6 Steps for Creating Your Own Personal Trainer App

As the fitness industry is booming currently, personal trainer software has become trendy. The development of fitness applications makes it much easier to do sports at any time around the globe. If you are dreaming about creating a personal trainer app, this article will provide you with plenty of insights!

6 Steps for Creating Your Own Personal Trainer App

As increasingly more people head to gyms worldwide, the fitness industry is turning into a giant. However, while millions of people want to be fit, hitting the gym is clearly not for everyone. While some people are too busy with their work schedules, others simply cannot bear the collective stress and sweat.

Also, hitting the gym might be problematic while on a business trip or vacation. Furthermore, some small towns might not have any gyms at all… So, are you left to remain then without a proper workout? Definitely not. Here comes sports software! This article will teach you how to build a personal trainer application and break through the competitive fitness industry.

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Why create personal trainer apps?

Fitness software makes people’s’ life easier as they provide 24/7 assistance for various sports activities. Indeed, why attend HIIT or tabata classes if you can simply download the relevant personal trainer apps and have a wonderful training at home? Not only do such mobile applications provide you with a list of exercises, but also with a timer, music, and body measurements’ calculator.

Although there are approximately 320,000 health and fitness applications in the major stores, you can still develop an app for personal trainers and sports fans as the market keeps growing. As research2guidance reports, the market for fitness software should increase by 210 percent and thus rise to $31 billion by 2020. Therefore, there is still room for new revolutionizing products!

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What are the types of personal trainer apps?

Prior to creating a personal training app, let’s consider its most popular formats. The most widespread types of personal trainer apps include illustration-based, video-based, 3D model-based, text-based and, most commonly, mixed. Their major purpose is to correctly explain how to do exercises and thereby replace a human coach.

​For example, Yazio Calorie Counter is a free personal trainer application that contains a rich database of pictures and illustrations related to nutrition. Not only does the app help its clients to count calories, but it also helps them to learn about correct nutrition. Among other examples is the FitnessBuilder application that has around 5,600 photos and videos with exercises. You can drag those photos in order to create personalized fitness workouts. Subsequently, you can print out such workouts as PDFs.

FitStar Personal Trainer is a great example of a video-based app. It offers HD videos of numerous workout routines and exercises. When you download the application, you can set up your own schedule of routines, depending on the most suitable exercise duration. The program adds new moves on regular intervals.

Physcult is a 3D model-based software where users can select the body parts that they want to work on. As soon as they select the body parts, the app starts offering videos of exercises on the particular body parts they want to train.

The popular CrossFit app contains a newsfeed with articles and workout recipes. In addition, the application stores the data from all the users’ workout days.

At the same time, not all personal trainer apps are properly customized. Sometimes you can only follow the preset routines without an opportunity to tailor the exercises and complexity levels according to your preferences. Therefore, you should take this aspect into consideration in order to create the best product.

Key features of the personal trainer app development

Here are the key features that you need to know before jumping deep into personal trainer app development: training plan tools, progress trackers, exercise/nutrition filters, custom playlists, personalized fitness programs, and level tests. We explain how adding all or some of those features might improve your future app on the example of other applications.

Training plan tool

Nike Training Club offers a variety of workouts, from fitness to yoga. Its training plan tool is among its best features. A user can simply type in their fitness goal, and the application will set up the most appropriate personal exercising schedule for several weeks.

Progress tracker

A good example of a proper progress tracker is a personal trainer app developed by the famous coach Kayla Itsines. Kayla’s software offers a 12-week program of 28-minute daily workouts to prepare for a “summer-ready” body. Its weekly photo journal function allows you to track your progress before and after.

Exercise/nutrition filter

Apart from exercising, it is important to control your diet. Here comes the 8Fit application that offers both exercise routines and healthy meal suggestions. Its filter helps vegans and those who want gluten-free meals to select an appropriate meal plan.

Custom playlists

The CardioTrainer app is GPS-enabled and tracks a wide range of human exercising activities as well as provides real-time voice feedback. This software tool lets its users create their own custom music playlists with an auto pause.

Personalized fitness programs

Among the best features of the GAIN Fitness app is that it offers various personalized fitness programs – from yoga to strength training. Those programs are supported by images and voice commands. Moreover, the application provides a personalized progress tracker.

Level tests

A good example is a STAT app that offers fitness level evaluation tests to determine the right set of exercises to reach particular fitness goals. After several weeks of training, it is possible to do another level test to find out the next set of exercises for the following week.

Overall, those features may vary depending on the types of applications, but their common purpose is to make an online personal trainer app more interactive and fun. They may also include live sessions with coaches and dietitians as well as special music playlists for particular fitness routines.

Still, remember that costs will increase with each feature. If you are on a tight budget, then it is better to only include the basic functionalities. In addition, with high personalization levels, the issue of data safety remains particularly important. Therefore, think about the aspects of users’ data safety in advance.

How to make an online personal trainer app?

First, playing sports sounds like a good idea. Perhaps, you will become passionate about particular workouts and get inspired to start creating an app! Once you decide upon the type of a fitness application that you intend to create, start analyzing the existing market and perform a competitive analysis.

Second, in order to create a personal trainer app, think about its features. At the same time, don’t get too far ahead and make sure that those features are compatible with the application’s functionality. Imagine being the first independent user of your software!

Third, set up a budget and find a reliable software developer. The cost of quality personal trainer apps depends on the features you want to include, so make sure that you talk to several software developers before making the final choice.

Fourth, once you select the developer, get a detailed breakdown of your budget and take an active role part in planning the development. Remember, a good customer makes the other half of success!;)

Fifth, check the app's readiness and let your developers publish it. As soon as it gets into the app store, keep track of your product’s metrics and think about the promotion strategy. In  many cases, marketing and promotion activities will require additional expenses.

Sixth, once your product is downloaded by users, you should closely monitor its feedback and regularly update it with new features. Obviously, the demo version of your app will be modified in the future in accordance with user preferences.

Our experience

So far, we have worked on Racefully – a GPS activity tracker for long-distance marathons available in the App Store. Racefully tracks your running/walking/jumping performance in real time and also provides a comparison with other participants. For example, Alice from Seattle and Betty from Chicago can compete in real time to see who runs 1 km faster. Racefully takes into account all of the features of their particular terrain and later provides a fair comparison of the results.

Final Thoughts

A booming fitness industry attracts billion dollar investments. Instead of going to the gym or hiring professional dieticians, lots of people prefer using personal trainer applications. Despite the abundance of such products on the market, there is still room for market growth due to a wide range of apps’ types.

If you would like to create a personal trainer application, then carefully study the market and think about the functionality and benefits of your upcoming product. A good idea for a start-up would be launching a product in a small or relatively unknown niche to avoid giants’ competition and thereby increase the chances for success on the market. Otherwise, to cut a long story short, be creative and take some inspiration from sports (and contact us if you have any questions)


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