Exercise is a key aspect of any fitness regimen, as anyone from Fithaus or any personal trainer can confirm. Exercise, however, is more than just straining and exerting effort, as proper exercise also demands technique. For this reason, fitness enthusiasts have turned to personal trainers for years in order to exercise right, and get the best results from their regimen.
Now, a new free app will help with that, available for smartphone users who need a bit of help with their fitness regimen. This new app utilizes motion-tracking technology as well as an artificial intelligence in order to help people, and trainers from Fithaus and the like, get the most out of their squats.
The app, dubbed the Perfect Squat Challenge, it was developed and distributed by Kaia Health, a digital therapy firm. The firm developed this new app with data received from consultations with physiotherapists and sport scientists, with the aim of creating a squat that is both effective, and achievable by most people.
The app is available for free for all iOS users. Once the app turns on, the user will be guided through the motions of a squat by Kaia, the app’s virtual assistant. Users can then position their iPhone upright nearby, then position themselves so they’re about seven feet from the phone, so that their whole body is visible on the phone’s screen.
By tracking 16 key points on the body via the phone’s camera, it helps the user to find the ideal squat position, one that they can realistically achieve but still get great results. This contrasts with the ‘ideal’ predefined pose, as it compares metrics on the users, getting the positions of their limbs and joints, as well as the angles between them to get the best position.
Head of Kaia Health’s AI Lab, Maximilian Strobel, says that the app was made possible thanks to breakthroughs in AI-powered motion tracking and correction. He says that, in the future, this technology can be integrated to medical devices and apps for conditions like back pain, to help with the creation of scalable, cost-effective therapeutic tools.
All of this would grant access to high quality, bespoke fitness, physiotherapy and therapy, which could then alleviate the strain on health services.