Version Reviewed: 1.0.5
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Regular exercise fans will know the importance of mixing things up. For one thing, the body adjusts to completing the same kind of workouts over and over again. For another, it can get pretty dull to do the same thing all the time, which leads to reduced motivation. CardioSurprise! certainly does a sterling job of mixing things up, ensuring that one's regular cardio workout need never be the same again.
The idea is one of those wonderfully simple yet effective ones. Start CardioSurprise! off while one partakes in their regular cardio workout - such as running, cycling, or working on the elliptical machine - then leave the app to explain exactly what should be done. Unlike other exercise apps, it doesn't command its users to suddenly run/cycle faster, or anything like that. Instead, it tells one to stop and complete an exercise such as jumping jacks or crunches. It can be used either indoors or outdoors, assuming one has somewhere safe to stop and complete the exercises, adding to the flexibility.
There are plenty of settings to get things just right. Users can set how long they want the exercise program to run, how many exercises they wish to complete, as well as if they want to use any particular equipment or focus on a specific target area of the body. It's useful stuff and actually kind of fun. Keeping things quite random, I enjoyed seeing what was coming up next. CardioSurprise! gives users a short heads up so that they can prepare for what's about to come.
CardioSurprise! keeps track of everything too, ensuring that users know how they're performing on a variety of different areas of their body. There's the added benefit of unlocking new routines too, through regular use.
For those keen to make their cardio workout more interesting than before, CardioSurprise! does a great job. It's simple to use and easily very satisfying to check out the results of.