The Future of Fitness : Virtual Training Partners

How will we train in the near future?


In Gymchat 224 - The Future of Fitness, the panel discussed my concept of Virtual Training Partners. The passage below further illustrates the idea, as well as combining it with a couple of points Chas raised during the Gymchat.

Note that this is a completely fictional - but possible - scenario; I'd love to hear your thoughts.


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John goes to his regular gym, inserting his card in the door in order to gain access. This also looks up his information regarding various health & fitness stats, and his training goals.

At the desk he is greeted by name, as well as a 'How is the ...' question (the person on the desk can see John's basic account information). He's offered a Virtual Training Partner, taking one of three forms :

1) someone who is roughly equivalent in both physical attributes and training history
2) an ideal form of himself (think Chas' point) - himself on a good day, with the weights/speed increased slightly
3) a specific person. perhaps an Olympic athlete from the 1930s, or the World's Strongest Man from 1981. Anyone at all.

( Of course, John can always opt for 'none of the above' and train by himself, or with another person physically in the room. )

John chooses option 3, and spends the next hour training with a virtual Bill Kazmaier at his absolute peak. John pushes himself hard as a result, and does extremely well in his next competition.

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What do you think - is this a plausible/desirable scenario? If so, when could you see something like this being possible?


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