Almost every major heart rate/GPS watch manufacturer has software that allows a user to download and analyze their workouts. Suunto, makers of sports watches for all types of activities and athletes, is no exception. We here at Fitness Electronics Blog have been using their watches for quite a while now, and we have really grown to like their features, ease of use, and style. Today we are reviewing their web software tool called Movescount.
So what is Movescount? Movescount is software by Suunto that allows a user to create, download, upload, log and analyze workouts, and connect with other athletes. Movescount is not sport specific, but covers a variety of sports, 61 to be exact. Of course, to get the most out of the experience, the athlete needs to have a Suunto watch of some kind.
To start using Movescount, go to the website at movescount.com and create an account. This is straightforward and easy to do. Once your account has ben created, login on the home screen, and you are ready to get started. While you are on the “Home” screen, you can see the navigation tabs at the top of the page. There are two main categories; PRIVATE and COMMUNITY.
Here is the structure of the navigation tabs on the home page:
- My Moves
- Route Planner
- Training Program Planner
- Body Metrics
- Movescount Settings
- List of Watch Gear
- Get Most out of Movescount
- Winning Moves
- Get Stuff
- Training Programs
- Other Apps
The PRIVATE side of the site is where you enter your personal data, log your Moves (Suunto calls your workout a “Move”), create private training plans, and configure your gear. The COMMUNITY side of the website is where you interact with other people, join groups, create shared training plans, and download software.
Upload a Workout to Movescount
So to get started, we will begin by learning how to upload a workout from your watch. Assuming you have a Suunto watch, and you’ve logged a workout with it, you are now ready to upload your Move to the website. To upload your Move, you will first need to install the Moveslink software. This software allows the Movescount website to talk to your watch though the Suunto MoveStick Mini USB dongle. To download and install this software if you haven’t already done so, navigate to the COMMUNITY side of the site, go to APPLICATIONS, click Moveslink “Get It Now”, and install the software. Plug in the MoveStick Mini USB dongle, and you’re ready to go. To upload your Move from the watch, scroll to “webconnect” on the watch, click enter, and all of your Moves should upload to Movescount.
Analyzing Your Workout in Movescount
So now your Move or Moves has been uploaded, what can you do with this information? If you are logged into Movescount, click on PRIVATE, MY MOVES, and click on your Move, you can see the details of your Move. You should see something like this:
On this screen, all of the details of your workout can be viewed. This workout was a hill run. Your workout data, including the type of exercise, heart rate information, speed, distance, running cadence, elapsed time, calories, Peak Training Effect, lap times and heart rate zones can all be viewed. The graphs can be changed to view individual metrics by clicking on the selections at the top of the graph.
There is also an edit button that allows you to tweak the numbers, add comments, set weather and mood, and more.
Using the Calendar
The calendar shows all of your Moves and the date that they occurred. You can view these in calendar or list view for the month by clicking the appropriate icon in the menu bar:
You can click on each individual Move in either screen to view the individual results of each Move.
View Summary of Moves
Clicking the SUMMARY tab under MY MOVES changes from details of an individual Move to a summary of Moves for the month. You can also view a daily and weekly summary of views. If you click the arrow on the calendar at the beginning of the week, you can view the totals for the week. Summaries of total workout duration, distance, number of Moves, calories burned, average heart rate, speed, Peak Training Effect can all be viewed:
The Free compare graph allows you to plot any metric against any other metric. This is very useful, with the settable metrics shown in the images below:
As you can see, both the X and Y axes can be changed to create whatever graph you want.
Setting Up Your Gear
If you go into the PRIVATE side of the site, and click on GEAR, you can customize you watch settings. You can select what kind of training workouts you can track and add additional sports to the watch by clicking “Create new custom mode”:
Creating a Move Workout
Having a way to analyze your workout is great, but it is also very useful to create your own workout. To create a Move, click on the calendar date, and you will see “Add Move” pop up. Click on this, and you will see the screen shown below. Fill in the information, and click Save.
That’s all there is to it. You can export the move, delete the move, or edit the move by hitting the appropriate buttons:
Route Planning With Movescount
You can also create a route with Movescount. This route can be public or private. To create my route, click PRIVATE, then click on TOOLS, and you will be taken to this screen:
I called this route LMT 40, since it will be an out and back on the Little Miami Bike trail. It’s easy to zoom in and out, and use your mouse cursor to highlight your route. Once the route is saved, it is stored in your library. If you want to delete it, just click the “Remove” button. You can also import a route from Google Maps or Google Earth using the.kml format.
The Community Side of the Site
The COMMUNITY side of the site is where you interact with others. Under COMMUNITY, you can find more information on Suunto products, find a tour of Movescount, find members in your area, create shared routes, download applications and software, and find or create training programs. I will give a little info on a few of the features that I used.
You can choose from many different training programs by going to “Get Stuff”, and clicking on “Training Programs”. Here you can view training programs created by other people, or create your own:
There are many different training programs that users have created. Just click on one to check it out. If you want to create your own, click on “Create Training Program”, and you will be taken to this screen where you can create your own:
Once you’ve created your training program, the training plan Moves can be synchronized to your watch. This is a great way to schedule and be reminded of your workouts.
If you are interested in Movescount software for iPhone, Moveslink software, software for the Suunto DM4, or solutions at fitness clubs, this is the place to go. You can also learn what devices are compatible with Movescount:
Just click on a device, or software program, to learn more or download.
Thoughts, Opinions and Summary:
I’ve been using Movescount for a while now, and it is very intuitive and easy to use. There are many features and options, and the layout is pretty straightforward given its capabilities. There are so many features that we are unable to include all of them in our limited review. The goal is to show you some of the more common features, and give you a enough information to get you started. As always, diving in and playing around is your best way to become familiar with the software and its capabilities. Since Movescount is free, you have nothing to lose.
I think one of the features that many people will like is the social aspect of the site. You can share your workouts with other people, and connect and share via Facebook and Twitter. I don’t do a lot on the social side very often, but that’s just me. Having the capability of creating a training plan, sharing it, or using someone else’s can be very useful.
With the introduction of the Ambit, integrated GPS logging and support makes this software a complete workout solution for almost all sports. We look forward to reviewing the Ambit, and we will update this review with the additional features once we are done.
Being a triathlete, I am most interested in logging and planning my workouts. When I first reviewed the Suunto Quest (review here), I mentioned that even though I like and use Movescount, I still need to use TrainingPeaks. If I want to plan and track my swims, or enter daily metrics like caloric intake and weight, I can’t do this with Movescount. I can create a custom activity, call it swimming, and track it manually, but there is no way to download a workout from a swim watch into Movescount. Of course, this makes sense, but it would be nice if there were an easy way to import other data, without running multiple programs. Once your Moves are in downloaded, you can export your workout to TrainingPeaks if so desired. If you use Movescount for other sports, and don’t care about swimming, this should not be an issue at all.
- Easy to use
- The Moveslink software was easy to install, and works with both Mac and Windows
- Movescount works and logs many different types of workouts and sports
- In the setting screens for gear, you can customize your training watch settings and screens
- Creating a training plan and uploading the plan to your watch is easy
- The social aspect of the site is very useful for people who want to share workouts, or connect to a community of like minded people
- Product has Facebook and Twitter connect capability
- A mobile interface is available at m.movescount.com
- An iPhone app is also available
- Missing a way to automatically import swim data for triathletes
- It doesn’t record meals, caloric intake, or other daily metrics like weight
- Can’t log power meter data
How to edit Moves:
How to draw and find routes: