praxis

UX Design / Proof of Concept

The challenge was to generate a concept for a new user interface experience. The sky is the limit. In this world, whatever you come up with just works.






the idea

A smart-gym concept for those with busy lifestyles, yet high expectations to be healthy individuals on a budget.



experience



At the entrance there will be gates, similar to those used at Amazon Go, where the user can just check in with their phone to enter the gym.

After changing in the locker rooms, the user comes up to the scanners with dividers that offer a sense of privacy and built in sensors for a more immersive experience.



Initial Interaction
Once a person approaches the screen they see a welcome message and when they get closer to it the system will scan their body and show how developed their muscles are.



3 Basic Questions
Every day the person goes to the gym, they would answer these three basic questions either on their phone or on the screen at the gym.



Workout Plan
The system generates a workout for the person based on the body scan and the 3 questions answered earlier. 
If they don’t like a certain workout, they can swipe left to generate an alternative.



Extensions & Benefits
The smart gym would include perks such as no waiting time to use equipment. 
Since everyone’s workout is synced to the app, it times generates workouts so no one has to wait in line for others.


If you’re injured, the system will account for that and will offer a personal approach, involving stretches and considerate workouts.
Some people don't know the gym well and are unfamiliar with certain areas, so the screen shows the general route to follow.


Apple watch extension for those who don’t want to carry their phone around the gym.




background research

To understand the user and the motivations I looked into history of working out and what role it played throughout centuries.
Timeline

Around 10,000 BC the motto was “Run for your life,” as movement was practical demand for survival.


Then between 10,000 BC and 8,000 BC during Agricultural revolution, movement was through daily labor.
Between 4,000BC and the fall of the Roman empire in 476 AD, working out took form of military training where being fit and ready for the battle was the priority.
Yet between 5th and 15th century, during the dark ages, there was the rejection of body. People were focusing on the afterlife where man’s soul mattered the most.
It was only in the Renaissance period, where the study of the body emerged with formal physical education. All the sudden working out was a separate entity from the way of living.




insights


Today
Since working out is not seen a necessity, people are simply not as motivated to exercises as they were in the past.1

This mindset may or may not have resulted in US life expectancy drop for second year in a row of 0.1 years according to a report by the National Center for Health Statistics.2
Why do people quit?
People say their life is hectic with no time to work out, the unrealistic expectations set today by society, there is no accountability of consequences to quitting (so why not?), and since the workout is boring and not enjoyable they’d rather spend their time doing other things.3


Sources 123  


Current Flaws
/ unnecessary social interactions
/ intimidation
/ feeling embarrassed
/ lack of guidelines

 


process


User Story
As someone who doesn't have much time to workout, I want a custom approach to my workout so that I am efficient with my time and healthily develop my body's physical form.




Prototyping

A gym novice I discovered the complexity of the user flow, and the unnatural moments such as rotating to scan.

A gym enthusiast helped me define the technical aspects of the project such as the workout routine, and the types of questions the workout is bult on.



Updated User Flow





summary

If one day this type of technology reaches the general public, more people would be aware of their body and its limitations at the gym. They would be more confident working out, while spending less time outside of the gym figuring out the most effective routine.
/ custom
/ self-guided
/ efficient
/ fresh routine