When I was contemplating signing up for Future Fitness, I decided to turn to Reddit in hopes of finding some reviews or discussions about the program. To my surprise, there were absolutely no posts about the app, except for some technical reviews. Intrigued, I decided to take the plunge and sign up. After using the app for a month, I’d like to share my thoughts and experiences.
Getting Started with Future Fitness App
Future Fitness is an iOS-based remote training platform that pairs you with a dedicated trainer for personalized workouts. The onboarding process involves answering around ten questions related to your training preferences, as well as your trainer’s personality and gender preferences. Once you’ve provided these details, you are matched with a trainer.
The next step is a 15-minute FaceTime interview, during which you discuss your goals, available equipment, and any other preferences. The app also allows you to input information about your equipment and any additional notes for your trainer, such as goals and injuries.
Customized Workouts and Training Focus
Trainers on the Future Fitness platform load one week’s worth of workouts every Sunday. If you’re accustomed to linear strength programs like Starting Strength or nSuns, you’ll notice a shift in focus with the workouts on this app. They tend to incorporate more High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and power-based exercises, with an emphasis on major lifts.
While the workouts are not as HIIT-focused as CrossFit, they offer a change of pace from traditional strength programs, like nSuns. This shift can push you slightly out of your comfort zone, but it’s a refreshing change.
User-Friendly Interface and Integration
The Future Fitness app itself boasts a sleek and intuitive design. Workouts are accessible on both your Apple Watch (provided by Future Fitness) and iPhone. You can even cast your workout to a TV via AirPlay, and the interface there is seamless. Your Apple Watch allows you to adjust weights, reps, and control your workout’s progression. Heart rate monitoring is available on all devices, making it easy to keep track of your performance.
After completing a workout, your trainer receives the results, including heart rate data. Additionally, daily summaries of your Apple Fitness movement data are sent to your trainer, enhancing their understanding of your progress. The app also provides audio cues and guidance that are helpful without being overly intrusive.
Cost Considerations and Promo Codes
One aspect to note is the cost of Future Fitness, which can be on the higher side. I was fortunate to sign up with a promo code from GarageGymReviews, which gave me three months at a 50% discount. Without a promo code, the monthly cost is $150. However, it’s worth mentioning that there are promo codes available for a one-month subscription at $19, and members can offer passes for a free first month.
Challenges in Public Gyms and Lack of Warm-Up Sets
One potential challenge I encountered was the difficulty of completing some workouts in a public gym, particularly in a crowded, Planet Fitness-style environment. Even in my well-stocked garage gym, there were instances where I felt rushed when switching between different pieces of equipment, especially during supersets.
Additionally, while the app includes warm-up routines for muscle groups, it generally lacks programmed warm-up sets for major compound lifts. As a result, you often transition directly into working set weights.
The Value of Future Fitness: Accountability and Convenience
The primary value I’ve derived from Future Fitness is accountability. On numerous occasions, I completed workouts late in the day that I might have otherwise skipped because I knew my coach would see them as skipped workouts.
I also appreciate the regular communication with my coach, including text messages and videos, which helps keep me on track. The convenience of not having to think about program design has been a significant benefit.
In summary, my experience with Future Fitness has been largely positive, and I’m considering continuing beyond my three-month promo period. However, if you don’t require the level of accountability that Future Fitness provides for workouts and diet, the app may not be worth the investment.