Hot Trends: Computer Trainers

Posted January 23, 2008 --- 6:00 p.m.

Personal trainers can help you get a better workout, but a new trend that uses computers to train you is making its way to Wisconsin.

In this week's Hot Trends, Christine Bellport shows us what's called "Curves Smart."

This technology is so new, it is only being tested in a couple of states. Wisconsin is one of them. It is offered at 6 local Curves.

Its called Curves Smart. It adapts a 30 minute workout to "you" through a computer system, just like a personal trainer.

The system is very user friendly on all 12 of the machines in the circuit.

Curves Manager Dawn Heinle says, "There's this little card that is computerized and all you have to do it touch it to the curves smart word and then it automatically knows that it is you."

It demands the most out of you during your time there.

If you are not giving enough -- it turns yellow or red. But it goes beyond that.

Heinle says, "If your heart rate is too high it then slows you down on the next 3 machines by expecting less repetitions of you."

After your work out you can check in at the computer kiosk to see how many calories you have burned.

You can also see each muscle group here. For example, on this image the green is where the client is giving it her all. The yellow is where she needs to "step it up a notch" in her workouts.

This is tailored to your needs through a physical assessment when you sign up.

It costs $25 for the test plus the $39 a month for the membership fee. Far cheaper than what any personal trainer would charge. It is offered at 6 area Curves.

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