Gym distractions – should you put down the mobile phone?

Do you find others using their phone in the gym a distraction? When you see someone in the gym using a mobile phone, what are your first thoughts?  Slacker?  Facebook obsessive?  Music lover? Or do you think they must be using a fitness app?  In 2011 gyms were discussing banning mobile phones altogether as members were irritated by people taking calls in the gym and disrupting their workouts.

By 2017 fitness experts predict that the majority of Personal Trainers will be running their business, and their training sessions through Personal Training apps on their mobile phones.  What about their clients? Well they’ll either be using mobile fitness apps to train themselves, or using software with their Personal Trainer.

So why the big shift in our love affair with mobile phones in the gym?

1. People use step-by-step workout guides showing them what to do.

Kayla Itsines and her Beach Body Guides (BBG) has become a phenomenon amongst women wanting to lose weight and get a ‘beach body’.  Once bought from her website, her workout instructions are downloaded onto a tablet or mobile device and used in gym for workout guides. The guide changes week by week so its necessary to keep your mobile at hand to follow the guides.

2. Fitness users want to record and track their body stats.

If you’re serious about making changes to your fitness and getting in shape, you need to know your starting point, and track your progress at different intervals using mobile fitness apps.  It is easy to write stats down on a piece of paper – which is then never to be seen again. Personal training apps, such as PT Portal, allow personal trainers and their clients to input goals and record their body stats, monitoring them at regular intervals.

3. Clients want to be consistent with their training.

When a client trains with a PT, they focus on the training, not the numbers.  They trust the Personal Trainer to note down the weights and number of reps.  But then what happens when the client trains on their own?  They find they have no idea what they should be doing.  Personal Training apps like PT Portal allow users to view their training session history and ensure their training stats are going in the right direction.

4. Personal Trainers are setting ‘workout homework’ for their clients and using personal training apps to do it. 

On average you need to workout at least 3 times a week to see results in your training goals.  However, 3 personal training sessions a week isn’t always an affordable option for gym-goers.  To keep their clients loyal and motivated, Personal Trainers are using training apps to assign workouts to their clients for them to complete outside of their sessions.

PT Portal’s Workout Builder allows Personal Trainers to plan their training sessions ahead of time, meaning both PTs and clients can store and save their favourite routines.  By following set training programmes, clients stay on track with their fitness and see real value in having a Personal Trainer.

5. The era of the ‘sweaty selfie’ is here.

People don’t just want to workout anymore, they want everyone to know they have worked out. Fitness is taking over social media, what is the point in being toned and strong if no one knows about your achievements?  PT Portal has its very own social network called Hive, designed for Personal Trainers and their clients to discuss training and share tips and successes.  A good gym selfie definitely needs to be shared on HiveInstagram or Facebook.

Mobiles phones in the gym are here to stay  – just don’t use them to take a phone call!

What are your biggest gym distractions? Let us know in the comments below!

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