Video of our Splitfit project
Quote about the Splitfit project
Personal training is too expensive, isn’t accessible to non-members and gyms have an excess of unused inventory.
Prototype & User Testing
thoughtbot created a prototype that was built in Xcode. This let users run the prototype on their iPhone. They were able to set preferences, build profiles and use the keyboard as they would normally with any other app. The team caught issues much earlier and more accurately than they would have with a traditional prototyping approach (creating a prototype with hotspots and images).
The outcome of the first week was incredibly successful. The prototype and business idea was well received. The thoughtbot and SplitFit team confidently moved forward knowing that we an initial round of user testing was conducted. thoughtbot product designers started to build out and refine wireframes for each of the designed user flows.
Image of early prototypes for Splitfit
thoughtbot worked with a branding agency to build the SplitFit identity. With an identity in the works, various directions were tossed around to fit the target market: millennials.
The team refined many creative options down to a final four and put them through their paces to get feedback from users. Each contained a different combination of colors — some loud, some quiet, some neutral — each with various font selections to match that feel.
There was now a brand and identity behind SplitFit. The result was focused on redefining personal training. Training should be inclusive, but not exclusive.
Image of Splitfit color variations
Combined with SplitFit’s vision for inclusive personal training, this requirement meant the product needed to support both major mobile platforms from day one. To accomplish this, thoughtbot chose to use React Native as the platform for the mobile apps. This decision allowed the team to move really quickly and ship the first version of SplitFit for iOS and Android in about 8 weeks. React Native continued to prove itself as a worthy technology choice, helping split the development workload and making it easier for the thoughtbot designer to contribute to the codebase on their own.
Image of Splitfit screens
This included the ability for a user to join a pool (the buyouts feature came later).
The initial release was piloted with the CIC (Cambridge Innovation Center, a large office space just blocks from the pilot gym). This allowed for real testers in a controlled environment. The team was able to gather feedback from customers as well as trainers.
thoughtbot continues to work alongside SplitFit to continue to mature and grow the app.