The Personal Trainer takes a layered approach when it comes to progress. This means that there are certain goals that need to be met before you move on from one exercise to another, there are other goals that need to be met before it starts adding new exercises and levels to your schedule.
In this article we'll review:
Completing an Exercise Level
When you start your first exercise level, you will earn between one and five stars depending on your performance. Any number you earn is okay! The Personal Trainer is here to help you improve your performance, no matter where you start. You will repeat this level until one of two things happen:
- You earn a cumulative total of ten stars. For example, you might earn 3 stars your first time through, then 4 stars your second time through, then 4 stars your third time through for a total of 11 (it’s okay if you earn a few more than 10!).
- You train with the level five times. Some levels are difficult, or might take some time to get the hang of. If you are receiving one or two stars on average each time you train with a level, the Personal Trainer will advance you to the next exercise in your schedule after 5 tries so you don’t get bored or frustrated by the training.
Completing a Session
The Personal Trainer encourages you to complete ⅓ of your weekly training goal each time you sit down to train with BrainHQ; this is what’s known as a session. For example, if your weekly training goal is to complete 24 levels, the personal trainer will ask you to complete 8 levels in a session. At this time, it is not possible to change this ratio.
Because levels need to be repeated 2-5 tries to earn 10 stars to complete a level (see above), you may overshoot your goal for the number of blocks in a session, and that’s OK. For example, you may have a goal of 8 blocks in a session, and complete 3 blocks in a level of Hawk Eye, then 3 blocks in a level of Eye for Detail, and then 3 blocks in a level of Target Tracker (for a total of 9 blocks). The personal trainer will let you finish your goal of 10 stars in the last level, even though you are overshooting your goal of 8 blocks (and you’ll still get credit for the extra block you completed).
Your Performance Target
By default the Personal Trainer wants to see you, on average, earn at least 3 stars for each level. However, you can set your own performance goal from your profile. If you lower the difficulty, you will move through levels more quickly and will need to achieve a lower performance on each; if you set this higher you will move through levels more slowly and achieve higher performance on each.
At this time, the Difficulty setting shows the default setting until you manually change it - even if the personal trainer has set a higher target for you based on your first day’s performance.
For further information, please refer to our series of articles about the Personal Trainer: