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Fitness Monitor


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This essay does not describe an existing computer program, just one that should exist. This essay is about a suggested student project in Java programming. This essay gives a rough overview of how it might work. I have no source, object, specifications, file layouts or anything else useful to implementing this project. Everything I have prepared to help you is right here.

This project outline is not like the artificial, tidy little problems you are spoon-fed in school, when all the facts you need are included, nothing extraneous is mentioned, the answer is fully specified, along with hints to nudge you toward a single expected canonical solution. This project is much more like the real world of messy problems where it is up to you to fully the define the end point, or a series of ever more difficult versions of this project and research the information yourself to solve them.

Everything I have to say to help you with this project is written below. I am not prepared to help you implement it; or give you any additional materials. I have too many other projects of my own.

Though I am a programmer by profession, I don’t do people’s homework for them. That just robs them of an education.

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This is a program that might be used by a gym or by individuals using exercise equipment. Each day it records your body weight and performance and will display graphs of your progress, e.g. upper body strength, leg strength, percent body fat etc. Graphs may be displayed as percent improvement.

The program is pre-configured with information about each exercise machine, such as the lowest and highest weight, the increment, the recommended pace and perhaps hints on use such as the recommended pre-stretching exercises. You might include illustrations or photographs of the various machines.

The user selects which machines he wants to use. He can then enter the day’s workout using spinners to crank the weight up or down a notch from the previous workout. He can also enter the weight/reps he plans to use for the next workout.

It has pacing features. It pulses or beeps to show you the recommended speed for a particular exercise. It can pulse at the target rate you should feel your heart pumping during cardio exercise to give you an intuitive feel for it.

You could have standard templates for people starting off at various fitness levels.

You might use a mark sense document so that you just fill in (more) or (less) with a pencil.

The idea is to reinforce by graphically showing progress. There is no need to manually file/misfile cards.

Body Weight and Body Fat Tracking

Here is a scheme that would keep even an obsessive compulsive like Monk happy. It would also let you track weight readings and percent body fat readings. The computer program could do several things:
body fat
height
weight

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