Fitness apps, especially in today’s world of technology, are not an alien phenomenon.
But the major problem with them is not every app you come across can deliver on its claims of making you fitter. Moreover, some apps may be too complicated for people just starting out, making them give up the idea of exercising ‘professionally.’
So, when we learnt about the Ready State Virtual Mobility Coach app, we wanted to see if it walks the talk. Dive in to read our review!
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What Is The Ready State Virtual Mobility Coach?
The Ready State (TRS) Virtual Mobility Coach is a mobile application targeted towards people seeking to improve mobility and flexibility and reduce pain through exercises. It’s an initiative by the Ready State company, which aims to help everyday athletes and professionals with agility, strength, pain reduction and overall fitness.
In fact, TRS has a professional-grade certified program that fitness coaches can undertake to learn the art of training safely for the goals mentioned above. And the certification they receive upon successfully completing the program is recognised worldwide.
Now, the company has developed a mobility program through its app that can be accessed by anyone, be it professionals or novices. It’s available for both android and apple platforms and has a website for desktop use.
To help you understand the application better, we will walk you through some important aspects.
The TRS Mobility App- Overview
1. Personalised Support
One of the highlights of the TRS virtual mobility coach is that it doesn’t subject users to ‘generic’ guidance but personalised support to cater to their individual needs.
This is evident from the mobility test that the app uses to assess your natural mobility in four areas, namely the shoulders, trunk, ankles and hip. Based on your answers, you will get a ‘mobility plan’ (or a recovery plan) comprising the best warm-ups, workouts and daily maintenance exercises.
Since this mobility training is also meant for professionals and athletes, it consists of specialised workouts to help prepare for sports. Currently, the platform has special workout videos for 22 different sports.
2. Extensive Library
The educational library on this app has about 1,000 professionally guided videos to help users tackle mobility issues and pain problems. Each video here comes with a ‘pain prescription’ to help you tackle any pain or stiffness you may experience before the workout or throughout the day.
Besides, it has a dedicated ‘pain relief exercise’ section, which features a full-body diagram. Once you click on the affected body part, the app will show you specific exercises that can aid in pain reduction, complete with the instructions to perform them.
Moreover, the exercises are divided into 3 major broad groups:
- Warm-up: stretching the muscles to make them supple and increase the body’s range of motion
- Rotational movements: prevent joint deterioration, reduce joint pain, increase mobility, and reduce the chances of injury
- Light exercises: using body weight to increase overall strength and endurance
When it comes to the interface, we’d say that the TRS virtual mobility coach is more information-rich than most other virtual mobility programs. As such, it makes the application set-up process a little more time-consuming than most people would like.
For one, you can choose the information you want the home screen to display at all times, with the rest of it ‘tucked away’ in the sub-menus. But this will require you to spend some time on the app, so you know what information should go where.
That said, there are some features that can help declutter the interface. For instance, the exercises are divided into personalised workouts, sports workouts, mobility maintenance, or pain reduction. And once you choose the type of workout, it will show you the relative body part, i.e., trunk, shoulder, hip, or ankles.
4. Progression Tracking
Unlike the interface that may be difficult to get the hang of initially, tracking your progress is fairly easy, thanks to the diagrams and circles. This gives you a precise idea of the workouts that need more focus, and you can choose specific workouts to resolve pain.
We’ve divided the requirements factor into two parts- the physical requirement of the user and the equipment required.
Talking about the former, the virtual mobility app can be accessed by anyone, even with zero knowledge about any form of exercise. However, some people may benefit more from the program, like:
- Professional or amateur athletes looking to improve performance and range of movements
- People who lack mobility due to a sedentary lifestyle
- People suffering from joint pain, approved by physiotherapists to perform mobility exercise
- ‘Weekend warriors’ who like working out on weekends regularly
Now, coming to the equipment requirements, the initial workouts are mainly free-hand. However, as you progress in making your way into more intensive workouts, you may require some mobility tools. And you get the option to purchase the tool from the Ready State app or website.
Alternatively, you can look for them elsewhere, especially if you want a specific brand and get a better deal. Whatever floats your boat!
6. Subscription Plans
The Ready State virtual mobility coach offers monthly and yearly subscriptions at what we believe are reasonable prices. And these plans are accompanied by a 14-day trial, allowing you to cancel the subscription anytime before the 15th day of signing up.
- High-definition, information-intensive videos
- Personalised programs with proper instructions
- Suitable for novices and professional athletes
- Progress tracking
- 14-day trial
- Setting up the app can be tedious process
The Ready State Virtual Mobility app can be a good solution to fix mobility and pain issues as well as improve your overall fitness from the convenience of your home. But we strongly recommend seeking medical advice to ensure that the workouts don’t end up aggravating your pain.
Founder of www.calisthenics-101.co.uk. Training calisthenics since 2012.
Currently working on: 30 second one-arm handstand, muscle-up 360, straddle planche.