Working off that fat and building those biceps will soon be easier with new online gym services.
Many New Zealand fitness centres already have websites, but most are essentially "brochureware", only detailing services and opening times. But training programmes are set to become available online and there may one day be "virtual personal trainers".
Bodyworks gym in Wellington plans to offer its 4500 members an online facility where they can store their training programmes, make changes and analyse their workouts away from the gym. The 14-year-old centre has spent $20,000 upgrading its 12-PC network to Windows 2000.
Managing director Chris McNay says he has set aside another $20,000 for buying US technology that will let members look at nutrition and diet, body weight changes, training schedules, study muscle groups and automatically produce programmes from home.
US outfits like Fitlinxx.com use similar software. Its website stores individual training programmes, and has articles on sports training, exercise tips, health and nutrition and fitness magazine reviews. "People want more information. They want it quickly and to be more productive more quickly," says McNay.
Virtual personal trainers, with people accessing their programmes from home or the beach, will soon be possible, he says.
But going online won't mean people missing the gym, he says, as people don't have the equipment at home and the garage lacks the same atmosphere.