This is why I was initially ready for Future. After signing up, I was asked to choose a personal trainer. The application provides an array of options with short bio for each person. I decided on Ashley, mostly because she and I share an alma mater. Soon after, he contacted me via the app, and we arranged for a FaceTime video call to review the plan. Then, during the video call, I placed my goals with a list of different injuries, which can make some exercises more difficult than others. For her part, she wanted to know what kind of equipment I had at home to send me the right workout. I told him that I had some dumbbells, a yoga mat, a foam roller and a peloton bike, and he said that he was perfectly fine to start.
A good meaning of future service is that each member is offered the Apple Watch Series 3 as a lender for the duration of their membership. If you decide to cancel, you will deposit a $ 200 deposit, which you will get back. Alternatively, you can pay the difference between the deposit and the retail price of the watch to buy it outright.
The reason for the future Apple Watch offers is because this is the primary way in which future trainers keep track of whether you are working or not and how well you are doing. I already had the Apple Watch Series 5, so I dropped the offer.
After the call, Ashley began sending me the workout routine via the app. A typical workout session would include a few minutes of practice and then a brief warm-up followed by stretching or foam rolls. Each routine has a video instruction as well as pre-recorded voice guides. Every once in a while, Ashley will add in some verbal encouragement or some tips on how to keep up just as well. After each workout, Ashley gets to see my heart rate levels (thanks, Apple Watch), and I think she has the option to leave some feedback on how it went.
It was a bit thick at first. I couldn’t do some of the workouts assigned to them (jumping jacks were a bit strict due to plantar fasciitis, for example) and the routines were sometimes about an hour long, which meant little to me. After some discussion, she agreed to shorten the routine for about 30 minutes, but to have more of them throughout the week (so instead of three times a week, it would be four). She regularly modified workouts to better suit my needs rather than mine, such as knee push-ups and an overall emphasis on low-impact workouts that are much better for the said plantar fascitis.
On top of that, Ashley would constantly message me, either to remind me of my workouts, or to ask me why I skipped a particular day. There were days when, despite feeling ragged with exhaustion, I still drown in a workout because I didn’t want Ashley to guilt-trip me the next morning.