In just about every aspect of life, technology has evolved exponentially and the fitness industry is no different. In a world where we are now able to not only track our workouts, but analyze our heart rate, workout intensity, and body response before, during, and after exercise, it’s no surprise that big technological shifts have and will continue to take place for the entire fitness industry.
Here are some top technology trends that many exercisers are embracing to enhance their workout routines:
They come in many shapes, sizes, and models, but if you walk into any gym, you’ll see an overwhelming amount of people using some kind of wearable device to track their workout. Wearable fitness trackers provide you with real-time data that you were not able to access before. Let it be heart rate, calories burnt, pace and distance of your run, all types of data will be a beneficial piece of information; information that gives meaningful insight into your current and past performance and helps guiding your workouts in the right way.
Mobile Apps and Virtual Trainers
Health and fitness software is another area that is taking off in big ways. It can be as simple as downloading an app on your iPhone, and you’ll quickly have access to hundreds of workout programs. These apps are making fitness more affordable and accessible for the general population.
Another area in this same realm is the use of virtual trainers. A common problem we see when it comes to sticking with fitness related goals is not having the correct knowledge or means to put together a program that will meet those goals. Virtual trainers allow individuals to train on their own, but under the instruction of a professional from their device. Even though the use of virtual training and instruction may be most convenient and cost effective, we still ask whether there are any benefits of real life personal training over virtual training. And the answer is there might be, especially if you’re a newbie in the gym. Because having a video showcasing the right movements doesn’t guarantee that you’ll actually perform the right movements. So while virtual training apps are likely to improve your workout habits compared to anything DYI, it might result in adopting worse techniques than with real life personal trainers.
Virtual Fitness Classes
If you look at the fitness industry today, people are looking for the utmost flexibility in their workout routine and virtual fitness classes are providing that flexibility. Virtual classes allow clubs to optimize facility usage across all hours of operation. Instead of your group fitness studio sitting there unused, classes can be held during off peak hours to encourage participation from those members who may not be able to make the regularly scheduled classes. When an instructor has a last-minute emergency and cannot make it to the gym to teach, virtual fitness allows you to still provide a workout to those members who came and are ready to sweat. Virtual programming also creates a low-risk environment that can be more welcoming to a new gym-goer than a live class.
As good as it is to embrace this convenient feature, it’s also important to note that with a virtual service does come a few drawbacks, some of which include a lack of personal interaction, safety and injury issues, and repetitive content.
Overall, the ever-growing demands on the fitness industry to keep up-to-date with technology are not something that will disappear anytime soon. As fitness tech improves, the hope is that people will be even more effective with their fitness efforts, achieving a healthier and happier approach to overall health.
Here at Momentum, we offer a wide array of live classes AND virtual classes for the convenience of our members. We also feature the innovative heart rate system, MyZone, as a way to accurately track your physical activity. For more information on our classes or purchasing a MyZone, stop by our front desk today!