I received a contact through my IDEAfit messages that was intriguing. He’s a software developer and asked if there was any technology that our industry is missing, in the event that he could design it.
For me, I’d love to be able to track my client’s workout compliance all in one spot. I can use PTonthenet to send workouts to clients. I can “friend” them on their fitbits and see their steps. But I’d really like to see more activity data about their weight lifting habits and how much of their “homework” weight training they were able to complete. So, an app that would let me track my clients’ workouts (not necessarily see them at the same time because I’m not comparing them to each other) would be great.
that sounds to me as if you are looking for a surveillance device to turn yourself into a super nanny 😉
It brings me to the question, though, how much accountability we really need beyond our clients’ word.
Super nanny, lol Karin. No, I just think if I knew what my clients’ workout patterns were outside of sessions, I could help them better. When a client is very vague about how much homework they’ve done, it’s either none or they didn’t remember how to do things. So it would be cool to know. Not because I’m their mother or their nanny. 🙂 I already have two school-aged kids and a husband so I get enough mothering in my life.
True, Natalie, there’s a lot of technology out there. I can’t even decide on what wearable device, if any, that I want because they keep updating.
I think what the gentleman who contacted me was asking is what software or apps or technology assistance would group-ex of personal trainers like.
I think another one that I’d like is a way to store photos of individual clients to show them a slide show of their progress. I’ve heard about Trainer’s eye, which allows side by side comparison of self to self. Maybe something like that where I could easily have a photo album on my ipad mini for each client. A way to store their workouts, progress photos, notes.
I like that you have been asked for the input of someone in the feild. And I feel there is a lot of good tech out there that we don’t get to see because of marketing failures or out pricing fitness instructors in general. Most of the tech is a toy or a secondary way to accomplish something that we can do with out it. Yet it is often priced as if you couldn’t do business if you don’t have it.