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.
I would also love to have access to my client’s fitbit data. About 1/3 of my clients wear Fitbit or other wearable fitness tracker. To be able to see when they’re exercising, when they’re sedentary, especially to look at a few months worth of data for behavioral patterns, that would really be useful.
Online marketplace, similar to AirBnB, where gyms can list available fitness space for hourly rentals, and trainers/instructors can browse, compare and rent that fitness space for their PT or GX classes, by the hour. No memberships required. No long term contracts or rev sharing!
It exists now… www.GymLynx.com
Please check it out. Thank you.
I think the technology the fitness industry needs the most is a reliable way for members to communicate with their gym from their mobile devices. A mobile app where members can book classes and leave reviews for trainers, while also being able to refer their friends and family to their club could do wonders for the industry!
I believe there is already a good amount of apps and technology out there. But in my opinion no matter what’s out there we will never be able to make our clients stay accountable for their workouts. This is the reason why they came to us in the first place. Human interaction is the best way to help them stay focused and on track of achieving their goals and like Karin said we are not nannies (that was funny by the way).
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.