I have always been a fitness enthusiast. Not a fitness junky but borderline to that. Between marriage, work style pounds and that thing that affects the metabolism…how they call it.. ah, yeah. AGE!
I collected pounds along the road better than plastic polluting the environment. At some point, my sleep deteriorated to the point that something had to be done and I start looking at everything to make it less bad. Weight dropped in the target of my research.
I don’t take anything by the chance, when I walk into a problem, the problem must be solved. It’s not an acceptable outcome to fail only.
That means multiple failures along the path to success are going to collect, the key difference is that at some point success must be reached.
So after working hard at it, I lost 21 pounds of pure lard that were making my sleep and my wardrobe setup a facebook status: complicated.
My diet is governed by an AI that I actively work on called FLINT. The journey of that project is documented here. In a nutshell, FLINT gives me contextual recommendations that they span from what I should eat and exercise with the key information of when. Yes, sex is an activity and FLINT has yet to learn that part of the training… long story don’t ask.
As part of the “brain” within FLINT, the engine scans the web and other sources for recipes and apps that might help me to keep things in check. This post is about the fitness that I have been recommended and that works for the suggested routines.
- Purchased the full version, without it is too limited
- Use it with the TV (airplay) so that I can watch and hear the 3D character.
- I use the female voice for the voice-over and the man for the 3D silhouette
In addition morning and night I use this plankster. This has been recommended most recently as “reward” for previous goals achieved and kept.
For that, I use Runtastic Push-Ups PRO Trainer.
The very nice feature is that you set your phone where your face lands which allow the app to detect your proximity and take notice of the effort.
For running, I have tried so many and every app has so many good things than bad choices. When I ran outside I use Nike Run Club because the watch integration is decent and the audio coach is useful. And FLINT says so… for indoor I use Apple’s standard watch function because it is very accurate.
For biking, I started with Strava which needs likely no explanation however, at some point FLINT needed some type of data that is not easy to collect from Stava or it is not collected at all.
And after much research, I switched (paid version) to the best app I have ever seen for biking.
Cyclometer. The app supports other sports too but the main focus is biking. The price seems steep when compared to other options until you start digging through the massive amount of settings and tweaks.
What I eat is tracked with Lose It (subscription) which if used correctly has everything you can imagine with the exception of homemade food. Which in my case being Italian, makes it useless :-) however, for tracking water and bar code enabled food is a must to have. I am currently improving the algorithm that FLINT uses to scan homemade food (post to come) and that can be the final fix.
The scale in use is Aria by Fitbit due to the fact that Fitbit doesn’t store the data into Apple health, critical for FLINT to retrieve my efforts, I use Power Sync that fixes that shortcoming between the two titan companies.
For timed interval exercises, I use Timer Pro, which is very handy for when I do kickboxing routines.
That is also useful when I do Thai Chi in my living room or backyard.
I tend to do it once a week and that video is my kick-off for the practice. My friend Quong took an entire class and when looking at what he passed on to me, all come to the same principles that one video shows.
I have been looking for a place where to practice but never found anything that would be compatible with my routines and lifestyle. Sometimes FLINT got to shut up and particularly stop recommending Tai Chi places in Seattle that are too far from home :-)
Sleep is crucial for setting the routines for the next day and for that I rely massively on Oura. The app is beautifully useful and the minds behind the project have all my respect for how they are carrying out something that is complex and messy. They most recently added meditation too but I am not ready for that yet because FLINT says so. And whom am I to hard code something into the code to make him saying otherwise *_*
If you are good with Python and data, my colleague Sara on Google Cloud posted a wonderful article on how to leverage Oura and its data in a very large fashion. Thank you, Sara!!
Someone asked in some of the other posts how do I keep FLINT logic integral so that I can’t hardcode rules to modify behavior, forcefully, the answer is: the FLINT brain requires a cryptographic hardware key to be reprogrammed. I gave that to my wife and told her that is for securing her email account. I hadn’t had to ask yet but I can guarantee you that she put it somewhere and doesn’t remember where. So the process to get there is painfully difficult albeit not impossible. Like emptying the house and put things in one at a time!
I made this post for my new training buddy Steven aka Arepas in Red Hulk salsa but I hope it helps others to select what works best for their objectives.
In my opinion, what works best for me is my own app and between all these activities at some point, I will manage to wrap that app and post on the store. As I reported before FLINT is the only invention I will be working on for the rest of my inventing career so everything else is a hobby unless FLINT demands otherwise.
Go for a run now!!