Version Reviewed: 2.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone
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It seems that health and fitness apps are the latest trend on the App Store these days. As someone who has dedicated 2012 to “getting fit,” I find this to be an awesome thing.
Fit by Custom Built aims to help users get in shape by providing a varied workout regimen throughout the week. The app will suggest cardio as well as strength-training and weight lifting exercises each day.The app challenges users to work out a variety of muscle groups throughout the week, each session focusing on different muscles than the last.
There are essentially two things that set Fit apart from the sea of apps just like it. First off, it aims to provide users with an always-changing program of exercises, both in terms of cardio as well as weight-lifting. The idea here is to prevent users from plateauing. To increase strength, it’s essential that users are continuously challenged by their fitness program. The second thing that Fit does is it tracks whether or not users are being appropriately challenged by their workout time. For instance, when it comes to weight lifting, Fit will suggest the weight and number of reps for each lifting session. Users then respond, specifying whether the weight/reps was too “too easy,” “just right,” or “too hard.” Then, next time, Fit will recommend either a decrease or increase in the weight level and number of reps. The idea here is that users should be able to complete the number of reps at that weight but just barely – this will lead to building the most muscle.
Across the board, there are a great number of different kinds of exercises here. Under cardio, users can choose from low-impact exercises like jogging on the treadmill or working out on the elliptical. Strength training, meanwhile, is spread out across muscle groups like legs and shoulders, chest and triceps, as well as back and biceps. Exercises include everything from chest presses to lateral raises. The app does a good job of mixing things up so users don’t get bored.
One problem I’ve encountered with Fit, however, is that it’s slow. The app just has a sluggishness to it; interface takes too long to load. It often freezes as well. Let’s hope for a fix in future versions.
For just $1.99, Fit is an awesome answer for users who want a personal trainer-like experience on iPhone.