The prompts help fitness coaches use ChatGPT to optimize creating workout plans, setting nutrition goals and communicating with clients
There are many opinions on the impact artificial intelligence will have on the profession of fitness coaching, with proponents touting AI’s ability to give coaches near-superhuman levels of insight into their clients and opponents predicting it will make the human touch effectively obsolete.
CoachRx, the all-in-one software platform for fitness coaches created by OPEX, is on a mission to educate and empower fitness coaches to be at the forefront of the AI revolution. The platform is working on a host of AI tools designed to help coaches be better at their jobs by improving efficiencies and automating mundane tasks.
The team of professional coaches behind the platform believes AI isn’t about replacing fitness coaches or diluting the personal connection. On the contrary, it’s about simplifying coaches’ lives so they can invest their time where it truly matters – forging meaningful connections and adding their personal touch. OPEX believes in what it calls the “magic of human interaction combined with tech wizardry to create a fitness journey that’s as unique as each client.”
The coach comes first in that equation, the fitness company is keen to point out.
“We have to look at AI as a tool, we can’t look at it as a second brain,” OPEX CEO Carl Hardwick said during a recent webinar exploring the role of artificial intelligence in fitness coaching. “It’s not meant to replace you, rather, it’s meant to be your assistant.”
To that end, CoachRx recently released a set of AI prompts fitness coaches can enter into generative AI tools like ChatGPT to help optimize important tasks, including creating workout plans, setting nutrition goals and streamlining client communications.
Here’s a rundown of how the CoachRx AI prompts can help fitness coaches with three essential elements of their jobs: Program Design; Lifestyle and Nutrition Prescriptions; and Communication.
Program design is probably the most obvious area where AI can help fitness coaches. Indeed, this is where a lot of the fear about AI’s potential to make coaches obsolete stems from: if ChatGPT can write a 12-week plan, what’s the point of hiring an individual coach?
However, according to Hardwick, fitness coaches in the modern era must learn how to leverage the program-design capabilities of AI.
“Gone are the days as coaches where we can lean on being the best program designers in the world as our top and leading value proposition,” Hardwick says. “It’s still important, but as coaches, program design is going to be the first place where AI replaces us.”
In its AI prompt database, CoachRx offers a constantly expanding list of queries coaches can enter into ChatGPT to help them streamline the often tedious task of designing workout routines.
For example, one of the prompts asks ChatGPT to create a warm-up routine that’s tailored to a client’s specific goals and the type of training session they’re about to perform. Another prompt asks coaches to input results from the OPEX Move test, which evaluates how clients perform movements like air squats and toe touches, and combine those results with the client’s specific goals to create exercise recommendations.
Personalization and specificity are key themes in the AI prompts CoachRx creates, since tools like ChatGPT are only as good as the information they receive. To avoid cookie-cutter answers, coaches must take the time to ask specific, highly personalized questions.
The team at CoachRx is clear that coaches should be using the responses ChatGPT generates as a jumping-off point for ideas, not as definitive prescriptions.
“The final decision-making authority always rests on us, the human coaches, not AI,” Hardwick says. “This is not a set-it-and-forget-it standard.”
Lifestyle & Nutrition
Moving beyond program design, CoachRx also offers prompts that help coaches leverage AI to make better lifestyle and nutrition prescriptions for their clients.
One such prompt has coaches enter a client’s specific lifestyle data, like hours of sleep, food intake and even bowel movements, and asks ChatGPT to offer recommendations on how they can improve. Another prompt asks ChatGPT to recommend a calorie and macronutrient plan for a client based on current body composition info and eating habits.
Getting even more personalized, one of the prompts asks coaches to input OPEX Body Data metrics, like a client’s body fat percentage, skeletal muscle mass and basal metabolic rate, to have ChatGPT offer ideas on what goals coaches should be setting for their clients in the first place.
The power of a tool like ChatGPT to make personalized lifestyle and nutrition prescriptions is certainly transformational, but coaches should still use their own wisdom and knowledge to review and scrutinize the recommendations AI gives, CoachRx is quick to point out.
“You’re steering the ship at all times and you’re just using this AI model as your copilot,” Hardwick explains. “This doesn’t mean that we’re permitted to give random lifestyle, nutrition or workout prescriptions to clients without us actually understanding why the AI model gave those prescriptions.”
The art of communication is perhaps the area of fitness coaching that’s least likely to be replaced by AI. However, artificial intelligence tools can help fitness coaches be more efficient in how they communicate with clients.
“How can we leverage AI to free up time and focus on having better communications, more conversations and better connections with our clients,” Hardwick explains.
In the communication section of its AI prompts database, CoachRx aims to help fitness coaches spend less time manually writing out responses to their clients.
One of the prompts asks ChatGPT to take the notes a coach took during a client consultation and transform them into a comprehensive recap of the meeting that can be sent out to the client. With the magic of AI, ChatGPT can even make sure the final product is written in a way that matches the personal style and tone of the coach. Another AI prompt helps coaches use ChatGPT to turn a client’s answers from a weekly check-in into a personalized response from the coach.
Looking ahead, expect to see OPEX continue to look for innovative ways to leverage the powers of AI to make fitness coaches more efficient and better prepared to scale their services without impacting personalization and quality of care. The company is currently developing native AI tools for CoachRx, which could include building a language model that looks solely at OPEX education, data and training principles rather than relying on any and all information on the internet to come up with coaching suggestions.
Access the free AI Prompt Guide here and learn how you can make AI your coaching assistant.