There have always been apps to help people stay on track with their fitness and diet plans, but the new Zumba Dance app (4.5/5 stars, HD Fire models only, currently priced at $4.99) takes that idea to a whole new level by closely matching the console (e.g., Wii, XBOX, PlayStation) versions of the Zumba dance-fitness program.
At last, you can enjoy the same kind of Zumba workout you’d get with the console program, but you’re no longer tied to your console because the Zumba Dance app runs on your Fire HD. Whether you want to work out in the living room, kitchen, basement, or even the break room at work, with this app you’re all set. And it’s so much more convenient, since all you need to do is turn on your Fire HD and start the app: no game discs to find, no need to switch the TV’s input to your videogame console, and no need to monopolize the TV for as long as you’re working out.
It’s not a bargain-priced app, but it’s also a whole lot less money than buying a console version of Zumba fitness or paying for actual classes. And as an added bonus, rhythmically-challenged beginners won’t have to feel self-conscious as they start out with Zumba.
Note that this app is only compatible with Fire HD models, because it employs a revolutionary motion-tracking technology that requires a webcam. Kindle Fire HD models are the only Fires with a webcam. From Amazon:
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Take your Zumba® Fitness workout wherever you go with the revolutionary new motion-based Zumba® Dance app! Let loose with contagious choreography through Zumba’s signature “exercise in disguise” program on-the-go or at home. Follow along as superstar Zumba instructors, Beto Perez, Gina Grant, and Kass Martin, guide you through each heart-pounding class. Let the music move you with more than three hours of available routines! Shake it up with chart-topping hits, from LMFAO, Pitbull, Tiesto, Kat Deluna, and Sean Paul in addition to contagious Zumba original tracks.
The unique Zumba® Dance game helps you stay motivated by tracking your calories burned, goals met and technique improvements as you play. Maximize your workout with pre-programmed 60-minute classes or create your own playlist of favorites from low, medium and high intensity routines. With over three and half hours of rockin’ routines available to purchase, Zumba® Dance lets you party yourself into shape anytime, anywhere.
• The hottest Zumba® Fitness routines available for the first time on mobile tablet devices
• Motion tracking technology that analyzes player movement to provide positive reinforcement
• Get moving to chart-topping music from artists like LMFAO, Pitbull, Tiesto, and more plus contagious Zumba originals!
• Feel the thrill of a huge range of popular dance styles from around the world, including Merengue, Salsa, Cumbia, Bollywood, Hip-Hop, Reggaeton and more
• Stay motivated with the Progress Tracker that helps your create fitness goals and tracks your calorie burn.
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This video trailer demonstrates Zumba® Dance on an iPad, but it works the same way on Android devices like the Kindle Fire HD:
A great exercise app for those who have a first-generation Kindle Fire (non-HD) is Daily Workouts (4/5 stars, currently priced at $3.99). From Amazon:
Your own personal trainer wherever you are!
✓ 5 to 10 minute targeted workouts
✓ 10 to 30 minute full body workouts
✓ Video showing how to do each exercise
✓ 100+ exercises
✓ Custom routines
✓ Random routines
✓ 10+ predefined routines
✓ Landscape mode
➤ TheStreet named Daily Workouts one of the best fitness apps!!!
Daily Workouts provides great 5 to 30 minute daily workout routines for men and women that step you through some of the best exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home.
Daily Workouts combines all of the individual apps: Daily AB Workout, Daily ARM Workout, Daily BUTT Workout, Daily CARDIO Workout and Daily LEG Workout. It also features full body workouts in which each workout is different as exercises are pulled at random from the 100+ available exercises. There are options to do randomly generated routines that target your full body, upper body, lower body or core. You can also choose to create your own custom routine from all available exercises.
These proven exercises, demonstrated by a certified personal trainer, target all major muscles. Spending just minutes a day can strengthen and tone your body.
The routine’s simple interface, complete with video and timer, allows you to easily follow along and understand each exercise. Simply select your routine and follow along!