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All work, no chill: Netflix launches DIY personal trainer

Netflix and chill? More like Netflix and mountain climbers, because the television streaming company has now introduced a how-to guide for programming the voices of your favourite characters into becoming your personal trainer.

Entitled “Make It”, the project involves getting your hands slightly dirty — but in a totally legal way — because you’re going to have to hack it. Don’t worry though, Netflix has provided all the details and steps you need to take to get going.

A little technical know-how is required, including building basic electronics and doing some coding, so you might want to enlist help from your geekier other half. Netflix has also created a custom PCB to hold all the components, but if you want to get creative, feel free to make your own.

Your “personal trainer” will connect to your phone or tablet via bluetooth, and uses an accelerometer to track your activity level throughout your workout. Every time you fall below the threshold level you set, your chosen character — be it Jessica Jones, Pablo Escobar or Kimmy Schmidt — will jump in to remind you to continue busting those moves.

If you’re watching Netflix on the telly while working out, your personal trainer will actually interrupt your programme to get you back on your feet, so don’t even think about using an “exciting scene” as an excuse to stop. As Netflix puts it, “if you want to keep watching, you gotta keep moving.”

Click here to find out how you can build your very own personal trainer. Now there’s no reason to use that season finale as an excuse to not work out.

Shatricia Nair
Managing Editor
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.
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