USE CASE SPORT: FITNESS CLUB (1)
Fit4theGame, a fitness club located in Hamburg, Germany, uses our professional coaching tool to enhance participation and boost the training experiences across the board.
“When you become a member at Fit4theGame, you get a Firstbeat heart rate monitoring belt whether you like it or not,” jokes Gavin Nugent, co-founder of the facility. “Firstbeat’s real-time monitoring is a crucial part of our training and service concept, and the rule rather than the exception.” It’s not long before slipping the belt on before training becomes second nature to gym members.
When members walk into the training room, their individual belts are automatically detected by the system and personal training data is displayed on the main screen. In addition to real-time data, follow-up reports are part of the program. “After each session, an e-mail is automatically sent with a personal report for each member,” explains Nugent.
“We are able to provide objective insights for individual members based on their specific needs”
The system offers a variety of benefits for coaches and members alike. “We are able to provide objective insights for individual members based on their specific needs. For some, it provides the motivation to keep pushing, and for overachievers feedback can help prevent pushing too far.”
During a workout, heart rate, training effect, and calories burned are all displayed on a screen and updated in real time. Each participant’s current training zone is also displayed and is color coded for easy interpretation. “As a coach, I can give it a final push and ask for an ‘all red screen’ in the last round of an exercise,” says Gavin. “At the same time, I can look at an individual’s training development and give personal feedback. So maybe one person should stay more in the aerobic training zone, instead of hitting the anaerobic or high intensity zone too often. We can explain the background, raise awareness, and help educate them towards a better understanding of their own physiology.”