Traveling for work or for pleasure can take a toll on your fitness routine. But what if you could carry your favorite instructors around in your pocket?
Enter V-Training, the latest fitness app dedicated to making workouts easy and accessible for our ever-cluttered schedules. V-Training’s creator, Veronica Garcia, developed the app after becoming fed up with the difficulty of finding a trainer or place to work out while traveling.
“I used to work for an international financial institution in Switzerland and one day I found myself in my hotel room calling several different gyms who weren’t very responsive or helpful,” Garcia says. “I realized people want real-time solutions.”
She launched V-Training in 2016 and it’s now grown to nearly 600 trainers around the country. The free app just launched in Baltimore this past January and local instructor Jason Williams—who offers personal training sessions and also teaches at M.Power Yoga—is the first Baltimore trainer to be listed on the app.
“I don’t think there’s anything like V-Training,” says Williams. “You can plug in your goals and find something more personalized that is exactly what you’re looking for.”
What separates V-Training from other fitness apps is that not only does it connect users to fitness classes in the area, but also to private trainers. Before choosing a trainer, users can see their personal statistics, ratings, and even pictures to get a personal feel for the trainer’s workout style.
In addition, the app offers online fitness coaching, a built-in chat platform, nutrition advice, and access to local fitness classes ranging from Pilates to weight training.
“As technology becomes more and more prevalent, an app like this is important for everyone—especially if you’re traveling,” Williams says. “From a trainer perspective, it gives me another outlet to reach clients and expose them to fitness options in Baltimore.”
The app is currently available in major cities such as New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., and London. But Garcia says that launching in Baltimore was a priority for her.
“Baltimore is a city built on tradition, but it also has a growing millennial culture,” she says. “I thought that would be really exciting to explore.”