People have been trying to manage their weight and lose those extra pounds way before the whole “diet culture” peaked its ugly head.
Whatever the backstory for their weight loss aspirations may be, fact is most of those people try hard to reach their goal weight, but more often than not their efforts fall short, their motivation goes out the window and they end up settling for the shape their currently in.
Now, before I jump into how I found a way to keep that motivation up and my clients on track to achieving their health and weight goals, I should probably introduce myself.
My name is Fred Miller, and I’ve been a personal trainer for almost 15 years. I am a self-proclaimed fitness fanatic (hence the career choice) and I take great pride in helping people get back into shape and increase their quality of life.
As much as I’ve seen traditional methods work and be effective, there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to losing weight.
I’ve always been on the lookout for the latest and greatest weight loss and fitness world has to offer. Unfortunately, most of those “offerings” come with a hefty price tag and minimal results.
As the pandemic took a toll on both my business and the progress of my clients, I realized it was time for me to find a new approach to get back on track.
Honestly, seeing my trainees fall off the weight loss wagon one-by-one while sitting in lockdown, I felt like I had completely failed as a trainer. I had to find a way to get them motivated and moving again.
Selfishly, I felt like I wanted to prove to myself that I could still keep my business going once the pandemic was over, and I wasn’t going to do that by losing my customers.
I knew I had to come up with a new and innovative approach to get both me and my clients excited about working out again. As if inventing an entire strategy wasn’t challenging enough, I had to take into consideration that people would be working out at home, so treadmills and heavy weights were probably out of question.
I spent months going through online workout classes and various at-home training routines, hoping to come up with the ultimate workout program to share with my clients.
Ironically, the answer to losing weight and getting in shape was waiting for me at a local fast food joint.
First of all, if you assume all P.Ts are the healthiest people in the world and don’t have cheat days – you’re wrong. The difference is I prefer to call them treat days.
On one of those treat days I was grabbing a burger to-go, when in-walks my previous client John. Unlike most of my trainees, he seemed to be fitter than before the lockdown. I was so impressed I even felt a bit bad about my double-cheese-triple-bacon burger.
Goes without saying, I had to ask what on Earth he’d been doing to achieve that body.
John told me he owed his impeccable shape to an app called Fitter. Honestly – I had never heard of it.
He was thrilled with the progress he’d made, so when I told him about trying to create a strategy to get the rest of my clients back on their weight loss game, he was adamant I should give Fitter a go.
I was hesitant at first as I had developed a strong distrust for fitness apps over the years. They tended to come with a one-size-fits-all solution, not taking into consideration any of the individual needs of the users.
However, having John standing in front of me, looking like a poster-child for this app, I decided to give it a go. I didn’t have much to lose, but I did have something to gain – the trust and well-being of my clients.
So I took the bait and downloaded the app.
After 15 years as a P.T., the app made me rethink my entire approach to fitness training.
The first thing that stood out was that, much like a personal trainer, the app provided it’s users with a personalized training program. So none of that one-size-fits-all stuff.
What I was happy to see was that virtually anyone could use it – men, women, seniors, juniors. Lightbulb in my head – I could use it for all of my clients if it ended up working.
What did raise a bit of a red flag for me initially, was that the app stated that you’d only have to work out 10-30 minutes a day. I was used to hour-long sessions with my clients, but considering those didn’t take place on a daily-basis, I was willing to give that approach a go.
Although it didn’t expect its users to do HIIT training for hours on end, you still had to put that effort in, so it was far from those “miracle slimming tea” scams.
The workouts were built on using one’s bodyweight, so luckily for me, it ticked the at-home no-equipment-needed box. Ad from a user’s perspective – no need to invest in expensive equipment or a gym membership.
So, it was time for me to try it out for myself.
I took the online quiz to get my personalized training plan based on my current fitness level, lifestyle, age, weight and goals, and in just a bit, my tailor-made training routine was created.
What the app is about
The personalized workout plan provides you with the easiest and safest way to tone your body and help achieve your weight loss goals. It includes exercise videos which show the best ways to exercise to avoid injuries and make the most out of your training sessions.
As I mentioned, this fat-burning program does not require any equipment. All you’ve got to do is a quick 10 to 30- minute workout. By the way, you get to choose the duration of the workout, so the whole plan really does work with any lifestyle.
Other features included in the app:
- Activity Tracker to help you track your progress, time spent, completed workouts and calories burned.
- Progress Tracker and Calendar to show you the progress you’ve made in terms of your weight, and to help keep your motivation up.
- Step Tracker which can be synced with your phone to keep track of those steps you should be getting in and the calories you’ve burned during your walks.
- Water Tracker to help you stay on top of your daily water intake.
- You can even go for some additional workouts geared for specific body parts you want to focus on.
In case you don’t know what to serve on the side of your workout plan – you also get an amazing meal plan.
As a P.T., I know how vital the right diet is when it comes to losing weight. So the secret to getting your desired results is finding the perfect balance between effective workouts and a healthy meal plan.
Fitter’s meal plan gives you access to a ton of easy-to-make healthy recipes with comprehensive guides. And they barely take any time to whip up!
They’ve also been kind enough to take the guess-work out of your cooking, since all the macros and calories are already counted for you.
I’ve heard a lot of people complain about how expensive and difficult it is to eat healthy, so the fact that Fitter has put their meals together taking that into consideration is great. All of the necessary ingredients can easily be found at pretty much any local grocery store.
If you’re worried about healthy meals being bland and boring, you can breathe easy. I tried out a lot of the recipes they recommended and considering the picky eater that I am, I found a bunch of new favorites that have now become staples in my weekly menu.
I have to admit, Fitter proved me wrong and made me rethink fitness apps.
Since seeing how well it fit into my lifestyle, how easy it was to follow, and the delicious meals I got to enjoy – goes without saying I started recommending it to my clients left and right. And honestly, the results they’ve been seeing have truly blown me away.
I did have to reconsider my whole “hour-long workouts for maximum effect” approach, but seeing how much happier and healthier my clients have become, I know I’ve done right by both them and myself.
I would absolutely recommend the app for anyone looking to lose weight and get their health and fitness back on track. What do you really have to lose?
Results may vary due to personal features.