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The Trainer+

If you aren’t satisfied with your Vitruvian purchase, within 30 days of delivery to advise us that you want to return it. You will need to have had an onboarding session and you will need to take care of the shipping cost, but we can help you organize it. You will also need to have kept the entire original packaging and ensure that the product is in original as-new condition.

  • Weight: The machine weighs around 30kg / 65lb but comes with two wheels and a handle for easy transport and moving around the house.
  • Size: It is 117 cm x 52 x 12 cm, 44 x 20 x 5 inch 
  • Maximum length of the ropes: 10Ft / 3m

The weight limit per handle is currently set at:

  • Original V-Form: ~90 kgs – for 20 seconds
  • Trainer+: ~100kgs

It is a thermal load constraint. 90kgs/100kgs feels heavier than static weight as you have no momentum to get through rough sections in the range of motion.

The machine is designed to be able to hold a 330lb (150kg) human on it.

Yes the platform requires power. However, it works with every standard power plug. 

It requires 1000 Watts at its absolute max, usually a lot less.

We are sure you’re going to love your Trainer+. We are so sure, we’ll offer you a full refund for 30 days from date of delivery. If you are not satisfied, we will accept the return but will require you to pay the return shipping, and the Trainer+ must be in virtually new condition and in original packaging. You can find our Return Policy in our Terms of Service here.

Warranties are not transferable. You can see our Warranty in our Terms of Service here

It shouldn’t require regular maintenance, as the electro-mechanical components are not particularly complicated, think of it as a washing machine or other consumer electronics device.

We would expect this to last for a long time, the components are robust and we are using an experienced contract manufacturer of other premium exercise equipment, and so are confident in the quality. Should it break, we would either send a repair person to fix it (like you would a washing machine) or have it replaced, should it not be fixable.

We will set up agreements with networks of repair people, similar to how you would get a washing machine fixed should it break. The components are robust and aren’t too complicated, and shouldn’t break, and should be easy to repair if they do.

You can find more information on our Warranty in our Terms of Service.

Yes it can be, however it is designed to fit under your table / couch / bed to be stored easily. 

When storing on the side it is suggested to have something behind and infront of it so it can’t accidentally be knocked over.

It works straight out of the box – no installation required.

  • Bench/bar and other attachments allow you to do a range of bent over rows, reverse flys, etc
  • We are building a custom bench that allows for rows and pull downs – The mechanism is still in design, but the idea is to have a rod with a pulley on the end that can be extended from the head section of the bench and you can run one of the cables through it. So horizontal chest flies are unlikely but wood chops and seated rows should be fine. – we should be able to do most things Tonal can do. 
  • As a separate model to be released next year, we are also building individual cable spools that you can install anywhere – they are a bit further off, but you could bolt them into a wall or a cage. Or even replace the selectorized weight stack in any gym machine – that will be quite disruptive. They will work in conjunction with the platform.

The machine feels like it is alive and constantly pushes you, using algorithms which adapt the weight to your capabilities. There are a number of workout modes that allow you to focus on different advanced training modalities. It feels very different from fixed weight training. You can do:

  • Progressive overload
  • Velocity targeting (isokinetic)
  • Eccentric overload or eccentric only
  • Concentric only
  • Fixed weight
  • Adaptive weight

With the app, you can set how close to failure you want to change by tweaking the algorithm settings and it remembers your previous workouts and starts you at your last lifted weight for a particular movement. You can also see your progress over time on the App for each type of movement. It tracks max and average of the concentric & eccentric phase of the lift

You can set the weight with the App – but, the best experience is to let the device choose the weight for you. It adapts to how you are lifting about 40x per second using a high frequency algorithm  – it is a very cool experience :)

The device streams to a smart TV with chromecast or apple TV, but I just typically use my phone or tablet as I don’t really need to follow along. Classes however are better on a TV.

The weight is generated by motors and drives which run using quite sophisticated algorithms. Jon, the inventor used to be a high frequency trader,  so these algorithms are high speed at 40 hz, so adjusting the weight about 40 times per second based on your lifting. It is very smooth as humans can’t really notice more than 10-20 adjustments per second.

Yes, the weight is adaptive, variable. At the highest level, once the resistance is in software we can do a lot of things with it and have a whole suite of training algorithms in development. Our vision is to provide advanced level training through our classes – delivered in a simple way so that it is easy for the average person to access this type of training.

Eccentric overload: automatically increases the weight during the eccentric phase of motion and reduces it during the concentric phase, if you are struggling to lift the weight that you have, it recognises this and reduces the weight until you can get it up. This mode also increments you each rep until you start to struggle, then backs off to find your weight. If you want to go a bit lighter than you max, you can do this through pausing at the bottom of a range of motion – This is the main training algorithm in use today

The Trainer+ starts at 0lbs and can be adjusted upwards. This means when you are starting on 15kg, the next rep could be up to 20kg, 30lg etc. on each side. Once you have reached let’s say 100kg with an exercise. The Trainer+ will let you select any weight between 0-100kg to start with. It does not let you select 100kg if you have never lifted 100kg on the device before. This is a safety feature to ensure that nobody accidentally lifts more than they have ever done.

It does not film you and see what you are doing exactly. However, it knows when you are lifting too much / too little and adjusts everything accordingly. This helps you to keep correct form. Our tutorials and video content also helps you with performing exercises safely and correctly.

Our classes are all between 10 to 30 minutes but you can design your own workouts too!

It’s really up to you how long you want to train. However, given that you can overload your eccentric we discovered that you can get away with shorter workouts and the same muscle activation

Check out our Locations page, which is constantly being updated as we grow worldwide! And you might also be interested in our 30-Day Home Trial, find out more .

ALL ACCESS MEMBERSHIP

  1. Download the Vitruvian App (or ensure you are updated to the very latest app versions on iOS or Android.
  2. Go to http://activate.vitruvianform.com
  3. Ensure you are using the same login method you are currently using in the app (i.e. sign-in with Google if that’s how you usually do it)
  4. Copy your Machine Number and add it to the website.
  5. Open the Vitruvian app and connect to your machine. In the Trainer tab (bottom right hand corner) switch “Access” from ‘inactive to ‘active’, and your machine number will pop up.

To locate your machine number simply open your Vitruvian app and connect your machine. In the ‘Trainer’ tab (bottom right hand corner) switch ‘Access’ from ‘Inactive’ to ‘Active’ and your machine number will pop up.

  1. Check that you have updated to the very latest app version. You can download the latest version either through the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store
  2. Ensure your device has been connected to your machine. Because subscriptions are tied to the device, you need to be connected to view the current status
  3. If the above fails, please notify support@vitruvianform.com and provide the email you have used to create your profile. Alternatively, with the Vitruvian app open, shake your phone. This will prompt a ShakeBug pop up form where you can provide these details directly to the relevant department.
  4.  

Your 30-day free trial will begin from the time you have downloaded the Vitruvian app and connected your billing details. You can cancel your membership at any time during those 30 days and you will not be billed.

By becoming a member you’ll gain access to the full experience, including:

📊  Data tracking and performance insights 

🏋️‍♀️  120+ Classes from expert coaches (with new ones added weekly)

📅  Week-by-week goal-oriented programs

Plus, you’ll be the first to access new features – like teams, games and more – as they roll out.

Just one membership is needed per machine. Each membership hosts unlimited user profiles, so family and friends can step onto the Vitruvian Trainer+ and pick up directly where they left off.

Your membership also unlocks unlimited one-on-one video calls with our fitness coaches: Nikka, Wiebke and Christine. Our team is pumped and ready to guide you so you can smash your fitness goals.



Yes, you can! Only one active All Access Membership is required to activate a Trainer+. For as long as the monthly membership is paid, you can have as many members using the hardware as you like for no additional cost. All they need is the Vitruvian app on their own device, with their own profile.

Your Trainer+ will continue to work at its basic functionality using all the Vitruvian Trainer+ Modes. You’ll also have full access to over 200 exercises in our ‘Workout’ library and be able to create your own workouts.

An All Access Membership gives you access to the full Vitruvian experience, including:

  • Data tracking and performance insights 
  • 120+ Classes from expert Coaches (with new ones added weekly)
  • Week-by-week goal-oriented programs

Just one membership is needed per machine. Each membership hosts unlimited user profiles, so family and friends can step onto the Trainer+ and pick up directly where they left off.

By signing up to an All Access Membership you’ll also get unlimited one-on-one video consultations with our fitness coaches: Nikka, Wiebke and Christine to help you smash your fitness goals.

  • USD $39
  • AUD $49
  • UK £29
  • Europe €34
  • Rest of the word USD $39 in equivalent currency

modes & WORKOUT OPTIONS

Previously known as Focused, Progression & Beast. 

This mode ensures your body feels connected to the weight you’re moving.

Tempo: slow-and-controlled throughout. 

What does this mean for your training: This mode helps your body maintain mechanical tension throughout the whole range of motion, making each rep efficient and effective in helping you reach your goals.

Options:

  • Switch on Regression/Progression: each rep will decrease/increase by 1, 2 or 3kg 

  • Switch on Beast: increase the speed of Progression at the top of each rep & increase the time spent at the bottom of the rep (to deload).

If neither of the above toggles are turned on, the selected weight is your maximum resistance 

Goal-Specific Recommendations

Body Sculpting: 10 – 15 rep range @ 50-70% of PB

Muscle Building: 8 – 12 rep range @ 60-70% of PB

Strength Building: 3 to 8 rep range @ 70-90% of PB


YouTube link – Modes Class with Nikka: https://youtu.be/JeiyS_2eB_0

Velocity/Speed is key to this mode. The faster you drive up, the closer you will get to the set’s resistance 

Tempo: Fast 

What does this mean for your training: Great for high rep metabolic conditioning, low rep power/explosive training, or sweaty HIIT sessions.

Option:

  • Switch on Regression/Progression: each rep will decrease/increase by 1, 2 or 3kg 


Goal-Specific Recommendations

Body Sculpting: 10 – 15 rep range @ 40-60% of PB

Muscle Building: 8 – 12 rep range @ 60-70% of PB

Strength Building: 2 – 4 rep range @ 80-90% of PB

The closest feeling to traditional static weight. With a greater emphasis on the concentric phase (the portion of the exercise where your muscles are shortening under resistance/load), the machine will not adjust to your capabilities as your tempo changes – therefore, if you are weak in a particular part of the rep, it will be difficult to complete.

Tempo: Steady and controlled 

What does this mean for your training: Great for increasing your strength (the way up/shortening of muscles) and can help improve technique deficiencies throughout your range-of-motion. Old School can also help with hypertrophy (building muscle).

Option:

  • Switch on Regression/Progression: each rep will decrease/increase by 1, 2 or 3kg 


Goal-Specific Recommendations

Body Sculpting: 10 – 15 rep range @ 40-50% of PB

Muscle Building: 8 – 12 rep range @ 50-70% of PB

Strength Building: 2 – 4 rep range @ 70-90% of PB



The load is added to the downward phase of the exercise (where muscles lengthen under resistance/load). There is no resistance in the concentric (upward lifting) phase. The selected resistance is the maximum weight you’ll experience.

Tempo: Pause at the top, load and fight to control the resistance on the eccentric (lowering portion)

What does this mean for my training: Great for injury prevention as you maximise resistance with less strain on the joints. Perfect for building up strength and hypertrophy (growing muscle).

No Regression or Progression option.


Goal-Specific Recommendations

Body Sculpting: 10 – 12 rep range @ 60-70% of PB

Muscle Building: 8 – 12 rep range @ 70-80% of PB

Strength Building: 2 – 4 rep range @ 85-90% of PB




Each rep will get heavier over the duration of the set.

You can choose whether to add 1, 2 or 3kg everytime you pause at the top and let the weight load.

Tempo: Controlled throughout [+ pause at the top]

What does this mean for your training: Safely progress your strength for that exercise one rep at a time

Goal-Specific Recommendations

Body Sculpting: 10 – 15 rep range @ start at 50-60% of PB

Muscle Building: 8 – 12 rep range @ start at 60-70% of PB

Strength Building: 2 – 6 rep range @ start at 70-90% of PB




Each rep will get lighter over the duration of the set.

You can choose whether to remove 1, 2 or 3kg every time you reach the top position.

Tempo: Controlled throughout

What does this mean for your training: You can now perform regression sets. Leverage the Regression toggle to fatigue muscles like you would with Drop Sets.

Drop sets are an advanced technique where you perform an exercise at lower weight after fatiguing at heavier weight, pursuing more-and-more reps until your muscles reach absolute failure. 

Drop sets maximise your time under tension for a longer period of time than if you did your usual sets and reps – having minimal-to-no rest is required. 

In a traditional gym environment, you would perform an exercise at a heavy weight and keep repping till you reach failure at that weight. Once you reach failure, you lower the load and start moving again straight away, and continue repeating this process until you cannot move anymore.

With the Regression toggle, you can perform your usual heavy sets-reps and add extra sets that lower by 1, 2 or 3kg each rep – helping you fatigue the muscle and reach failure.

If you were completing drop sets at the gym, you would be limited to pin-loaded machines to quickly lower the weight of each set, or need the assistance of 2 spotters to un-rack your weight plates. With the Regression toggle, your Trainer is your spotter!

If you’re new to drop sets, here is how you can start:

  • Pick the exercise you would like to perform a drop set. We recommend starting with 1 exercise per muscle group, once per week. 
  • On the last usual set of your exercise, lower the rest period to 0.
  • Add another set of the same exercise.
    • Starting load: trial the weight you have programmed in your usual heavier sets-reps (you can adjust it after you get a feel for it).
    • Mode: Time Under Tension
    • Switch on the Regression toggle to 1,2, or 3kg.
  • Switch on the ‘Autoplay’ toggle and begin your workout.
  • Complete the usual heavier sets-reps in your session.
  • Complete the drop set straight after without rest.

Example:
Say you want to add a drop set to your Bench Press. Usually, you have 3 sets of 10 reps at 30kg (each cable) programmed once per week. 

  • Press ‘Edit’ to edit the workout.
  • Scroll to the Bench Press exercise.
  • Select the 3rd set of 10 reps and reduce the rest period to 0.
  • Add a 4th Bench Press set of 10 at 30kg.
  • Select ‘Time Under Tension’ mode.
  • Switch on the ‘Regression’ toggle and select 1, 2 or 3kg.
  • Save the edit
  • Switch on the ‘Autoplay’ toggle and begin your workout.

After you have had a feel for it, add as many sets to the end of your usual work until you reach absolute failure.

Goal-Specific Recommendations:

Muscle Building: 10 – 20 rep range @ start at 70-90% of PB




This toggle will increase the speed at which the weight is loaded, so when you pause at the top of the rep, the weight will ramp up faster. Therefore, make sure you are bracing properly so that you can handle the fast-loading of weight.

  • What does this mean for your training:
    Great for hand-grip strength and core stability. 

 

It will also slow down the automatic spotter, so when you pause at the bottom to deload the weight, the weight will decrease slower. Therefore, you must brace at the bottom position and wait longer for the weight to get lighter

  • What does this mean for your training:
    By pausing for a period of time, you are performing an isometric hold, which is great for building up strength in the weakest position of an exercise, as well as improving tendon health and strength.

If you’d like to build your own workouts, you now have the ability to scale the workout as you get stronger. This means, every time you hit a new PB (personal best), the weight will automatically increase in your custom built workouts, saving you from manually having to adjust the weight for every exercise every time you unlock heavier weight.

  • In practice, this is based on a percentage (%) of your PB
  • This is enabled or disabled for a whole workout
  • When enabled, the workout becomes more difficult as you get stronger


For example, if your Bicep Curl PB is 10kg and you create a workout consisting of a 7kg Bicep Curl, with Scaling enabled, we’ll remember this as 70% of your PB. If you achieve a new PB, say 20kg, next time you do the workout the Bicep Curl will default to 14kg – 70% of your new PB.




Are you finding the weights in classes and programs not challenging enough, or too challenging, and you would like to change the intensity? 

You can now increase or decrease the difficulty of the whole class/workout in one go by adjusting the Difficulty slider from ± 20% – meaning you can increase or decrease the weight by up to 20%.

While the Difficulty slider will automatically change the weights for all the exercises in your session, you can still click on individual exercises to change the load if need be.

This feature is also available on the Vitruvian TV App. 

  • This only applies to the session you are currently doing, it will not be remembered if you wish to repeat this session at another time.


For example, a workout consisting of a 10kg bicep curl, when scaled up 10%, would become 11kg.




By measuring your current strength capabilities, you’ll get the most out of your Vitruvian training. 

Strength Assessment tests your strength for a specific exercise movement, and unlocks the weight for the whole movement category. The 12 movements you can use Strength Assessment to unlock are:

  • Deadlift
  • Squat
  • Unilateral Leg
  • Bench Press
  • Row
  • Shoulder Press
  • Chest Isolation
  • Glute Isolation
  • Bicep Isolation
  • Tricep Isolation
  • Shoulders Isolation
  • Hamstring Isolation

You will have 3 attempts to assess your strength for each movement. If you do not wish to assess a particular movement, select ‘Skip’ to move onto the next. If you do not wish to attempt the assessment for the whole 3 attempts, you can also select ‘Skip’ to move on. 

Once you have unlocked the weight for a specific movement category, your machine will recommend an optimal default resistance and will continue to unlock weight as you progress – plus, there’s nothing more satisfying than looking back on where you first started.

You can either do the Strength Assessment as a guided class (in the ‘Coaching’ tab) or in your own time under the ‘Workout’ tab in the Vitruvian app.

To get the best results out of the Strength Assessment, you need to lift fast – really push the concentric phase (upward motion) of your lifts. It works similar to Pump mode: the faster you go up, the more resistance you will get.