I think I’ve tried at least 10 different workout apps in the past few months on my search for the best and most helpful app- it has not been an easy task. The workout app space has TONS of options to choose from, but so many of them are lacking features. Many cost money but a good amount are free (huge perk)! And then there are those that are free to download but only have two free workouts and then charge you for each one after. Consequently, the difference between paid and free in terms of content is usually pretty big. Paid apps typically allow more customization and access that the free apps tend to restrict. As someone who is always looking to find a way to avoid the gym but still workout finding the perfect workout app has been a struggle!
However, I recently discovered the Nike + Training Club app – available for no cost on both Google Play and the App Store. I am a huge fan of how it works and the content it provides. I try to exercise 4-5 times per week and the app is a huge help for me! Up until this year if I went to the gym I usually was too intimidated to venture further than the elliptical.
This app changed everything about the way I work out and how I think about the gym. So why and how did this happen?
- The easy accessibility: You don’t need a gym. Most of the workouts can be done without going to a gym if you have floor space. If you purchase weights and other random exercise pieces used in the workouts then there is no reason to go to the gym when you can do the workouts from your home. When you build your plan you can set all of the parameters to fit where, what, and how much you want to do.
2. The variety of workouts: This reaches so much further than just one type of workout for one type of person. When you use the app it asks you a series of questions to gauge your level of activity and how you want to target certain workout types. I created a personalized plan that I update with all of my exercise activities (adding in random walks and games) and the app adjusts.
3. The clarity: To be completely honest, I am super awkward… especially at the gym. If I don’t know how to do something I feel so uncomfortable attempting to figure it out if I think people are watching. I think a lot of people fear doing something wrong and thinking others were watching. The app offers expert guidance videos that details and demonstrates exactly how to do each exercise. As someone who is definitely a visual learner, having these has been super helpful. The app even lets you rotate the image to observe every angle of the workout you are trying to do. I can watch them as many times as I want and really learn the form that is required for each exercise. The video is great to learn at your own speed! On top of that, the app is very user friendly and easy to get a hang of. It has a sleek design and appeal. It makes the experience so much more clear and encouraging.
The workouts offered right now have 100+ options with all different skill sets. After completing a workout it is very easy to track your activity and how long you spent on the workout. The app tracks dates and times so that when you look back it is easy to recall this information. I use a personalized schedule that helps me keep track of what I need to work on and how long I need to work out each day to meet my goals. You can easily update your workout schedule if you are looking for a change. You can add in extra activities that you do outside of your workouts to really keep track of all the physical activity you are doing.
The app is perfect to do your own workouts, and it has a social component as well! You can add your friends to track their workouts, share posts, and see what the other person is doing to work on their fitness. It’s also motivating to help others and they can keep you on track as well.
The app is a great way to workout without ever going to a gym (if you choose). In this digital age, why pay for a membership fee somewhere when you can use personalized apps and connect with your friends for free and it only requires a smartphone? The app is helping grow the Nike brand and encouraging more physical activity for all users. The next time I’m stuck somewhere without a gym I don’t have to worry about not being able to get in a full workout!!