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Superhero Workout FAQ

When is an Android version coming?

It’s here! Just check the Play Store for 7-Minute Superhero Workout and you can get started!

Why aren’t my reps being tracked properly?

If your reps aren’t being tracked correctly then you may need to either change the position of your device, or step further back from it.

We recommend standing at least 1.5 to 2 metres (5 to 6 feet) away from your device, and ensuring that there is no movement behind you. Any movements other than yourself will also be detected by the camera and will cause problems with accurate tracking.

Different exercises require your device to be in different positions. For example, for jumping jacks it’s best to prop the device up on a table, but for push-ups your device can be moved to the floor, ideally directly beneath your head. It’s worth experimenting with different positioning to see what tracks most accurately for you.

How do I share my workouts to Facebook or Twitter?

Once you’ve finished a workout you’ll see some social media sharing buttons. On iOS, the Facebook and Twitter buttons allow you to set up auto-sharing for your current and future workouts. On Android, the Share icon will allow you to manually share your current workout to Twitter.

To share on an Apple device you’ll need to make sure that these apps have permission to access Superhero Workout. You can check this by going to your Facebook or Twitter settings within your device settings. You can also allow these apps to access Superhero Workout by simply tapping on the sharing buttons and following the on-screen instructions.

Can I play music during my workout?

In the iOS version of the app we have now added Challenges workouts and you can play your own music with these. This feature is not currently available in the Android version of the app, but it is something we are working on for a future update.

We are still looking into allowing your own music to be played in story missions as well, but can’t say if or when this might be available at the moment.

I made a mistake! How do I correct this?

If the app has problems tracking you then it’s not possible to correct this by manually entering a number of reps. We currently have no plans to add a feature which will allow you to do this.

Why are missions 15/22 min long rather than 7 minutes?

Because the original ‘7 minute workout’ research paper recommends that you should do 2 - 3 cycles of activity lasting 7 minutes. These short cycles of cardio and body weight-based resistance training offer maximum results in a short space of time - so long as you put a reasonable amount of effort in!

We have now added in mission checkpoints, so if you only have time to do 7 minutes of a mission you can stop at a checkpoint and then resume your progress later. All of your stats will be recorded for time spent working out. It’s not necessary to complete a mission to view your stats.

How does the calorie calculation work?

You can enter your weight in the app’s Settings menu - this will let us more accurately calculate the calories you’re burning during workouts.

Calorie calculation in Superhero Workout is based on MET-hour equivalents (Metabolic Equivalent of Task) for exercises; and is related to the amount of time you spend on a specific activity. This way of calculating calorie burn assumes that you are putting out a reasonable amount of effort while exercising. Because of this you may find that the calorie count will be different if you compare this to other apps. We are always looking to improve calorie calculation though and it may change in future.

How to turn on Airplay mirroring?

To use Airplay you’ll need to make sure you have Apple devices which support this feature. More general information about using Airplay please go to Apple’s support page here: Use Airplay to wirelessly stream content

To use Superhero Workout with Airplay you’ll need to swipe up from bottom of the screen on your portable iOS device. Then just tap Airplay, select your screen, and turn on Mirroring to see the app on a big screen!

How do I use the app with Chromecast?

On supported devices, it is possible to cast your phone's screen to a Chromecast, which will allow you to use the app on a bigger screen. To do this you will need to have the Chromecast app installed and cast your phone's screen to another device. We do not have an in-app Chromecast button in Superhero Workout.

For more information on this, please see this Google help page: Cast your Android screen from the Chromecast App

What about Windows Phone and Blackberry?

Sorry, but it’s currently not financially or technically viable for us to release Superhero Workout for these platforms. If that changes in the future then we’ll announce this on our blog.

What are the System Requirements for Superhero Workout?

Superhero Workout requires iOS 7 or above and Android 4.1 or higher.

Please note: Superhero Workout requires your device to have a front-facing camera. If your Android device does not have a front facing camera then the app will not work properly.

We don’t have any plans to back-port the app for iOS 6, or older versions of Android.

Can I connect Superhero Workout to RunKeeper, Fitbit, Nike+?

We don’t currently have any plans to integrate with other fitness apps, but if this changes in the future we’ll announce this on our blog.

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