If heavy weightlifting is your goal, a personal trainer app may not be the best option for you, as you won’t have the in-person spotting assistance you need. “Trainers are really important for spotting during lifts,” says Jo. “There’s no way a trainer can do that via an app.”
Apps also provide a limited visual field for observing a client, explains Jo. “When viewing someone performing an exercise virtually, you can’t get a 360-degree view to really observe their mechanics like you could if you were training them in person,” she says.
However, there are ways around both of these challenges when working within an app, such as only doing lifts that don’t require spotting and asking the client to show their movements from a variety of vantage points, says Jo.
If you’re looking for live, one-on-one personal training from certified experts to develop or deepen your exercise and wellness habits, a personal trainer app may be a good option for you. However, if you have previous or current injuries, health conditions or concerns about working with a personal trainer via an app, reach out to your health care provider before signing up.