The six best apps a personal trainer uses to stay fit
There are many apps out there to help with keeping fit [Tima Miroshnichenko/Pexels]
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When it comes to training clients with ease and keeping fit, these are the six must-have downloadable apps that personal trainers swear by.
These apps help
trainers properly fuel their bodies for their goals, program and track client fitness plans and food intake, and keep workout sessions fresh and engaging.
MyFitnessPal is arguably one of the most important apps out there for personal trainers, as it helps keep themselves, and their clients, on track.
likely heard it before — nutrition informs 80% of our results. MyFitnessPal allows trainers and their clients to track macronutrients (proteins, fats, and carbohydrates) as well
as calorie intake.
When tasked with a specific fat loss or muscle gain goal, consistency is key.
MyFitnessPal A trainer worth his or her salt has a degree or certification
in nutrition to supplement training sessions, allowing them to safely program nutrition plans for their clients. Using MyFitnessPal, trainers can keep an eye on the daily
macronutrient and calorie intake of their clients, ensuring that they are making consistent progress to hit their goals.
MyFitnessPal also has a learning algorithm where it
recalls food and recipe repetitions, prompting the user to save foods that are used often for a quick add option.
Howuse the food tracking feature on MyFitnessPal
Type in the food you are about to eat
Input the correct and exact portion size
Tap on the macronutrient page to see the protein, fat, and carb numbers for the
Continue throughout the day until daily goal is met Personal trainers with nutrition certifications should, at the very least, offer their clients a broad nutritional
"plan" — whether that be macronutrient-focused, calorie-focused, or both.
For example, for a bodybuilding client, I use a macronutrient and calorie-focused plan to ensure she
is hitting her goals for the day — especially protein.
Since most of her time is spent in the gym breaking down tissue to build her back up through muscle growth
(hypertrophy), it is important that she eats enough protein, the muscle-repairing macronutrient that properly fuels each session, and compositional goals.
The $19.99 monthly
subscription allows users to scan the barcodes of their foods for easy tracking. The free version works just as well, but the user must manually input the brand name of their foods