The iPad and Fitness Industry

The fitness industry and technology are usually not known for hand in hand. However, the recent Apple iPad release can change the fitness industry forever. In the first article that explores this topic, I will take you through a scenario that might materialize in a few years.

Mr. Smith’s iPad Workout

Imagine a gym where you walk in and your trainer hands you an iPad and tells you:

Hi Mr. Smith, I have already loaded your workout for you, hit the ‘Page’ button on the home screen if you need anything.

Mr. Smith takes the iPad and reads the trainer’s summery of his workout. His trainer has selected a specific workout for Mr. Smith’s aching back, which he indicated on his last post-workout survey he took prior to returning the iPad. Mr. Smith goes through the list of equipment as indicated by pictures on the iPad. He also selects his desired music mix based his preferences. The music he selects mixes all the exercise cues into the music, this keeps his workout moving along efficiently. The music is transmitted wirelessly to his bluetooth headphones. All of the descriptions, videos, pictures, sets, repetitions, and specific instructions for each exercise are right in front of Mr. Smith, he simply follows along. As Mr. Smith completes each exercise, he indicates the amount of weight, reps, and enters any notes he may have.

Did I mention while Mr. Smith is going through his workout, his progress and workout details are streaming in real time his trainer’s iPad? The trainer can monitor multiple clients’ workouts in real time. The trainer can even update or modify Mr. Smith’s workout based on his progress of his current workout.

Mr. Smith has a problem, an exercise he is doing doesn’t feel right. He hits the ‘Page’ button on the home screen. An alert comes up on the trainer’s iPad. As the trainer is walking over he can review where Mr. Smith is at in his workout. The trainer notices that Mr. Smith’s aching back isn’t going well with one of the exercises. So, the trainer hits the ‘swap exercise’ button on Mr. Smith’s iPad, this brings up a dialog box that asks what is the problem with current exercise, the trainer hits the ‘sore back’ button and the iPad automatically replaces the exercise with a back friendly exercise.

Now imagine the gym has a program that allows Mr. Smith to rent an iPad. (I’ll explore the logistics of this in a future article) Along with the workout application, the iPad also has a food log application that also streams real time to his trainers iPad. Mr. Smith is able to take his iPad home and enter all of his food he has eaten. Forget the logistics of how all this works and imagine the efficiency this brings to a gym or a personal training studio. Not to mention, how cool would it be for a gym or a studio to market iPads as one of their benefits. This is just a dip into my imagination on how an iPad may be integrated into a gym environment. I am sure there are many other iPad applications that I will explore in future articles.