With the development and advancements of AI fitness devices and programs, many people in the fitness world are comparing them to personal trainers. However, should people be worried about AI replacing personal trainers?
Most people are not worried that AI will replace personal trainers. Most people enjoy working with other people more than digital programs. Personal trainers can also do things that AI can’t. AI fitness devices sometimes have difficulties that personal trainers do not.
Keep reading to learn about the benefits and drawbacks of using AI fitness devices and personal trainers.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Fitness AI
AI fitness programs and devices can be utilized almost anywhere at any time. This makes them extremely convenient to use.
AI fitness programs can create personalized fitness plans and use sensors in wearable devices like smartwatches to track user’s movements. This allows AI fitness programs to guide and correct the movements of users, making their workouts more effective.
AI programs often give feedback and motivate users by creating digital personal trainers that can also coach users. This is the main reason why some people think that AI fitness programs may eventually replace personal trainers, and it is extremely useful for people who can’t afford to hire a personal trainer. However, for a variety of reasons that I will talk about in the drawbacks section below, this likely won’t happen.
Many people purchase AI fitness devices because they can be used almost anywhere at any time. Most are extremely easy to use. They are also highly customizable and can show you how to do a variety of exercises. This means you can use AI fitness devices according to your preferences and expertise.
AI fitness devices can also give you feedback as you are working out. This means that they can help you make your workout as effective as possible as you are completing it.
While AI fitness devices and programs are great, the technology isn’t perfect. It sometimes struggles to accurately track the movements and form of users, which means the technology can’t correct the form or movements of users at times. This can lead to injuries.
Most AI programs don’t allow you to input your history of injuries. While you can customize the fitness plans they provide for you based on your fitness goals, the programs often don’t account for your fitness level and health. This can make fitness goals harder to achieve and may aggravate your health issues. These devices and programs also don’t take your physical limitations into account when creating fitness plans, which can lead to you getting hurt.
AI fitness devices and programs may send you notifications when it is time to work out or if you haven’t worked out in a while. However, these notifications can easily be ignored or turned off if you don’t have the time or motivation to work out.
The fitness plans given to users by AI fitness devices and programs are created using algorithms and preset workouts, which means that the fitness plan provided might not be the best one for you. While AI fitness devices and programs give you fitness plans to follow according to the information you provide, they can’t create a customized plan that will allow you to reach your fitness goals. They just give you a plan that has been created by professionals. While the fitness plan will likely work, it won’t take into account your physical limitations, which may slow down your progress.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Personal Trainers
Personal trainers can motivate you when you don’t feel like working out. They also keep you accountable, as you can’t just skip a workout when you are working out with a personal trainer. If you do that, you will still have to pay them what they would have earned during your workout.
Personal trainers can also give you feedback as you are working out and physically help you get into the proper form. If you are struggling, they can give you tips that may make the workout easier on your body and joints.
When you work with a personal trainer in person, you connect with a human being, which can be beneficial. You can also discuss your stress levels, energy levels, fitness goals, previous injuries, health history, and physical limitations. This can help your personal trainer adjust your workouts as necessary so you don’t get injured or burned out.
Personal trainers can also change your fitness plan as your goals change and you become stronger.
Personal trainers can fix and help you maintain your form in ways AI devices and programs can’t. They can physically adjust your form, which will make it easier for you to have the proper form the next time you work out. When strength training, personal trainers can be your spotter, which will make strength training safer.
As long as they have the proper training, personal trainers know about a variety of exercises and can create a personalized fitness plan for you according to your physical limitations and goals. If you are unsure about whether or not you can safely do certain exercises, they can give you advice and guide you. This will make you more confident in your abilities.
Personal trainers can also take what has worked and not worked for you in the past into account when creating a fitness plan for you.
When you start to lose motivation, a personal trainer can change your workout routine to accommodate your energy and motivation levels. This can help you reach your fitness goals faster and make your workout more interesting.
Unless agreed upon beforehand, personal trainers won’t come to your home. Instead, you will have to go to the gym to work with a personal trainer. This takes time, especially if you don’t have a car.
Personal trainers can be expensive, especially experienced ones. Most of them charge by the hour. While AI fitness devices are expensive upfront, they are cheaper in the long run if you plan on having a personal trainer for a long time.
After hiring a personal trainer, you have to meet with them when they are available. If they are experienced and have a lot of clients, it may be hard for you to find a time to meet with them that works with your schedule. They may also have to cancel your appointment at some point because of a change in their schedule, personal issues, or illness.
It can be hard for you to know how much experience and knowledge personal trainers have, especially if you aren’t knowledgeable about the fitness industry. After all, sometimes people lie in order to get hired.
Personal trainers often conduct extremely intense workouts, especially when you first start working with them. This can make working out with a personal trainer daunting and unpleasant. Luckily, most personal trainers adjust the intensity of workouts after they have worked with you a few times and get to know your physical abilities and limitations.
It can sometimes take a while to find a personal trainer that you can work well with. Also, if you live in a rural area, personal trainers may not work near you.
Overall, most people aren’t worried about AI fitness devices and programs replacing personal trainers.