When your wearables become your fitness mate

Xiaonan Guo, Jian Liu, Yingying Chen

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Acknowledging the powerful sensors on wearables and smartphones enabling various applications to improve users' life styles and qualities (e.g., sleep monitoring and running rhythm tracking), this paper takes one step forward developing FitCoach, a virtual fitness coach leveraging users' wearable mobile devices (including wrist-worn wearables and arm-mounted smartphones) to assess dynamic postures (movement patterns & positions) in workouts. FitCoach aims to help the user to achieve effective workout and prevent injury by dynamically depicting the short-term and long-term picture of a user's workout based on various sensors in wearable mobile devices. In particular, FitCoach recognizes different types of exercises and interprets fine-grained fitness data (i.e., motion strength and speed) to an easy-to-understand exercise review score, which provides a comprehensive workout performance evaluation and recommendation. Our system further enables contactless device control during workouts (e.g., gesture to pick up an incoming call) through distinguishing customized gestures from regular exercise movement. In addition, FitCoach has the ability to align the sensor readings from wearable devices to the human coordinate system, ensuring the accuracy and robustness of the system. Extensive experiments with over 5000 repetitions of 12 types of exercises involve 12 participants doing both anaerobic and aerobic exercises in indoors as well as outdoors. Our results demonstrate that FitCoach can provide meaningful review and recommendations to users by accurately measure their workout performance and achieve 93% and 90% accuracy for workout analysis and customized control gesture recognition, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100114
JournalSmart Health
StatePublished - May 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Information Systems
  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health Information Management


  • Exercise recognition
  • Exercise review and recommendation
  • Gesture control
  • Mobile health
  • Wearable devices


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