Using the Xert Remote Player

The Xert Remote Player is a web-based tool that allows you, your friends and even your coach to view your workout live as you’re doing it. It’s composed of three  elements that can be viewed all at once, separated, resized, and even overlaid on top of other views (like Zwift) to give you all the data & feedback you need to perfectly execute your workout.

How It Works

The Xert Remote Player receives the data being collected and processed by your Garmin Edge Connect IQ device, Xert Mobile app for Android or the Xert Player for iOS, and displays the data in real-time in your browser. You can view the Remote Player from any device with a browser such as a PC, iPad, tablet or mobile phone that’s connected to the internet. This is what it looks like:

What the Remote Player Doesn’t Do

The Remote Player is not like other PC apps that use your ANT+ stick or Bluetooth connection to connect your PC to your trainer or bike sensors.  Instead of you using an ANT stick to get data for your workout display, it uses your bike computer / mobile app that’s running Xert to connect to your sensors.  The app then sends the data to our server so then you or your coach can watch in real-time.  It’s an innovative way to allow you to see your workout in progress without having to install software onto your desktop computer.

How To Set It Up

The Remote Player receives data from either a Connect IQ enabled Garmin device loaded with the Xert Workout Player and connected to the internet via your smart phone, or an Android device connected to the internet and loaded with the Xert Mobile app. Here are the instructions to enable the Remote Player with either of those devices:

Garmin Connect IQ enabled device

Before you get started…

  1. Ensure you have loaded the Xert Workout Player app from the Garmin Connect IQ Store to your Garmin device, and have set it up with your Xert username & password.
  2. Download the Garmin Connect Mobile app for iPhone or Android to your smartphone and ensure that it’s paired with your Garmin device. This is necessary for the workout you select in Xert to load to your Garmin device. Ensure your smartphone is connected to the internet via wifi or mobile data.
  3. Log in to your Xert account on your smartphone or desktop computer and ensure you have your next workout selected.
  4. Choose what system you’d like to ‘control’ your trainer: Xert or another system (like Zwift).
    • Xert control: remove your smart trainer from your other apps so that they don’t interfere with the trainer control being performed by the Xert CIQ.
    • Another source of control: disable trainer control from the Xert Workout Player app by tapping MENU (Edge 1030/1000/820) or BACK (Edge 520/520+) and choose OFF.

Set up…

  1. On your Garmin device, open the Xert Workout Player and press Start/Stop button to start the app. Select ‘Start Later’ for the moment…
  2. Pull up the Options screen by tapping the middle of the screen (Edge 1030/1000/820) or pressing the top right button (Edge 520 and 520+).
  3. Select ‘Remote Player’ and ‘ON’. You will only need to do this once. After you have done this the setting will be saved and you will be able to start your workout right away.
  4. To open the Remote Player, in your browser and from the main menu in Xert, select ‘Remote Player’. You can also pull up the Remote Player by clicking the workout’s name next to “ Selected Workout” on your My Fitness page at the top of “Advisor Recommended Workouts”. Either of these functions will bring up the Remote Player within the current tab of your browser.
  5. Hop on your bike and start your workout by pressing the Start/Stop button on your Garmin device. As you start pedalling you will see the data within the three views come alive.
  6. When you have completed your workout, press the Start/Stop button on your Garmin and either select ‘End Workout’ to end the workout but continue to ride, or select ‘Save’ to end the workout, the activity, and save it.

Xert Mobile app for Android

Before you get started…

  1. Ensure you have loaded the Xert Mobile app from the Google Play Store to your Android device, and have set it up with your Xert username & password.
  2. Log in to your Xert account on your smartphone or desktop computer and select your next workout. You can also do this directly from the Xert Mobile app.
  3. Choose what system you’d like to ‘control’ your trainer: Xert or another system (like Zwift)…
    • Xert control: remove your smart trainer from your other apps so that they don’t interfere with the trainer control being performed by the Xert Mobile app. Set up instructions can be found here.
    • Another source of control: in the Xert Mobile app, use the Scan menu and uncheck FE-C under your smart trainer’s configuration dialog.

Set up…

  1. On your Android device, open the Xert Mobile app and scroll to the right to Settings, then Options.
  2. Slide the toggle next to “Enable Remote Player” to the right to turn on this feature.
  3. Now you can either view your workout on the Xert Mobile app by scrolling to the left on the top menu and selecting ‘Workout’. Instructions on how to perform a workout in the app can be found here.
  4. To open the Remote Player, in your browser of your computer or tablet on which you’d like to display the Remote Player, select ‘Remote Player’ from the main menu in Xert. You can also pull up the Remote Player by clicking the workout’s name next to “ Selected Workout” on your My Fitness page at the top of “Advisor Recommended Workouts”. Either of these functions will bring up the Remote Player within the current tab of your browser.
  5. Hop on your bike and start your workout by pressing Start at the bottom right corner of the screen in the Xert Mobile app. As you start pedalling you will see the data within the three views come alive.

Xert Player app for iOS

Before you get started…

  1. Ensure you have loaded the Xert Player app from the App Store to your iOS device, and have set it up with your Xert username & password.
  2. Log in to your Xert account on your smartphone or desktop computer and select your next workout. You can also do this directly from the Xert Player app.
  3. Open the Remote Player, in your browser of your computer or tablet on which you’d like to display the Remote Player: select ‘Remote Player’ from the main menu in Xert. You can also pull up the Remote Player by clicking the workout’s name next to “ Selected Workout” on your My Fitness page at the top of “Advisor Recommended Workouts”. Either of these functions will bring up the Remote Player within the current tab of your browser.
  4. Hop on your bike and start your workout by pressing the Play button at the bottom of the screen. As you start pedalling you will see the data within the three views come alive.

The Remote Player has 3 sections:

Section Features
Summary / Header MPA – Current MPA
Target MPA – Your expected MPA at the end of your interval.
XSS – Cumulative Xert Strain Score
XEP- Current activity Xert Equivalent Power
Focus – Current activity Focus Duration
PWR – Average Interval Power
CAD – Average Interval Cadence
HR – Average Interval Heart Rate
Chart Blue line – live MPA during Workout
Brown Profile – Power Target  during workout
Violet Vertical Line – Progress Indicator
Gauges Center number – Current Power
Green Band – Below Lower Threshold Power
Blue Band – Lower Threshold Power to FTP
Yellow Band –  3min Power and higher
Red Band – 30s Power and higher
Purple Band – MPA and higherViolet Perimeter Triangle – Current Interval Target Power Indicator
Orange Perimeter Triangle – Next Interval Target Power Indicator
Violet Indicator on Lower Gauge – Current 3s Power
Teal Gauge – Cadence with red band indicating optimal cadence
Red Gauge – Heart Rate

 

Advanced set up…

  • You can open the Remote Player in its own dedicated window, resize the window and use browser zoom in/out features (CTL – and CTL + on MS Windows or Command- and Command+ on MacOSX) to make the elements in the window larger or smaller.
  • If you’d like to one of the three elements, press the ‘expand’ icon in the top right of the element you’d like to remove, and close it.Each element has a small pop-out icon in the top right. Click the icon to pop out the element and resize/zoom so that you can place that element over your favourite cycling app like Zwift, Sufferfest Video or even your favourite show or cycling YouTube video.