Remove estimated workout time (or make it optional)
Estimated workout time is inaccurate (too short) 99% of the time. Clients are constantly messaging us, wondering if they should’ve done their workouts in half the time — or less. It adds an unnecessary layer of pressure for folks who are already feeling anxious about starting a new program. Please remove, or at least make it optional.
Michelle West commented
Agree that the approximate time is not really necessary… I often give my new or returning clients a slow tempo to start out, so the time is really irrelevant. I do really like that it shows what exercise equipment is necessary. Great app!
Yes, please do remove it or make it optional.
Erinina Ness commented
I use Trainerize because it lets me put in my own custom workout videos. These do not work with the estimated workout times. My hour long workouts say they are 15 minutes. It's great if it works for you, but a huge frustrating deal for our clients if it doesn't. Clients see the estimated time and plan their workouts around it, and get frustrated that they set aside the wrong amount of time for a workout and then had to stop part of the way through.
Let us estimate our own workout length as an option, or at the very least turn it off.
Or if possible, it would be great if we could manually override how long we think each exercise will take when we are programming as coaches.
Chris K commented
I find this works fairly well in practice.
It does underestimate bit (like 10%-15% in my experience) and I attribute this to (1) some fixed number that is counted per rep (and therefore not always accurate depending on exercise and form)… and (2) to the downtime experienced when going from machine to machine (and sometimes having to wait for a previous person using a machine to finish up).
It would be trivial for Trainerize to instead overestimate each rep, assuming that a rep for any exercise is going to consume 7-10 seconds (about as long as the slowest *normal* rep I encounter). Then, account for an extra 90 seconds to travel between exercises; plus, add an extra 5 minutes per every 30 minutes estimated, to account for things like waiting longer than exported for a station to free up, going from one floor to another floor, using the bathroom, getting momentarily distracted, etc.
That would result in a very accurate prediction most of the time, and generally come out on the high side. Clients would greatly appreciate knowing they came in under the estimated time most of the time!
• As well, it means any client coming in over the estimated time is almost surely taking too long between sets or chatting/texting too much.
• As well, it allows us, as trainers, to ensure we are not overtraining our clients by assigning too many sets or reps… which is a possible oversight sometimes even with the best of intentions. It absolutely helps to have an AI provide feedback on how long a workout SHOULD take AT MOST.
Anthony Bryant commented
I agree as well. I've had several clients message me inquiring about if "I" put the estimated workout time and where it came from. This should be a user feature not calculated by the app.
Steve Harris commented
I've found that any workout created prior to the calculation feature was added, the time is off. If I go in and "edit" the workout, it automatically corrects the time. With several programs and hundreds of workouts, this correction takes a lot of time.
Dean Arvin commented
Completely agreed -- having this as an optional setting would be ideal in my opinion.
Danielle Webster commented
Yes! Worst feature ever it’s never correct.
Pascha Protter commented
The Trainerize system auto-calculates Workout time estimates, I would like the ability to manually modify the time to better match the workout I have created.