Local Trainer Develops 'Workout in a Bag' App
The hardest part about exercising can be getting started, but a local woman has created a new app for Apple that tries to make that a little easier by bringing you a virtual personal trainer.
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Anne Osovski has been in the fitness business for more than a decade.
After working at other gyms, she teamed up with a partner and opened her own in East Rochester. She trains her private clients here, and it was through that work that an idea was born.
"I had my group pick out the exercises from a brown paper bag, because I wanted to do something fun that day," she said. "They were like, that's so fun. The class went so fast. Oh my gosh, we worked so hard. I thought that'd be great if I could package that."
And so she did. Working with a friend, Anne created the Workout in a Bag app for your iPad or iPhone. You choose your level, set how long you want to exercise, add the music and then hit start.
The app will randomly choose from 80 different exercises out of the bag. There are videos and explanations to help make sure you're doing them correctly. Each workout is different.
"This is a workout I would take any of my clients through at the gym," she said. "People are loving it. There are new moms; their babies don't want to go to the nursery at the gym so they do their workout at home."
Anne just released the app in September and is starting to promote it on social media and at fitness shows around the country.
She's also already working on the next idea. A workout app for kids.
"When you have it on the phone, you can actually shake the phone and see a hand take an exercise out of the bag," she said. "If we can create something where kids are exercising and they think it's a game, I feel like I've done a little bit of my part on the child obesity issue."
Workout in a Bag costs 99 cents on iTunes.
"Not everyone has access to a personal trainer. I want to be able to say hey, 99 cents, download it and you too can get a great workout."