the ABC Quick Check, something all riders should do before every ride as well as proper guidelines to follow for bike tire inflation (and no it’s not one pressure fits all). Thanks Ken!

Ken McLean from Landry's Bikes

August 8, 2010 Posted by | cycling, Events, Fitness Professional, How to, Prevention | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Introduction to FiVi My Workouts

In this new age of Web 2.0 and social media paradigm changers, user generated content and the ability to find information that is specific to you is all the rage…but limitations on technology have made it difficult to provide this for working out and training.  The reason being is that there are so many variables that can go into a workout, the logic needed to build something that would allow anyone to create a workout, that can be shared, logged with a few clicks, and shared is mind boggling.  Until now that is and we at FiVi.com feel very confident that we have designed by far the most powerful logging and tracking tool for fitness and activity in the world.  It’s a bold statement, but keep reading and I’ll explain why I feel so comfortable making that assertion and then continue reading to see some of my predictions.

My Workout Book

This page is part of your profile in FiVi.com.  Here you can keep a list of all the workouts you’ve created or added to your collection.  It’s just like My Routes, except instead of a collection of maps that you can log, each profile card opens up to a Workout that you can log with just a few clicks.  We encourage you to share your Workout Book with friends and to borrow best practices from each other.  You can skim through your workouts and search by level or via tags.  Click a workout and a preview shows a description and link to whomever is the author.

Workout Creation Wizard

The most powerful workout modeler in just four easy steps.

Step 1: Give your workout a name, description, and add some tags so that people who are searching for new workouts can find it and share your workout with others.

Step 2: Define the goal of the workout.  Most workouts will be covered by option 1 where each exercise listed has it’s own target and goal that you measure.  But with the recent trend in cross-functional training and circuit training, we’ve added 2 more options.  Select option 2 if your workout entails doing a loop of all the exercises you have listed in a pre-defined amount of time.  For example: 5 pull ups, 5 push ups, 5 sit ups – do this loop as many times as you can in 15 mins.  Select option 3 if it’s the other way around.  For example: 5 pull ups, 5 push ups, 5 sit ups – do 10 loops of this in as little time as possible.

Step 3: Now add exercises.  The best way to describe how to do this is via a video tutorial…so click here.  But if you can’t do a video now, you can add as many exercises as you want to this workout.  If you can’t find the exercise you are looking for from the drop down menu, then just “add a new exercise” and associate it with the most similar exercise.  Your new exercise is saved to your profile so you can add it to other workouts you create.  And to show you how powerful this modeling tool is look at a sample of the different variables you can specify: time, reps, distance, weight, % of max, % of body weight, laps, rest period, and there’s more.  Finally, if there are any pictures you want to add for each exercise, that’s easy too.

Step 4: Now just set who can see this workout.  You can either share it with the world, your network, or just one person.

Log a Workout

When you or anyone opens up the URL for a workout created in FiVi, they are taken to the Log Workout view.  Here they’ll see a form where each exercise is pre-populated with the targets (reps, weight, time, etc) defined when the workout was created.  Users can tweak the values with exactly what they did, skip the exercises they didn’t do, and add any exercise that they may have done not listed in the original workout (we encourage creativity).  Some exercises will require input before you can log the workout, like enter how many reps you did @90% of max.  But once all the fields are filled just hit “Log workout” and everything has been saved to your profile.  Just like that!

Open Source Workout Collaboration

I predict that this is going to bring about a new revolution in fitness.  Today, most workouts are in journals, notebooks, posts on blogs, magazines, etc.  But for the first time ever, with this new FiVi capability each workout is a living breathing entity that can be emailed, posted on blogs, listed on Twitter, exchanged via FiVi, and wherever a URL can go so can your workout.  A few clicks and it’s logged, safely and securely on our servers.  People now have a way to share workouts, compare notes, and actually measure the outcome all online all digitally.  May the most innovative workouts be rewarded for the most downloads and happiest user community.

February 2, 2010 Posted by | About FiVi, Exercise Logging, Health, How to, Social Networks, training | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Missed Us? We’ve Been Working on Awesome Stuff

Our most ardent supporters may have noticed that we’ve been quiet as of late.  But we’ve been here, we didn’t go anywhere – we were just heads down on some really cool new features to add to FiVi.com as we kick it into high gear for the busy resolution laden winter season.  We are so excited because we’ve finally gotten to the point where we can comfortably say we are the most sophisticated platform for logging, tracking, and collaborating on your active lifestyle.  Here is a summary of what’s recently come out:

1. My Media – now you can upload pictures and tag them to share with friends.  You can thumb through each one or just play the slide show.

2. My Workout Book – THIS IS HUGE.  This is our crowning achievement to date.  FiVi.com now boasts the most powerful workout modeling tool (aka wizard) on the web.  With FiVi, you can now build any workout you can imagine.  Whether your workout entails loops, super sets, pyramids, etc – you can build it and they will come.  Yes, you can now share these workouts.  It’s just like youtube.  Send links to your workouts to friends, colleagues, clients, or club members.  Open the link, adjust the variables, and save your log to your FiVi profile.  Our goal was to make the most fluid platform to develop and collaborate on workout design….I call it Open Source for fitness development!  Make sure to check out the tutorials and get your workouts uploaded to FiVi.  No more walking around with a scrapbook of workouts collected over the years.  Keep them all online where you can share them and organize them in your Workout Book.

3. FiVi Calendar – how nice would it be if you could have a calendar that not only showed you past logs visually as well as served as a planning tool.  Now you have one.  Each time you log a workout, you see the link posted to your Calendar.  Not only that, but you can also embed routes you’ve created and saved to your FiVi profile so that anyone who has access to your calendar can see where you run, bike, hike, etc.  Finally, we know that calendars are of no use if you don’t have recurring events.  Having to enter something in every week doesn’t make your life easier – so we added it.  Use FiVi Calendars to manage your own fitness regimen or use it to organize your running club or social club with directions or team routes.

We Need You:

We are still a start up and constantly improving, fixing, listening to feedback, and implementing feedback.  We hope you’ll sign up as it’s free and get to know the powerful features we’re developing.  There is always room for improvement and we would great appreciate any ideas on how to improve our site for your use.  You’ll see that we’re not building another site just to feed you advertising and that we house some very talented developers – so if you can dream it, we may just build it.  Check us out and please spread the word.

Coming Soon!!!

Facebook and Twitter Integration, User Generated Videos, iPhone Application, and FiVi Pro Accounts

February 2, 2010 Posted by | About FiVi, Exercise Logging, Fitness Professional, Social Networks, training, Weight Training | , , , , | Leave a comment

FiVi.com launches first release of its next gen online fitness platform

Social networking meets online fitness:  FiVi.com allows runners and cyclists to map out routes using Google Maps, save them to their profile, log times, find running partners, exchange routes, log any workout indoors, all online.

Leveraging advances in web 2.0 technologies, FiVi.com has launched its first beta site targeting the web savvy active individual.  FiVi.com uses the mapping technology of Google Maps to allow users to plot out routes they would like to save to their profile.  As users map out their routes, they can see what routes other members have plotted out in the area.  Each member will have their own profile where they can post their routes, blog about their progress, and allow visitors to download their routes or suggest new routes.

FiVi.com Founder, Nabil Aidoud likes to use the phrase “Active Networking” for the phenomenon where people want to share their active lifestyles with other like minded individuals.  According to Nabil, “people have always sought to seek the collective expertise of the community, what’s really exciting is that with today’s web based social networking explosion – fitness and active living is an area that stands to reap a lot of benefit…as more people start tracking what they do collectively we can start seeing what works”.  The site boasts such features as FiVi Updates where members can see a summary of all the logs people in their network have entered and make comments about them.  FiVi.com has an aggressive launch schedule for this summer and fall and will be adding many more features to this platform including but not limited to video based wizards, customized personal workout calendars, and tools to collaborate with wellness professionals.

FiVi.com is owned and operated by FitVirtual LLC, a personal wellness development consultancy founded in 2008 and based out of Boston Ma.  FiVi.com has numerous tools and articles for the fitness minded individual.

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For more information about FiVi.com, please visit our site or contact us at press@fivi.com.

July 2, 2009 Posted by | 1 | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dance Your Ass Off Raises Awareness on the Health Benefits of Dancing

First there was Dancing wth the Stars but what the producers finally figured out was that what people really wanted to see were people who had to lose weight do it with flash and on the dance floor.  So what happens when Dancing with the Stars meets The Biggest Loser?  You get Dance Your Ass Off!  The new show airs on tonight on ABC and I wish it good luck.  I hope it does well and becomes America’s new past time.  No matter what, the show will hopefully bring attention to the fact that dancing no matter how bad or good you are….is actually a great workout!  Recent dance fitness trends are all the rage and they are very effective.  You get a cardio workout as well a phenomenal lower body strenghthening workout.  Do Salsa for an hour and see how your legs fee.  If you want to have fun, try the Quick Entry tool (click to see a demo of it) on www.fivi.com.  You don’t have to register, it’s right on the homepage.

Open it up and select Dance from the Activity Type drop down and see how many calories the different types of dancing can burn.  Then get out there and dance!

Related posts on the blogosphere:

http://dancemanila.com/2009/06/16/pole-dancing-fun-or-fitness/

http://greatsoulwellness.wordpress.com/2009/04/29/belly-dancing-for-fitness/

http://curekit.wordpress.com/2009/06/25/health-general-health-benefits-of-pole-dancing/

http://thenevman.wordpress.com/2009/06/29/the-top-6-exercise-excuses-and-how-to-beat-them/

http://trensnews.wordpress.com/2009/06/30/rapid-weight-loss-techniques/

June 30, 2009 Posted by | About FiVi, Dance Fitness, Exercise Logging, Quick Entry Tool | , , | Leave a comment

FiVi.com launches new Quick Entry Logging Tool for Tracking Workouts and Activities

FiVi.com just launched the latest logging application in its line of tools for active people and athletes who want to track their active lifestyle.  The Quick Entry tool is a welcome compliment to the existing FiVi Maps application (see How Create a FiVi Route and Logging an Activity on FiVi Maps) by allowing people to track their involvement in the widest range of activities.    The tool is free and does not require a profile on FiVi.com to try.  It is available on the homepage in the lower left hand corner, just click on the link “log an activity” under FiVi Quick Log Tool.  Types of activities available include but are not limited to:

  • Conditioning
  • Yoga
  • Calesthenics
  • Cardio Machines (e.g. treadmills)
  • Weight / Resistance Training
  • Various Classes (e.g. bootcamps)
  • Dancing
  • Various Sports
  • Hiking
  • Water Activities
  • Walking

(see a Quick Visual Guide on Using Quick Entry)

The Quick Entry tool has built in logic to determine the right input parameters for each logged activity or exercise depending on the activity type.  Users can now track their workouts from start to finish in one journal entry online at fivi.com.  The Quick Entry tool can track activities that are:

(examples of tracking capabilities)

  • soley a function of time (e.g. stretching)
  • time and distance (running, cycling, swimming)
  • reps and weight (lifting weights or doing pull ups)

select from a growing list of activity types

select from a growing list of activity types

each type of activity has a suggested set of activities or exercises

each type of activity has a suggested set of activities or exercises

The Quick Entry tool even has optional fields like resting period to allow users to keep track of the time interval between sets.

If an exercise is not available in the drop down menu, the user can still log the activity or exercise by just manually typing it in and selecting the most similar exercise from a suggested list.  This allows the user to track any time of physical activity and the system will still generate an estimate caloric expenditure.

if an activity or exercise is not available still log it and select the most similar

if an activity or exercise is not available still log it and select the most similar

The versatility of the tool allows people of all levels to begin tracking their workouts for free with real analytics.  Some suggested users:

  • body builders
  • personal trainers trying to calculate optimal workouts for clients
  • cross trainers (e.g. CrossFit)
  • dance instructors who want to position dance classes for fitness
  • yoga instructors
  • athletes who want to log interval training
  • runners who want to track gym workouts when they cannot workout outside
  • coaches

The tool is free and does not require a profile on FiVi.com to try.  It is available on the homepage in the lower left hand corner, just click on the link “log an activity” under FiVi Quick Log Tool.  Do please keep in mind that this tool is still beta and that we would greatly appreciate feedback and also any bug reports.  We will be making a lot of enhancements in the coming months so user input is very important.

June 19, 2009 Posted by | About FiVi, Body Building, CrossFit, Dance Fitness, Fitness Professional, How to, Running, Social Networks, training, Weight Training, Yoga | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

It’s National Men’s Health Week

Did you know that this week is National Men’s Health Week?  The edict from the nation’s highest authority was passed to raise awareness on mens’ health related issues and how simple things can have a significant impact on improving the quality and longevity of men’s lives around the country.  The two bills: Senate Joint Resolution 179 (SJR 179) and the House Joint Resolution (HJR 209) were passed in March and May of 1994.  Upon final signature of SJR 179 by President Clinton on May 31, 1994, National Men’s Health Week was established.

The Goal of Men’s Health Month

The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

NATIONAL MEN’S HEALTH WEEK
(Senate – March 25, 1994)

Mr. MITCHELL. Madam President, on behalf of Senator Dole, I ask unanimous consent to proceed to Senate Joint Resolution 179 now at the desk introduced by Senator Dole, and I ask for its immediate consideration. I further ask unanimous consent that the joint resolution be deemed read three times and passed and the motion to reconsider laid on the table and the preamble be agreed to.

The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.

So the joint resolution (S.J. Res. 179) was deemed read three times and passed.

The preamble was agreed to.

The joint resolution (S.J. Res 179), with its preamble, reads as follows:

S. J. Res. 179

  • Whereas despite the advances in medical technology and research, men continue to live an average of 7 years less than women;
  • Whereas the likelihood that a man will develop prostate cancer is 1 in 11;
  • Whereas the number of men contacting prostate cancer will reach over 120,000 in 1993, with an expected one-third of the cases to die from the disease;
  • Whereas testicular cancer is one of the most common cancers in men aged 15-34, and when detected early, has an 87 percent survival rate;
  • Whereas the number of men contracting lung disease will reach over 100,000 in 1993, with an expected 85 percent of the cases to die from the disease;
  • Whereas the number of cases of colon cancer among men will reach over 80,000 in 1993; with nearly one-third of the cases to die from the disease;
  • Whereas the death rate for prostate cancer has grown at almost twice the death rate of breast cancer in the last five years;
  • Whereas African-American men in the United States have the highest incidence in the world of cancer of the prostate;
  • Whereas men are seven times as likely as women to be arrested for drunk driving and three times as likely to be alcoholics;
  • Whereas women visit the doctor 150 percent as often as men enabling them to detect health problems in their early stages;
  • Whereas significant numbers of male related health problems such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, infertility, and colon cancer, could be detected and treated if men’s awareness of these problems was more pervasive;
  • Whereas educating both the public and health care providers about the importance of early detection of male health problems will result in reducing rates of mortality for these diseases;
  • Whereas appropriate use of tests such as Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) exams, blood pressure screens, cholesterol screens, etc., in conjunction with clinical examination and self-testing for problems such as testicular cancer can result in the detection of many of these problems in their early stages and increases in the survival rates to nearly 100 percent;
  • Whereas many men are reluctant to visit their health center or physician for regular screening examinations of male related problems for a variety of reasons including fear, lack of information, and cost factors; and
  • Whereas men who are educated about the value that preventive health can play in prolonging their lifespan and their role as a productive family member will be more likely to participate in health screenings: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That June 12 through 19, 1994, is designated as National Men’s Health Week, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe this week with appropriate programs and activities.

Their website is chock full of tips, events, visual aids, and more – to help promote awareness on key issues.  The calendar has events around the country is support of the week’s charter for promotion of awareness.  If you are interested in sponsoring an event please check out the Men’s Health Zone Planner.

FiVi.com encourages you to use this week as milestone in your health.  Use FiVi Maps to plot out routes where you like to run or walk.  Use our Quick Entry tool to log exercises or activities.  We encourage you to use the power of peer motivation.  Get together with your friends and set a common goals and help each other reach those goals.  A common goal could be as simple as “We’ll run 5 miles a week” or “We’ll burn 1000 extra calories a week” and the group monitors itself via reports sharing.  Next week, we launch FiVi Updates where you’ll be notified everytime one of your friends logs and activity or exercise.  Blog about what you are doing this year to help ensure you live a life to it’s fullest potential and share it with your friends and colleagues.

Happy National Men’s Health Week from us at FiVi.com!

June 15, 2009 Posted by | About FiVi, Events, Health, How to, National Men's Health Week, Peer Motivation, Personal Wellness, Prevention | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

FiVi.com Rocks out at the 16th Corrib Pub 5K

I want to extend a special thank you to the organizers of the annual Corrib 5K charity race.  We couldn’t have asked for a more pristine day to debut our site to the running community.  Over 2000 runners showed up with the winning time going to Corey Fehnel (Boston, MA) with 16:07.  How’s that for a blistering pace (just over 5 min miles)?  Hey Corey, you need to log that time on http://www.fivi.com!  Team FiVi showed up in force as well.  Posting some respectable times.  Yours truly was able to eek out a 23:15.  Next year, I am shooting for a sub- 20 min race.  Free T-shirt for anyone who calls me out on that challenge.  Keep in mind that to qualify for this challenge you have to be a duly registered member of the site http://www.fivi.com.  We suited up 14 runners, who sported the veritable FiVi shirt with pride.  Runners of all shapes, size, creeds, and running ability donated their backs to spread the message of fivi.  With our banner proudly displayed at the finish line we made a good showing for sure.  I want to extend a special thanks to our photographer Ryan Wall, belgrade bomber extraordinaire aka “Fisheye”.

If you were not able to stop by our table to say hi and pick up some information on our site, feel free to post any questions about the site and what we are looking to do either here or on my personal profile on fivi.com.  My username is prety easy remember…nabil.

Keep an eye out for the Fivi logo at more races this summer. We intend to be very active and our goal is to attract as many runners, cyclists, athletes as possible.

Check out some of our pictures:

The Corrib Pub - West Roxbury

The Corrib Pub - West Roxbury

Getting ready at home base

Getting ready at home base

Detroit City!

Detroit City!

Get on that and sign up for FiVi!!!

Get on that and sign up for FiVi!!!

I'm stretching...not dancing

I'm stretching...not dancing

just in case you missed the 8 foot banner

just in case you missed the 8 foot banner

Boston's finest!

Boston's finest!

they must be off by at least 2 mins (I wish)

they must be off by at least 2 mins (I wish)

June 11, 2009 Posted by | Events, Running | , , , , | Leave a comment

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