There's an app for that: Penfield athletes take to their phones for working out

January 31, 2019 11:38 PM

PENFIELD, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Cell phones are the most common item for teenagers and high school kids, so instead of trying to limit cell phone access for athletes, a program through Next Level Strength and Conditioning at Penfield is bringing the workout right to their phones.

It's after school in the Penfield High School fitness center and dozens of athletes are hard at work going through off-season training exercises.


No, they're not checking Facebook or texting a friend, but rather going through a designed workout sent right to their phone.

"Kids are on their phones as it is, so we're meeting kids where they're at," says Joe Aratari, the strength and conditioning coach at Penfield.

More than 600 Penfield athletes utilize Aratari's workouts, which are sent right to their phones through an app.  

After completing a specific exercise, athletes put their information into the app and then check what to do next all the while taking their phone from exercise to exercise.

"I remember when we had it just on paper and it was hard to follow along and keep track of the reps," says Penfield junior Chelsea Akins. "The app is helpful because you have it right next to you and can bring it with you from station to station. Everyone's on their phones anyway so it's just easier to have it in your pocket."

And because kids are always on their phones, they get a constant reminder to go work out.

"It helps to push us to lift more weight and get in here as much as possible to better ourselves," adds Penfield junior Travis Wagner.

Penfield started using the app in the spring of 2018 and Aratari already sees improvement among the athletes.

"What we've noticed in the last year is we're able to dial deeper with our athletes and make better progress. The biggest thing for me deals with recovery and teaching them things to do outside the gym as well."

Aratari says that the app is customizable, so if an athlete is dealing with an injury he can chart their progress and change that athlete's workout to help them recover quicker.


Rich Donnelly

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