Not everyone can afford a full-time personal trainer, so how can you tell if your exercise routine is helping you achieve your fitness goals – or potentially doing more harm than good? The world’s first full-body virtual personal trainer, Kaia Personal Trainer, has unveiled two of the most popular exercises people get wrong – and how to do them right.
Exercising without instruction can lead to injury, particularly when people fail to identify where to feel the tension in a particular exercise or how to execute it correctly. Compound exercises, where multiple muscle groups work simultaneously, are the ones people commonly get wrong. These include the squat, deadlift and burpee.
Developed with physiotherapists and fitness experts, Kaia Personal Trainer is the first fitness smartphone app to use patent pending AI-powered motion tracking technology. The app tracks physical activity with a 16-point system that compares the metrics of actual movement against ideal movement, including the relative positions of limbs and joints – and the angles between them. The Kaia Personal Trainer counts the number of reps and provides real-time audio feedback to ensure exercises are done correctly.
The app, which can be downloaded for free in the UK, creates personalised fitness routines, typically lasting 15 minutes daily, and instructs users across various exercises, including the side plank, bridge and reverse crunch. It covers all relevant body parts and muscle groups, including the lower back, core, glutes and hamstrings – and adjusts difficulty levels based on feedback so users can exercise and feel confident they will not injure themselves.
“Everyone now has access to a personal trainer to achieve their fitness goals from the comfort of their home – without the expensive personal trainer fees,” says Lukas Offinger, Training Specialist and Lead Sport Scientist at Kaia Health. “When done correctly, even simple exercises can have a great benefit, while complex exercises done wrong can do more harm than good. Our patented AI-powered motion tracking technology ensures people can get fit correctly – and are one step closer to achieving better results.”