Trainer+ app looking to boost Ryerson fitness


Trainer+ is available for students at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. (Ryersonian Archive)

Keeping in shape has gotten a lot easier for Ryerson students this year.

Ryerson Athletics announced its partnership with Trainer+ in September, a web and mobile based fitness app designed to help trainers create and share workout programs more efficiently.

Launched out of Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone in June, the Trainer+ app currently has over 800 free subscribers – around 700 of which are personal trainers.

Trainer+ founder and chief executive officer, Nick Corneil said that Ryerson students are starting to take notice of the program.

“We get requests almost every single day from Ryerson students,” Corneil, 34, said. “They’ll sign into the app and say ‘I need a trainer’ or ‘I need a fitness program’ and we’ll connect them right away with the Ryerson staff.”

“Now that it’s getting out into the Ryerson zeitgeist and more students are recognizing it, we’re starting to see a lot more people requesting that connection with the RAC and the MAC.”  

According to Corneil, Trainer+ is great fit for students because of its accessibility. Users get to choose how often they want to interact with their personal trainers, face-to-face.

To start, users meet with a trainer and develop a customized fitness plan based on their specific goals.

Flexibility is a big selling point for this app, as clients are able to decide how frequently they’d like to meet with their trainers.

“They’re still getting all the accountability and applied knowledge of a trainer, but only have to see them once a month, if they want.”

The app has over 1,000 different exercises stored in its library. Ryerson students can get their initial fitness assessment and workout plan with the RAC or MAC through Trainer+ for $30.

Mike Benitez,who has been offering his personal training services at the MAC for the last four years, says it’s a good deal for students.

“It’s another option for the student’s, price-wise,” said Benitez. “Not everyone can afford personal training, so [Trainer+] is another route they can take if they’re really enthusiastic about their fitness.”

A few of Benitez’s clients have signed up for the initial $30 fitness assessment through Trainer+. He says that the initial fitness test could work well to get some people more excited about working out.

“The $30 fitness assessment plan is really like a jumpstart … people can go through it and then progress from there,” Benitez said.

Corneil says that along with its affordable price package, one of the apps main selling points is its more “human” component in comparison to other apps.

“[Trainer+ is] like having a real life trainer on your phone,” Corneil said. “It’s not just some algorithm spinning a program back at you.

“For people to get to real lifestyle and behavioral change, it’s a lot more effective when you’ve got another human being on the other end.”

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