The start of the New Year is one of great anticipation. It is a time when we make resolutions and endeavor to become better people throughout the course of the year. It is a time when we flood into gyms and health clubs hoping to lose weight or improve ourselves physically by being more active.
I myself ponder this as I attempt to continue with the progress that I was able to achieve over the last year as part of Intel’s first structured corporate wellness program. One of the key questions that I struggle with is what exercises to do? The methodology for achieving our goals can be all over the place depending on the gym or trainer.
With this knowledge in hand, Intel and fitness company Core Performance, a subsidiary of Athletes’ Performance, came together early last year over a shared vision of what the next generation gym should be.
In February 2010, the Intel fitness center at its Chandler, AZ campus was outfitted with proprietary CPro strength equipment and ESD (energy system development) cardio equipment from Core Performance to create a high-tech gym.
Powered by Intel Core 2 Duo processors, the CPro and ESD exercise equipment deliver an efficient, personalized workout to each individual. The fitness equipment is connected to Intel Xeon processor-based servers which provide the computing horsepower to crunch through Core Performance’s 33,000-rule prescription engine to tailor an exercise program specific to an individual’s goals. Tracking each movement and heartbeat, Core Performance is able to provide a best-in-class experience.
At this time, we also developed a study to determine the effects of a structured fitness program featuring the latest technologies versus a self-directed program with standard equipment to see what the results would look like in a corporate wellness environment. Core Performance specialists started each employee’s experience with a comprehensive assessment of their current health, including a Functional Movement Screen, a VO2 test, a goal-setting exercise, and nutrition consultation.
In addition to working with a specialist, the equipment also made employee work outs easier by prescribing a workout built specifically for their needs and goals. The CPro equipment automatically adjusts to an employee’s height, and the resistance alters so that each person is training at his or her level. The CPro allows employees to preview their workouts, progress through the workouts at their own pace, track repetitions and power output, and record data to ensure that they progress toward their goals.
The 14-week study yielded amazing results. Study participants, two thirds of whom were previously categorized as inactive and non-movers, saw an average loss of 14 pounds of fat, five percent decrease in cholesterol and a 23 percent improvement of flexibility and agility, among other results.
These powerful results show that programs customized towards an individual's personal goals with integrated technology to simplify the workout, really take the guesswork out of fitness while keeping it fun, effective and sustainable.
Hear from our Core Performance personal trainer and study participant, Megan Walsh, in the video below.
Now, I’d like to hear from you how technology helped you achieve amazing results in your life or business. Please add your comments below.
 Amanda Carlson-Phillips1, Bill Campbell2
1Athletes' Performance, Phoenix, AZ
2Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL