Apple iPhone is all set to become your very own personal physical trainer. The technology giant has recently won the patent for an application which converts the iPhone into the personal trainer of the users and aid them in assessing their progress, keep and maintain schedules for working out and keep up their motivation levels along the way.
The application in question will be connected to the various gym equipments like treadmill etc and will allow the users to examine their work out regime and book classes and sessions for personal training.
Though there a number of pre-existing apps, which helps the users keep a track of their workout timings and various other related features which Apple has described in its fitness center patent, but none of it was lucrative enough for Apple Inc to persuade the gym owners to invest into integrating the same in their gyms.
But the new filing has provisions for users to even pay for the gym services they are soliciting, right through their iPhone itself.
If the gyms go for the proposed tie up with the Apple Inc, they will be able to instantly inform the users about any special offers and schemes such as free passes / workshops etc and henceforth encourage them to join on slated date. The app also keep the users motivated as it gives the gym owners a way to reward the hardworking chaps, perhaps provide them with free health drinks and etc and the ones lagging behind could be reminded to double their efforts.
Besides the thorough application patent also includes the options for social networking which lets the users locate their new workout partners in the locality which is based on the kind of gym activity the like. They can also join to form leagues, and instant notifications can be send to each other about their performance which would in turn motivate them to work harder, with a sense of healthy competition.
“To help become motivated to regularly visit a fitness centre, people often resort to techniques such as finding a workout buddy, scheduling sessions with a fitness trainer, attending workout classes, and the like,” the Telegraph quoted Apple as saying in its patent filing.
“However, although these approaches for becoming motivated can be serviceable, they remain disjointed, lack a central hub, and may still result in the person losing motivation,” it added.
With the release of such an App, Apple Inc must be prepared to compete with the already existing similar apps, which are already well placed in the market.