Since nowadays busy schedules have taken so much time away from us, most people have limited time to be physically present at fitness centers to attend training sessions. In this case, a live fitness virtual training may be a good solution, which provides a new way of interaction between trainers and trainees by allowing them to video conference with each other during workouts. It not only solves the problem of trainees not able to receive personal instructions and feedbacks from trainers if they just watch online videos, but also addresses the issue of people having no time or finding it too time-consuming to attend in-person training sessions.
Project planning
Because this was a semester-long project but with very complicated work, we divided the labor and planned a timeline for our project.
Challenges and risks
1. We had difficulty finding appropriate targets for user interview. Although trainees were relatively easy to find, the trainers were not easily accessible. Also, it was difficult to find available time slots for both our student UX designers and interviewees. So we ended up reaching out to more fitness centers than we expected to get enough user inputs.
2. Our client was not familiar with the app design process, so we needed to explain rationale behind the steps from a stakeholder's perspectives. It was challenging because it required us to clearly state our purposes and technical terms we used. As a result, we researched online resources about how to communicate effectively with stakeholders and integrated visual presentations and clear descriptions without jargons.
Design process
We followed a Double Diamond structure for this project. We also made it an iterative process by user testing several rounds and refining the prototype several rounds.
User research
Two designers, Xinyi and I, were responsible for interviewing trainees and trainers respectively. By combining and analyzing all the inputs we received from our interviewees, we did card sorting to find out our most significant findings. In this case, we asked 4 participants to organize topics into categories that make sense to them and label these groups.
After we finished conducting the interviews with both trainees and trainers and analyzing the results of our card sorting, we were able to conclude the most significant findings from the user research.
1. Trainees regard rewards as an important motivation.
2. Tracking training progress is a good way to keep trainees motivated.
3. Safety is a huge concern for trainers.
4. It is important to check trainers' credentials to determine if they are qualified.
Then, we developed personas for both trainee and trainer to help align strategies and goals to specify our user groups. The stories of personas are all based on real data collected from the interviewees.
Information architecture
We created a site map to show the structure of the Fitness Live app and as a reference point for wireframes and functional specifications. We also outlined questions for each functional block and got developer and client's opinions and feedbacks at our weekly meeting.
Low-fi prototype
After deciding on an information architecture, we started building a low fidelity prototype using Balsamiq to wireframe all the basic functions we were trying to develop in the product.
Hi-fi prototype
After finishing the low-fidelity prototype of Fitness Live, we used Sketch and InVision to create a high-fidelity prototype, while collaborating with our developer to produce a working prototype via Cordova.
The InVision prototype can be accessed here.
Future Development
Due to time constraints, we only designed and implemented the most important features based on user research and testing. However, we suggest building the following additional features in the future:
1. Progress Tracker, as user research showed that motivation is a significant part.
2. Push Notifications.
3. Promotions.
4. Communication between Trainers and Trainees.