BodBot Personal Trainer: Workout & Fitness Coach - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

Primarily in databases, but we’ve been working on BodBot for so long we’ve migrated from predominantly web-based programming to the development of our mobile apps.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

The training algorithms by far. Beyond the logistical constraints (combinations of equipment, schedule, ability, preferences, etc.), the algorithms work across multiple domains - not simply muscles, but movement patterns, joints, periodization schemes and more. Together with adaptation to user biometrics (sleep, activity levels, heart rate - in different contexts) it has been and will continue to be quite an undertaking.

Edward Laux, the interviewee, is the co-founder of BodBot. Bodbot is a free personal trainer, nutritionist, and strength coach. It tailors exercise recommendations based on goals, schedule, equipment, exercise preferences, physical attributes, and capabilities, and learns and improves with your results. It is on the web and mobile (Android, iOS, and Windows) for free.

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

Pandora - at the time that pandora came out, the level of personalization and suggestion that pandora was providing was unprecedented (I particularly loved the explanations pandora would provide behind how a song was picked). Also pretty much every connect-4, checkers or go app I’ve found - the AIs on max difficulties always show a level of extreme sophistication in some optimizations, but are easily beatable once the logic is understood. I think they’re instructive for thinking about programming and avoiding naive optimizations. Or maybe I just like winning.

How long have you been working on this app?

10 years.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

It’s as simple as personal fitness. For some users this is fat loss, for others, it is strength and muscle building. For many, it’s simply saving them time in finding and executing a great training plan. We’re proud to have been a part of many hundred-plus pound weight loss stories, physical transformations, athletic accomplishments, and improvements in health and wellbeing.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

The vast majority of fitness apps are cookie-cutter solutions with little regard to user ability or situation. For our closest competitors that have managed to rise above cookie-cutter planning, they are still producing naive workout planning based principally on muscles, but without larger considerations to progression, movement, risk, or the condition of the user/athlete.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

Right now we are working full-out to support our users working out from home. We’ve already added a ton of new no-equipment exercises at home, as well as HIIT home cardio, and we’re in the process of adding audio cues (which our users have requested). Beyond that, we have an ambitious roadmap based on our users’ requests during Covid-19 and are working just as hard as we can to get these out.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

Absolutely share the app. Right now we’re all in uncharted waters, but the rise in at-home workouts has been profound. Whether for general health and fitness purposes or simply to break up the monotony of quarantine, BodBot is providing people with very real value right now.

BodBot Personal Trainer: Workout & Fitness Coach

About App:

BodBot is your own digital personal trainer, providing AI workouts customized to your goals, equipment, physical abilities, desired difficulty and much more. BodBot provides you with step-by-step guidance for each exercise and progression, and your plan adapts over time as you complete or miss sessions.

BodBot already contains the most advanced at-home and bodyweight tailoring of any fitness app on the market, and we’re working flat-out to add new tools to help support our users during this time. Wherever you are, with whatever you’ve got - we’ll get you a great workout plan.

Your Goals, Your Body, Your Plan.
■ Work out anywhere, anytime - at home, at the gym, in your garage, or in a hotel - with any combination of equipment or just your own bodyweight.
■ Get results even on a busy schedule - your workouts are tailored to the days and time you have available.
■ Build muscle, gain strength, increase endurance, improve cardiovascular fitness and lose weight - whatever your starting point and current ability, we’ll work with you to get you where you’re going.

AI Workouts and Adaptation
- Reach your goals with a long-term, science-based approach to fitness, and workouts that learn and adapt from set to set and from workout to workout.
- Adapt to thrive - your lifestyle is not stagnant, and we’ll adapt your planning based on your activity levels and sleep.
- Make sustained progress with intelligent progression of sets, reps and weight in the gym, and a huge range of bodyweight progressions at home.

Personalized Step-by-Step Guide
■ Move and exercise better with customized fitness assessments targeted at mobility, strength, posture, and more.
■ Ditch cookie-cutter planning - BodBot will build your workout plan to you and adapt it with your feedback. We’ll keep you on track and making progress.
■ Gain, maintain, or lose weight with a workout routine built to your level.

You Train, BodBot Plans
- Maximize fitness gains with a training plan that intelligently adapts intensity and volume between sessions, with no muscle, movement, or joint left behind.
- Make the most of your time with the seamless integration of circuits and supersets.
- Level up - for beginner strength-trainers, gain confidence in new resistance exercises and gym equipment. Learn the correct movements with demonstration videos and detailed descriptions.

Your Own Mobile Personal Trainer
Just as a good personal trainer will personalize your workout plan, BodBot creates an individual program for you and adapts it as you progress. Limited range of motion in the shoulders? We can work to correct that. Weaker in the back than in the chest? We can address that. Hamstrings too tight? Want to develop the biceps or the glutes? Can only workout in a few windows during the week? BodBot can handle it all, and your workouts will reflect all of these needs. We're committed to providing you with the best possible training plan and the very best workouts. More than this, if you miss a workout, or if you decide to go hiking on a whim, we can integrate this new information and update your training plan accordingly. The plan lives and breathes with you and for you.
Let’s get started.

Categories: Health & Fitness

Date: April 28, 2020

Developer: BodBot

About developer: Edward Laux, the interviewee, is the co-founder of BodBot. Bodbot is a free ... Read more



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