Dwelling in an era of phones that goes on to monitor one’s location and watches that from their quarter records one pulse can certainly make one feel like they have been swept along in an information whirlwind. The Writing on the wall at this juncture of Mankind’s advancement reads in the order, thus: – Technology much more than a phenomenon should give its patrons more control of their lives, not less.
The gym is one place where data really has the potential to work on the Fitness Enthusiast’s behalf and a new app called FitStar exemplifies spot on as to where that technology is heading towards. The hard part about exercise is all the failure. Who wants to be stereotyped even as those guys at the health club who can’t even do one pull-up?
FitStar uses data about one’s body to eliminate intimidating workouts that lead to broken resolutions. The app creates customized exercise routines, presented in slick videos featuring telegenic NFL star Tony Gonzalez, and tailored to what one can honestly accomplish. Then it keeps adjusting future workouts based on how one actually performs.
The truth is – go wobbly after doing just a few push-ups? FitStar takes notice and will limit how many it asks you to do until you’re ready for more.
FitStar isn’t the first fitness app, but it is one of the first to replace static workout videos with exercises tailored on the fly based on one’s age, weight, one’s performance with each exercise and the activity of people, based on demographics and performance. Its customization software also can draw on data collected by wearable fitness trackers made by Jawbone and Fitbit.
The app is free to download and costs $5 per month to unlock all its features. It is available only on iPads and iPhones, and hasn’t set a date as such as to when it will be available on Android devices.
OK, doing push-ups while staring at one’s phone at hand is a little cliquishly geeky. And while FitStar isn’t a perfect substitute for a non-virtual trainer, its algorithm works remarkably well. Sweating with FitStar for half an hour in the mornings helped one atone for gorging on holiday gravy and leaves one with more energy.
“It is an attainable workout,” says Nick Price, a 27-year-old student from Portland, Ore., who’s been tweeting about his experience with FitStar on his iPad over the past six months. Unable to even get started with other workouts, he says he’s lost 50 pounds by using FitStar about four times per week and making major adjustments to his diet.
A FitStar workout begins with an introduction of the first exercise. FitStar’s embedded peppy soundtrack kicks in, and one sets forth for the rest of the day. Hopefully one remembers to move the coffee table out of the way!