Exercise Apps

With busy schedules balancing work, family and (if we’re lucky) a social life, allotting time for exercise can be difficult. Likewise, when we do magically muster the courage to become the early bird that gets the worm and go to the gym, we don’t fully maximize our workout time because we don’t know how to work out.

As someone who tires easily from the repetitive motions of machines at the gym, having a pocket personal trainer via an application on my phone would really help.Usually when I browse through iTunes I never know what to buy because of the huge selection, but I came across these three exercise apps and they’re great!

Nike Training Club guides you towards a better exercising experience, and the best part—it’s just a free download away on your for the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. This virtual trainer will give you 85 personalized workouts, depending on your skill level and goal (get lean, get toned, get strong, get focused) that you can perform while listening to your own tunes. And instead of hoping for the best while doing a modified push-up, you’ll know if you’re doing it correctly because the app provides clear instructions equipped with pictures and video demonstrations.

Nike Training Club keeps you connected while you track your work out, enabling you to connect to both Twitter and Facebook so your friends can give you the encouragement you need and you can update them on your progress.

In Daily Workouts, creator Daniel Miller has included over 100 exercises you can do without going to the gym, all for $3.99. As a combination of five different applications, you can focus on a specific problem area to tone with the 5 to 10 minute targeted workouts or use the longer 10 to 30 minute workouts to exercise your whole body.

Like Nike Training Club, Daily Workouts can create personal routines with 10 complete exercises pulled from the 100 available exercises and instructional videos. But that’s not all, folks! The app also integrates Facebook and Twitter so you’ll never be without your social media. The Daily Workout is available on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android.

Another portable personal trainer, albeit more expensive at $9.99 a month for the Plus version (there is a month long free trial), FitnessBuilder facilitates workouts by allowing you to drag and drop exercises from a library of 5,600 images and videos to create your own customized routine using dumbbells, a Swiss ball or even your own body weight (while many exercises require gym equipment, there are still plenty that you can do at home). Boasting five timers, fitness news, 758 handcrafted workouts and access to workout and body stat metrics and graphs, it’s unlikely that FitnessBuilder will bore you like the elliptical.

With web access you can post your logs and before and after photos to Facebook and Twitter while sharing your story with friends and family. If you opt not to pay for the subscription, there’s a less optimized free version of the app with progress graphs, 10 workouts, over 300 exercise videos and images, and unlimited body stat tracking tools. FitnessBuilder is available on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android.
-Nadia

Images courtesy of the iTunes App Store.

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Posted on Wednesday, August, 8, 2012, in Exercise and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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