So as you can tell, my training plan needs to be highly personalized. That’s why I was blown away by Vi’s personalization feature. Of course, Vi doesn’t understand all of these intricate details (yet?) but the app allows the user to personalize and change their running goals whenever they want to.
TAll I had to do was tell it my goal is to REDUCE STRESS (meaning there shouldn’t be any super hard sessions), specify that I want to train for a 5k in 12 weeks and within 2 minutes Vi had a new plan for me. Vi now has me running 3 times a week, at minimal effort, for the next 12 weeks. This low effort aerobic exercise will ensure I maintain a caloric surplus (keep gaining weight) and still keep my cardiovascular health in check. This is a phenomenal feature that allows high levels of personalization (which I haven't seen in any other app).
In the screenshot below Vi shows me my training sessions for this week. Vi let me know (during todays running session) that it needs a total of two hours running with me in order to truly understand what my current fitness level is (average speed, cadence, etc). After this, it will update my future training sessions to match my average stats and thus provide training sessions tailored to my personal needs. I haven’t reached the full two hours yet so I’ll report back on this subject.
Right now I only have one phrase to describe Vi Trainer - it’s as close to a REAL COACH as you can virtually get. Not a minute goes by that Vi isn’t feeding you some kind of information into your ear. It’s either telling you your stats and averages, telling you about some of its features, or it’s giving you tips on how to run/breathe better, and on and on!
I’m pretty sure you can ask Vi to speak less during training but I’ve decided to leave it as it is - it’s like I have a running buddy with me! This feature is phenomenal for the runners who need and want real time coaching!
Here’s a few extra bits of information I picked up while playing with Vi Trainer this week:
I’ll post an updated article as soon as I get more familiarized with the Vi Trainer app!
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