AI pushes our imagination to its limit, asking us over and over again, how can we make our lives better? AI is everywhere from the smart speakers sprinkled around our homes to hospitals and schools. Where else does AI have to go? Your gym, of course. Or, in the case of Next! Fitness, the AI is the gym.
Next! Fitness is an AI powered gym that aims to change the way people exercise. Unlike some of the current AI fitness products on the market, Next! Fitness is a physical location where users can get their workouts in under the guidance of an AI trainer. The entire gym is outfitted with smart mirrors, sensors, and cameras that track your workout from start to finish. The gym also has in-house scanners that can be used to track your progress over time by measuring your muscle, fat, and weight.
Workouts are custom designed for users based on their unique goals and previous workouts at the gym. The AI not only leads users through workouts by telling them which exercises to perform and directing them around the gym (bonus points because it always leads you to available equipment), it can also demonstrate exercises, count repetitions, and even give feedback on your form.
And if you’re into a little friendly competition then good news because the whole system is basically a game. As they complete work outs and reach new milestones, users collect points to earn achievements and receive IRL rewards.
Gym members can also turn their workout time into a social experience by joining a team and working together to earn points and rewards. This sounds like it could be quite appealing to the ultra-busy tech loving clientele they are likely to attract. It cuts out the awkwardness of introducing yourself to new people at the gym.
Next! Fitness is planning to launch in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. Depending on your point of view, this is either a dream come true (efficient and optimized workouts with deep statistical analysis) or your greatest nightmare (big brother tracking you while you sweat). As is often the case, AI beauty is in the eye of the beholder.