Spot Me

Helping casual weightlifters safely lift at their personal best by utilizing AI to analyze their form and provide live feedback.

People often don't start weightlifting in a class or with a personal trainer. Not knowing the proper form while continuing to increase the weight carried can lead to serious injury. Spot Me aims to ensure proper technique through video analyzing their form and providing live audio and visual feedback so that lifters can focus on lifting at their personal best.

Skills

UX research
Interaction design
User testing
Brand identity

Team

My Role
Product designer,
Solo project

Timeline

4 months
Feb - May 2024

CORE FEATURES OF THE FINAL EXPERIENCE

Weekly routine and past workout accuracy is shown to track progress.

Weekly routine and past workout accuracy is shown to track progress.

Fitness programs user has signed up for guides them through their daily workouts. Each workout comes with tutorial videos of the coach’s walking the user through each set.

Fitness programs user has signed up for guides them through their daily workouts. Each workout comes with tutorial videos of the coach’s walking the user through each set.

'Spot Me' mode uses video to analyze user's form and provides live audio and visual correction.

'Spot Me' mode uses video to analyze user's form and provides live audio and visual correction.

When it’s your turn, ‘Spot Me’ recording mode begins. The platform is able to analyze your form and provide real time form correction over audio and text.

When it’s your turn, ‘Spot Me’ recording mode begins. The platform is able to analyze your form and provide real time form correction over audio and text.

Detailed information on form accuracy is given post-workout.

Detailed information on form accuracy is given post-workout.

An easily digestible break down on the user’s form accuracy. Highlights statistics on their progress and provides further guidance on corrections made during that day’s workout.

An easily digestible break down on the user’s form accuracy. Highlights statistics on their progress and provides further guidance on corrections made during that day’s workout.

Research

The global fitness industry's market value was over $87 billion in 2023. Between then and 2028, it’s expected to grow 171.75% to $434.74 billion.

In 2023, the market value of the global fitness industry was over $87 billion. Between then and 2028, it’s expected to grow 171.75% to 
$434.74 billion.

In 2023, the market value of the global fitness industry was over $87 billion. Between then and 2028, it’s expected to grow 171.75% to 
$434.74 billion.

Having grown up in a family that cares about their personal fitness and are happy to invest in it, I've experienced this first hand. I was interested in understanding how exercise fits into people's lives and discovering a way to enhance that connection.

COMPETITIVE AND ANALOGOUS RESEARCH

There's a growing integration of tech features in fitness and adjacent industries like wellness and games.

There's a growing integration of tech features in fitness and adjacent industries like wellness and games.

INTERVIEWS

How do people practice personal fitness?

I was conscious of speaking with different kinds of users to get a holistic understanding of the various ways people incorporate exercise into their lives. I focused mainly on why they started working out, their current exercise routine, and what they hope to get out of it.

7 out of 140 observations gathered

I distilled key insights that helped inform my ideation process.

I distilled key insights that helped inform my ideation process.

Benefits both physical fitness and mental health

People are often inspired to begin working out to improve their appearance. However, the benefits to their mental health help them stay consistent.

Data isn’t just proof, it's a story of progress

Since visual or physical changes take longer to see, even minor changes in their data are concrete evidence of their improvement.

Correct form leads to better results

Watching through videos or reading up on form is not as effective or safe as having real-time feedback as you are exercising.

SO, HOW MIGHT WE HELP GYM GOERS…

1

use biometrics to structure their routines in real time to prevent over exertion and injury?

2

create routines that easily adapt to their daily goals and prevent repetitive workouts?

3

correct their form

by providing personalized feedback that enhances their workouts?

correct their form by providing personalized feedback that enhances their workouts?

correct their form by providing personalized feedback that enhances their workouts?

Ideation

LOW-FI PROTOTYPES

To create a more impactful solution, I tested 5 divergent ideas to spark people's reactions and see what resonated with their needs.

To create a more impactful solution, I tested 5 divergent ideas to spark people's reactions and see what resonated with their needs.

KEY INSIGHTS FROM TESTING

I created an affinity map to help organize my insights into main findings which led to 2 areas of opportunity.

I created an affinity map to help organize my insights into main findings which led to 2 areas of opportunity.

Finding new workouts takes time

Finding new workouts takes time

Doing the same routine can prevent progress, but finding new exercises takes time and people need to be willing to put in.

Doing the same routine can get repetitive but finding new exercises to do can take a long time.

Doing the same routine can get repetitive but finding new exercises to do can take a long time.

Doing the same routine can get repetitive but finding new exercises to do can take a long time.

Difficult to self-teach correct form

Difficult to self-teach correct form

It’s difficult to tell whether your form is correct, but having a personal trainer can be too expensive for most people.

It’s difficult to tell whether your form is right but having a personal trainer can be too expensive for most people.

It’s difficult to tell whether your form is right but having a personal trainer can be too expensive for most people.

It’s difficult to tell whether your form is right but having a personal trainer can be too expensive for most people.

It’s difficult to tell whether your form is right but having a personal trainer can be too expensive for most people.

MID-FIDELITY PROTOTYPE

Smart watch alerts user of abnormal biometrics and restructures the rest of the routine to prevent injury.

Smart watch alerts user of abnormal biometrics and restructures the rest of the routine to prevent injury.

Smart watch alerts user of abnormal biometrics and restructures the rest of the routine to prevent injury.

Smart watch alerts user of abnormal biometrics and restructures the rest of the routine to prevent injury.

Smart watch alerts user of abnormal biometrics and restructures the rest of the routine to prevent injury.

Heart rate as a measure of safety only works for intense workouts

When weight lifting, it's difficult to figure out whether the muscle strain you're feeling is progress or injury.

Important to know exactly which muscle to target

People loved the visual feedback indicating how their body should be positioned and which muscles should be targeted.

And then everything shifted when I realized the real problem —

Having the incorrect form when weightlifting doesn’t just prevent progress; it could lead to muscle strain or injury.

Development

Most people who lift weights do not start with a class or one-on-one instruction. Increasing the weight carried with incorrect form increases the likelihood of injury.

Most people who lift weights do not start with a class or one-on-one instruction. Increasing the weight carried with incorrect form increases the likelihood of injury.

Most people who lift weights do not start with a class or one-on-one instruction. Increasing the weight carried with incorrect form increases the likelihood of injury.

Most people who lift weights do not start with a class or one-on-one instruction. Increasing the weight carried with incorrect form increases the likelihood of injury.

Most people who lift weights do not start with a class or one-on-one instruction. Increasing the weight carried with incorrect form increases the likelihood of injury.

HOW MIGHT WE…

Teach casual weight lifters proper form during their sets to optimize their workouts and prevent injury?

KEY TAKE-AWAYS FROM RESEARCH

AI-based human pose estimation technology has enabled real-time tracking and analysis of exercise recordings.

For a long time, movement was limited to smart wearables as computer vision wasn't advanced enough. However, developments in tech have enabled analysis of specific movements to improve form and provide suggestions.

Fitness users trust AI for the workout customization it offers and the personalized insights it provides.

After the effects of the pandemic, AI-driven fitness apps saw a 35% increase in downloads. AI-based fitness apps were found to retain 75% more users after the first three months compared to non-AI apps.

Gym goers are comfortable with filming themselves exercising in public spaces.

4 out of the 5 interviewees I spoke to had filmed themselves lifting in the past. Since personal trainers are expensive, videos are an alternate way to analyze form and track progress. Searching 'workout exercises' on social media reveals hundreds of content.

Solution

BRAND IDENTITY

I created foundational elements to build a consistent design system applied across all screens.

KEY ITERATIONS

By testing with weightlifters, I gained insights into how they lift and the pains they face.

By testing with weightlifters, I gained insights into how they lift and the pains they face.

By testing with weightlifters, I gained insights into how they lift and the pains they face.

By testing with weightlifters, I gained insights into how they lift and the pains they face.

Key Insight

Weightlifters focus on the quality of each rep rather than how quickly they finish a set.

High-Fi Prototype

High-Fi Prototype

Countdown timer for each set. Header indicates where user is in the whole routine.

Countdown timer for each set. Header indicates where user is in the whole routine.

Solution, Final Design

Solution, Final Design

Timer was removed. Exercise name and number of sets needed are emphasized instead.

Timer was removed. Exercise name and number of sets needed are emphasized instead.

Key Insight

Further information is useful in post-analysis but during the workout quick, bite-size alerts are more important.

High-Fi Prototype

High-Fi Prototype

User is only able to read the form correction feedback after they complete a set.

User is only able to read the form correction feedback after they complete a set.

Solution, Final Design

Solution, Final Design

Audio and visual feedback automatically alerts the user in-real time.

Audio and visual feedback automatically alerts the user in-real time.

Automatic audio and visual feedback alert the user in real-time.

Automatic audio and visual feedback alert the user in real-time.

Key Insight

Lifters are motivated by seeing their progress through tracking statistics and analysis.

High-Fi Prototype

High-Fi Prototype

Moments when user was corrected are indicated on the video scrub.

Moments when user was corrected are indicated on the video scrub.

Solution, Final Design

Solution, Final Design

Statistics on the user’s accuracy improvements are clearly spotlighted and celebrated.

Statistics on the user’s accuracy improvements are clearly spotlighted and celebrated.

HI-FIDLITY PROTOTYPE

By testing with weightlifters, I gained insights into how they lift and the pains they face.

Reflection

Reflection

Embrace an open mind while researching to let user insights indicate a genuine pain point.

At the start of this project, I was still determining what exact problem space to tackle.
I just knew that I was interested in people's relationship with exercise and its positive benefits. Initially, this made me nervous, but by embracing an open mind, I let my interviews and research lead me to a genuine area of opportunity.

I just knew that I was interested in people's relationship with exercise and its positive benefits. Initially, this made me nervous, but by embracing an open mind, I let my interviews and research lead me to a genuine area of opportunity.

At the start of this project, I was still determining what exact problem space to tackle. Initially, I was interested in people's relationship with exercise and its positive benefits. By embracing an open mind, I let my interviews and research lead me to a genuine area of opportunity.

I just knew that I was interested in people's relationship with exercise and its positive benefits. Initially, this made me nervous, but by embracing an open mind, I let my interviews and research lead me to a genuine area of opportunity.

I just knew that I was interested in people's relationship with exercise and its positive benefits. Initially, this made me nervous, but by embracing an open mind, I let my interviews and research lead me to a genuine area of opportunity.

Important to also learn about the technology that drives a designed solution.

As a product designer, my passion and focus are on creating beautiful digital solutions centered on the user's needs. However, that's just one side of building out a product. It was important for me to learn about the actual technology that could be used.

CORE FEATURES OF THE FINAL EXPERIENCE

Weekly routine and past workout accuracy is shown to track progress.

Fitness programs user has signed up for guides them through their daily workouts. Each workout comes with tutorial videos of the coach’s walking the user through each set.

'Spot Me' mode uses video to analyze user's form and provides live audio and visual correction.

When it’s your turn, ‘Spot Me’ recording mode begins. The platform is able to analyze your form and provide real time form correction over audio and text.

Detailed information on form accuracy is given post-workout.

An easily digestible break down on the user’s form accuracy. Highlights statistics on their progress and provides further guidance on corrections made during that day’s workout.