Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to do the full movements?

No, feel free to make modifications as you see fit. All of the moves can be changed up as needed.

If you can’t do very many full push-ups, do them from your knees or against a counter top. Here’s a video demonstrating few good scaling options.

We just want you to do more reps of high quality movement and improve over time.

Should I count reps from weight training or CrossFit workouts?

Yes, you should count your other workouts if you are going through the same range of motion as a squat, push-up, sit-up, or burpee. For example, if you are doing weighted back squats or wall balls you can count those as squats. If you are doing devil’s press, you can count that as a burpee, etc.

You shouldn’t count moves that aren’t in the app though. For example, don’t try to log your running or jumping jacks, they don’t match any of our moves.

Is this a full workout program?

Not really. The app was designed to suppliment your existing workout routine.

If you don’t have another fitness routine, Burpee Hero is a good place to start. It would be good to also add some pulling movements such as pull-ups or weighted rows. These moves require equipment which is why we didn’t include them.

How should I structure my workouts?

It’s entirely up to you. You can do 10 reps of a movement during your breaks and log that. Or you can go to the gym, get warmed up, and do 100 reps of each movement at once.

In future versions we may add the option to build workouts based on your training experience. Let us know if you want to see this.

We do have a few benchmark workouts which are designed to help you measure your progress. Benchmark workouts should be completed in the order described.

How does the leaderboard work?

The weekly leaderboard is a way to compete with other players. It uses a points system where fewer is better.

There are 5 different scores: Squats, Push-Ups, Sit-Ups, Burpees and the Benchmark workout. The benchmark workout changes every week. The goal is complete more reps of each movement throughout the week, and post a better benchmark score than your competition. Your points are calculated based on your ranking for each score.

If you rank 1st for a given score, that’s worth 1 point, 2nd is worth 2 points, 10th is worth 10 points etc. Your total points are calculated by adding your ranking for each of the 5 scores.

How do benchmarks work?

Benchmarks are special workouts that are designed to test certain aspects of your fitness and are intended to be repeated periodically. They can be used to measure your progress.

To log a benchmark go to the log reps screen, and then tap the benchmarks slider at the bottom.

Benchmarks use energy, earn coins, and count toward your task/event totals exactly the same as if you had logged the reps normally.

In the future we will make it easier to compare your benchmark scores to your previous results. For now, you can scroll through your history to compare them.

Won't doing burpees all the time get boring?

Burpees by themselves are boing. As you make progress in the game, we’ll add some fun challenges to keep things interesting and add variety.

How can you prevent people from cheating?

We can’t, but that’s not our goal.

The core purpose of the app is to help people motivate themselves to workout more. The first parts of the game are based on competition against yourself. There’s really no motivation to cheat and lie to yourself.

As the game progresses, there will be some elements of competing against others, either individually, or as a team. This is where cheating could come into play. However we’ll strive to keep these interactions friendly and small enough that cheating will not ruin the experience for others.

There is technology we could use to try and detect your reps, and make sure everything is legit. However, it’s hard to know how effective these efforts would be, and how much of a hassle they would cause. We want to maintain a casual and self-motivating atmosphere.

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