Many flirt with fitness on and off. They will attend the gym religiously—for a month, perhaps two—before vanishing into the ether. This may occur perennially.
The friction that stops people from maintaining long-term consistency with regards to working out is often minimal. Yet it becomes the difference between developing the gym into a desired habit or leaving it as a bothersome chore.
Several startups are now in the space of reducing these frictions, aiming to make fitness not just tolerable, but at least simple and perhaps even fun. One such example is Train Fitness.
Train is a fitness startup leveraging artificial intelligence to render workouts as simple as possible to execute. The Vancouver-based company, a silver medalist at this year’s New Ventures BC Competition, has launched a smartwatch-based app which can detect which exercise you are performing via wrist movement while also tracking reps and sets.
“We automatically track workouts, meaning you can build a history your growth and progression—completely hands free,” explains CEO Andrew Just, who cofounded Train alongside CTO Antoine Neidecker.
According to Just, Train Fitness can benefit everyone, though beginners will especially appreciate the kind of assistance on hand. Forthcoming features will surely entice all: Just notes that Train is developing AI-based workout recommendations, which could save users the hassle of creating detailed training programs.
“By inputting your goals and current abilities, our AI systems will help build a workout plan that will help you reach your goals as fast as possible,” says Just, adding that the program can update in real-time based on your rate of progress. In fact, like a good Maps app, even if you make a wrong turn (skip a workout), the necessary adjustment will be made.
In addition to tracking sessions, Train’s app offers a social community feature to share workouts with friends and challenge them to battles of battles. This helps keep users engaged with the app and motivated for their next workout.
Train Fitness was founded in 2020. Already, the app’s deep learning model is capable of recognizing more than 80 difference exercises at an accuracy rate above 95%. However, the startup remains focused on perfecting its artificial intelligence before pushing into the mainstream. Just, who is aiming for 99% accuracy, believes AI will power the future of fitness.
“In the gym, I believe AI will become the main tool used to help individuals maximize their efficiency at hitting their goals,” the serial entrepreneur says.
Currently, Train Fitness software is free but only functions with Apple Watch. Greater compatibility and more features are expected in 2022. In order to keep their Train moving, the company is actively hiring.