Life Fitness recently announced improvements to its Virtual Trainer Web Site that expand its capabilities and make it easier to use. The program, which has over 14,000 active users, allows exercisers to record their workout results and to track their progress online. They can also create personalized workouts for use anywhere, anytime on the Life Fitness Elevation Series products. Healthquest currently offers treadmills and upright bicycles from the Elevation Series.
The Virtual Trainer, which is free, acts as your own personal training coach. It can recommend a specific workout plan based on your individual goals, and help you create workouts that are customized and based on your fitness level and abilities. It gives you the ability to create these workouts on your home computer, which you can save to a USB device and then upload directly into the Elevation Series consoles. Your weight, time, speed, and resistance will all be entered automatically with one tap of the touchscreen.
Perhaps the site’s best feature is its ability to store and record your personal workout history. With your USB device you can capture the results of any workout, whether you created it in advance on the Virtual Trainer website or you simply entered it manually. You can then upload that data into the Virtual Trainer, where it will be recorded and displayed on your personal dashboard. You can then track your progress, compare it to your target goals, and see how your results change over a period of time.
Below is a brief tutorial to help you get started using the Virtual Trainer.
First, login to the Virtual Trainer website and setup your free account. After that’s done you can navigate into the “Create and Download Workouts” area, where you will find two choices, “Popular Workouts”, or “Personalized Workouts”. Once you make a selection here, you will see a screen that is very similar to the menu that comes up on any Life Fitness piece of equipment. You will then be able to choose between “Hill”, “Fat Burn”, “Cardio”, and “Random” programs.
Here you will be able to choose from the same workouts you’re used to using, or if you have the desire, create something more specific to your needs. The photo shows an interval workout that I created with fast, intense running periods followed by recovery walks.