GymSkill: A Personal Trainer for Physical Exercises

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  2. Nils Hammerla
  3. Professor Patrick Olivier
  4. Dr Thomas Ploetz
Author(s)Moeller A, Roalter L, Diewald S, Kranz M, Hammerla N, Olivier P, Ploetz T
Publication type Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Conference NameInternational Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom)
Conference LocationLugano, Switzerland
Year of Conference2012
Source Publication Date19-23 March 2012
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In this paper, we present GymSkill, a personal trainer for ubiquitous monitoring and assessment of physi- cal exercises using standard fitness equipment. The system records and analyzes exercises using the sensors of a per- sonal smartphone, which is attached to the gym equipment. Novel fine-grained activity recognition techniques based on pyramidal Principal Component Breakdown Analysis provide a quantitative analysis of the quality of human movements. In addition to overall quality judgments, GymSkill identifies interesting portions of the recorded sensor data and provides suggestions for improving the individual exercises, thereby ex- tending existing work. The system was evaluated in a practical case study where participants performed a variety of exercises on balance boards. GymSkill successfully assessed the quality of the exercises in agreement with the professional judgment provided by a physiotherapist. User feedback suggests that GymSkill has the potential to serve as an effective tool for motivating and supporting lay people to overcome sedentary, unhealthy lifestyles.
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