“Help me truly understand what Commit can do for me… Why do I need this? Sell me.”
This prompted me to dig deep and spill all the reasons why we built Commit, why coaches all over the world use it every day, and why if you don’t use it you should take it for a test drive for a full week.
The bottom line after thinking about all the benefits of Commit, after combing through hundreds of emails from coaches praising our product, after asking coaches why they use Commit, is that it does 1 thing really well:
1. Commit saves you time!
So, what makes Commit useful for you?
If you take nothing else away from this post, watch this video:
First, because the workouts are stored electronically (instead of on the back of your lunch napkin) you can…
1. Search your workouts to pull up an old workout in seconds: http://support.commitswimming.com/article/show/22414-find-your-old-workouts
2. Organize your workouts into folders for easy access: http://support.commitswimming.com/article/show/22417-organizing-your-workouts
3. Analyze your training plan without having to manually add up volume/ percentage kick/ etc. This analysis can be for any of your training groups or individual athletes for any dates you want to look at: http://support.commitswimming.com/article/show/22418-using-your-dashboard
5. Quickly take attendance with a few taps on your phone: http://support.commitswimming.com/article/show/22421-doing-the-most-with-a-workout
6. Collaborate with your coaches by connecting to the same team on Commit: http://support.commitswimming.com/article/show/22415-adding-coaches-to-your-team
7. Save favorite sets of yours for easy access to pull back up and insert into a new workout: http://support.commitswimming.com/article/show/22422-store-your-favorite-sets
8. You don’t have to email or print anymore because all your coaches have them on their phone.
9. Create attendance reports for any training group or date range you want at any time.
10. Your athletes get a free workout journal if you invite them to your team without lifting a figure. This has been shown to keep swimmers more engaged throughout the season.
Second, you might be asking, well there are other products that do this… like Hy-tek’s old team manager add-on ‘workout manager’ or TeamUnify’s MainSet, or ‘Workouts for Swim Coaches’ on the iPad. What makes Commit different from these?
The answer is that all of these tools suck time away from you as a coach because now it takes 30 minutes longer than before to write a workout. You are restricted to toggling set ranges and rep numbers and adding a character limited description. There’s a reason none of these caught on and Commit has.
Coming from a world where most coaches use paper and pencil to free-form write their workouts, we developed an algorithm where you do the same thing you were always doing (write workout free-form) but maintain all the benefits about having the workouts stored digitally that I mentioned above. Watch this video to learn about the algorithm:
So, at the end of the day because the workouts are now digitally stored AND you’re not dealing with frustrating workout inputs, Commit saves coaches time. We hear this every single day from new users. And, it’s the single most important driver of why coaches use Commit. What’s more valuable than your time?
At this point I got a response from the coach saying this…
“OK features we can add are endless are simply words. I want your details as to what that means. I don’t talk to any coaches who use commit, so don’t give me homework. I am giving you a shot, SELL ME.”
Fair enough. I love the pushback and request for more explicit information. So here it is…
In less than a year below is the non-exhaustive list of features we added at coaches requests. It took 3 of us, 3 months to launch Commit. And then we added all of this. AND responded to/ solved any issue or bug a coach has come across right away. To the point where now I can count on 1 hand the number of ‘issues’ our users have had in months. Point being we move fast and aren’t going anywhere.
- Roster import
- Athlete specific dashboard
- Mobile and tablet dashboard
- Invite athletes so they can view their workout history
- Running distance & time on printout
- Setting default intervals and intensities
- Email auto complete when sending workouts
- Organize workouts into different folders
- Preview workouts
- mass email/print workouts
- Attendance reports across any selected date range
- Displaying 100 pace when typing a set
- Deleting sets in the set bank
- Free-form text box
- Copying and pasting from Word documents
- Emailing workouts
- Favoriting sets
- Searching workouts by name
- Naming workouts
- Brackets to block the parser
- Add time between sets
- Time based distances
- Stress meter
The coach also asked me about TeamUnify integration, if the coach collaboration was just like a Google Doc, and the athlete version of Commit. See below for my responses.
Re: TeamUnify Integration
Export your roster from TU in a .csv format. Adjust it in excel so columns go first, last, email. Then import into Commit:
If you don’t want to do it, I will do it for you if you send me your roster.
Re: Coach collaboration – just like google doc?
Yes – exactly like you do already on Google Docs. But google docs doesn’t do all the things above.
Re: Athlete journals
What kid wants to physically write stuff in a journal? This is FREE and on their phone. You should be sold there.