Video games no, but fitness and personal training Apps can prove to be tough a competition for trainers. They are cheap (or free), anyone can get them (with the use of a smart phone) and no gym is required for many of them. This doesn’t mean it’s the best way to go for those out there who are seeking to get in a better shape, but the lack of knowledge and the cost factor can be very strong persuading points.
Hahahaha…. isn’t that like asking if computers are going to reduce or eliminate the need for paper?
I only see it as an advantage for Personal Trainers. Here’s why:
1. Accountability. “The reason why I’m here today is because I made a promise to my video game yesterday that I was going to show up.” said no one ever.
2. Interaction, especially social. Video games and machines are only manipulated by the user; there is no true interaction.
3. Safety. How is that video game going to spot you again?
4. Feedback. If I tell a video game I don’t like a particular exercise, it isn’t likely to dive to far into finding out why. Is it because it bothered my knee, I didn’t find it enjoyable, or just didn’t think it was effective? A real trainer can evaluate and make adjustments that aren’t simply based on some pre-set mathematical, artificial formula.
5. Creativity. We all know that Personal Training, like most Health “Sciences” is just as much an art as it is a science! To do both, well that requires a human.
There’s a market for everything. Some people may use video games, apps, podcasts, and other technology in place of in-person training. It’s convenient, and it’s more affordable than training.
I’m optimistic, and I don’t see this completely replacing in-person training. There can be a lot of expert advice integrated into a virtual training program, but there will always be clients and potential clients that may need the extra push and accountability.
I’ve had a number of friends who have told me they’ve joined a local gym that offers digital trainers or that they’ve downloaded an exercise program, but have confessed to being too unmotivated or lazy to go to the new gym or even open the smartphone app…the consumers still need us.