Developer: FitStar Labs
Price: FREE (in-app purchases available)
Version Reviewed: 1.4.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

In an increasingly common move for high-end apps, FitStar: Tony Gonzalez is a great tool for those trying to get fit, but don’t expect to get everything for free. This is an app that really requires some in-app purchases to get the full benefit.

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The idea is one that fitness enthusiasts will have seen before. The user is guided through some basic questions pertaining to what they want to achieve through their fitness routine, before trying out a test to see what standard they are currently at. The questions are pretty clear, linked to age, height, weight, as well as current exercise level and aims. Similarly, the fitness test puts users through some basic exercises such as jumping jacks, squats and planks, to see how well they cope with such things. It only takes around 10 minutes to complete this side of things, before things open up further.

With each exercise, brief tips are given beforehand, as well as during the workout, with NFL star Tony Gonzalez speaking calming throughout. It’s relatively simple stuff, but it still reminded me of a couple of things to do with form that I always forget. Having a clear video of the exercise further helps ensure that users get their reps right, avoiding any risk of injury.

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The paywall hits quite quickly, though, once the first test is completed. There’s a free general workout available, albeit restricting users to 2 workouts a week, but the better choices require an in-app purchase of between $2.99 and $7.99 to unlock. At least that initial test does provide users with a good taster session of what to expect from the rest of the app.

FitStar: Tony Gonzalez certainly has plenty of sheen to it, with AppleTV support further enhancing its potential as an ideal guide to working out. It’s not particularly focused on the more experienced keep fit fan, but for the novice, it’s pretty helpful stuff. Don’t go in expecting an entirely free app as I found that workout too limited, but for those willing to invest a few bucks, FitStar: Tony Gonzalez is an attractive option.

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