>Future Fitness Trends & Enlightened Holistic Tech Health
From Google-glass powered running tracks to wifi-centric Android-equipped cross trainers, all of Technogym’s latest launches are on show and all who visit the Wellness Valley are free to use them 24/7.! This is arguable the world’s most advanced gym. Surf the web, post a Facebook update or Skype while you workout, your choice. The equipment is cutting edge and so are the results! Future Trends in Vitamins & Fitness are emerging fast and furious and are creating a crossroad of technology and fitness.
There’s a subsidised staff eatery where you can find healthy ethnic food, which is locally sourced, cooked on premise and for little more than pocket change. The employees receive a two hour lunch to make sure they have time to eat and workout. The walls feature inspirational messages and communication to help staff lead a healthier life. The doors printed message says it all: Take the stairs and stay healthy.
It’s Google style with a healthy twist. Alessandri has an equation: the new age employer believes that which seems to be common sense but has rarely been practices……healthy people are happy and happy people are more productive. It’s a theory that the corporate world is beginning to see as the next evolution of the blending of the health and work/life balance. To promote this beyond the four walls of the Wellness Valley, this organization is using technology to do just that.
Walking in the Fitness cloud
Alessandri’s company’s most recent innovation, The Wellness Cloud, is driven by the desire to create a holistic view of your health and well being, aggregating data from apps, gym machines and other devices, so that whether you’re in the gym or cycling to work, you can record, measure and fine tune your whole lifestyle. It’s the internet of fitness things where everything is connected and all your data is shared.
At the heart of this new fitness experience is the Technogym Wellness Key, an activity tracker a bit like a Nike Fuelband SE or a Polar Loop, that you wear clipped to your waist rather than on your wrist. Whether you’re in the gym on a treadmill or walking to the bus stop, the Wellness Key clocks familiar stats, like calories.
It also has its own units for measuring activity known as Moves. Just like Nike Fuelpoints, the Move has been designed to offer a consistent way of comparing how active a person has been regardless of weight and height. It offers a level playing field, that enables users to challenge each other and draw fairer comparisons. But the Wellness Key’s smarts go beyond activity tracking. It also unlocks your full in-gym fitness program.
Plugging the Wellness Key into one of Technogym’s machines, lets you see what pain your trainer has planned for you during any training session. Built-in screens on each machine, show what weight you need to lift, how many reps, how much recovery time to take between sets and even the tempo at which you lift and drop the weights. Once you’re done it’ll then tell you which exercise you need to do next.
It’s like having a virtual personal trainer. Currently the programmes are set centrally by trainers but can be accessed anywhere in the world. Your programme will even adjust based on what gym you’re using. No chest press? No problem. It’ll recommend an exercise you can do in the Barcelona Virgin Health Club. But it’s not just about the workout routine you have planned, the machines also know what exercises you’ve done.
Once you complete your set – or not – it automatically knows how you’ve performed, logging the stats on the key, to be synced to the Wellness Cloud when you next plug your key into a PC. You and your trainer can then monitor your progress and respond accordingly. While the key is currently at the heart of this new connected gym experience, you can also use your phone, scanning QR codes on each of the machines, or using your phones NFC function to unlock and log the same information.
We got to try out the system and while the key worked seamlessly, the NFC function wasn’t without its problems, sometimes not recognising our LG G2 handset. That said, when it works it’s a big improvement to the gym experience. The days of paper and pen and counting your own reps are clearly numbered.
The Technical Trainer of Tomorrow
This technology isn’t just changing the gym goer’s experience, personal trainers will have to adapt to a new array of tech-powered tools at their disposal too. From an iPad and PC, they can create custom workouts by simply dragging and dropping exercises into a client’s program. Each exercise can be assigned a How to video to demonstrate correct technique and shooting a video using the iPad is a five-minute job.
The suite of tools also lets a trainer monitor your progress with stats from each workout, long term trends like weightloss and body fat also feeding directly into a single page. If they don’t like what they’re seeing, they can contact you at the click of a button to give you a remote kick up the arse.
Opening the World to What’s Next
The Wellness Cloud is built on the concept of openness and aggregation. You can connect your other health and fitness tracking apps. Withings, Strava, Myfitnesspal, Mapmyfitness and Runkeeper are all partners.
Data captured from your Withings Wi-Fi scales at home can be synced with your Wellness profile in the cloud. Your outside runs on Runkeeper can be logged. It presents a world where your in-gym effort and your daily life outside combine, to create one holistic picture. It’s a powerful idea indeed. One thing’s for certain, the days of paper and pen in the gym are numbered.
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