Aren’t you sometimes reluctant to go to the gym on a weekday after a long day at work? But of course, you’ll feel guilty if you don’t work out, because you won’t burn the calories from that desert your ate at lunch!
What if I told you there’s a way to work out at home with the help of your iPad? Thanks toWorkout Trainer, you can turn your tablet into a personal coach and do the right exercises based on your needs.
The application is organized in five tabs, with the two first focusing on training programs and workouts, while the rest are about your profile and settings. The layout within the tabs remains consistent, with the sections displayed at the top. A unique navigation menu with clearer options could have made browsing easier, but thankfully the app doesn’t need too much getting used to.
Thanks to images, you can quickly select the workout you’re interested in
Workout Trainer displays preview images for programs or workouts, along with information on their duration and difficulty and the number of people who liked the workout. This makes it easy for you to pick a workout at a glance and start exercising!
Workouts & Programs
Workout Trainer uses very specific vocabulary that may not be easy to understand at first. For the application, a Program is a bundle of workouts, which are sets of exercises. After you internalize the terms, it’s much easier to navigate through the tabs to build your own workouts.
The first screen you’ll see when you launch Workout Trainer is the Programs tabs, which presents a handful of training sets. Many programs are seasonal, such as Beach Body workouts, and allow you to burn fat and strengthen your muscles. Most programs are spread over a few weeks with workouts scheduled on specific days of the week.
The drawback about programs is that recommended programs that are already planned for you are paid, and there is no option to try the workouts outlined in the program before your purchase. You should therefore be careful about which program you buy, as some workouts may not be what you’re looking for. Thankfully, programs don’t have an expiration date after they’re bought and will remain in your account forever.
The Workout tab is full of exercises you can do at home or at the gym. Like Programs, many are themed specifically, such as fat burning or exercises in the workplace, but there are plenty of others that offer a full-body workout or exercises specific to certain body parts. If the Featured section is too messy for you, have no fear: you can filter workouts using precise criteria — Minutes, Body Target Areas, Equipment and Difficulty — or browse a catalog of workouts based on specific topics, such as weightlifiting, weight loss, a full body workout or just your arms. No matter which way you go, you’ll always find workouts to train the body parts you’re targeting or to burn fat.
Find the perfect Workout for you by using the filtering options
When you select a workout, you’ll be presented with details on its duration and difficulty, but also with the list of exercises within the workout. You can click on them to read the instructions and images on how to perform each step. If you like the workout, you can do it immediately, save it for later or even share it using Facebook, Twitter, e-mail or iMessage.
A workout is a set of exercises
Now that you’ve picked the right Workout for you, let’s get sweating! First, pick your personal trainer from the list, so (s)he can give you voice instructions while you practice. Workout Trainer will also show you images and videos of the workout, so you can do it right. You can also pause the workout at any moment, if you need to take a short break. In addition, the application integrates with your iPad’s music library and can play content while you work out, so you can enjoy your favorite tunes without having to open two apps separately.
Most Exercises come with images and video instructions
Make Your Own
After you do a couple of workouts, you’ll probably want to build your own. You have two ways to do so: you can either do it manually by adding custom exercises — with no images, but the coach will speak out names — or by using the Shakerciser.
The Shakerciser is a Workout slot machine
This fancy feature turns your app into a Vegas slot machine so you can generate random workouts. You can filter by duration, area and difficulty, and each criteria can be locked — I personally recommend you only lock the area targeted. After you shake your iPad, you’ll be shown a random workout that you can edit the way you want and save to do whenever you feel like it.
In addition to these features, Workout Trainer has an interesting social layer integrated with the app. Each user has to have a profile, and the workouts you do are recorded in your history so you can track your progress. All workouts you like and save will also appear directly in your profile and will be stored on the cloud so you can sync them across devices.
This social layer also gives you access to a community of users, where you can discuss workouts with others, meet new people and challenge your friends to see who works out the most. Lastly, in case you’d rather do it solo, the application can connect to your Apple TV, so your exercises are easier to follow on your big screen.
Workout Traineris full of great features and very flexible to adapt to everyone’s personal needs. The application makes it particularly easy to find the right workouts for you and guides beginners throughout all the exercises. The audio cues are of great help for more experienced people, who would only need to check the number of rounds remaining on their screen. This application is not only a great way of finding new workouts, it’s also handy to help you keep track of your exercises and to build personalized workout series.