To App or not to App?!
Our time is precious at this time of year, and really at every time of year so if there are options to help streamline such areas as fitness and nutrition, then why not give them a try! There are a multitude of apps available provide workouts to follow (and many many for weightloss/nutrition tracking, which we will review in another post!).
There are so so so many apps out there that have some sort of fitness or workout component, but they are NOT all created equal! Some are absolute fluff, some are ridiculous, and there are far too many for the ‘ladies’ that target just one area. As a general rule if you are looking for an app for home or gym workouts that is for general fitness, look for one with workouts that are well balanced (ex. include cardio, strength and core training) and that use compound movements (multiple joints acting at the same time during the exercise). Don’t be lured in by pretty pictures of rock hard abs or super toned legs, just because they have nice pics doesn’t mean their workouts will produce that!!
Here is a run down of some of the better apps out there, and better yet these are all FREE!
Workout Trainer – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skimble.workouts
This offers free workouts (with pictures and a ‘trainer’ to cue you); there is a decent list of workouts at the free level (you can upgrade to ‘Pro’ if you want to pay). Most of the workouts, however, don’t include a warm-up, so be sure to do 5-8 minutes of warm-up first!
Nike Training Club – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nike.ntc
Another option for free workouts; sign up process takes awhile as you have to download all of the workouts, but workouts are decent and there are options depending on your goals and current abilities.
Virtuagym Fitness Home & Gym – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=digifit.virtuagym.client.android
There are workouts for at home and in the gym; workouts are fairly rudimentary, but would do in a pinch
Sports Tracker – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.stt.android
Great app for tracking performance and seeing progress.
– The Fitness Ninja’s