Editors’ Picks: Innovative Fitness is Elevating Your At Home Training
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Item: Innovative Fitness’s IF Direct Training
Price: Varies Per Service
Why we love it: Staying in shape while being confined to your home can be difficult. Not only can home routines get stale but finding routines, circuits, or nutritional habits that work for your specific goals is hard without direction. With Innovative Fitnesses at-home training program you don’t have to compromise social distancing to receive meaningful training or customized professional advice.
Created by the Innovative Fitness team after closing their 12 locations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, IF Direct is a 2-way virtual interaction platform that provides high-quality video conferencing for personalized training, coaching and small group work. The software provides activity tracking for clients, organizes operations, scheduling and administration.
Setting it apart from typical video services used to conduct virtual training like Zoom, IF Direct features three key elements that are changing the home training game:
Perspective, screen ratio and scheduling.
Video screening applications are designed for chest-up communication, making the full-body views necessary for adequate training only possible from 20to 30 feet away. Innovative Fitness’ unique software enables a full-body view from close up, so that personal trainers can view how a client’s whole body is working, and provide relevant feedback.
In typical video conferencing software are standardized, and highlights each party equally. In personal training, the view (what someone sees on the screen) should vary based on whether you’re the trainer or the client. With Innovative Fitness’ software, the view is adjusted to highlight the trainer when a client, multiple clients, or a group class is watching. At the same time, the clients are highlighted equally for the trainer.
When scheduling personal training sessions with 250 trainers and 15,000 clients, sending out conference links and ensuring that everyone shows up for their session can become complicated. Innovative Fitness’ software incorporates a scheduling component that allows them to track and easily schedule sessions.