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Let me know how I can improve this site!
Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 8:12 pm
If you have any suggestions please let me know.
Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 3:23 pm
Ok, I guess it is safe to assume that this is the perfect fitness site and will not change a thing, that appeals to my lazy nature.
Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:30 pm
More explanation on the optional workouts would be good (the coming soon page). More sample meals... testimonials...
<- I find myself _wanting_ to read that page and understand it... but it's a bit over my head and blocks of text that big are discouraging. More explanations and reasoning behind why it works would be cool to see.
A better news page... maybe a blog for yourself.
Just chucking thoughts out there man.
Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 7:29 pm
I appreciate the feedback
Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 6:50 am
Let me tell you a story. Back in the 60's some reknowned kung fu master came over from China and wanted to teach his art to American students. He posted a sign offering free lessons and waited. Nobody came. Frustrated, he got the idea ot charge $5/lesson and within days his yard was full with trainees.
Your problem is that you're offering free, sensible, sound advice to people that's really valuable and lacking in bells and whistles. If you want to generate real traffic I have a few ideas on how to change what you're doing:
1) Come up with a cool name for your system - I like simplefit, but work on something more testosterone-laden - use words like spartan, warrior, combat, soldlier, or violent.
2) Relaunch the site. Instead of this, with lots of useful, cleanly laid out stuff, make a fancier site. Load it with testimonials from people nobody has ever heard of - just make them up, nobody will know. Intersperse the testimonials with long lists of claims about how massively beneficial and easy your system is. It will melt away bodyfat, increase strength, develop endurance, increase sex drive and ability, reduce inflammation, cure diabetes, cure cancer - whatever you can think of.
3) Stop giving it away for free. Charge some fee. To do this, you'll need to make, say, an e-book. But don't sell it for some nominal amount - charge like $200 for it. Or more. For that price, sell the e-book, a CD with motivational speeches from you (recorded in your bathroom in your spare time), a template for recording their workout progress, maybe a cookbook (take something public domain and play with it a little), and, best of all, for only $250/year, offer people the chance to use this forum!!!
When sales drop a little bit add new books/ programs - maybe a self defense something or other (taught to you by a shaolin monk or mexican wrestler or maybe something more exotic - like the toughest guy in the world who works out in a monastery in Tibet who took you on as a student after being banned from all fighting sports for being too dangerous). Try a course on meditation, or golf technique, or whatever else you know about.
The best part is that I only want 10% of whatever cash you rake in for giving you this idea
I've actually considered doing a mockup of a site like this, just for fun, because I haven't done any web design in a while. By the way, if you've never checked out Matt Furey's site or Dinosaur Training or Turbulence Training and don't get the humor in this post, please forgive me and pretend you never read it.
Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 8:39 am
Thats awesome, I was actually thinking along the same lines but with an extra terrestrial twist
( think Richard Simmons with tentacles and a green fro )
Just kidding, this site will always be free!
Thanks for the Laugh
Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 1:11 pm
I had an idea thought I'd toss it your way. Just to preface, I know absolutely zip about website design or what it costs to run/maintain one so if my idea is absurd in that regard I apologize.
Anyways, I think it would be cool to allow people to set up an account on the site and create a simple interface that would allow us to log our workout info. Just a simple interface where you could input number of reps for day 1 and times for days 2 and 3. From there you could maybe show little graphs of how a person is increasing and track progress. These profiles could then be made public so we can all share how we are doing (up to you but I guess you could have the option to make profiles private as well). Well thats my idea and I'm sure its a ton of work but just something I thought would be cool. Keep up the good work on the site, I'm really loving the workouts so far (and don't plan on going back to my old weight routine ever again!).
Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 8:07 pm
Great suggestions, I am looking at some different options.
Here is some more nutritional info
Here is more on how simplefit works
Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 5:42 am
add a page where you put links to DIY pull up bars, rings, etc, along with maybe some other helpful things like the online stopwatch programs or other programs that may help you keep track of what you eat etc.
just an idea. if you already have it and i missed it then good job!
Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 6:52 am
We have that stuff but not organized on a single page, great idea
Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 8:48 am
If you are posting info on making your own equipment (great idea by the way) it should perhaps be accompanied by a disclaimer waiving you of any liability should someone fall on their face. I'm no lawyer so a disclaimer might not be necessary, but better safe than sorry.
As for my suggestion, perhaps extend the nutrition section a bit with some more sample meal plans and a section for recipes submitted by users?
Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 8:57 am
Like magus269 said, I don't know how your site is hosted and if your hosting package inlcudes php or asp.net but if it does how about a section where users can "build" their own workouts and print them off? Have a list of exercises that users can select, the amount of time they wish to be working and how many days, etc. and then generate a neat schedule that they can print?
Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 9:04 am
I like the simplicity. The paysite idea will make me leave and host my own - free - site. There are a lot of paysites out there that have all of the "build-your-own" workout and tools to log your workout etc.
I was on one when it was free and then it went to fee - there were a small fraction of members who stayed.
Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 9:41 am
I was kidding, this site will always be free!
Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 9:43 am
Lots of great ideas, I will try to implement some when I have time.