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At this point in my 20ish-year-long career in the wellness space, I joke that I’ve practically earned a PhD in digital fitness. It’s literally my job to try every streaming workout platform and virtual sweat situation. (Lucky me!) It’s what led me to road-test Future, an app that virtually pairs clients with trainers who then build custom workouts depending on goals, tools, lifestyle, and equipment.
The magic of Future sparks to life the moment you touch base with your coach over FaceTime. For me, that happened five months ago when I connected with Jose. We’ll probably never meet in person, but it feels as if we’ve known each other forever. Which is good because during workouts, you hear messages from your trainer that are meant to motivate or cue you to perform the next exercise. And the tech experience is great. Like, really great. You receive badges and emails every time you hit a workout milestone, to keep you inspired.
I joined Future thinking I’d level up my kettlebell and pullup game, but then realized I clicked with new modalities, like barbells. Here are the must-knows about Future if you're curious about signing up. I promise, a new challenge awaits you too.
It takes a little time to get in sync with your trainer.
Be patient and keep showing up. Just like it would with any trainer, coach, or new health professional in your life, it may take a couple of weeks for you and your trainer to find a groove. That was the case for me and Jose, and once we got to know each other, I loved his positive reinforcement and also appreciated the tips and cues on my form.
Also be sure to communicate with your trainer about what your lifestyle and schedule are like. For instance, my coach loads new workouts for me every Sunday—HIIT, sprints, cardio, recovery stretches, and more—and makes changes in real time if my busy life gets in the way of a workout or I realize I need a rest day.
Future requires an Apple Watch to use it.
Don't have an Apple Watch? They’ll loan you one if you sign up. The purpose of having the wearable is that tracks heart rate and effort during your Future sessions and allows you to manually progress to the next move.
Audio calls out the exercise, weight, and reps or time, and a video plays a demo. (Props to the diverse array of ethnicities and body types!)
You'll hit fitness goals you didn't even know you had.
Gasp! I achieved my current deadlift personal record of 225 pounds thanks to four months with Future—which blows my mind. The app has also helped me (safely!) net PRs for back and front squats too.
Future is an investment, but it's worth it.
FYI: The membership costs $150/month. But considering a single one-on-one session with a personal trainer IRL can cost that much, it’s a pretty great deal.
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