A mechanic friend of mine is fond of saying, “The computer is not the brain. The computer is a tool for the mechanic’s brain.” Sure there are a lot of really cool new fitness apps and new-fangled techno gear all claiming to give you the best workout. But how good can it be when that same workout has also been given to literally thousands of other people?
Each person has their own strengths and weaknesses and their own quirky habits and patterns, some good, some bad. A fitness app should not be a replacement for a coach, trainer or therapist. It is a tool to help you get to be your best self. And there are some really groovy tools (check out UP24 by Jawbone.) https://jawbone.com/up
Think of it this way: think of how much information is stored in your computer. It’s unlikely
that you will ever use all the information available to you. To that end, an app can help support your efforts to change behaviors but it is a tool not a brain. The trainer, coach or therapist is the brain! They thrive on dorking out on sport sciences. They absorb all these areas of expertise and then tailor select information to a program that is perfect and effective for you! They will then likely suggest apps that help you stay on track with the areas you want to change.
I’m not saying everyone should run out and spend money that you don’t have on an Olympic level coach, but as anyone who’s tried to navigate the software service of a utility company, finding a human with the answers is what you really want!
Think about pro level athletes: they use high tech tools every day but you don’t see any of them showing up to Sochi armed with only an app on their phone. An app cannot identify a structural imbalance or a flaw in technique or a faulty movement pattern. An app cannot see your face when you start to struggle and give you the encouragement to keep going. An app cannot help you stretch or massage a closed joint capsule or strained muscle. An app can remind you to eat better, can track your sleeping habits and can show you data documenting your improvements.
Consider using a trainer, coach or therapist AND an app! You don’t have to train with someone three times a week; it could be once a week for eight weeks or once a month for a checkup/update. Maybe you could train with your best friend for a half hour a week? But know there are a lot of options, more so when you use your apps + your humans as a team. Get good at using your tools to lift you to VICTORY.