It’s easy to find an exercise when you know exactly what it’s called on Fitocracy. But sometimes you type an activity in the search box and come up with a blank. Or what if you don’t know what it’s called to begin with?
If you have a general idea what you’re looking for, you might be able to find it from the track page.
- Try only part of the name, like “press” and then scroll through the results.
- Sometimes a more specific term will help; vinyasa and hatha, two of the most common forms of yoga, don’t appear in the results for “yoga” because it’s not included in the exercise name; you have to search for “hatha” or “vinyasa” to find them.¹
- Try an alternate name for the activity; “cycling” instead of “biking”, for example.²
You can also use the form on the track page to help figure out the name of the activity you want to log. Let’s say I used a machine at the gym and when I go to log it, I don’t know what it was called. (This happens to me a lot because the labels on the machines are in Swedish and I don’t know what the translation is in English. :)
The machine I used was for strength training so I scroll down to the Strength section and in the Equipment column I check the machine option button.
Then I expand the search results box. (It slides under the left column when it’s not being used. Click the > on its top corner to bring it back out.)
I know the machine had a bar I pulled down, so “Lat Pulldown” looks likely. Hover over the name of the machine to see a more complete description.³ If it matches what you did, problem solved. Click on the exercise name to add it to your workout.
In this case, there’s no description of my machine! What’s a girl to do?!
Google, of course. :)
You’ll usually find a brief description in first couple search results, and often some videos. (If you’re looking for a machine, an image search is usually the fastest way to see if it’s the right equipment.)
Another good place to look for exercise pictures and descriptions is Exrx.net.
I still don’t know what it’s called… now what?
If you still have no idea how to log your exercise or what it’s called, visit the Fitocracy Forum and post in either the Beginner forum, or the right Training Forum for your activity and ask for help. People are real friendly, don’t be shy.
(If you haven’t been there before, there’s a button on the menu bar at the top of the page.)
It’s just not there.
The list of trackable activities is growing, but it doesn’t cover everything (and probably never will. :) Sometimes you’re going to want to log something and it just won’t be in the list under any name.
When that happens, you have a couple options.
You can pick something similar (kayaking instead of canoing, for example) and log that activity with a note about what you really did. This way you earn points similar to what the activity should give. The down side is that if you also do the other activity, it might mess up your historical data and personal records.
The alternate thing you can do is log the activity as “other.”
Select the type of other activity from the list in the search box. The tracking is pretty basic for each type, just duration and intensity for “other cardio” and weight and reps for “other weightlifting.”
Logging an activity as “other” will, most likely, not be worth as many points, but it also won’t complicate your historical data, if those metrics are important to you. :)
If you come across an activity that isn’t in the tracker and you think it should be included, there’s a stickied thread especially for those ideas in the Site Suggestions forum.
¹ Remember Fitocracy is still under development; aliases for exercises are already a requested feature. :)
² If you can’t think of an alternate name, try Googling the one you know. If there are other common names, you can usually pick them up from a quick skim through the search results.
³ Descriptions for activities and exercises are still being added, along with more activities.