When you stop to think about it, finding a personal trainer (PT) that you jibe with is a helluva lot like dating: It's tough to find that perfect match, the one who gets your goals and is able to zero in on them in a way that motivates you. And just like blind dates, more often than not it feels like you sign up for a training session only to immediately wish you could say, "Check, please!"
So if the dating world can have TInder—and the glorious ability to swipe left on someone you're not interested in—then the fitness world might as well have it too. At least, that's the thinking behind Trainerize, a personal trainer software company that just launched the app Trainerize.me. The concept is simple: Consumers sign up and peruse thousands of personal trainers, narrowing down the list of potential PTs through a matching algorithm that's similar to what's used in dating apps. Stipulations like location, desired service, specialty, and cost weigh in heavily, and you keep swiping until you find one you want to connect with.
For example, if you want a PT who works near your home and specializes in CrossFit, Trainerize.me can hook you up with one who falls into your preferred price range. But if you need one who dominates in acroyoga, and you're willing to do online training only so the location matters less to you, the app will identify someone else entirely. (See: How Acroyoga Helped Me Get Out of an Unhealthy Relationship.)
Once you're synced with your perfect PT, you then have an all-access pass to them. Whether you want them to share meal plans and workout logs, track your progress, or simply be available to answer a few questions is up to you. Basically, your wish is their command. The app's also synced up with MyFitnessPal and Fitbit, so if you use either one it's easy for trainers to get access to important information like your body weight, body fat, resting heart rate, and nutrition stats to further customize your training.
Between this app and the one that actually sets you up on dates with other fitness fanatics, it looks like dating app technology has officially made its way into a new market.