- Training for a fitness event requires dedication, time, and, often, space to run, swim, or bike outside — which isn’t entirely feasible for everyone right now.
- Despite a lack of outdoor access, there are still plenty of options available to help anyone train effectively at home, whether it’s for a marathon, an enduro mountain bike race, or to just keep fit.
- One of the best methods for doing so is via a home coaching app, many of which provide human and AI training routines, weekly workout schedules, and tracking capabilities while also providing access to a community.
- We rounded up a few of our favorite home coaching apps from brands like Nike, Zwift, and TrainingPeaks,d designed to help anyone train for whatever event they’re looking forward to.
‘Tis the season for setting goals and riding the wave of motivation. 2020 encouraged us all, perhaps begrudgingly, to slow down and find personal satisfaction in other ways than CrossFit PRs, one rep max’s, and marathon times. But going into 2021, a lot of people are ready to set new goals to push themselves to meet or get back into the groove of a good race training plan.
We don’t actually know if in-person running events, bike races, and triathalons will be given the green light in the next 12 months, and with less socializing and exotic trips in the months ahead, the reasons for pushing yourself to hit the gym most days of the week have certainly changed.
But there are still plenty of online challenges that do well to scratch that competitive itch and personal goals for getting fit that have nothing to do with social validation. You won’t get to thunder through the streets of Boston this year with 30,000 other runners, but that doesn’t mean you should pass on training for a marathon, an enduro mountain bike race, or even a triathlon right now.
Why use a virtual coach or personal training platform
Committing to a training program is one way to find balance in your fitness routine. As always, now is the best time to start in on whatever training or competition goals you have and online coaching is one of the most affordable and effective methods for doing so. It’s also the best way to track your progress and, in many cases, to tap into a community.
But the difference between using a coach and using a pre-determined training plan is motivation and results. “Most people haven’t experienced a true training program before,” New York-based personal trainer David Otey, CSCS, chief content officer for the Pain-Free Performance Certification, told Insider.
told Insider. “The difference between working out and getting true results isn’t that far apart. Unfortunately, most people don’t cross that line with enough drive and consistency to see the results they are investing to get.”
Bob Seebohar, RDN, CSSD, CSCS, METS II, owner of eNRG Performance in Lakewood, CO and an incredibly experienced trainer who works with endurance athletes and Olympians, added that without a coach, there’s very little accountability when you’re training for a specific event that requires you to hit benchmarks for proper preparation.
But whether your goal is to build strength or to get ready for a real or virtual race, artificial intelligence (AI) programs and live coaches can help to tailor programming specific to your goals and availability.
If you’re still apprehensive about whether a real (or AI) human is worth your money, remember that on some apps, you can start with a pre-set coaching program and then upgrade to work with an actual human if you want an experience with more feedback. But a coach has a lot to offer.
To find the best home coaching apps available, we scoured the internet, talked to athletes and coaches, pickup up the dumbbells, pulled out the bands, and got sweaty for the sake of sorting through the best currently available.
Here are the best personal training apps:
Updated on 12/23/2020 by Rachael Schultz: Updated intro, added advice of trainers, added section on the advantage of a personal trainer or coach and what to look for in one, updated the prices and links where necessary.
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