While the trend of technology in fitness has been in the works for the previous decade, the epidemic has quickened the speed of fitness innovation. This is seen by the increasing popularity of virtual fitness instruction not only in India but throughout the world.

The future of linked fitness and virtual coaching looks to be favourable for both fitness aficionados and gym owners, from the growth of AI-enabled equipment to digital one-on-one training. Let's take a look at three ways that virtual reality may help you.

The fitness sector has become more accessible and inclusive

When the viral outbreak reached India, gym owners were compelled to close their facilities, and exercise aficionados were confined to their homes to prevent the sickness from spreading. In light of this, new-age fitness centres have moved their operations online in order to reach out to not just their present consumers, but also a new class of customers.

On the one hand, online fitness centres saw gym members who had been locked out of their gyms resume their fitness training from the comfort of their own homes. Those who had been putting off joining a gym owing to a hectic work schedule or a dearth of fitness centres in their area, on the other hand, are now encouraged to do so.

People who had begun working out for the first-time last year were also drawn by the rise of virtual fitness coaching. Many people increased their exercise frequency as a result of the virus epidemic, according to a report, whether to strengthen their immunity (74 percent) or minimise health-related hazards (53 percent).

In the last year, it is apparent that the fitness and wellness industry has gotten more accessible and, as a result, more inclusive. This outlook will improve in the future years as new technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) make the fitness and wellness area more intuitive and enjoyable for people.

Fitness buffs should stick to personalised workout routines

AI-based virtual trainers will have a greater pool of data sets to pull from as wearables, smartphone applications, and online fitness platforms grow more popular. The gathered data may then be used to enhance program design, evaluate training session efficacy, and even recommend new workout routines and diet programs based on fitness aficionados' specific needs. Virtual fitness coaches will progressively leverage data analytics in the future to create more precise and tailored exercise programs for a variety of fitness modules, including strength training, weight loss training, nutrition counselling, cardio, and so on.

As a result, savvy gym owners will seek to integrate the best of both the physical and digital worlds to provide new-age workers with a smooth and effective exercise journey. Customers may, for example, choose to use the equipment at a traditional gym. At the same time, users may access a number of virtual wellness programs offered by the fitness facility, such as online yoga or Zumba classes, while they are working remotely or on a workcation. Such interactions will ensure that gym-goers' workout routines are not disrupted, regardless of whether they visit physical studios or participate in virtual sessions.

As the world moves towards a cloud-based, smart society where technology integrates into daily life, virtual fitness coaching will soon become more popular among fitness aficionados in India. That this development will take place is no longer a matter of possibility but merely that of time.

(This is a slightly modified version of an article originally published in Times of India. The original article can be found at https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/voices/virtual-fitness-coaching-how-technology-is-disrupting-indias-fitness-landscape/)