Date Tue, June 30 2015

I think a lot of people want more motivation for working out and being healthy. I mean, something they can see now. You know what I mean?

The folks at FitStudio agree. What’s FitStudio, you ask? It’s a service you can connect to a variety of devices, including your phone, iPod and FitBit, just to name a few. The calories you burn or miles you walk turn into points that you can turn into Shop Your Way points. Those points can then be used to buy stuff from Sears and Kmart.

I already have a Shop Your Way account, a smartphone and an iPod, so I was curious to see whether FitStudio is a good fit for me. In fact, I listen to my iPod pretty much all day long and rack up several miles just inside my apartment. It seemed like something that I would literally have to do nothing extra for.

Connecting Devices to FitStudio

Connecting Devices to FitStudio

So I signed up for an account using my existing SYW account, but you can also sign up via Facebook or email if you don’t already have an account with them. The next step is to connect a device, and there are plenty of options as you’ll see from the image on the right. Because my iPod has Nike’s fitness app, I figured it would be a good fit.

That’s where I ran into some issues. My iPod has never quite connected to Nike+ right and because I wasn’t overly concerned with syncing, I forgot this. There’s no option to connect it after the fact — even after you reformat your device — as far as I can tell. This is a bummer because I always use this device to track my steps and activity and prefer to given its smaller size.

I’m not completely out of options, however. I decided to look into apps that are available for my phone, and settled on Map My Fitness. I’ve got other friends who use the app, which you can use to share your workouts to Facebook, too. It’s not the only app available for your phone, and you don’t even need a smartphone. If you’ve got a Fitbit or Jawbone’s UP, then you can connect your device.

Connecting your device and initial signup rewards you with points. After completing your profile to 100% and connecting your device, you’ll receive 5,000 points, which is the equivalent of $5 for doing pretty much nothing. After that, you’ll earn 100 points for every 2 miles walked or run or 200 calories burned in a day. There are also bonuses up to 5,000 points.

My profile does seem to be stuck at 67%, as it does for a number of other users. It seems like the profile section once had more information that got you to full completion. While Sears/FitStudio has been made away of this for months, they’ve done nothing about it. Hopefully this isn’t an example of how they’ll deal with other issues.

Let’s get back to the positive, though! A number of Facebook commenters said they make between $5 and $10 a week. Hey, free money!  The only real drawback I see is that points must be used with in 7 days of earning them, and you’re not going to get much for $10. It’s better than nothing, though!

I’m currently in the process of restoring my iPod and adding an app to my phone. If I can’t make my iPod work, I’ll simply earn less, but I see no reason not to use the app, other than the fact that keeping this app running in the background will deplete my phone’s battery far quicker than using Nike+ on my iPod will.

Because you can connect multiple devices, it seems like you could possibly scam the system. Not that I’m trying to, but the option is there.

I hope to report back with some happy news about FitStudio in the future.

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