“Virtual Personal Trainers: Love ‘em or hate ‘em?” Celebrity Trainer Kori Lyn Angers Guest Blog

The guest blogger for today is a real sport….. as in celebrity fitness trainer. Her bio pretty much spells it all out:

a fitness and nutrition expert based in Los Angeles. She earned a degree in exercise physiology and biomechanics from California State University Fullerton and has worked as a strength and conditioning specialist, training and rehabilitating some of America’s best-known athletes. Today, with over ten years of training experience behind her, Kori Lyn not only guarantees results but also longevity of your physicality and integrity of your movement. Whether the objective is peak performance, weight loss, toning, or injury prevention, Kori Lyn designs and implements strength, conditioning, speed and agility programs to target her clients’ specific exercise needs.

When she’s not training, Kori Lyn finds herself teaching exercise science and continuing education classes to coaches and trainers, consulting for athletes and teams, riding horses, skiing and running races throughout Southern California.

Not only is Kori a great fave in the celeb-laden So. California landscape, she really does have the background, education and training to give the average person what they need as well as celebrities who hire her! She’s smart, focused and very passionate about her career choice… and she can help you become enthusiastic about it too! Which is why I am featuring this guest post from Kori Lynn Angers about virtual personal trainers (AKA those watch-like activity monitors you wear!)

So read this post and then hit Kori Lynn Anger’s website HERE to see more reasons why you should be trying to find a personal trainer like her!

Virtual Personal Trainers: Love ‘em or hate ‘em?

Celebrity fitness trainer Kori Lyn Angers shares perspectives on both sides of the training band

How are the world’s leading fitness coaches reacting to virtual personal trainer devices like the Jawbone bracelet? If you’re working with a fitness trainer, should you also use a device? If you can’t work out with a pro trainer, is the Jawbone (or similar device) a good substitute? What are the pros and cons of a virtual personal trainer from a human trainer’s perspective?

Celebrity and pro-athlete trainer Kori Lyn Angers shares some industry perspectives on the VPT trend, as well as pros and cons from a user’s perspective.

From Kori Lyn Angers:

Here at Equinox we are welcoming the virtual revolution into our personal training realm with open arms. For years, the more serious athlete communities have been using tools like the Garmin Forerunner and Polar Personal Trainer (for mileage, pace and heart rate) to take the guesswork out of tracking their fitness training.

A virtual personal trainer (VPT) is a great way to track the quality and quantity of your fitness data (workouts + your daily activities) to hand it in to your coach, swap progress with your training buddies, or use for competitive training. The more user-friendly devices are melding their way into the general fitness community.

Here are the great things about user-friendly devices like the Jawbone:

1) For beginners or those who lack motivation:
You actually see your fitness stats in front of you (type of workout, duration, calories burned, etc., plus tracking over time). Using a device makes it easy to set goals and see your progress toward those goals! It is very inspiring to see your numbers and days add up. It can much less effort to reach a goal than you might think. This aspect makes the trainer’s job easier, because the band holds the client accountable when you’re not there to motivate them and help them track their progress.

2) For Over-Achievers:
The bands bring fitness to a new level. When you log in, you can see what your friends are doing and try to ‘keep up” or beat them – even if they are in another part of the country. From a trainer’s perspective, we can use the information on the band to bring up and educate our clients on topics that are usually skipped in conventional physical training sessions, such as sleep and recovery. If our client comes in after a rough night, the device helps us to better manage the intensity of the
session.

3) Sense of Community:
VPT bands and info make going to the gym a social network of its own. One of the biggest achievements of CrossfitTM (in spite of their workouts) is that they’ve established a nationwide sense of community among their members. That is a HUGE motivating factor!

Here at Equinox, our clientele includes a lot of jet-setters, who are often on a new coast or country many times per week. As these members grab a training session or workout at another Equinox, their trainers and gym buddies can see how they “killed it” … or not.

Here are some less-than-great aspects of a Virtual Personal Trainer:

1) It gives you one more device to charge and relentlessly check all day (which is great during that oh-
so-exciting conference call…). Like any device, there’s a time and a place, and it’s important to know when to shelve it.

2) Fitness enthusiasts may become too addicted, forgetting the main idea is to keep moving. I’ve seen a client dump a workout altogether when they forget to charge their device, or leave it behind, because their workout won’t be logged!

3) I’ve seen people complain about the technology not being perfect, so they reject them. I think this is a shame. I’ve been privileged to work with some of the top exercise scientists and sleep experts in the world, who spend their lives in physiology labs; and guess what – they ALL wear one. So, if it’s good enough for them…

Bottom line, using a workout tracking device like the Jawbone makes our lives as personal trainers much easier. It enhances the experience for the client by really customizing their workouts. It brings up the opportunity for further education and leads the way to a holistic approach to fitness. As the world of Personal Training is emerging from the dark ages from meat-heads to preventative health professionals, this is a welcomed form of technology.

Professional Bio:
Kori Lyn (Malyszek) Angers, BS Exercise Science, CSCS, USAW, FMS, Precision Nutrition, is a strength and conditioning expert dedicated to the science behind movement and achieving full performance. Kori Lyn is a master instructor, fitness education coordinator, Tier 4 personal trainer and manager at multinational peak-performance fitness center Equinox, Newport Beach. Kori Lyn has over a decade of experience with the celebrity clientele, the NFL, the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball,
Major Soccer League, individual Olympians, injured athletes, non-professional-athlete rehab patients, health and fitness enthusiasts, and others. Kori earned a B.S. Degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Science from Cal State Fullerton, Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from UC Davis and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from UC Irvine.

As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Kori Lyn has achieved the highest level of strength coach in the country, and is certified by the association that governs all professional and collegiate sports.

For more information, please visit http://fitbykori.com.

Reach out to Kori on her website or the Equinox in Newport Beach!

Thank you Kori Lyn for an terrific piece on virtual trainers. Good to know!

Stevie Wilson,
LA-Story.com

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