In my last post, I wrote about my experience with interval training. In this post I would like to review an app that has been helpful in allowing me to use a body weight interval workout routine it is called the Bodyweight Training App by Mark Lauren . Let’s take a look at it shall we?
I will mention that this program works on 1 minute intervals for each exercise with the goal of 12 to 14 repetitions per an exercise. The faster I complete the repetitions the more time I have to rest between sets. I find this to be an interesting way of approaching interval training. It encourages intensity almost by using rest as an incentive ( I hope that makes sense). I find this to be quite effective. I should mention that these intervals are repeated 3 times for each exercise. On paper this doesn’t look like much but, I don’t mind telling you that I find it challenging.
Strengths: Overall, I found this app quite intuitive and easy to use. As mentioned I think a real strength is the way exercises are presented in a progressive way that allows for people of different fitness levels to perform these exercises. The other feature of the app that is helpful is that all of the workouts are adaptable. If you need to alter any of the workouts you can (e.g. add/remove exercises and rounds and alter interval times to suit your needs). The videos and written descriptions of the are helpful. Using this app has taken the guesswork out-of-body weight training for me. The app also syncs with Apple music to supply a song list to play during the workout. The app can also link with the Health app on Iphones to track activity (the app is also available for Android).
Limitations: I the workout history feature a bit lacking. It simply tracks the exercise you performed and the number of repetitions. This could be strengthened by supplying a graph or some kind of visual to help the user track their progress.The app also is not connected with the Bodyweight training blog which you can find here. Again it is a small detail but I think it would add to the user experience. The cost was also a bit high at $7.99.
Even considering the above limitations I would recommend this app to anyone interested in incorporating body weight exercises into their training regimen. For those of you who are interested please feel free to few this video I made demonstrating the progression ( beginner to intermediate, I’m not at advanced yet )of the exercises I’m using in my workout. I thought it would give you a better understanding of what the Bodyweight Training App offers. Plus you don’t have to shell out 8 bucks.
As always, thank-you for your comments and suggestions. A shout out to Shelby for her mention of the Nike Training Club app for those of you interested in a free fitness app! Thanks again for reading and try not to laugh too hard if you watch the video. Also a big thanks to my friend Dan for helping me film this ( follow him at @Dan_Lee80 . He’s awesome.) Happy push ups everyone!
NOTE: In the video I mention that dips work your lats. Although, they are recruited a bit in the movement of your shoulders a pulling excercise would probably work better ( i.e. a pull up of lat pull down) Sorry. It was a long day at work.