We've been planning on further developing our blog to provide more than just news and updates for Workout Spots. We'd like to soon start providing useful and interesting content about fitness, health, and related topics - things like tips, tricks, news, tools, and everything in between. If you're coming here to find a spot to workout at or a class to book, why not stumble on something to read as well?
It's still been less than one month since we began our pre-launch for businesses and trainers to join Workout Spots and begin using our software; it's even been less than 2 weeks since our public launch. With that in mind, it's even more exciting to know that today we've surpassed 5,000 classes in our system.
Another important update just went live about an hour ago that's definitely worth sharing. A little over a week ago we released the ability to automatically recur classes over a given set of conditions: for example, every day, every week, every 3 days, every day excluding weekends - and just about every combination in between.
As midnight neared, and the caffeine began to wear off, as it unfortunately always does, we had a dash of inspiration. Something with our design has been bugging us - and a handful of you. Some have said that our design was rather unpleasant, ugly, and even unfriendly. Hard to argue.. it was pretty brutal. Well, that's what happens when you rush the application out the door. We wanted to get up as soon as possible, and get businesses on here - so we settled with rough draft #1.
A big thanks to Angie Chang for posting my blog on Women 2.0! It was important for me to share my story and WorkoutSpots journey thus far with other female entrepreneurs and those who strive to be one. I love Women2.com and it is truly inspiring to read all of the brave and talented women open up and blog about their own struggles in business and life. I hope that our story will inspire someone else to be the change they want to see in the world!
Today proved to be another perfect example of a point that has been stressed on a number of past posts. Our primary goal is not only continually improving our platform, but we want to work closely with business owners to craft this application based on their needs. Feedback is key, and the more we get the more posts like this can be made. We don't own a fitness organization. But you do, so we want all of you to play an active role in the development of Workout Spots.
A big thanks to Zainab and the team at Addictive Tips, a cool site that spotlights the latest and greatest apps of all kind. Zainab did a great job doing a complete review, actually walking readers through the entire process of the end-user here - registration, searching, viewing a class, registering, seeing your profile calendar, etc; very well done.
And it's always great to see a review full of positivity:
Not only does it let you find a spot, but also offers powerful, yet extremely easy-to-use tools for scheduling classes.
Just a quick update about an important new feature - late last night, we released a change to our class registration system. Most member-based websites require you to verify your email by clicking a link in an email sent to you after registering, before you can even log in. I find that incredibly annoying - so, we don't require that step when registering here. It does have its purpose though, which is to prevent people from creating multiple accounts and to (attempt) to prevent system spam or abuse.
A big thanks to Corey Cummings and the team at Tech.li, another great site for tech news and resources, for reviewing Workout Spots. Corey did a wonderful job running through why the site was created, what it offers, where it excels:
The service has an uncomplicated, straightforward interface.
I can imagine the service would be a great help for both avid exercises and beginners looking for the best workout location nearby