Working Out While Traveling Using a iPhone App
This week I am traveling for business. I thought this would be a perfect time to try on the the apps I have on my iTouch to help with my workouts. I have been using the Wii EA Sports Active at home to help get some of my workouts in, but while traveling I obviously do not have that luxury. The app I have been using is iFitness.
What is iFitness
iFitness is an application that a user can place on their iTouch or iPhone and essentially is a tool to help build exercise routines to help build strength and overall fitness levels. There are at least 100 different exercises in the database and they are nicely categorized by body region to help focus on different target areas. The app provides detailed pictures and descriptions of how to do the exercises properly. Exercises range from using free weights, cables, machines, exercise balls and even no equipement!
How I Am Using iFitness
One of the features of the iFitness app is that there are a few pre-build workout plans that provide you with an overall workout over a series of days. Because I wanted to keep things simple and ensure that I was provided with a balanced workout, I chose the muscle-building program. Other pre-populated workout routines include a fat-building program, Beginner Program, Abdominal Defining Program, and Weight Loss Program.
There seems to be a good balance between upper and lower body exercises in my chosen program and each day I feel that I get a pretty good workout in. I do miss my EA Sports Active, but this program will help in a situation like this. I know of some people who use this to design and track all their workouts which will work, it is just not something that I will do right now as I am on the Wii kick!
What Could be Better
My main beef with the program is that I could not find a way to organize exercises as with weights or without weights. I do not have a readily accessible weight room available and I could see the app saving people a lot of time if they did not need to search through all the exercises to find the bodyweight only examples.
Overall, I have found iFitness to be great while I have been traveling. The workouts are well designed and there really is a huge choice of exercises to choose from. I would recommend it if you are int he market for this type of app on your iTouch or iPhone.