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Gotta start this off with a hat tip to Blammm for posting the deal that lit the FitStudio fire on SD. The thread from that deal, http://slickdeals.net/f/6609696-sears-fit-studio-fitin14-challenge-earn-5-in-your-way-points-for-every-14-miles-that-you-run?v=1, has turned into an ongoing discussion. Since that's not really the best place for it, thought I'd start this up.

FitStudio is a Sears brand that will reward you with store credit at SHLD stores (Sears, Kmart, etc.) for tracking your exercise via several different devices or apps. They've rung in the new year with a serious bonus, $5 in credit/points for every 14 miles run or walked.

1. Whoa, money for running?!? How do I get in on this?

The store credit is actually points in their Shop Your Way Rewards program, so new users will want to sign up here:

www.shopyourway.com/rewards

Information on the SYWR program is at best a secondary purpose of this thread; check out Ch3apSk8's amazing SYWR FAQ here: http://slickdeals.net/f/6367174-ch3apsk8-s-down-dirty-faq-for-shop-your-way-rewards?v=1

Once you have a SYWR account, drop by:

www.fitstudio.com

and create a new account. If you use the same email address you used for your SYWR account, you should be automatically linked and good to go.

Lastly, you have to link a compatible device or app. Under My Profile, go to Add Devices, Link Accounts. The following are currently supported: CarePass, FitBit, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal, Withings, BodyMedia, UP, Moves and RunKeeper. Click on the appropriate dev/app, follow the instructions and go get some miles under feet!

2. What else earns me points here? Weight lifting, aerobics, any of that?

Most of the point accumulations come from running and walking. However, if you click on Workout Tools, and then into Exercises, you can see pretty much every possible exercise. Clicking on the little circled check mark, signifying that you did that exercise, will earn you 50 points, or 5 cents in credit.

That said, there are a lot of little ways to earn points on the site. Here's the whole mess, straight from them:

Login / Reg
Activity Name Points Daily Limit Note
Complete registration 2000 2000 Short term
Login 25 25 Short term
Every 7 days active on the site 250 250 Long term
Create Weight Goal 150 150 Short term
Distance over number of days 5000 5000 Short term


Profile & More
Activity Name Points Daily Limit Note
Update Account Details 50 50 Long term
Update Notifications and Subscriptions 10 10 Long term
Update About Me 50 50 Long term
Update Goals and Interest 50 50 Long term
Update Professional Profile 50 50 Long term
100% Profile Complete 1500 1500 Short term
Added a Device / App (NP) 250 250 Short term
Added 3 Devices / Apps 300 300 Short term


Friends
Activity Name Points Daily Limit Note
Accept friend request 50 250 Short term
Connect with a pro 50 250 Short term
Refer a friend 20 200 Short term
Send friend request 20 200 Short term
Invite friends from gmail yahoo facebook 20 200 Short term


Goals & Challenges
Activity Name Points Daily Limit Note
Join a program 200 200 Short term
Finish a program 1000 1000 Short term
Get 5 people to join program 1000 1000 Short term
Workout completed (NP) 100 100 Short term
Goal Success (NP) 150 150 Short term
Challenge Success (NP) 1000 1000 Short term
Challenge Success Top 20 (NP) 250 250 Short term
Personal Record (NP) 100 100 Short term
Create a Goal (NP) 200 200 Short term
Join a Challenge (NP) 250 250 Short term
Workout (I did it) 75 75 Short term
Exercise (I did it) 50 150 Short term
Update Weight 100 100 Short term
Weight Goal Success 200 200 Short term


Social Media
Activity Name Points Daily Limit Note
Post my Status to facebook 200 400 Short term
Connect facebook accounts 500 500 Short term
Connect twitter accounts 500 500 Short term
Share FitStudio Content on Facebook 150 300 Short term
Share FitStudio Content on Twitter 250 250 Short term


MISC
Activity Name Points Daily Limit Note
Calories burned- 100 (NP) 10 100 Short term
Distance travelled - 1 mile (NP) 10 100 Short term
Update my status 150 300 Short term
Rate fitstudio content 50 200 Short term
Create custom workout 150 150 Short term
Add fitstudio content to library 25 100 Short term
Workout time spent – 20 mins (NP) 50 150 Short term




Sorry the spacings screwy, I'll fix it down the road here.

3. Short term? Like, I have to spend those today?

Not that bad, but you don't want to sit on them, either. Short term means the points expire after a week. Long term means you have a full year. Your point total is up at the very top of FitStudio. To the right of the total is a little i in a red dot; moving your cursor over it will display the expiration date for the set of points with the least time remaining.

4. So, been at this for a week....where are my points?

As with anything awesome, FitStudio isn't totally perfect. Points can show up an hour after you complete an activity, or you may spend a week wondering where the heck they are. My best advice is to just be patient.

5. Oh, there they are. Now what do I do with them?

I'd seriously advise a read through the SYWR FAQ mentioned above; it's pretty comprehensive. Short version is: you can use them at: Kmart, Sears, Lands End, Mygofer, and Sears Outlet. To use them online, just login in to the store website with your SYWR email and PW, and you'll have an option to apply the points to your order. To use them in store, I STRONGLY recommend printing a membership card, so the cashier can just scan the barcode on it. You can theoretically give them your phone number or member number but I've had very mixed results.

6. Cool. Now how do I cheat?

Don't be a douchebag. This is a good deal, and for a lot of your fellow SDers, it's providing motivation to get off the couch and move this winter. There are undoubtedly ways to cheat; I'm not about to help you do it and potentially screw up a good thing for everybody else.

7. I've got a question you didn't answer here...

This isn't a comprehensive FAQ, just a rough overview. Mostly, I wanted to get the ongoing discussion from Blammm's thread out of Hot Deals and into Deal Talk where it belongs. Post your question to the thread, and if I can't answer it (Which is likely, not as smart as I pretend to be.) odds are someone else can. We may even have a Sears rep swinging in from time to time...
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ok with these: CarePass, FitBit, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal, Withings, BodyMedia, UP, Moves and RunKeeper....

i have a mobile device and a laptop. the mobile device cannot connect to the internet via cellphone data service... can one of these: "CarePass, FitBit, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal, Withings, BodyMedia, UP, Moves and RunKeeper" still be used to earn points? ie. im assuming i connect to internet via home wifi, start my run/walk (disconnecting from internet in the process), then return 14 miles later, re-connect to internet and it gives me pts?

not trying to cheat, i just dont feel like buying cellphone data service to get in on this...
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ok with these: CarePass, FitBit, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal, Withings, BodyMedia, UP, Moves and RunKeeper....

i have a mobile device and a laptop. the mobile device cannot connect to the internet via cellphone data service... can one of these: "CarePass, FitBit, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal, Withings, BodyMedia, UP, Moves and RunKeeper" still be used to earn points? ie. im assuming i connect to internet via home wifi, start my run/walk (disconnecting from internet in the process), then return 14 miles later, re-connect to internet and it gives me pts?

not trying to cheat, i just dont feel like buying cellphone data service to get in on this...
I'd personally recommend Moves. It's $3, but it's the most user friendly of the bunch. It's always running in the background, so no Start/Stop annoyances. It'll only try to sync when you actually open the app, but it'll be counting your steps, differentiating between walking and running, continuously. It SAYS it uses some GPS info, but I've used it in absolute dead zones and it stays accurate.
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Definitely worth noting that when they changed the reward for finishing a challenge from 5000 points to 1000 points a few days ago, they did it without an announcement (the change was hidden in the prizes page, which isn't exactly prominently featured).

AND they made it retroactive. If you were in the middle of a challenge, they changed the prize you would get for completing it. I lost out on 12,000 points because of this, as I completed three challenges shortly after the change. This does NOT bolster my confidence in the program.
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Definitely worth noting that when they changed the reward for finishing a challenge from 5000 points to 1000 points a few days ago, they did it without an announcement (the change was hidden in the prizes page, which isn't exactly prominently featured).

AND they made it retroactive. If you were in the middle of a challenge, they changed the prize you would get for completing it. I lost out on 12,000 points because of this, as I completed three challenges shortly after the change. This does NOT bolster my confidence in the program.
As with many points offers that bite the dust, it is abuse and cheating that always kills the deal.
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As with many points offers that bite the dust, it is abuse and cheating that always kills the deal.
maybe. they toyed around with the challenge points for a while. this is a great program. i hope they can add someway to get points for weight lifting!
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As with many points offers that bite the dust, it is abuse and cheating that always kills the deal.
To say nothing of the fact that the 14 mile rewards make the Challenges kinda redundant. That said, I agree, woulda been nice to let people finish out the Challenges for 5k, and start the reduction with the next round.

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maybe. they toyed around with the challenge points for a while. this is a great program. i hope they can add someway to get points for weight lifting!
There are a few points to be had, here and there, but mostly not worth the effort. If you really want, you can make your usual routine into a custom workout, makes it easier to access all your usual exercises and mark them as done.
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the website has lots of good information, and the videos showing the exercises are good.
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the website has lots of good information, and the videos showing the exercises are good.
Yeah, I find myself reading a lot of the articles. I signed up to score a few points, and I'm surprised to say I've turned into a fan. Kinda sad that the comparatively paltry sums of points thrown around have been enough to get me out into the Minnesota winter, but there it is.
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Totally worth it of you have a fitbit...I just bought one for $40 off eBay and have earned $7 in points in 3 days...my buddy has gotten like $40 in a month just by wearing his fitbit like usual...
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Totally worth it of you have a fitbit...I just bought one for $40 off eBay and have earned $7 in points in 3 days...my buddy has gotten like $40 in a month just by wearing his fitbit like usual...
I may have to try one out. Most of the smartphone apps work well, too, and are free or cheap. I spent $3 on Moves and I'm at...somewhere over $30 in points since Jan 8th.
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I may have to try one out. Most of the smartphone apps work well, too, and are free or cheap. I spent $3 on Moves and I'm at...somewhere over $30 in points since Jan 8th.
Can you please list down some of the free smartphone apps? I have myfitnesspal but not sure how I can link to fit studio as I use different id's. TIA
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Can you please list down some of the free smartphone apps? I have myfitnesspal but not sure how I can link to fit studio as I use different id's. TIA
Not sure what you mean by different IDs, but I'd try to link your current app. Make sure you're signed into your myfitnesspal, the on the FitStudio site, under My Profile, Add devices, link accounts, click on the myfitnesspal link and see what it says.

Of the rest, RunKeeper is free, but I found it to be a little flaky for short runs and a bit obnoxious. Not wild about having to hit Start and Stop all the time. Carepass looks like it's only for Aetna customers, which stinks because it's apparently pretty nice. I know a few people in the deal thread that inspired all this use MapMyFitness and seem to like it. I have a friend that uses UP and swears by it, but haven't tried it out myself. Don't know anything about Withings, besides that it's free and I found a few positive reviews.

Gonna throw out another plug for Moves. $3, super easy to use, no starting and stopping recording, as simple and straightforward as you could ask for.
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Can you please list down some of the free smartphone apps? I have myfitnesspal but not sure how I can link to fit studio as I use different id's. TIA
there are a lot of free smartphone apps, but the only tracker apps/devices/software that work with FitStudio are RunKeeper, FitBit, MyFitnessPal, Moves, MapMyFitness (part of MapMyRun which I use on my iPhone & Garmin gps watc & have tracked over 300 miles under FitStudio & over 8k miles total from mid 2012), CarePass from Aetna, BodyMedia, Up by Jawbone & Withings.

Of the 2 above that are supported by FitStudio, I only have experience with RunKeeper & MapMyRun. I decided on using MapMyRun & use it daily for the past 2 years.

If you want free apps in general, other than the ones listed there's lots of them. Of the ones I have/tried MapMyRun, Endomondo, RunKeeper, Nike. They all do pretty much the same time, & I decided to use MapMyRun because it has worked reliable for me & I have a network or friends that use it also, plus it has a variety of workouts, not just running... I have friends on MapMyRide (bikers), & that use MapMyFitness to track workouts & food journals & what not, so I liked it the best for my running & my friends network.

as for linking, all you do is sign into fit studio, on the right side of the initial login page/dashboard... there should be a banner image that lists all the supported apps I listed above & in red says "Connect a Device" click on the bottom blue button that says "connect me", then click on whichever app you already have.... in your case (& mine) MapMyFitness (MapMyRun is incl in this)... then next to the MapMyFitness words/image, click "link", it should take you to the login page for your app, enter your screen name/email & password for MapMyFitness & it should link successfully ... at least that's how it worked for me with MapMyRun...
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