I'm new to all this Gymbo stuff. What the heck is going on here?
Gymbo is a mobile web app that generates workouts, tracks your progress, and lets you share all of that with friends in a fun and competitive way. We let you choose some fitness goals, provide workouts to help you meet them, and give you gold stars when you do a good job (Just like you got when you were a kid)! As you progress, we offer up some great data visualization to show you how far you've come and help you make adjustments to stay on track.
Gymbo is mostly focused on weight training, whether at the gym or using bodyweight exercises at home. Into cardio? We track that too... and maybe we'll convince you to add some other elements to your workout.
Is Gymbo right for me?
Like (or want to like) working out? Trying to get in better shape? Wish you looked better naked? Then Gymbo is for you! Gymbo was built for everyday folks who are already awesome but just want to get a little awesomer.
Please note: We do assume you are healthy enough to work out and will use good judgement while doing so. For more details, check out the Terms of Service.
One exception: If you're a hard core bodybuilder or elite athlete, Gymbo probably isn't actually right for you. You can get a great workout here, but for the sort of specialized performance that you are seeking, you're probably better to get a coach or trainer who can tailor workouts to your needs.
I'm pretty new to working out. Can you help me figure out a good schedule?
We've got you covered. Check out the schedules tab on your home page for a few great options. Generally speaking they range in intensity with the most rigorous at the top and least at the bottom. If you're really new to working out, we recommend the Biggest Loser or Minimalist schedules to get you up to speed.
Also, if you're ever uncertain of what you're doing or uncomfortable with an exercise, we urge you to always err on the side of caution and skip it. No amount of stars or cool graphs is worth risking injury for.
I don't belong to a gym. Can I still use Gymbo?
Absolutely! In addition to tracking runs, biking, or other cardio; Gymbo can provide a great workout even if you don't have access to a gym. Just go to the settings page, click on the preferences tab, and select "bodyweight only" for the "HiiT workouts use:" option. Now when you do a HiiT workout you'll get exercises that you can do at home.
How does Gymbo know what my fitness goals are?
That's an easy one. You tell us your goals on the settings page and we give you workouts that help you achieve them. Simple!
Ok, I got some stars. But... uh... what does that mean?
Good for you! Stars are the basic points system in Gymbo. They measure how you're doing relative to your own previous workouts. Do about as expected, earn a star. Do better than expected and you'll get extra stars.
The cool thing about that is that you can stay competitive with your football player buddy. Even if you can't bench 200 lbs, you can still do better relative to your own workouts, and earn just as many (or more) stars.
You can track your stars, and the stars of all your friends, on the leaderboard. Work out regularly, and you might even make it to the top!
One last thing. Stars only last for 30 days, so you have to keep after it if you want to stay on top.
I only ever get one star on my workouts. What do I need to do to get more?
That depends on what kind of workout you're doing. For most workouts, you earn extra stars by performing exercises at better than expected values. That means lifting more weight, doing more reps, or lasting longer (depending on what that exercise tracks) than you have before.
For cardio, the number of stars is based on how long you go. For HiiT workouts, it's based on the length of the workout: 12, 15, or 16 minutes. Want to up your HiiT game and get more stars? Check out the intensity level on the preferences tab of the settings page.
Half a star?! Really?! What gives?
If you earned half a star for a workout it means you skipped one or more exercises. We always want to encourage you to push a little harder, so we penalize a little for skipping. No big deal if it's not a chronic thing.
If you run into an exercise you don't like, you can replace it (instead of skipping) and still get full credit. If the workouts are too long overall, you can choose shorter workouts on the preferences tab of the settings page.
Wait a second! I have less stars today than yesterday. What happened?!
Stars last 30 days from when they're earned. We do that so new users can get up to speed quickly and so long-time users have ongoing motivation to hit the gym.
I run/bike/etc. pretty regularly. Can I track that along with my gym workouts?
Definitely! There's a cardio tracking tab on your home page for just that purpose. Just enter the number of minutes you spent and we'll do the rest.
Tracking time spent on cardio is cool, but I want to record distance, intensity, etc. as well. Can i?
Not yet, but it's coming. Gymbo is primarily focused on gym workouts, but we know cardio is important too. Tracking things like distance and intensity is on our todo list, we just haven't quite gotten there yet. Keep checking back, though because we'll add that in eventually.
What the heck is a HiiT exercise?
HiiT stand for High Intensity Interval Training. In a HiiT workout you do as many reps of each exercise as you can in 50 seconds, then rest for only 10 seconds before moving on to the next. You then repeat the whole circuit for 12-16 minutes depending on the workout. It may not sound like much, but believe us... you'll be tired by the end.
HiiT workouts are awesome because they don't take too long and because they let you challenge yourself a lot or a little depending where you are in your fitness journey.
These workouts are pretty long. Aren't there shorter ones for busy people like me?
Yes! We offer a few different options for shorter workouts. Head over to the settings page and click on the preferences tab to change your preferred workout length. You can choose between workouts that are about an hour and workouts that are about 30 minutes. That setting will apply to all your workouts except HiiT workouts which are already a great shorter option.
My feed is pretty boring - it's either blank or only shows me workouts I've done. What gives?
The feed is your social hub within Gymbo. Until you have some friends here it won't be much more than a record of your own recent workouts. That's fine if you're the strong silent type, but if you want a little more activity, why not check out the friends page where you can see a few suggested connections or search for people you know. Or... help us grow by telling everyone you know to come join you here. You'll have our undying gratitude! (We promise.)
What's up with all these graphs on my profile page?
Part of what makes Gymbo so cool is that we track your progress over time. We use that data to show you what you're doing right, and what could still use a little improvement.
The graphs on your profile page show patterns in your workout behavior and overall development that can help you make the right choices to meet your goals.
I have a request for a new feature. Who do I tell?
Awesome! We're so excited you like Gymbo enough to want to help. Thanks! Head over to the contact us page and let us know what you're thinking.
Something seems broken on the site. Who do I tell?
Uh oh! Sorry you ran into a problem. Let us know what went wrong and we'll get right on fixing that.