• 14Jul

    What's on Your Tablet Cedric? (Part 1)

    Ever since I became a Personal Trainer I have been using some form of software to improve the quality of my work with clients and patients. As technology has evolved I have adapted.


    Yes, I am a gadget nut but when looking at computers, tablets, phones, software, apps and wearables I have always asked the following questions.


    Will it benefit my clients/patients? Will it improve my productivity?


    My first programmes designed for clients came from a Joe Weider software that I used on a Toshiba T3100e laptop (more like a briefcase!) powered by Windows 3.1. It still works as well!!


    Now I use a tablet. It is always used with every client and during most sessions. My clients/patients also use their phones, tablets or phablets as well.


    Sessions are booked and paid for with MINDbody. They know exactly how many sessions they have outstanding and how many days they have to use them.


    During a Fitness Assessment I use a variety of apps. Based on age, gender, weight, body fat percentage, circumference measurements and the information gained from the initial consultation. MyFitness Calculator allows me to see a client’s daily calorie needs (maintenance, fat loss or bulking), daily fluid requirement, target heart rate, BMR and BMI – Doctors still use BMI even though I have always stated that it is an inaccurate form of measurement that has to be either scrapped or modernised.


    The information I put in the app allows me to set a target heart rate for the aerobic (cardio) phase of a client’s programme. We alter the balance of macros (the amount of protein, carbs and essential fats) based on the amount of meals/snacks due to be eaten each day. The app also has a rep max calculator which I use when doing strength tests. Most of the results from this app will then used in My Fitness Pal.


    There are times when I need to talk to a client’s GP or medical professional and key information is shared. BMI, waist-to-height ratio, waist-to-hip ratio are key pieces of information for GP’s KPI or QOF. BMI Calculator is on hand to give me that information which I can save and upload to the client’s MINDbody account.


    When you go to your GP with a medical complaint you may be given medication. Before the medication is prescribed the GP looks in their reference book (updated twice a year) to ensure that they are giving you the correct advice on how to take it.


    Well there is an app for that! Updated 6 times more than the books as well! I use it to understand what the meds do to the body and the effects it may have on exercise and nutrition. As an Exercise Referral specialist I know the slightest change in meds can alter the direction taken during within an integrated training system.


    The guidelines for GP Exercise Referral and Low Back Pain Management patients were scanned on to my tablet using CamScanner and then made in to a pdf. This reference tool allows me to make changes to the integrated training programme within minutes of receiving the information.


    PostureScreen Mobile is used for static postural assessments. After a brief questionnaire we use a pain diagram chart to shade-in the areas of the body where a client feels pain. Two photos are then taken (front view and side view) which allows reference points to be checked which are then added to form the initial report. That report can then be emailed to the client and/or medical practitioner or uploaded to their MINDBODY account


    Further assessments can be done which can then be added to a client’s file, which allow comparison reports to be made (you can compare up to 3 assessments at a time). This is great to show progression not to mention the famed “before and after (not photo-shopped)” pics.


    For the dynamic postural assessment I use Coach’s Eye to video overhead/single-leg squat, pushing and pulling. The video analysis (similar to what is used by countless sport pundits on tele) can then help to determine what muscles are over active and which ones are under active. The app is also used during training sessions as you will see later.


    I also use 2 anatomy and physiology apps Muscle Trigger Points by Bodyworks and Visible Body’s Muscle Anatomy come in very handy to see how muscles move, connect and link with other muscle groups. Great for determining what flexibility exercises need to be applied as well as finding the REAL cause of most injuries.


    These apps enhances the fitness assessment to provide a three dimensional representation of my clients/patients. It gives insight into client’s past, present and perhaps their future.


    By gathering this information through the fitness assessment and consultation a proper construction of an integrated training programme that is individualised specifically for each client can be achieved.




    Part 2 of this blog post will look at the tools that I use during Training sessions.