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hacking iFit workouts

Discussion in 'Gym Equipment' started by cyclone, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. cyclone

    cyclone Active Member

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    Just wondering if anyone else has a desire to create their own iFIT workouts for treadmill or elliptical. Ifit.com sucks, the workouts suck and the site is cumbersome and clunky. I have figured out how to do it, my own music, resistance and pace changes, length of workout, etc. I put them in MP3 format and put them on my Ipod. It works great with my Reebok elliptical (rl900) I'll try it with the Precor stuff at the gym this week. I do gobs of cardio, just trying to relieve the monotony a bit:) If I could just figure out how to change the ramp....I don't think my machine can do that. If anyone is interested, lemme know.
     
  2. bradh

    bradh Well-Known Member

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    Look into audio books. You can download them directly off some sites.
     
  3. cyclone

    cyclone Active Member

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    My point was that I figured out how to hack IFIT workouts, I like to roll my own.:o
    I haven't made a workout using an audiobook but that is a good idea. I just like making my own workouts, my tunes, etc. I could probably add a control track to a movie file, I've got Southpark, rock movies (Queen w/Paul Rodgers) action sports movies, etc. on my video ipod. Like I said, I do a lot of cardio. I just thought there might be someone else who might like to know how to do it:)
    Pete
     
  4. bradh

    bradh Well-Known Member

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    No idea dude. :) I've thought of getting into audio books myself. But i still haven't gotten the cardio bug.

    About to do some morning LISS now. First time in months. :cool:
     
  5. CJohnson

    CJohnson Well-Known Member

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    I'm a big fan of audiobooks during workouts. My favorite is using audible.com's newspaper service. They throw in a complementary audio subscription to the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times. They are great for the treadmill/elliptical. 45-60 minutes in length, and they come in at 5:30am every day. I listen to the journal myself, and its a good way to get the concise business news for the day. The length is perfect for a workout too. I never like listening to fiction during a workout; if my mind wanders (as it is prone to doing) I'll have missed something vital. Newspapers and other periodicals (audible has a bunch to listen to) are great, since I don't mind so much if I miss part of an article.
     
  6. bradh

    bradh Well-Known Member

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    Neat, that's actually the site i have bookmarked. :)

    How do you listen to them? I pretty new to this type of stuff.
     
  7. CJohnson

    CJohnson Well-Known Member

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    I have a phone/PDA combo now , and audible's program will automatically download it directly to your device over the cellular network, or wi-fi. It was downloaded right before I woke up, and I was ready to go do cardio. I never even need to connect to a PC.

    Before I had the fancy new PDA, I used a cheap Sandisk Sansa E140 ($60). Audible does RSS feeds, and it would automatically download the program at about 5:30am (for a newspaper). As soon as I woke up, I plugged in my mp3 player and transferred it over. Took about 2 minutes. I still use the Sansa when I go on runs, since it is much lighter than my PDA.

    Only caveat is that not all mp3 players support audible. They use some protected format only a few devices support. Ipods of all variety are definitely supported, but you can check their site to see if your device works. My Sandisk works perfectly with it.

    It really makes me feel productive with my cardio. I'm a total news junkie, and I never get time to read the newspaper. I can get a summarized form of the news (I don't know about the New York Times, but the Wall Street Journal usually has the headlines, 2-3 of the headline stories, the editorials, and a special feature article in each section) every day of the week. I really can't recommend it highly enough.
     
  8. leftyx

    leftyx Senior Member

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    Neat little system that iFit. I used it for my Pro-form elliptical before the motor went bad. I also purchased a program online to make my own workouts. I have the program if anyone is interested. I can also tell you where to download it from. Just in case anyone is interested.

    That's great that you wrote a program. I'm sure that's what the guy that was selling his program did. I think it has something to do with the signals the mp3 sends to the iFit module on your machine. Good work.
     
  9. cyclone

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    Actually, I was gonna write a program but I found one that did it, probably the same program you used. It is called I2workout, you can still find it out there on some download sites. I use that program to make the "chirps" that control the machine. I then play the workout, and record the chirps into some multitrack recording software I have. I then import other audio (mp3s) and use them as the background music. You have to mute the audio during the chirps or the machine won't respond to them. Once I've added all the tunes and stuff, I mix it down to an MP3 and put it on my Ipod. It's not that complex, it sounds like a lot of grief but it's worth it to me because of the amount of cardio that I do. It gets old just putting the machine at one resistance and ramp, I like to mix it up a bit.

    I like doing it this way because I can make effective, progressively tougher workouts instead of using the canned Ifit ones. I also tell myself to drink water every five minutes, I forget otherwise!
     
  10. mooredan

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    cyclone, Do you have the newer version of the software? I've found an older version on some download sites but it has some bugs. Unfortunately, the author has shut down downloading of the software from his site www.i2workout.com

    Thanks.
     
  11. raceingmachine

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    Cyclone,
    Am interested in purchasing a registered copy of this program. Run marathons and ultra marathons and this would be great.
    Can I purchase a copy from you, as the site is now shut down.
    Thanks for your time.

    Raceingmachine
     
  12. raceingmachine

    raceingmachine Active Member

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    Leftyx
    Would love to have a copy of the program. The copy I have does not work.

    Will be glad to pay you for it.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks in advance

    Raceingmachine
     
  13. leftyx

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    I'm at work right now. I have the program on my PC at home. The program zipped is about 1.5mb. If you can handle that in email then I can send you the program. I don't know the restrictions on it as far as it being unregistered. I might be able to hook you up with the guy that wrote the program for a registration number.
     
  14. raceingmachine

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    Thanks for the quick reply.

    Please do send the program via email. Think my box will hold. Tested with a 2.8mb and it worked.

    Can't wait to get started using it!

    Please see if you can hook me up with the guy who wrote it so I can pay him for it and register it. Appreciate his work and do want to see that he is paid for it.

    If there is anything I can help you with in the future, let me know.

    My email address is: raceingmachine@aol.com

    Again, thanks for all your time and help. It is appreciated!

    raceingmachine
     
  15. Stinger68

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    I too have been looking all over for this program and every place I find says its $19.95, but the link is dead. This is actually the only active topic I have found on it.

    lefty were you ever able to get in contact with the guy who made the program, if you can help me, I would love to create my own workouts too.
     
  16. leftyx

    leftyx Senior Member

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    I'm at work now so I can't give you the information because it's on my home computer. I'll send you the same email I sent to Racingmachine. Its contents include the program and the an email address I had for the author about a year or two ago. I don't know if it's still valid. If you don't need the program, let me know and I'll send just the email address.

    I haven't heard back from Racingmachine if he was able to get in touch with the author.

    Give me your email address and I'll send you an email. You can put it here, or if you like, send me a personal message.

    On second thought, would NEbuddy object to me posting the file and the author's email address that I have right here on this post? Or in a new post?

    I don't know why the author doesn't support the program anymore so I can't see any problem with putting up a zip file and an email address to get registered?
     
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    That would be great, thanks lefty.

    Is it hard to figure out how to make routines with it?
     
  18. leftyx

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    OK here is the program.

    iFit program attached

    The email i have for the author is

    mcuriale@gmail.com

    That's all I have at this time...hope it helps
     

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    Thanks again lefty, I haven't got to use my new workouts because I still need to pick up a cord to attach my mp3 player, but I am sure it will work great, very easy to do.

    Also I emailed the programmer and I will let you know if I do or do not hear back from him, thanks again!
     
  20. leftyx

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    Good to hear. Let me know if you reach him.

    I forget how the shareware license works. Do you get to make full length routines with the shareware, or is it time limited until you get the full version?

    Jordan
     

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