Mark

praxis

UX Design / Prototyping

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





The challenge was to concept outside the box and come up with a new user interface experience.The sky is the limit. In this world, whatever you come up with just works “because technology.”




background research




Understanding the separation of being fit from one’s lifestyle, when historically working out was the way of life.


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 1,2,3




Current Flaws
/ unecessary social interactions
/ intimidation
/ feeling embarassed
/ 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.
Initial Storyboards





Prototyping

When prototyping with 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




experience


At the entrance there will be gates, similar to those used at Amazon Go in Seattle, 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 the person’s 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



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


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 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.




summary

/ custom
/ self-guided
/ efficient
/ fresh routine





“We have to evolve, we have to change, and in order to do that, we have to initiate the change.”
—Ed Catmull



Under guidance of Phillip Nguyen


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