February 06 2016

4 Fitness apps which can help you to reach your goal

4 Iphone Fitness apps on Review for helping you to reach your fitness goals

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So, You want to train by yourself in the gym !

Great, but how will you organize your training session ?

“If you FAIL to plan, You plan to FAIL”

  • First and best point you can contact me, and after an initial assessment I will compile a program to follow in accordance with your available time and your lifestyle, this program will teach you how to achieve a realistic target.BOOK ME NOW
  • Second, You can do your own assessment and prepare a program yourself following web or book program.
    • Third, you can use a fitness app that will be able to track your performance and it will give you a suitable program to help you reach your goal or to improve your fitness level.

  I would like to give you a quick review of the third point. Let’s go !

Application for being efficient when training in the gym should be easy to use, ergonomic, fast and accurate, in order to give the user the best experience possible, and to give you the best tracking and stats from your workout.

I will introduce you to some of the apps that I have tried/used and an overview of what I think about them.

Calisthenic Training (Bodyweight training)”MADBARZ”

“MADBARZ”

Madbarz

FREE My best one. You create an account or you connect with your facebook account and you’re IN ! That’s the Kingdom of “Street Workout” – “Calisthenic Training” – “Prison Workout”, it’s an app that you can use everywhere. With or without equipment (or not so much).

First you complete your profile :

Your fitness level : Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced.

You choose your goal : Burn-fat, Athletic and toned body or Ripped and muscular body

How much fat do you have : A lot, I have some fat, I am average, I don’t have any

And now ? You START !

Press START WOKOUT and be ready to sweat and bleed.

You have access to a database of workout, where you can choose the function to suit your actual mood. Actually I work on my legs and I have my weekly routine which is the “CAN’T WALK”

You choose by selecting your preference and you “TAKE” it ! If you’re not a premium member, you will need 3g or wifi to load exercises.

The setting panel gives you exercises including the number of repetitions for each exercise. Choose your level and don’t forget to check how many cycles you will have to complete! Start gradually or you will not complete the sets.

Next you can set your recovery time between each exercise and cycle.If you find after a few weeks that you don’t want to increase the number of repetitions it is better to decrease the rest time. The default setting are perfect for beginner : 30 sec between exercises and 90 sec between cycles.

Click “OK” and Press “START

The app will monitor the amount of time that you spend on the total workout, the Name of the exercise, a picture of the exercise you have to do, and the number of repetition. When you complete the exercise, you press “Done” and it will calculate your rest time.

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During this rest time, you can adjust the number of reps for the exercise, if you managed less or more reps. You will have a view of the next exercise to complete including the number of reps and a picture.

It also includes a countdown of your rest time and the number of your actual cycle.

You have three option during rest time: “Skip” If you don’t want to rest and go directly to the next exercise, “Pause” if you want go to toilet, and “Quit” If you are a loser ( I am joking).

 

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When you are at the end of the Workout, the app congratulates you, and provides an overview of your stats and the option to share your activity on Facebook.

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Conclusion :

Ergonomic

Simple to use

Mutli-user (I think, you can disconnect and connect with an other account)

Track your performance

Minimum amount of equipment required

Fun to use with fitness quotes to motivate you

FREE


Bodybuilding “IpseSport”

“IpseSport”

ipseYearly Membership 4,99 euros.In my opinion it is the best app for a realistic bodybuilding program. Unfortunately this app has a lot of small issues which make it frustrating to use, which is the main problem. I was talking with the creator of the app and he promise an update, but I haven’t seen any updates at this stage, but I am still using it because it is useful,just not as perfect as it could be.

After completing your profile, you will need to do some test to allow the app to build you a program based on the number of weeks that you plan to commit to the program. (clear… I think so???)

This app allow you to evaluate your one repetition maximum (or 1 RM) by yourself, it will then calculate this for you. You will have a number of repetition to complete an exercise with a defined weight. After you complete the exercise, it will tell you if it has evaluated your one RM or if you need to do another set.

When you have finished the entire 1 Rm for each basic pattern, it will be able to give you exercise to do in accordance with your fitness goal.

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You will have the choice depending on your mood, to select what kind of workout you want to do ( Full body, Front Body, Back Body, Top Body, Low Body).

When you select a workout, the app provides a chronology including the weight, the number of reps and cycle. You have the date of the last time you did this workout.

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When you press “Start” It’s not possible to return to the previous option and you will have to follow all the exercises one after another, so if you make a mistake by pressing the wrong button, it’s too late…. When you have an activity without reps but time, you need to press play. Sometimes you have a countdown before it starts, sometimes not…… Sometimes you have arrow that allow you to choose an alternate exercise if the machine you want to train on is not available, but it’s very rare and most of the time you miss the arrow.

 

During the exercise the screen you will show :

  • The previous exercise (with picture)
  • The actual exercise (with picture, number of reps (each side or not), weight or time for completing the exercice and a countdown (and sometime a countdown before the main countdown)
  • The next exercise (with picture)

You never know after the exercise what will be the rest time (sometimes 30”, sometimes 1’30”, sometimes no rest) it’s a total surprise.

 

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During the recovery time, you can access :

  • The previous exercise (not the one you just completed) which is useless because you can not go back if you mistakenly press “next”
  • The rest time
  • The next exercise with a picture only (no info regarding the weight you will have to use or the number of repetition! ) / Amazing, you don’t have time to prepare your next exercise during your recovery time….
  • One button for “Stop”, which stop the recovery time before starting the next exercise, One big button for “Go” (if you pause, you run the timer again) and one button for “Pause”. (Not well designed, so more chance of making a mistake and to swap the rest time)

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At the End of the program, you will be congratulated and your training session will be recorded.

In the Stats program, you will have an update regarding your evolution to compare with your test of 1 RM.

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You also have a comprehensive database of various exercises that you can do and that you can access, but unfortunately there are no categories so everything is packed together.

You don’t have the possibility to share your result or your training on facebook.

   

Conclusion :

Multi-user

No possible to estimate correctly the total workout time

Sometimes the workout is too long (more than 1:30H)

No possible to customise the workout (weight, exercise, circuit or other kind of system)

No possible to customise the program with an appropriate schedule

Ergonomic

Simple to use

Track your performance

Follow a coherent program


Trx Equipment Training “TRX FORCE”

“TRX FORCE”

Trxforce

is a good one, if you want to have a gym with you everywhere you go. Buy a Trx.

This app will demonstrate all the different way to use your trx and it gives you programs to follow. For example, increasing your number of Pull-up. Unfortunately, you have to buy this seperately in the in-app store and select the programs that interest you. To unlock all the content you will have to spend 40 euros (44 USD) If you want just one program (like the Pull-up program for example) it will cost you 15 euros (17 USD).

The app doesn’t provide any assessment, but you have differents levels of difficulty: Level 1 to level 3 (some exercise have level 4 or 5) So the program will adapt the exercise to the level that you evaluate yourself.

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The app contain movie pre-loaded on your phone, so you don’t need 3G or wifi to access the exercises and you have a voice over which explains exactly what you have to do.

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Conclusion :

  Expensive

No assessment

   Need to purchase a TRX

  Complete program with progression

Minimum equipment required

Videos with comments

  Ergonomic and easy to use

  Beginner to advanced level

 


Multi-style Fitness Training “ALL-IN-FITNESS”

“ALL-IN-FITNESS”

All-in-Fitness

1200 Exercises, workouts, Calorie Counter, BMI-calculator & Social Network. It seems to be the best fitness app on the market.

It will cost you $2.99.

You can do everything with it, counting your calories, recording your body data (Shape, Health, photos), you have a listing of exercises by body part, muscles or equipment (or without), and you have some workouts already included(by goal, level or gender) or you can create your own workout with the database. You will also be able to add some activities in order too really track your activity.

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You have a really well-done calendar where you can add the workout of your choice (custom or make your own)

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It’s comprehensive and simple to use. At the end it tells you how many calories you spent and allows you to share workout photos.

You can track your calorie intake with the calorie counter and record everything you put in your mouth, it has a big database of pre-registered foods with all the data regarding the food composition (protein, carbs, fat, vitamins,….).

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You can check if your daily activity is equal, less or more in calories than your food intake.

The app provides access to some great basic tools incorporated, like a body fat calculator (not accurate), Heart rate calculator (not accurate) and Reps Max calculator (interesting if you want to build a training program).

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Conclusion :

No fitness assessment

  Cheap

  Complete program with progression

Videos

  Ergonomic and easy to use

  Beginner to advanced level

NO MORE EXCUSES, JUST PLAN IT

As you can see, everything has a cost. If your priority is your health, invest your money (in a smart way) that will give you long-term result. Don’t forget that it takes time to reach the peak of the mountain, there is no elevator, only stairs which can bring you to this point. Track your result and see if you made a step forward, backward, or no step at all.

Let me know in the comments below what is your preferred app for fitness and I will try it out too.

 

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